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Polish Pride

July 31, 2007

With the college football season just a month away, the talking heads are out in full force on T.V. and radio. Most think U$C will walk away with the NC and Booty is going to be the Heisman front-runner. And while this may have some truth to it, remember 2005. Texas beat U$C (despite ESPN claiming all season that the 2005 Trojans were the greatest team…ever) and Reggie Bush took home the Heisman, which should have gone to Young.

Now certainly nobody should consider the Irish as National Title contenders this year. It just isn’t feasible. However, the Heisman trophy could wind up in South Bend doing the Polka. How and why? Tom Zbikowski. No? Well, I know he plays defense, and that is the major obstacle in any players bid for the hardware. Charles Woodson did it for Michigan, so why not the Polish Pugilist?

Zibby is a force. In 2005, he made a huge name for himself with big play after big play. Whether it was a punt return, INT return, or a fumble return for TD- he was a playmaker. Let’s fast forward to 2007. Zibby is 100% healthy and trimmer than 2006. His main concentration all off-season has been football. He was not training to knock out Buckeye wannabes, he has been training to knock out guys like Booty, Henne, and Morelli. But in order to accomplish what seems to be an impossible feat, he does need some help. Charlie Weis.

If you gave me 5 minutes with Weis, I would spend the entire time laying out these points.
  • Take a page from Holtz’s playbook and put a #9 at running back inside the 10 yard line.
  • Take a page from Michigan’s playbook—-(sorry, lightning just struck my house) and line him up at WR or in the slot from time to time.
  • Keep him returning punts.
  • Consider him to return kicks.
  • Talk him up and promote the trophy.

If Zibby gets the ball in his hands, he can-and will score. With all the inexperience on offense, I have no doubt he can improve our chances of winning with the rock in his arms. It may be a long shot, but isn’t this year exactly that- a long shot? Put a little Polish Pride in the Irish “O” and Zibby may bring home number 8 to Our Lady of the Lake.

Everybody Else Is Doing It… Episode VI The Empire Strikes Back

July 14, 2007

Welcome to the 5th and final edition of Subway Domer’s “Why The Hell Not, 2007 Season Predictions.” Enjoy!

The Fighting Irish are heading to a BCS bowl for the 3rd year in a row. Which one? Back to the desert for a nineteen year rematch with those couch-burning rednecks from the mountains- West Virginia. The entire BCS shook out like this:

  • BCS Championship #1 LSU VS. #2 Texas
  • Rose Bowl #6 UCLA VS. #10 Penn State
  • Orange Bowl #4 Virginia Tech VS. #8 Louisville
  • Sugar Bowl #9 Georgia VS. #7 Miami
  • Fiesta Bowl #3 Notre Dame VS. #5 West Virginia

(No Mid-Majors made it this year. The leading contenders were supposed to be TCU and Hawaii, but both teams ended up with 2 losses and out of the top 15).

Notre Dame (11-1) VS. West Virginia (11-1)

What could be a better way to finish a great season, than to end a long bowl losing streak? Ending a drought in the desert? We as Irish faithful have heard this mumbo jumbo before. Remember Oregon State and Ohio State? Well, here’s how it went down…

The game got off to a fast start for W.V. Vaughn Rivers took the opening kickoff 99 yards to the house to go on top 7-0. After a 3 and out for the Irish, W.V. took the ball at their own 20 and marched down the field in 12 plays and scored on a 4 yard run by Slaton to make it 14-0. The game was then delayed 65 minutes after W.V. fans took their nacho boxes, torched them, and threw them on the field. Among the 397 arrested; Noel Devine, Pac-Man Jones, and Deion Sanders. (Apparently Deion didn’t get enough bowl action at the 2nd straight Emerald Bowl appearance by his Florida State Criminoles… they lost to Navy). After the smoke cleared, literally, W.V. kicked off to Armando Allen. AA took it 71 yards to the 27 yard line. 2 plays later, the Irish got on the board with a 21 yard strike from Sharpley to Kamara. The Mountaineers took it right back to the Irish with another long drive (83 yards on 14 plays) that ended with another TD run by Slaton that put W.V. up 21-7 at the half. Fox made the mistake of putting cameras outside of the ND locker room at halftime. They now owe the FCC millions of dollars after Charlie’s halftime speech turned out to be more like a Sam Kinnison reincarnation. It seemed to work though. ND took their opening drive right down the field with fire and balls. Thomas for 3, Aldridge for 4, Hughes for 4, Jabbie for 2, Schwapp for 6 etc. 21 plays for 81 yards and a 1 yard TD by Jabbie that took 11 minutes off the clock. (21-14 W.V.) The defense had been giving up long drives to W.V. and they were resulting in TD’s. They needed a stop, or Weis was going to have a heart attack. They gave up 1 first down and got the ball back with a shanked punt that went out of bounds at the W.V. 41 yard line. The very next play the Irish came out with a 5 wide set. (Kamara, Tate, Grimes to the left and Demetrius Jones and Crlson to the right). Sharpley took the snap in the shotgun tossed it to Grimes and then Grimes unloaded a bomb to Carlson sitting all alone on the 3 yard line after 4 defenders followed Jones on a crossing route. TD Irish… It’s tied 21-21. Start the 4th… West Virginia proceeded to take another drive down the field after several big runs from Pat White. They lost their groove a little though after Chris Stewart got in on a play and CRUSHED White on a blind sided sack after white rolled out to his right on a pass play. White was helped off the field and did not return for the remainder of that series, and the Mountaineers settled for a 37 yard field goal by Pat McAfee. (24-21 W.V.) ND had to answer with only 5 minutes remaining in the game. What an answer it was. The kickoff was returned to the 38. 3 plays later Sharpley saw Hord running free on a post. Evan cocked his arm back-WHAM!!! Reed Williams crushed Evan’s arm and forced a fumble that Johnny Dingle fell on. W.V. ball; leading 24-21 with 3 minutes left. They ran Slaton left and Slaton right for a first down. The clock was winding down, but Weis was holding on to his T.O.s. They ran Slaton right-BAM!!!…kaboshed by Kerry Neal and the ball was on the ground. Crum picked the ball up on the 2nd bounce, ran 5 yards and saw Zibby coming up behind him and handed it off to him. 83 yards later TOUCHDOWN IRISH!!! 28-24 ND with 1:34 on the clock. ND squibbed the kick down to the 27. White threw 2 incomplete passes and then on 3rd down, threw the sealer to Ambrose Wooden for the INT. 3 kneel downs by Evan later…Fiesta Bowl Win. Morgantown implodes.

28-24 IRISH

MVP- Tommy Z. 15 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FR forTD.

The Irish finished 2nd in the polls behind LSU. 2008 should be grand.

This was not a return to glory story. This is an Empire rising from the ashes of desolate times caused by previous regimes. It is time to rule once again.

“This team is now the ultimate power in the Universe.”

Tailgating Gear

July 7, 2007

If you want a cool shirt, check out the link to the right and see some sweet stuff. These are a couple of examples. I make $1.00 on only one shirt design… and I’m not sure which one.

Trophy Watch…Tick-Tock

June 14, 2007


If you haven’t already heard, several Notre Dame players are on the watch list for some post-season hardware. Center John Sullivan is being stalked for the Outland Trophy, that goes to the nations best interior lineman (no Laws…WTF). Also, Maurice Crum and Tommy Zbikowski are being put on notice for the Bronco Nagurski Award, which goes to the nations BEST defensive player.
Good Luck Gentleman!

Trophy time always reminds me of a former Irsh player that got completly screwed for a bronze statue. Guess who I am talking about….

5th Year Fever

January 30, 2007



Here come the 5th years.

  • Geoff Price #17 Punter
  • Dwight Stephenson #57 Defensive End
  • Trevor Laws #98 Defensive Tackle
  • John Carlson #89 Tight End
  • Ambrose Wooden #22 Cornerback
  • John Sullivan #78 Center
  • Joe Brockington #52 Linebacker
  • Travis Thomas #26 Running Back/ Linebacker CAPTAIN
  • Tom Zbikowski #9 Safety CAPTAIN

This is an excellent group of veteran players. Here are a few tidbits about these Grad Students.

  • 8 of the 9 players were starters during the 2006 season.(Stephenson did not, but he may end up being this years Corey Mays).
  • 4 of these players are going to end their ND Career as 4 year starters.(Zibby, Wooden, Sullivan, and Laws).
  • 2 of the 3 Captains of the 2006 team are returning. (Zibby and Thomas).
  • All are quality guys and all should make considerable contributions to ND on and off the field.

There are a lot of Domers out there that are getting a little zealous for the younger guys and have spurned the fact that these players are returning. If you think ND would be better off without them, go talk to a shrink. Why do we want them back?

  • As stated before, there are a lot of starters here. They are good enough to play and I believe defensive guys are in a better position than last year with Brown as the Defensive Coordinator.
  • Depth, depth, depth. You can never have enough.
  • The young guys are talented, but they could use another year of learning while still getting ample playing time just as Weis has done since he has been at ND.
  • Leadership. The more upperclassmen in football the better.
  • It helps all of these guys draft status (which is why they are all returning) which in turn is good for the program and the university as a whole.

I am excited about these guys and I know they can help us win. It will be an exciting spring game… but I’ll get to that later.