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Live Blog: 82nd annual Blue-Gold Game

Apr 16, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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There are perfect spring days, and then there are days like this. But that hasn’t stopped this from being a special weekend at Notre Dame. With a packed sports slate that includes both baseball and softball games (yesterday’s baseball game including 50 mile-per-hour winds) and the annual Blue-Gold game, a little rain won’t get in the way of a action-packed weekend on campus.

Even with the game both live on Versus television and simulcast on, that’s not stopping us from doing a Live Blog. So come early, comment often, and hang around as we watch and talk some Irish football.

I’ll be both up in the press box and down on the field for a bit, so you won’t get my usual play-by-play, but I’ll be working hard chasing down interesting stories for you guys.

  1. mannyboy8386 - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Thanks Kieth,

    Just what the doctor ordered for a rainy otherwise boring spring day here in the midwest.

  2. borromini - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Looking good in your interview KA…could’ve used a shave but looked good. :-)

  3. ndgoldandblue - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Just a question: Is BK abandoning his up-tempo, high-octane offensive strategy for good? I know that, when Crist went down last year, Kelly slowed down his offense quite a bit because Tommy Rees didn’t have the knowledge base that Crist had. Now, Tommy should be right on par with Crist in terms of knowledge, so will Kelly go back to hurrying up his offense? If you ask me, I think he should. The problem that many of Weis’ teams had was that they were too gassed at the ends of games. They just weren’t in shape. Kelly came in and worked the Irish incredibly hard so that they were in fantastic shape. It’s as the players said, Kelly didn’t want them hustling in practice. He wanted them sprinting from play to play, drill to drill. Every practice was an hour’s worth of fast, intense work. From the clips that I have seen of spring practice and from the actual Blue-Gold game itself, the Irish look like they are going much slower this year. What excited me about BK’s teams was that they could win games on hustle, speed and endurance if they were overmatched from a talent perspective. Just because they are improving in talent that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t outwork their opponents. I just hope that he conditions his players and runs them ragged in the fall just like last year because I fear that, if he lets up, the players will get soft. Keith, do you have any inside information on this aspect of the offense?

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