Nov 22, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT
Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope we can all spend a little time with our families before the entire focus turns to the big game this weekend. Until then, I tried to throw my best at the Subway Domer for this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering, and he stepped up and took on all comers, not unlike a certain movie character that the ol’ SD channels.
For more IBG, remember to check our our partners in crime, Her Loyal Sons and Strong and True, where I answered some questions for Josh, who once again reminded me why I’ll never predict wins or losses in the preseason. (Makes me look smarter.)
Here goes nothing.
1. I’m sure there are a few cinematic parallels going through your head as the Irish get set to play their arch-nemesis Trojans for a chance at immortality. As a fellow movie lover, compare this match-up to a great movie, and then cast it for me.
(Manti Te’o is Superman, Marqise Lee is General Zod, Lane Kiffin is Miss Tessbacher, etc.)
Although I do often think of these games in a cinematic sense, it usually has more to do with the soundtracks of such movies. So this is, believe it or not, quite difficult for me. I guess I’ll just reach back into some “old faithful’s.” Aye. Braveheart it is.
“Here are Notre Dame’s terms. Lower your flags, and march straight back to Troy, stopping at every camera you pass by to beg forgiveness for 10 years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.”
William Wallace: Brian Kelly
King Edward “Longshanks”: Monte Kiffin
Prince Edward: Lane Kiffin
Phillip: Max Wittek
Hamish: Stephon Tuitt
Stephen: Manti Te’o
Robert the Bruce: Kirk Herbstreit
Bobby Bruce’s Leper Dad: Brent Musburger
2. It was an absolute lovefest at Notre Dame Stadium last weekend, with the Irish crushing Wake Forest, the seniors getting a proper send off, and then Oregon and K-State losing to push Notre Dame to the top of the college football world. With the stars seemingly aligning, do you feel like this is a team of fate heading to Los Angeles? Or are you preconditioned to expect the absolute worst to happen?
The term, “Team of Destiny” has been embedded into my brain for quite a few weeks now. How could it not? Gone are the days of OMFGZ HERE WE GO AGAIN, or any of that other wussy type crap. This is BIG BOY football, and this is a BIG BOY football team. It really is hard to quantify the level of tunnel vision that I have for this game and this season. Every single moment that has been placed before this team that could have sent them tumbling down a wormhole of destruction, they have extended their fists and put up a finger. WHAT THOUGH THE ODDS INDEED.
Team of Destiny.
3. You and nine of your Notre Dame fan friends are watching Saturday’s game together when the ghost of Knute Rockne appears and tells you that you can guarantee an Irish victory on Saturday night with a cash donation. How much money is your group willing the shell out for the victory? What do you guys pay for a guaranteed victory over Alabama in the national title game?
My bank account LAUGHS at this question. Well, I’d tell Lane Kiffin to take off that god damn Rockne costume and get his own money to pay recruits. Maybe I didn’t make myself clear enough before… THIS IS A TEAM OF DESTINY! You can not buy your place in paradise with any amount of earthly possessions. For by GRACE you have been saved by FAITH.
Have faith Irish fans. Paradise is within reach. All you doubters- DOUBTING THOMAS! GET BEHIND ME SATAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 28, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT
Brian Kelly was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and the Irish head coach got his last weekend without a game started by chatting it up with the popular radio host. While Kelly didn’t make any headlines in the interview, he did conduct it from his desk with a Showtime crew hanging a boom mic over his head, part of life with a documentary film crew following him around.
Aug 28, 2015, 1:04 PM EDT
Just about everybody expects Harry Hiestand’s offensive line to be a dominant unit. But after months of preseason hype, they now need to prove they can do it.
Aug 27, 2015, 8:48 PM EDT
Ishaq Williams’ college football career is over. Notre Dame’s exiled defensive end, who sat out last season as part of a two-semester suspension for his role in the “frozen five” academic dishonesty investigation, has lost his NCAA appeal for reinstatement. Brian Kelly shared the news on Thursday after practice
Aug 27, 2015, 8:25 PM EDT
The votes are in and Notre Dame’s football team will be captained by five players. Graduate students Matthias Farley, Nick Martin and Joe Schmidt will be joined by senior Sheldon Day and junior Jaylon Smith as the captains of the 2015 Irish.
Aug 27, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
It appears that the Greg Bryant era at Notre Dame is over. The junior running back, who was declared academically ineligible to play for the Irish this fall, has enrolled at ASA Miami, a junior college with a new football program run by former Irish assistant Ernest Jones.
Aug 27, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
After two seasons of trying to find carries for a handful of emerging running backs, Notre Dame has the opposite problem: Trying to spread out a growing workload among a smaller, highly-differentiated position group.
Aug 26, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT
With the season right around the corner and preseason camp finished, it’s time to get our final preparations done before the games start counting and the journey begins. We spent the summer pumping out tens of thousands of words on Notre Dame’s evolving roster, so if you’re looking for 50 hours of easy reading, check out the Irish A-to-Z series.
Aug 26, 2015, 12:42 PM EDT
Have a final question before we have actual football to talk about? Today’s the day. Drop them below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.
Aug 25, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
Notre Dame announced a number of enhancements to Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday. Most notable among them, a video board that’ll go atop the south end zone.
Aug 25, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
Our final installment of the A-to-Z series is perhaps our most important one. Because Notre Dame’s fate is in the hands of quarterback Malik Zaire.
Aug 24, 2015, 2:18 PM EDT
With the injury to freshman cornerback Shaun Crawford, an unlikely candidate has emerged as the frontrunner for the No. 3 cornerback job: Devin Butler. The junior, who struggled mightily at times last season after he was forced into action, looked to have lost his grip on that spot this spring after strong work by sophomore Nick Watkins.
Aug 24, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT
No freshman will be tossed into the deep end quicker than kicker Justin Yoon. Essentially Notre Dame’s sole option to kick field goals in 2015, Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff are putting a ton of the shoulders of a true freshman, who’ll be asked to fix a three-point operation that went haywire down the stretch after the Irish’s all-time field goal leader Kyle Brindza lost his mojo.
Aug 23, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
When Brandon Wimbush enrolled in school this summer, he became the latest blue-chip quarterback to join the Notre Dame football program with the burden of great expectations. The New Jersey state player of the year, Wimbush would be wise to forget about the prep accolades, instead focusing his efforts on learning the playbook, with the third-string quarterback closer to the field than you’d ideally want.
Aug 21, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT
Keith Gilmore’s move to Notre Dame reunites him with Brian VanGorder, two football lifers who have known each other since they shared a huddle as players. After a long coaching career, Gilmore also reunites with Brian Kelly, a coach he’s worked for at Grand Valley, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and now Notre Dame.
Aug 21, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Notre Dame landed another Indianapolis product when safety Mykelti Williams joined the Irish this summer, the freshman lending some much needed depth to the secondary. Hailing from Warren Central, the same program that brought Notre Dame Sheldon Day, Williams’ might not contribute as quickly as Day did, but he’ll have a chance to compete for a spot in the two deep behind Max Redfield at free safety.
Aug 20, 2015, 12:54 PM EDT
With Notre Dame’s running back depth chart down Greg Bryant, freshman Dexter Williams has a clear line to the football field this fall. While wide receiver Justin Brent has converted to the backfield and Tarean Folston returns as a starter, Williams and fellow freshman Josh Adams couldn’t ask for a more advantageous situation, especially with C.J. Prosise taking time to heal an ailing hip flexor.
Aug 20, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT
Don’t talk to KeiVarae Russell anymore about his suspension. He’s not all that interested. He discussed it with Sports Illustrated, he discussed it at the opening of training camp and he continued to answer questions about it on Media Day.
Aug 19, 2015, 10:13 PM EDT
Talented freshman cornerback Shaun Crawford tore his ACL at practice on Wednesday and is lost for the season. Brian Kelly made the announcement Wednesday night via the sports information department.
Aug 19, 2015, 1:49 PM EDT
As part of a talented group of freshman defensive backs, Ashton White has made his presence felt on campus quickly, joining Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman in their attack on the depth chart. Another cornerback with good length and athleticism, White’s career begins as the freshman class looks to make an unlikely imprint on the 2105 season.
Aug 19, 2015, 4:03 AM EDT
It was the standard Media Day dog-and-pony show in South Bend on Tuesday, with national reporters descending on Notre Dame to pay proper respects to the Irish football program, all while likely wondering if this is indeed “the year.” And perhaps it’s because Brian Kelly already delivered a lengthy state of the union address to open camp—or more likely—because he’s already sick of talking about the enhanced expectations for his sixth team, Tuesday afternoon felt like a redundancy that coaches and players alike wanted to put in the rearview mirror.