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  1. deadman3020 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Keith,
    Can you give us an update on our 2014 recruits?

    • nudeman - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      deadman
      Love the name

  2. dmacirish - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Can you help me here? Wait that wasn’t the actual question. I am heading out to the game and I need to know if Primanti Bros. sandwiches are really as good as folks make them out to be. Any insight on this and if there is a difference in the sandwich to be had at the Strip District (easy dickasman) and the locations in the stadium? I would have to imagine the original location has a better craftsmanship in the actual sandwich but could be crowded as all heck.

  3. aisforara - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Why is it that ND’s offense seems incapable (with the exception of Temple and Air Force games) of extending a one-score lead to a two-score lead? Is it complacency? A flaw in tactics or strategy? Lack of fire? Lack of leadership? Here’s what I do know: It’s incredibly frustrating.

  4. getsome99 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    The lowest point has to be a toss up between the entire 3-9 season and the O’ Leary fiasco.

    • yllibnosredna - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Keith,

      Although it’s always a dubious subject to discuss (particularly recently at Notre Dame), I have a question in regards to ND’s most recent recruiting cycles. Despite the fact that ND’s coaching staff has done a tremendous job landing some big-time talent hitting the West coast and the southeast and Texas hard, it seems like ND is whiffing on some big fish in their own back yard. Perhaps not in Indiana (with Jaylon Smith, Sheldon Day, and Gunner Kiel all signing with ND), but in nearby Midwestern states, particularly Illinois–specifically the Chicago area. Names like Laquon Treadwell, Ty Isaac, and Ethan Pocic come to mind. In this year’s recruiting cycle, Nyles Morgan seems like a long shot, and neither Clifton Garrett nor Jamarco Jones (who attends a Catholic school) really even seemed to consider Notre Dame as a legitimate option. In addition, consensus top 5 recruit Jabrill Peppers, who also attends a Catholic school in a relatively nearby state, never had ND on his radar. I guess I am curious as to why lately ND has been able to grab a guy like Greg Bryant from a secular school in Florida yet is struggling to get a blue chip from a Catholic school in Chicago or the Northeast. Your thoughts?

      • nudeman - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        That is a great question, and the Catholic HS angle is a legit head scratcher.
        I can perfectly understand not getting someone like Treadwell, especially when he chooses Ole Miss.
        That just tells you right there he isn’t interested in finding out what a classroom looks like

        But the Catholic school kids, especially from the Midwest … they should get more of them

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        living in new jersey, i’d love for it if every blue chip player from Don Bosco was crossing his fingers and saying prayers that they get an offer from ND, just as i wish every 5-star kid in every catholic high school in florida, texas and california felt the same way. as much as we like to believe that every kid going to a powerhouse catholic high school dreams of playing for ND, it’s not the case.

        the stark reality is that plenty of the top athletes going to the powerhouse catholic high schools aren’t attending those schools because of the religious instruction, the academics or even the sweet uniforms. plenty of the prospects are going to these schools because of the schools’ renowned athletic programs, the teams’ national rankings and national exposure to college coaches, with academics maybe a consideration down the list a ways. as a result, there’s no automatic loyalty to ND like there used to be in the old days.

        i am not busting chops on geography here, but jabrill peppers is from paramus, new jersey which is about as “relatively nearby” south bend as is sioux falls, south dakota.

  5. dmacirish - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Can you help me with something? Wait that wasn’t the actual question. I am heading out to Pittsburgh for the game and need to know if the Primanti Bros. sandwiches are all they are cracked up to be. Is there a difference between the Strip District’s (easy dickasman) and the stadium’s locations? I would have to think the original location has better craftsmanship to their work.

    • getsome99 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      They’re good but they’re even better late night after some drinking. Strip district is open all night if your down there after the game.

  6. jmfinsd - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    We all love Irish Chocolate and Tuitt, but apparently we’re biased. Neither is listed as one of the 12 finalists for the Lombardi award given to the nation’s top lineman (offensive or defensive) or linebacker. How can 2 guys be expected to be top 10 or 20 draft picks, but not be on this list? And while this does nothing to support an argument for Nix to come back (out of eligibility), do you think this is an indication of the perception of Tuitt that he needs to come back next year to rectify?

  7. Tim's Neighbor - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I don’t have the data and wouldn’t know where to find it, but it seems like our defense has performed much better since we stopped blitzing so much. Is my theory right? If so, think the health of Tuitt had something to do with it? If I’m not right, I’m married, so I’m used to it. No big deal.

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