Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish football squad took care of business this past week 52-20 over the Naval Academy. Eric Hansen’s report in the SB Tribune and NDinsider.com ended up being the only BIG news from Saturday. Notre Dame’s 273-game home sellout streak came to an end. The first non-sellout crowd (74,080, with 77,622 being capacity) to watch a game at Notre Dame Stadium in 46 years. So my question? Who stopped footing the bill to pay for all the tickets that normally go unsold. While many fans have pointed to weather, raised ticket prices, and a lack of theatrics aka the Irish are not
I am very excited to add my knowledge, insight, and perspective to the ND Neighborhood! From my time as a youngster, my recruitment in high school, and the amazing opportunity to play at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I have obtained a unique view of athletics, academics, spirituality, and community. I hope to open the eyes of die-hard fans and give them a glimpse into the world of the collegiate student-athlete and highlight the reason why Notre Dame is such a special place: The People. Most of what is seen on college football Saturdays only scratches the surface of the preparation and sacrifice required to lace up the spikes and put on the eye black. I have experienced the agonizing feeling of defeat at the hands of our rivals as well as the thrilling sense of victory on some of the biggest stages in college sports.
At the University of Notre Dame, I had the amazing opportunity to play football and baseball. I appeared in 19 games during my career with two starts at quarterback. As a member of the Irish baseball team I earned monograms and led the Irish baseball team in `08 with 13 home runs and .691 slugging percentage and recorded a .326 batting average while driving in 40 runs. Was drafted in the 50th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft & played two years in the Mariner's organization winning championships with both teams.
I completed my B.A. in History and Education through Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. I am also a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana. Also, completed a master's degree in teacher leadership. Most recently, I am the owner of Sharpley Training and go by the Twitter handle of @EvanSharpley if you want to give me a follow! I am honored to represent the University of Notre Dame and I will carry on the great tradition and excellence that has been passed down from previous Notre Dame men. Go Irish!
So, Notre Dame got demolished by Michigan, eh. Notre Dame v. Virginia Tech hasn’t been the topic this week; the focus has been on the big egg Notre Dame laid in Ann Arbor with their 45-14 loss.
Kirk Herbstreit Tweeted this after Saturday’s game:
”Can’t decide if I was more impressed by Michigan or more disappointed in Notre Dame and their lack of competitive spirit! UM has become a different team in the last 6 quarters and will be dangerous for anyone they play. ND??? Not even sure what to say.”
So, I will ask YOU this: did you come away from the game more
Did I hear a collective sigh of relief after Notre Dame narrowly beat the USC Trojans 30-27. The Irish were outscored 24-13 in the second half, but the Notre Dame defense does continue it’s 19-game streak of keeping opposing teams under 30 points. The Irish, now 5-1 and ranked in the Top 10, have the week off before heading up to Ann Arbor to play the Michigan Wolverines.
So, Notre Dame football is on a bye week. What will you do to fill your time?! Here are a few of my thoughts on moving forward throughout the year and playing each game like it's a “trap” game. Hope you enjoy
Over a decade ago I set out on the dubious course of putting down on paper my feelings towards the University of Southern California. That journey sent me down a bitter road as I reflected on my interactions with the Trojans. I will be the first to admit that my bitterness stems from the fact that USC owned the Irish during my time at Notre Dame. If your memory is a “day late and a dollar short,” let me refresh you! To be clear from the start, I have an intense dislike for the University of Southern California Trojans. It is not the university itself, rather, the Trojan football team and
How about the Irish? Following a tough, physical loss on the road to Georgia, Notre Dame bounced back by defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in South Bend, Ind. 35-20. It was ALL about the Irish defense; Notre Dame's defensive linemen had eight sacks.
"We're excited about the win, but we still have work to do," Julian Okwara said, who had three of Notre Dame's eight sacks and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. "I think we just had to hone in on what coach told us to do and just do our job."
"When you can pressure the quarterback with four and still play
Notre Dame sits 1-0 following a win over Louisville and a bye. In game one, Ian Book was 14-23 for 193 yards and 1 TD. He also carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and 1 TD. Book was good, not great. Certainly wasn’t terrible. Part of the issue is that they NEED him to play impeccable all year. It may not show itself against Louisvle or New Mexico, but the likes of Georgia and Michigan present tough tasks. Book accounted for two total touchdowns Monday night, one rushing and one passing. He had 23 total touchdowns last year. Over/Under on 28.5 total touchdowns for Book this season?
Ohhhhh baby!!! Only 17 days until Notre Dame kicks-off its season on Sept. 2nd vs. Louisville. Ready?
To preview, and since I’m genuinely biased towards the quarterback position, let’s check in on how Irish QB Ian Book stacks up to the rest of the country prior to the season starting.
Pro Football Focus ranked every D-1 QB from 1 through 130 going into the season. Must be an awful feeling coming in at 130, eh. Yikes. Our guy, Book, is dialed in at No. 18. Here’s what they say about him:
C oming on strong during the Wake Forest game a year ago, Book firmly
It’s here, baby! Notre Dame football kicks off fall camp starting this weekend which means the season is upon us. 33 days until ND kicks-off its season on Sept. 2nd vs. Louisville. It was also announced that the Oct. 12th USC game is an Irish Wear Green greenout game. Should they wear the 1977 throwbacks you wore against the Trojans in 2007? Yes, yes, yes!!! While I think it should be a “greenout” at every home game, I am glad they are doing it again this year.
Let’s go through a couple rapid fire topics: Phil