Irish Blogger Gathering: Sparta Is Burning

September 17, 2009

Welcome to the weekly Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, Sarah at Bad Trade is lining up the other members and asking them to divulge their inner most desires and fears. She promised popcorn:

1. Still trying to get the taste of last weekend’s game out of my mouth, so let’s start with something fun. With Sparty on its way into South Bend, give me your favorite memory of the ND-MSU series. I don’t care what it is: John L. Smith losing it, the image of MSU guarding against nothing, an actual game memory, whatever.

Tommy Zbikowski, 2004. Notre Dame lost its season opener in Provo Utah against BYU. They pull their shit together and beat Michigan in South Bend, and then they travel to East Lansing. Tommy Zbikowski flat out took the ball out of the QB’s hands and streaked down the sidelines for a TD. Sure, ND has had bigger moments against Sparty- but I always have that image in my mind.

2. Since 1997, Michigan State has won 9 of 12 games against the Irish. I view this as a classic case of Sparty having ND’s number. What worries you most about Michigan State this weekend?

What worries me most is the fact that we lost last week. This game was pressure-packed enough with all of the expectations that came with the 2009 season- not to mention the fact that ND last beat Sparty in South Bend in 1993. 1993. Can this team be game ready- body and mind for what is historically a very physical matchup?

3. Between my lingering bad feelings from last weekend and the history of this series in the last decade plus, give me a good reason or two or three to feel optimistic about a change in fortune for the Irish, because right now, I could use some optimism.

Here are a few:

  1. Jimmy Clausen is playing his best football. Look at what he has down in his last 3 games- it has been remarkable.
  2. Michel Floyd will be playing. Remember how bad the offense looked in the final games last season? No Floyd.
  3. The Fighting Irish are due. It’s been too long, and the bowl streak is over, so they might as well snuff this bullshit.

I know those weren’t the greatest answers, but it’s what I have confidence in right now.

4. As it is my week, I get to address my current ND obsession. Have the last two games changed your opinion/reinforced your opinion re: Charlie in the box versus Charlie on the field?

I will continue to support Weis on the field. Head Coaches belong on the sideline- not the booth. I don’t care if he’s shitting his pants or in a wheelchair- Weis belongs on the sideline. Like I said earlier this week- when was the last time ND scored 34 points in Ann Arbor?… Never. Weis is doing a fine job with the offense. Besides, he might be confused for a sniper.

5. If nothing else, I can count on one thing to look forward to on Saturday – tailgating. Anyone have a good recipe for me to try? I make no limitations on what it can be – a drink recipe, dessert, appetizer. So long as it can be made on a grill, camp stove, or ahead of time, I am happy to listen. The better the suggestion, the more likely you are to get invited to my own tailgate.

Ahh… drinking. One of the better drinks that I was “smashing” this summer was the Goombay Smash. You can find that recipe- along with a creepy “How to” video by some weirdo in a previous Subway Domer post, like HERE. However, with it becoming more and more “fallish” I will start to fall back on an old reliable freind… Subway Domer Crack. It’s simple to make, delicious, can be served hot or cold, and puts me on my ass like a pirate hooker. Enjoy:

Subway Domer Crack

  • Take one bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Take one gallon of apple cider
  • Pour into something
  • Shake that something
  • Pour into a glass, water bottle, flask, goatskin bag- whatever
  • Consume

Just keep the proportions about half or so. You can heat it up in a kettle over a fire, put some gay cinnamon sticks in it (not that there is anything wrong with that)… whatever. The point is that this shit is addictive and does the trick on a fall Saturday. Do I get the invite?

6. Finally, any predictions for the game? I encourage your predictions to involve something other than a final score, but otherwise, I make no suggestions.

After The Fighting Irish set the Spartans asses on fire with an offensive showcase (IRISH 45-16), Dantonio and his band of flamers return to East Lansing with said fires on their asses and burn it to the ground. Ending streaks… it’s fantastic.


Blogpoll Top 25… Week 2

September 17, 2009

Here is the Blogpoll for Week 2:

You can find the rest of the poll along with the usual commentary from Brian here.

The Captains, Captain. TAH-NOO-TAH Grinds His Teeth.

September 17, 2009

For the video today, you have the captains doing their captain thing and John Tenuta twisting in agony as he is forced to speak with the media.

Putting The Axe Down, Continues…

September 16, 2009

Blogpoll Final Ballot… Week 2

September 16, 2009

Here is the final ballot from Subway Domer. Not a lot changed from week one- or my draft ballot for this week. I kept the Irish in the top 25, and I’m pretty sure I’ll take some shit for it- but whatever.

I’m really waiting for these next few weeks to play out, so my ballot can be a little more directed instead of narrated. So here’s the ballot, and I am putting a bonus video on the bottom for all of my Irish fans still bitching about last week. It’s time to move on- we’ve got it going on…

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama 6
5 Southern Cal
6 Penn State
7 Georgia Tech
8 California
9 Mississippi 1
10 Boise State 2
11 Brigham Young 2
12 Georgia 3
13 TCU 3
14 Oklahoma 3
15 Nebraska 3
16 Kansas 4
17 Ohio State 3
18 Oklahoma State 15
19 Missouri
20 North Carolina 1
21 Oregon State 1
22 Miami (Florida) 1
23 Cincinnati 1
24 Michigan
25 Notre Dame 14
Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out: Michigan State (#19), Utah (#25).

Blogpoll Roundtable: Freshman, Tradition, And Scandal

September 16, 2009

Alright, alright. So I got a little busy when the first Blogpoll Roundtable was published. That’s why I woke up a few hours before the rest of Subway Station. Here is this weeks edition of the Roundtable hosted by College Game Balls:

1. Which freshman impressed you more last weekend: the California dream Matt Barkley who quarterbacked USC over tOSU or white lightening Tate Forcier who slashed through Notre Dame? Which one would you like to have on your team? Feel free to write in another worth candidate.

Put the knife a little deeper in my sack, why don’t ya. Am I to sit here and say that I want the starting quarterback of one of the two biggest rivals on my team? Did I not suffer enough Saturday? Well if you want an answer, than you will have to handle the consequences… I don’t give a shit. Send me either. I don’t care. Both will sit behind Clausen this year and possibly next year. If Jimmy leaves early, they will sit behind Dayne Crist next year- and every year that he is there. They will sit behind Andrew Hendrix or Tommy Rees (incoming freshmen for 2010). I might even redshirt Forcier and Barkley- just so they could sit on the bench for 5 years.

Are you fucking serious asking that question to me? Shit.

2. Let’s play a game of pretend the unthinkable happened. Commissioner __________ of your conference has been forced to resign after he was caught canoodling with some harlots. Great news, you’ve been chosen to succeed him. To make your mark you decide to make a big change. What is it going to be?

The commissioner of my conference? I picked a good week to answer the Blogpoll, huh? Well, for the sake of this post, I will call Notre Dame A.D. Jack Swarbrick the commissioner of The Conference of One. A big change? You’re talking about a school that makes less changes in Tradition and thinking than the Vatican.

Here’s a smaller one that may go unnoticed- which is a good thing when dealing with the old alumni: Put those trophies front and center. No, I’m not talking about the 7 Heisman’s, or the 12 National titles… I’m talking about the trophy games against rivals- all 5 games, including the one game with 2 trophies. Quit hiding these things and make a spectacle of ourselves. C’mon… it’ll be fun.

3. This week the quality of games is kicked up a gear. Other than your own, which game are you most looking forward to?

Florida State @ BYU. I’m as curious as a cat in heat about BYU and the possible future of the Stormin’ Mormons. Even though Florida State is unranked- this is still a big game for BYU as they continue to try and climb the polls and make a run at the BCS and even- the National title game. This game has intrigue, and contradiction- two of my favorite things.

4. What mascot and/or tradition would you thieve from another school if it was socially acceptable.

This one will put Notre Dame in the forefront and help battle our most hated rival, U$C. I’ll take the UCLA Cheerleaders:

Floyd Is Back To Work, And Weis Words…

September 15, 2009

There Can Be Only One… Week 3 Games

September 14, 2009

Here are the games for week 3. Underdogs on the left, and favorites on the right. I need them emailed to me by Thursday at 7 PM. INCLUDE YOUR TEAM NAME!!!

Michigan State @ Notre Dame

Georgia Tech @ Miami Fla. (THURS)

Fresno State VS. Boise State (FRI)

Temple @ Penn State

Minnesota VS. California

North Texas @ Alabama

Tennessee @ Florida

Washington VS. U$C

Nebraska @ Virginia Tech

Utah @ Oregon

Cincinnati @ Oregon State

Florida State @ BYU

Louisiana-Lafayette @ LSU

Georgia @ Arkansas

Texas Tech @ Texas

Good luck, and GO IRISH!!!

The Michigan Hangover: Put Down The Axe

September 14, 2009

Sometime in the 4th quarter, I was reprimanded by my family. I held a “Tailgate” party for the game for some friends and family out by my pole barn. Sometime in the 4th quarter, I grabbed an axe and bashed my foundation a few times. Childish? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. My frustration meter was hitting peak levels. I’ve had time to simmer down a bit, and even though I couldn’t talk myself into watching the game again- I will try to give you a hangover post.

I realize that for many fans, this game was the “end all” for the 2009 season. If you are one of those fans, I really hope you read this post with an open mind. Put down the axe.

Not all was lost. Fighting Irish fans have a tendency to overreact after both, wins and losses. This is no different. I went and looked at a few message boards and saw post after post condemning Weis. I realize there are a lot of nutty nutbags out on the web- but seriously. get over it. This loss was not Charlie’s fault. This loss does not seal the deal on a mediocre season. We have 10 games left and most assuredly a bowl game, with 3 of those 10 regular season games being against teams that I would trade this game for a win in all 3. U$C, Michigan state, and Boston College. So just think about it for a minute, and put down the axe.

Jimmy Clausen can sling the motherfucking rock. Even with the loss to Michigan sitting there like a festering wound on our ass cheeks, we can look at Jimmy and be a lot more confident in him on the road. The offensive line protected Jimmy, and he turned out another big time performance with 336 yards, 3 TD’s, and most important- NO INT’S. Tate’s dropped balls, and a few route running mistakes on the wideouts were the only black marks on a passing game that is becoming damn near elite. Jimmy threw one very bad pass, and that was a dropped INT by a Michigan safety.

Not only was Jimmy passing the ball like the elite QB that he is, but he was really leading this team on the field and on the sideline. Jimmy did not make the “Tebow Speech” to the media afterwords, but he did gather the team after Weis spoke and said this would not happen again. He is becoming that all around QB that we hoped he would become.

The run defense is the cause for my diarrhea. It is sickening. I had my concerns after the Nevada game, but I allowed myself to think that maybe the defense was just keying on something else more dangerous. Now that I have seen 2 games in a row where the opposition averaged over 5 yards per carry- I’m a shaking bitch. Next up is a Michigan State team that always runs well, and remember Jake Locker, and- oh yeah… U$C.

I’m not going to sell out this defense just yet, considering they still pitched a shutout in the first game, but it is obvious that something is wrong. We all know that Tenuta is a blitz-happy psychopath that dreams of quarterbacks being gutted alive- but he is working with a limp. That limp is the defensive line.

I’m not seeing any real production from these guys. That leads to a 6 man rush instead of the “Tenuta 5.” That leads to defensive backs being out of position and wore down from man coverage. That leads to linebackers running past ball carriers. The defensive line has not done the job. Plain and simple. It is a line littered with talent- but young talent. This is not an excuse, as ND has a few upper-classmen in the main rotation, but it is just fact. And that sucks.

The nitty gritty is more grit than nit. With this post being published late on Monday, I will dispense with the bullshit that most of you already have read or heard. I do want to leave you with a few last thoughts about this game though. Just some things swirling in my head- and then I’m out like Kaiser Soze:

  • Ask yourself this question, “When was the last time Notre Dame scored 34 points in Ann Arbor (whore)?” Give up? Try never- or at least not in the modern era (I didn’t look back into the early 1900’s).
  • Michigan is a good team. They sucked balls last year, but they may make a legitimate run at the Big Ten conference, and they basically stole a victory from us in their house.
  • We got “Bobby-Browned” After watching Michigan players cheap shot ND all day, ND got flagged for “shhhing” the crowd. Fuck Michigan.
  • This offense NEEDS Michael Floyd. Remember last year after the Navy game? Yep. It sucked. that’s what it felt like when i saw Shaq Evans, a true freshman, run that route that should of been a first down and victory. If Floyd is out there- Irish win. Plain and simple. In a game where the other superstar WR struggled (Tate) Floyd made the big catches- until his patella was on national TV.
  • Speaking of Tate. He has made enough amazing catches for you- the fat, slow fan, to shut the fuck up. Tough game. He’ll be fine.
  • Armando Allen may be our only running back. It’s fucking sick and amazing to try and comprehend that fact- but it’s true.

That’s it. I’m done talking about this game. The rest of the season is still ahead. Try to enjoy some of it you whiny sacks of shit. Yes, there was AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF BULLSHIT that happened Saturday. We all need to move past it, just like this team does. No excuses- no surrender.

I’m sorry I called you a whiny sack of shit. I’m trying. I’m really trying… I need to put down the axe.

Bagpipe Monday… Clocks

September 14, 2009

The clock is ticking. The season may only be two games old- but already time is slipping away. There is no poll, I just couldn’t stomach it this week. I’ll have the Hangover post out either later today or tomorrow.

Enjoy the pipes: