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Random Randomness, Meticulously Placed At Random

January 14, 2009

As we head full steam into the later stages of the recruiting wars, I sit here at my computer with a level 5 migraine, a pregnant wife, and bracing for a blizzard- that just doesn’t want to start. There are many, many topics to cover and I’m sure we have many, many opinions on these topics, but right now I have just a few random points to put out there. Welcome to the discussion. And if you don’t think that this post is a random thing of beauty, then what is that picture of Tom Lopienski doing on the left hand side? Hmm? That’s what I thought…

Recruiting is at a fevered pitch right now. As it stands, the Fighting Irish have 17 commitments and are ranked #18 by Scout.com in the recruiting rankings. Not exactly what we are used to, but this class has the same feel as the 2006 class. That class was ranked 5th in the team rankings and had a whopping 28 players. But, since then the 2006 class has lost 10 players due to transfers, medicals, and being a douche bag. So, as long as the 2009 class stays their 3 or 4 years, they should collectively be as good or even better than the 2006 class.

Don’t jump over the edge just yet. Weis is not done with the 2009 class by any stretch of the imagination. Along with some current offers that the staff has been actively pursuing they are looking at offering more kids as well, and have done so already. The current offer list has these recruits offered that are looking at Notre Dame and the Irish have at least a shot at gaining a commitment:

There are, of course, other prospects that Notre Dame has offered that are uncommitted, but these are the ones that they still have a shot with signing. Pollard, although a recent decommitment from the Irish, is still being heavily pursued by the Irish. It ain’t over yet, but is probably unlikely that Pollard changes his mind again- although I’ve seen weirder. The other committed prospect is Byron Moore, who most people on the inside think that his commitment to U$C is very soft. Buchanan is the most recent offer and I suspect that ND may have a couple more in mind before the end of next week. Just a hunch. I think Notre Dame will land 2 or 3 more prospects before it is all over with.

The coaching search is still quiet. No new hires have been made for any of the coaching vacancies. This is a slow and excruciating process for Irish fans, but one that has to take its course. A lot of names have been thrown out, but nothing of real substance has really been put out in front just yet. Also, there has been reports of Latina being fired, but that has been denied by the University. And when in the hell is Weis going to show Mendoza the line to the unemployment office? The Mendoza and Latina jobs ( Strength and Offensive line jobs) are probably the two that most need a change. Notre Dame passes the eye test with their lineman… until some guy that weighs 40 pounds less blasts them on their ass.

I don’t expect anything to surface too soon, but I’m not sure if that is good news or bad news. The fact remains that these staff assignments are of vital importance and if Notre Dame is going to take that next step as an improving team, these hires need to be of a first class nature. Weis knows this and I am sure he is doing all that he can to make the best possible hires from a pool of candidates that meets the criteria that both he and the administration have set out in front of them. Tenuta was a late hire last year, and I’m pretty sure that he has worked out well for the Irish- and for wildlife everywhere.

A few notes on the enemy. A mini-Link-O-Rama if you will…

Subway Domer News…

Despite pleas to my employer that National Signing Day is in all actuality a national holiday and worthy of a paid holiday, they have made no effort to pay me to stay at home to check message boards for information on the stream of Letters of Intent that will be coming over the fax machines at Notre Dame. So, it remains to be seen if I will be posting on that glorious day. If i do, I will have a Live Blog up and running for you to vent and boast.

Shortly after that beautiful holiday, I will post the Subway Domer Recruiting Spectacular: 2009. And by shortly, I mean a day or two or three after. Please take the time to check it out as I try hard not to swear. Here are the links to the 2007 & 2008 versions.

Then kids, after the Recruiting Spectacular has been out for a few days, I will post my State of Recruiting: 2009. This isn’t quite what you may think it is. You have to take it literally. Here are the links to the 2007 & 2008 versions.

This is all subject to me not dieing in this blizzard or my wife not giving birth before February 17th.

Congratulations are in order to OC Domer. That SOB won the Subway Domer Bowl Pick-Em for the 2nd year in a row. Last year he asked me to make a donation at the Grotto in lieu of the T-Shirt prize. Those regular alumni must really like not having to put the word “subway” as a prefix to their alumni status. So what’s it going to be this year OC, saint or shirt?

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Stanford Hangover… Steamrolling

October 6, 2008

Alright, so maybe the Irish aren’t steamrolling the competition so far, but if any of you followed my advice on the beer this week- you should be.

Really though, this is feeling pretty good. After a 2007 season that started out at 0-5, a 4-1 start feels like heaven.

Thank-You’s and Fuck-You’s. First, I wanted to thank everyone that came over to Subway Domer for the Live Blog during the game. I had a great time and I will definitely do another one this season, I’m just not sure which game yet. (October’s schedule is not as kosher as September’s was for my real life). The fuck-you? To Mediacom. My digital cable has 2 NBC channels and neither of them worked for shit. The digital signal was going all apeshit for the entire game. Pitiful, that this is the technology that is being forced down our throats.

On to the Game…

Clausen continues his march for the Heisman. Well maybe in 2009. Jimmy is cruising right now with another career performance in hand after he went 29-40 ( 72.5%) for 347 yards with 3 TD’s and 0 interceptions. I’ll take that stat line any day regardless of the opponent. Clausen was dominant. He was making good decision after good decision which included a lot of check downs to Armando Allen, which Weis said in his post game press conference that he had been preaching the importance of checking it down to the RB. Clausen also had quite a few audibles that turned into big plays with the biggest being the long TD to Floyd and his TD pass to Rudolph. He looks like he is having a lot of fun and is becoming more and more confident in his abilities and those of his teammates around him as well. Jimmy is still young and he should only keep improving as the season continues.

Sack this. Notre Dame had been criticized by the media and famously by an opponent for not getting the sack totals that should come from a team that blitzes 75% of the time. Notre Dame shut a few people up with a 5 sack performance from 4 different players; Sergio Brown, Brian Smith, Darius Flemming, and Pat Kuntz (2). The sacks don’t tell the whole story though. ND also had 2 QB hurries, 1 pass breakup, and 3 INT’s. This is all due to the pressure the defense is putting on the QB. Just like winning, sacks are infectious. And with the amount of times ND blitzes, the sack totals should only increase as they march on this season. Just remember, even if they don’t get to the QB, the pressure is dictating the opposing offense into doing things it doesn’t want to do, and that is why ND hired Jon Tenuta- to control that side of the ball.

The drama continues. Brandon Walker missed two more field goals this week- badly. I’m not going to hammer the kid more, since everyone on the planet is already doing so. I will say that I am shitting my pants. If he is the best option we have at kicker, than we might have some real bumpy games ahead on the road. The Irish have to make the most of every opportunity it has in enemy territory and with no real threat of 3 points, this makes winning close football games very tough. Remember the playcalling last year? This effects the way Weis decides what to do once the Irish get inside the opponents 30 yard line and even more so inside the redzone. This is the biggest red flag for this team.

Michael Floyd is playing out of his mind. Consider this: last year, Notre Dame had a freshman WR that set records and became a huge part of the offense. That WR was Duval Kamara. He ended the season with 32 receptions for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns. Floyd has 21 receptions for 333 yards and 3 TD’s in 5 games. Plus, he has by my count (could be wrong here) 4 pass interference calls that were called because defensive backs can’t handle him. Against Stanford he had 5 catches for 115 yards and 1 TD. Keep your eye on Floyd, and I know you will, because he is rapidly becoming a legend in South Bend- a place where the term “legend” should never be tossed around lightly. Floyd, in my opinion, will become the greatest WR in the history of Notre Dame- by his Junior year. I just hope he sticks around.

Fruitless. Notre Dame did a great job of creating turnovers Saturday, but it netted 0 points. Three interceptions (and a fumble that maybe Kuntz could have took to the house and not his own INT that he stated in a post game interview) were turned into 3 drives that ended in emptiness. Had the Irish capitalized on these turnovers, this could have been a blowout. This is something that has to be addressed with 7 games left. If ND wants the respect it thinks it deserves, the wins need to be by bigger margins and that comes with points off of turnovers. Just ask Michigan.

Speaking of turnovers… Notre Dame had 0 for the second straight game this season. For a very young team just learning how to win, this is extremely important. ND has not shot itself in the foot because of better pass protection, better ball handling, and better decisions overall. This stat alone can determine the outcome of a game and ND is keeping itself on the right side of zero.

The cream rises to the top. Before the season started ND was looking at a 3 player logjam at RB. But it has become more of a one man show these past two weeks and Armando Allen looks like the guy. Allen didn’t have a great day running the ball against Stanford with only 36 yards on 9 carries, but he did have a touchdown running the ball and he added another touchdown receiving to go along with his 7 catches for 66 yards. So Allen had 2 TD’s while being a duel threat in the backfield, he is doing something even bigger than that- pass protection. When the play calls for Allen to stay in and pass block, he has done a fantastic job of locking in on his assignment and taking that player out of the play. This is more visible when the opposing defense brings a blitz: Allen steps up and takes the blitzer out of the play. Armando does this better than any other back on the roster and that is the real reason he is getting more snaps this year. He has solidified himself as the number one back, and should stay there with his solid overall play.

Bronco Nagurski anyone? Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but Kyle McCarthy has been stellar. Kyle came into the Stanford game as the national leader in tackles and then had a 14 tackle (7 solo, 1 TFL) day with an interception. He is everywhere that the ball is. I’m serious. Name a defensive player that has done more this year. When Kyle hits a guy, he goes down. It may not have a lot of flash, and there really is nothing flashy about McCarthy, but his play is consistent and hard-nosed. I’m just saying.

Krazy Kuntz. I have kept preaching that Brian Smith is the emotional leader out on the field for the defense, but I would be remiss if I didn’t include Pat Kuntz in that conversation. Kuntz had a great day defensively for the Irish Saturday with 3 tackles, 2 of which were sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery at the end of the game. But, his biggest impact may have been his swagger and his freakish ability to freak people out. We should have known that Pat was up to something after his striptease during the Friday pep rally, but sporting the most conservative hair style he has had in quite some time, he dropped the bombs for the Irish. If a jawing was needed you could bet Kuntz was there. He was a warrior and helped get the team fired up for Stanford and their mouth running bitch, Chris Marinelli. Kuntz showed a lot of class after the game with his comments in the presser:

“There was a lot of talking going on between all of us. It was just a battle. I
have to give them credit. They are a good team and they are a very improved team
from last year, just like us. Good luck to them in the rest of their season.”

Marinelli should have known better, but Jim Harbaugh coaches him.

I thought we were tight? Tight end has been one of the positions that Weis has really recruited well. And it’s a good thing too. After Ragone got injured for the year and after Yeatman ran into Johny Law, fans were wondering what in the hell we were going to do. Start a freshman from game one and keep on trucking, that’s what. Rudolph had his best game in an Irish uniform against Stanford with 5 receptions for 70 yards and 1 TD. He is quickly becoming a real middle of the field threat that defenses are going to have problems with. With all of the receiving options ND has on the field at one time, Kyle (even at 6’6″ 252 lbs.) gets lost in the mix by defenders. His run blocking is improving each week as well. John Carlson and Anthony Fasano before him, made a living by running precise seam routes and making clutch catches. Rudolph is following that recipe and the final product is delicious.

Turk is Good. In what is one of the most pleasant surprises in the 2008 season (which is saying a lot actually) Mike Turkovich has found a home at left tackle. He has played very well this season and has helped anchor a much improved line in 2008. The scare is over. Weis said in his Sunday presser that Turkovich is ready to play this week. Turk was helped off of the field Saturday and it looked like he injured himself really badly. Weis stated:

“Much better than we thought it would be, actually today he handed in his
crutches and handed in his brace and he’ll be ready to go (Monday), which is
something totally, way better than I expected.”

Great news.

Lambert is lost. If Darrin Walls had played this year, do you really think Lambert would be playing as much? 90% of the big pass plays go right at Lambert. He seems incapable of making a play on the ball and is routinely burnt by wide receivers. I hate ragging on a kid, but i can’t help but wonder how ND would benefit from Walls, McNeil, and Gray as opposed to what we have now, which is still good, but vulnerable. North Carolina has 2 very good WR’s and I can’t help but cringe at watching one of them run by Lambert for a long fade for 6. I hope he proves me wrong.

Harbaugh is a bitch. I won’t get too in depth here. You saw the game, and I’m sure you heard all of the stuff afterwards as well. Harbaugh = B-I-T-C-H. simply

“Hey Jimmy! Can we have your autograph?” – Nate, Evan, and Dayne

Notre Dame VS. Stanford… Commercial Free

October 5, 2008

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Fighting Irish VS. Trees LIVE Blog

October 3, 2008

Stanford. October 4, 2008

October 3, 2008

Welcome to Anti-Preview for the Stanford Cardinal. This week Notre Dame faces an opponent that, quite honestly, is a little scary. Look at that fucking tree mascot. It’s nightmarish.

Stanford. The Cardinal come into South Bend with a lot of confidence, but no real marquee win. Stanford is 3-2 with victories over Oregon State, San Jose State, and at Washington. They lost handily to Arizona State 41-17, a game where Rudy Carpenter (ASU) threw for 345 yards and 3 TD’s. They also lost at TCU 31-10, a game where the Cardinal offense was dreadful. Stanford is also a little banged up with leading rusher Toby Gerhart coming off of an injury(mild concussion?), and one of the Cardinal starting WR’s will be out for the game (I can’t recall which one). Stanford has not beat ND since Bob freaking Davie was coaching during his last year. Since then, the Irish have pounded the Cardinal and that includes 3 victories by the Molder of Men, Ty Willingham. Ouch.

What should I be drinking? Wine and lots of it? Stanford is surrounded by wine country. Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, and Santa Cruz engulf the area of Palo Alto/ San Francisco. So more than likely, a good bottle of wine would suffice- if you are a tool or a Spartan. Instead, grab a beer that is overlooked due to the amount of wussies in the area. Anchor Steam Beer is a refreshing beer that is a style all of its own:

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager.
It’s usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at
warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California
when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to
cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast
was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today’s examples are
light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly
fruity with an assertive hop bitterness. – From
The Beer Advocate

So grab a hold of this unique American invention and enjoy. If you are attending the game, please bring your camcorders, and cameras for tailgating and use them to document the gestapo marching around campus looking to incarcerate you and your family.

What should I be eating? San Francisco is famous for its treats. No, not Rice A Roni, but its wide varieties of Sushi. As much as people eat this Oriental dish out at a restaurant, it can be made quite simply at home. Here are a few recipes that you can whip together at home the night before, or even at the tailgate itself: California Sushi Roll, Salmon and Seaweed Sushi Roll, and Tuna Sushi. Of course, if you do this in South Bend and on a whim say, “Man, wish I had some sushi,” you can always go to Matuba Japanese Restaurant Sushi & Sashimi on Mckinley Avenue.

You may get some weird looks from other tailgaters as you tear into a sushi roll, and don’t be surprised if you conjure the wrath of Sarah at Bad Trade:

When I went to visit Stanford while looking at colleges, they weren’t cooking
anything. Because, you know, sushi doesn’t require cooking. And they were
drinking wine.I’m sorry, any team with fans who think sushi is an appropriate
item to eat at a tailgate is not a team we should be playing on a regular basis.

You may want to consider a log table while serving this dish, and I’m certain the Roman Catholic Church will look down on a nyotaimori style platter.

What should I be wearing? You mean, besides a platter of sushi? The forecast calls for a mild fall day that is mostly sunny and a high of 64. That sounds perfect for a bunch of aging hippies and hippies that have no idea what a real hippie really is. So grab a tye dye blue and gold shirt, some old torn up jeans and a pair of Birkenstocks (with or without socks). It might be a little cool in the morning, so grab an old Army jacket and take a Sharpie to draw a big peace sign with the words Notre Dame around the circle. Crunchy!

What freshman will make the biggest impact (besides Floyd) ? Michael Floyd is going to be a major contributor for the remainder of the season, so he will no longer be eligible in this category. Last week I said Blanton would make the biggest impact and I was prophetic as you could argue that it was his INT return for TD that really sparked the Irish to kick the shit out of Purdue. This week, I am going with Kyle Rudolph. Stanford likes to blitz as much as the Irish. I think Rudolph will be key in helping to protect the QB in max protect situations, he should find a lot of room in the middle of the field with the coverage schemes that Stanford likes to run, and he is oh so important in locking down the edge when ND is running the ball- especially with the delays and draws that have been the most successful part of the rushing attack. I think Rudolph scores a redzone TD and continues to improve on his blocking. We need him to.

What offensive player needs to step it up? Last week I chose Armando Allen and once again I was prophetic as he gave his best performance as a football player since his junior year in high school. This week I am going to go with another sophomore, and it is a safer pick- but crucial. Jimmy Clausen. Clausen had his best week in an Irish uniform as well against Purdue as he threw for 275 yards and 3 TD’s with 0 INT’s. He is going to need to the same kind of stat line this week if ND expects to put another ass whooping on the Cardinal. Of course the biggest stat is the no INT’s. As long as Jimmy can make those good decisions, ND should roll on offense with a good balance of passing to set up the run. Carpenter (ASU) is a similar type of QB and he threw for 345 yards and 3 TD’s in their home win versus Stanford. Jimmy could beat those numbers with the stable of WR’s that he has at his disposal… Tate, Floyd, Grimes, Kamara (strong #2 candidate for this category this week), and Rudolph. Californication.

What defensive player needs to step it up? Kerry Neal. Neal has been a man without a position this year. the Irish have been using more 4 man fronts with the nickel packages, and the 4-3 alignments that we have been seeing. Neal is a bit undersized at DE and really doesn’t have his off of the ground in a LB stance at all this year. I just have a hunch that he is going to be unleashed on Pritchard and have a sack or two. Just a hunch and definitely a hope.

What special team player needs to step it up? Brandon Walker. This is a new category for the Anti-Preview, but it is needed since this is such an important part of every football game. Walker finally had a field goal go through the goal post last week as he went 1-2 with a 41 yarder made. He is still perfect on his PAT attempts, but he really has to focus as Weis seems determined to get this part of the Fighting Irish scoring machine on track. Weis does not want to fall back into the misery of HAVING to go for it on 4th down because his kicker can’t come close to a 40 yard FG kick. Walker has a leg that is strong enough to make most kicks within 45 yards, but his execution has been awful. He has to improve this week and keep his confidence on the rise. Maybe he should pay attention to Sprout and Eric at The Subway Alumni Show as they had some good tips for Walker.

Is there a rivalry trophy at stake? As a matter of fact, yes. (I wouldn’t have asked otherwise) Here is an excerpt from an old Subway Domer post on all of ND’s rivalry trophy gamesThis might be the most obsolete trophy. It is not even published by a video game. It was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Legends Trophy, is a combination of Irish Crystal and California Redwood. Whatever the hell that means.

Who’s gonna win? Despite any of the shit spewed out of Stanford offensive lineman Chris Marinelli’s mouth, the only thing that they are going to gash is their ass as ND should continue to dominate this series. I see a confident and improving Irish team that is going to continue to get better and play with more emotion thanks to that dumb ass Marinelli. Irish 45-17. The offense gets its balance by throwing the ball to create running lanes for Allen and punches it in while in the redzone. I don’t think Stanford will be up to the task, but this is still a decent Cardinal team so the Irish must continue to play with emotion and prepare like it’s a must win game.

Hey Marinelli… Go Fuck Yourself

October 3, 2008

So I just deleted a bunch of shit about Marinelli and his comments.

The title says it all.

Why The Hell Not?… Episode II

August 7, 2008

Alright psychos. Are you ready for the next installment of Subway Domer’s 2008 Predictions? I thought so. The Irish enter week three rated 21st in the A.P. and 20th in the Coaches Polls. They look to continue their 3 game winning streak and derail the Bon Voyage party for Tiller. Let us Begin…

ND (3-0) VS. Purdue (1-2) 44-27 IRISH

Purdue crawls into South Bend riding a humiliating two game losing streak with both losses (Oregon and Central Michigan) coming at dismal Ross-Ade Stadium. Time is running out on their diabetic, oatmeal eating, insurance spokesman and his quest to put his record versus Notre Dame at 6-6 for his career. It looks like he ends it at 5-7.

Jimmy Clausen had a spectacular day for the Fighting Irish as he threw for 367 yards and 5 touchdowns while completing 25 of 32 pass attempts. His big target was the same player that blew up on the scene last year… Golden Tate. Tate had two TD’s and 142 yards receiving on 8 receptions. Mike Ragone, David Grimes, and Armando Allen also had one TD each.

The Irish needed those points as the defense was a little loose as Purdue kept racking up the yards. The “D” did come through with 4 forced turnovers all on fumbles by Boiler running backs.

As the game ended and the players walked on to the field, Mike Ragone grabbed his helmet and beat the shit out of the Purdue drum screaming. “Fuck this drum yo! Fuck this Drum!!!” He felt like the drum was giving him some shit, so he went wise guy all over it. Ouch.

MVP- Jimmy Clausen 25-32 for 367 yds. and 5 TD’s.

ND (4-0) VS. Stanford (2-3) 41-2 IRISH

Michigan Man, Jim Harbaugh, and his Stanford Cardinal came into South Bend like crazed assholes ready to shit on anything that moved. Fortunately for Irish fans, they couldn’t catch anyone to shit on anyways. Why? The Irish were simply too fast and too powerful for the Hippie Trees to manage.

The Irish started the game off with a statement. The opening kickoff was took 99 yards to the house by Armando Allen. The run was so spectacular in nature that Allen has since legally changed his first name to “Arundo”. Interesting. After that, the Irish kept piling it on with long drive after long drive. Three true freshman scored a touchdown in the first half. Jonas Gray had a 27 yard run to the slashed endzone. Michael Floyd continued his brilliant freshman season with a 18 yard TD reception, and Kyle Rudolph scored his first TD on a 9 yard rollout pass. Rudolph was starting for the suspended Ragone. The half ended at 28-0.

The second half got a little bit tense despite the overwhelming lead for Notre Dame. After a barrage of punts back and forth between the two teams, the Irish finally put some points on the board with 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter. James Aldridge and Robert Hughes pounded the ball with a combined 14 carries for 85 yards and a TD (7 yard run by Aldridge).

On the next possession for Stanford Tavita Pritchard was sacked viciously by Kerry Neal forcing a fumble that Steve Filer picked up for the 12 yard return for a TD. Pritchard was laying unconscious on the field for about 5 minutes. He finally got up and walked off of the field with some help from the Stanford trainers to the sound of enormous cheers from the spectators. The ensuing PAT was blocked and returned by the Cardinal for a 2 point score. Harbaugh didn’t see it though. He was being escorted off of the field by the Indiana State Police for assaulting the referee. Jim thought a personal foul should have been called on the previous sack and hit the ref with football and kicked him in the groin. Michigan Man.

Wow.

MVP- Kerry Neal 14 tackles 4 TFL with 3 sacks.

ND (5-0) @ North Carolina (5-0) 21-17 Tarheels

Both teams came into this fantastic October matchup undefeated and ranked in the top 15 (ND #13 & UNC #9). Both teams were looking to make a statement as the game was moved to the prime time slot.

North Carolina was disadvantaged from the start as its leading rusher and Flip Flop major, Greg Little, held a press conference on the Wednesday prior to the game. He stated on Wednesday that he would have a press conference on Friday. On Friday, he stated at the press conference that he would play for North Carolina on Saturday at running back as a confused Butch Davis sat silent and stoic. Come game time however, Greg Little was on a bus to Wofford to play defensive tackle for the Terriers.

Amazingly, nobody is surprised. To the game…

Notre Dame looked good in the first quarter putting two long drives together ending in scores to go up 14-0. Clausen connected on all 11 passes in both drives and looked to be unstoppable. Michael Floyd and Duval Kamara were the recipients of the two TDs. The Tarheels got on the board right away in the second quarter. Hakeem Nicks pulled down a 51 yard bomb from TJ Yates for a TD to start off the scoring. After a punting contest, North Carolina scored a TD on a 27 yard fumble return by Deunta Williams after Marvin Austin caused the loose ball with a crushing blow to Asaph Schwaap. The half came to a close after Jimmy Clausen threw only his third INT of the season with no time remaining. 14-14.

The second half was all defense as Clausen was intercepted 3 more times and North Carolina fumbled it away twice. The Irish finally held on to the ball and marched down the field 61 yards to set up a chip shot 27 yard FG for Brandon Walker that he put right down the middle of the posts with about 4:30 left on the clock that put the Irish up 17-14. The Tarheels started from their own 20 and moved the ball efficiently for the first time all day as they racked up first down after first down with short runs and timely passes. Butch Davis called a timeout on 2nd down with 10 seconds left with N.C. on the 11 yard line . Instead of kicking the FG to tie the game, N.C. was going to try a quick pass and try to leave a second or two if it fell incomplete. As the ball was snapped Ian Williams busted through the Tarheel offensive line and gave chase to Yates. Yates rolled out of the pocket away from Ian and was met by a blitzing Mo Crum. As Crum hit Yates, T.J. threw the ball towards the endzone in desperation. As it was in flight, time expired. the ball floated in the air for what seemed like a decade and then was plucked from the sky and pulled down for the reception and TD by TE Zach Pianalto.

Insanity followed. The Irish fall for the first time since November 10th of 2007.

MVP- Ian Williams 11 tackles. Two sacks. Two Forced Fumbles. Too much.

Next Up: Ty, The Stache, and Fredo.

Ranking: 17 A.P. / 16 Coaches

I Hate Tree Huggers

November 26, 2007

I don’t like hippies. Especially Tree Hugging, cheating, drum circle loving, Cardinal hippies. It is a shame the Irish couldn’t beat them 100-0. That still, would not be enough to quench my blood lust for the extinction of all hippies. They do have good grass however.

Here are my final thoughts on the final game of the final season of losing for The Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Run Bobby Run

What an amazing showcase Robert Hughes has put on these last 2 games. His display of vision, power, and determination keeps my prior comparison to Reggie Brooks viable. I could not help, however, as to sigh as he was caught from behind on the first run. Brooks would have took it to the house. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this kid and he has become perhaps my favorite player on offense (know where I can get a #33 jersey). He seems to have everything that Aldridge was supposed to have and is healthy. With all that has happened to him and his family these past months, it just amazing what he has accomplished. I can’t wait for the spring game to see how much he has improved during the off-season. One of the main areas of concentration should be his explosiveness. Top end speed is difficult to improve on, but getting to your top speed quicker is a very reachable goal. HUGHES!!!

Turn Over And Fry

Once again the Irish failed to hold on to the football. Their only saving grace was the fact that Standford’s kicking game looked like ours. Derek Belch went 0-4 for the game for the Cardinal. One turnover was an ill advised throw from Clausen and the other 3 were fumbles (one by Schwaap… more on that in a minute). Stanford only turned the ball over twice on interceptions. One of those resulted in a short Irish drive that was capped by a Jimmy Clausen TD run, his 2nd of the year, solidifying his spot as the teams third leading TD rusher after Thomas (5), and Hughes (4). Tommy Zbikowski nabbed his 2nd INT of the year with a nice one handed catch that looked like he would take into the end zone, until he slipped on the turf.

Piece of Schwaap

Once again Asaph Schwaap was given the ball 3 times and kept with his 1 yard average and of course fumbled it away. I have said it before on this site…

Asaph Schwaap has incriminating evidence against Weis. How else does he not only
get to start and play against AFA, but he had 3 carries and a screen pass
that
he was supposed to be on the receiving end of until the ball hit the
ground in
front of him. Horrible. His blocking has improved, but the calls
from the
faithful are chanting Luke Schmidt’s name. Maybe Robert Hughes
could get some
P.T. at FB. Try something better.

Something needs done about this.

Behold, The Mighty Slant

I just can not figure out why the Irish didn’t throw the slant more often this year. They finally threw one to Kamara for a nice completion with about 1:36 left in the first half for the first time in what I believe was 5 games. “Throw The Slant” should be the motto for the 2008 version of “The Shirt”. Timing is a big reason why this play works so well. That and man coverage. And defenses play a lot of man on the Irish because of how much they blitz against ND. This pattern needs to be one of the main focuses of improvement by Jimmy and the WR’s this off season. If ND can get this pattern going next year, watch out for a HUGE season from Duval Kamara and maybe even incoming recruit Michael Floyd, as they have the hands and body type for this type of play.

Harbaugh Is Nucking Futs

I figured Harbaugh to be a complete psycho after Pac-10 media day. And I knew he was an asshole because he is also a skunkbear. I didn’t know he was a TOTAL dick however. That was cemented after he put Pritchard back in at QB after 1. Pritchard was knocked senseless and limp by Lambert in the head. 2. Ostrander went out of the game. 3. After the medical staff took Pritchards helmet away and shut him down, Jim called upon his services despite looking as groggy as an early Mike Tyson victim. If I was Tavita Pritchards dad, I would have kicked Jims ass. The kid then got hit in the head again by Kerry Neal. It wasn’t that hard of a hit but you saw Tavita go limp when it happened. Harbaugh and his “staff” made this comment:

“He was asked a series of questions. The NFL and college football have an
evaluation process that takes place after a hit and he passed that test,”
Harbaugh said. “The doctors made the decision about two plays before T.C. took
the helmet on the elbow that he would be available. Before we put him back in
there, it was confirmed that he was available to go back in.”

Lying sack of crap.

REVERSE!

In another amazing display of incompetence, the Pac-10 replay booth went clueless again. You all saw it and it has been the most talked about play of the game by the fans. David Grimes was completely robbed of a TD catch. Someone else put these pics together (I’d give credit but I took them from a message board without credit being applied to them)

Not only were there idiots in the booth, but on the field as well. Big East officials flagged Laws on the lateral touchdown run by Tommy Z for a personal foul. I still have not seen what he did. Maybe I’m wrong, but screw ’em.

Farewell Fifth-Years

This game marked the end of a few careers at ND. Most notably: Trevor Laws, Tom Zbikowski, Jon Carlson, and Joe Brockington. I will have a tribute to EACH 5th year senior on later postings from Subway Domer. Until then, Thank -you boys, for all you have given this University and its loyal fan base. Thank-you and we will miss you.

Random Thoughts

  • That was the worst playing surface I have seen in a while. And I was at 4 ND home games this year… so that’s saying something.
  • The progress Corwin Brown has made with the defense this year has been outstanding. If he can just get them to tackle. Back to basics boys.
  • Speaking of tackling, we should try to do that on kickoffs. Maybe we didn’t have enough chances to work on it this year. Punt coverage is kick ass however. Hmmm
  • The Stanford Axe Keyboard commercial left a puddle in my pants. Nerds.
  • Notre Dame finally won a trophy game.
  • Thank Jesus… Victory!

Ready for a long cold winter?

Everybody Else Is Doing It…Part IV, As In The Best Rocky Movie Ever Part IV

July 10, 2007

The 2007 season continues with Subway Domer’s “Why The Hell Not, 2007 Season Predictions” Part 4 of the epic 5 part series.



Notre Dame (7-1) VS. Navy (8-0) 47-14 IRISH

During the preseason, this game was pegged by some “experts” as an upset special. I suppose after 43 straight wins by the Irish in this series, they should lose sometime…right? Navy came into the game undefeated and had an impressive win at Rutgers (37-13). Well…wrong. This is the Charlie Weis era, and losing to an academy (all due respect) just doesn’t happen. The Irish came out with a balanced attack in the first half, and scored TD’s on its first 5 possessions. Clausen was 14-16 for 210 yards and 3 TDs (Grimes, West, Allen). The other 2 TDs were both runs by Thomas of 3 and 42 yards. The 1st half ended with the score 35-0. The Irish put its reserves in for the entire 2nd half. Navy did score 2 TDs quickly on the opening kickoff, and a fumble by Luke Schmidt that fell into the hands of Clint Sovie for a 28 yard return. Notre Dame’s other scores were a 33 yard bulldozing from Robert Hughes, a 34 yard FG from Walker, and a Safety on a blitz from Ray Herring.

MVP- Jimmy Clausen 14-16 210 yards 3 TDs

Notre Dame (8-1) VS. Air Force (6-4) 38-10 IRISH

In another game versus a Service Academy, the Irish came away with another victory. This was not so easy early on. ND was sloppy in the first half and had 2 fumbles and an interception in the red zone. Air Force was methodical and scored on its first 2 possessions. The first was a 21 yard FG after an apparent TD on a 4th and goal. (Offsetting penalties caused the play to be replayed and AFA took the chipshot that time around). The 2nd was a masterful 93 yard drive directed by Shaun Carney that ended with an 11 yard TD run by Carney on a QB sweep. The half ended with AFA up 10-0. Weis had a few words for the entire team at the half that I believe had something to do with Fudruckers. ND came out in the 2nd half and dominated AFA with physical play on both sides of the ball. Weis benched most of his running backs in the 2nd half and played Jabbie and Schwaap exclusively. Although it was only a 10 point deficit and not eligible for a “Great Comeback” moniker, it was quite impressive…here’s how…

  • Goerge West takes the opening kickoff back 82 yards to the AFA 8.
  • Jabbie Stiff Arms his way in for the first Irish TD.
  • Tommy Z gets an INT and takes it 41 yards for a TD.
  • Walker FG.
  • 72 yard TD reception by Richard Jackson via D. Jones.
  • 11 yard TD reception by Carlson via D. Jones.
  • 94 yard fumble return by Kerry Neal with 30 seconds left.

MVP- Kerry Neal 3 sacks, FR, TD, 13 tackles.

Notre Dame (9-1) VS. Duke (0-10) 42-0 IRISH

This needs no rehashing. It was a blowout from start to finish.

MVP- James Aldridge 20 carries 211 yards and 2 TDs

Notre Dame (10-1) @ Stanford (5-5) 31-28 IRISH

Stanford came into this game on a 5 game winning streak after starting out 0-5, and needed just one more win in their last two games to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2001. They are going to have to get that last win versus Cal. This was a nail bitter for Irish fans. A win would solidify a BCS berth and perhaps, with some luck, a National Championship appearance. It started out all ND in the 1st half. ND went up 21-0 in the first quarter on 3 big plays; 82 yard bomb to Kamara (third play of the game), 67 yard punt return by Zibby, and a blocked punt returned for a TD by McNeil. Stanford did get on track in the 2nd quarter with 2 drives of 81 and 73 yards that both ended with Ostrander to Moore TD receptions. At the half the score was 21-14 with the momentum (and the ball) to Stanford to start the third quarter. Stanford was pinned inside their own 5 to start the half after a bad return and a holding penalty. It took only 3 plays to get to the Irish 20 after strikes to Moore and Bradford. Two plays later, Cardinal fullback Emeka Nnoli carried a few Irish defenders into the endzone for a 16 yard TD run to tie the game. Notre Dame answered right away with a long drive of its own for 80 yards to score a TD on a D. Jones 12 yard pass to Carlson for a TD. And like a yo-yo, Stanford returned the favor with a TD drive that took only a shade over 3 minutes with another Moore TD reception. With 4 and a half minutes ND got the ball back on its 27 yard line. It methodically moved the ball one play after another. 5 yards here, 3 yards here, first down. The big play came on a screen pass to Armando Allen that got the Irish to the Cardinal 22 yard line with 49 seconds remaining. 3 running plays for a net 1 yard and 3 Stanford T.O.s later, Walker set up for a 38 yard FG. NAILED! The ghost of the Skunkbears behind them, the FG unit finally hit a clutch shot. The game ended with a desperation bomb that was intercepted by David Bruton. Let’s Go Bowling!

MVP- Brandon Walker 4-4 PAT 1-1 FG 38 yards.

Next Up: Bowl Game TBD

Ranking: 5 A.P. / 5 Coaches / 4 BCS

Shillelaghs, Megaphones, And Bragging Rights

March 30, 2007

I’m sure by now most of you have realized that Notre Dame has a few rivalries. In fact, they may have more than most teams. And some of you may have even figured out that there are trophies that go along with some of these games. Seriously, they do. Why don’t we know them more? With a school steeped in tradition as much as Notre Dame, it seems to get lost in all the other hoopla surrounding these games. Subway Domer is here to educate you in these fine pieces of hardware.

There are truly 5 games that are considered Rivalry Trophy games. Southern California, Purdue, Michigan State, Boston College, and Standford. One of these games has 2 trophies on the line each game… but I’ll get to that further down the post.

USC

The Jeweled Shillelagh is the hardware given to the winner of the annual contest of the Trojans and The Fighting Irish. Legend states that Howard Hughes’ pilot brought this Gaelic Warclub, made of blackthorn oak, over from Ireland in 1952. The Notre Dame Alumni Club of Los Angeles created the award. The winner of the contest is awarded the trophy with a new medallion to mark the victor. ND has emerald shamrocks while USC has ruby encrusted Trojan heads. Although the trophy was created in 1952, the entire series is recorded back to 1926. There have been 5 ties and those games are represented with a combo medallion. The original shillelagh was retired after the 1995 season. There was simply no more room for anymore shamrocks or heads. It now resides at Notre Dame because the Irish won more games up to that point. (We still do even after losses for 5 straight seasons with a 42-31-5 mark). There is a new trophy that is a little longer than the original. It was purchased by Jim Gillis, a former baseball player for ND and USC. It is the same kind of oak and hails from the County Leitrim in Ireland. It was introduced in 1996.

Purdue

In continuing with the shillelagh theme we next look at the Purdue game. It is simply called The Shillelagh Trophy. It was donated by a merchant seaman and Fighting Irish fan, Joe McLaughlin. He purchased the blackthorn oak club while in Ireland. The winner of the game has received this trophy since the 1957 game. The winner has its initials put on a football medallion, along with the score, and that is placed on the oak stand the Shillelagh sit upon.


Michigan State

Known only as The Megaphone Trophy, this trophy may now be the most famous of the ND trophies…or should I say infamous. Introduced in 1949, it is a joint sponsorship by the Alumni Clubs of ND and MSU in Detroit. Half of the megaphone is painted blue with an ND monogram and the other side is white with a green MSU. The score from each year is painted on it. The current trophy is the third one in use since it has run out of room for scores twice before. This award became nationally known after the 2005 and 2006 games. The Spartans were outraged when ND did not present them with the trophy after they were victorious at ND in 2005. ND stated that it has been the custom all along to give the trophy to the opposing team after a defeat away from the field. This might have been the starting point for Johnelle to become crazy as a bat. Most of the ND players and Coach Weis himself, admitted to not even knowing the trophy existed. This is probably true since the picture you see is from the video game NCAA 2007 by EA sports. I could not find a pic of it anywhere else.


Boston College

This is the only rivalry game in existence, that I have heard of, that contains two trophies to the winner. The one depicted to the right is called The Ireland Trophy. It was created by the Notre Dame Student Government as a sign of goodwill and sportsmanship. The second is called The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl. This second trophy gives this game its unoffical name- The Leahy Bowl. This is after legendary ND and BC coach Frank Leahy. Frank coached BC during the 1939 and 1940 seasons leading the Jesuits to a 20-2 record. He than left for his Alma mater, ND. BC fans will say he was stolen away, but remember… they are idiots and are insanely jealous of ND.


Stanford

This might be the most obsolete trophy. It is not even published by a video game. It was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Legends Trophy, is a combination of Irish Crystal and California Redwood. Whatever the hell that means.

There seems to be a continuing theme amongst all the trophies. Notre Dame Alumni ,or in one case a fan, were the originators of the hardware. So why the secrecy? Why are there no presentations? Why don’t the players get to hoist these bad boys up after a victory and yell “Take that Stanford! You stupid trees. Check out this sweet crystal wood thingy”? Maybe ND has too much tradition to be able to squeeze another ounce of tangible lore. ND is an Independent. All or nothing, and that is the way we like it. But wouldn’t be nice to have a little more to celebrate. Or a more emotional rallying call such as ” Let’s kill those Trojans and take the Shillelagh back!” Maybe you’re thinking I’m insane or a little to preoccupied with hardware. But what about all the Heisman talk? That is an individual award (or so it is supposed to be). These rivalry trophies represent the TEAM and in doing so should take precedence over all others, excluding bowl games. I leave you with this thought. Remember the Minnesota-Wisconsin game when the kicker made the game winner and ran straight over to grab the ax? That was a great moment. Can’t we as the GREATEST University in the land have something as similar? No jumbo trons, just Pride and exuberance.