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Keith Arnold

  1. We are one week away from Jimmy-palooza

    Oct 7, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    For all those people who are worried that Jimmy Clausen isn’t getting the national respect that he deserves, fear not: It’s coming. Clausen’s weekly heroics during this Saturday’s game against Washington earned Jimmy the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s Quarterback of the Week award. His 422 yards passing and almost 75 percent accuracy pushed Clausen’s passer rating…

  2. What's wrong with the defense?

    Oct 6, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Irish enter their bye week with four wins in their first five games. But after a convincing shutout victory in the season opener against Nevada, the Irish defense — a unit many believed to be ready to take a major step forward — has gone backwards. What’s wrong with this Irish defense? I won’t…

  3. ND vs. UW — battle of the bands

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    It wasn’t just an instant classic for four quarters and overtime, but for 8 glorious edited minutes, the Washington Husky and Notre Dame Fighting Irish bands battled on the rain soaked field. The Irish spelled out Styx while blasting “Come Sail Away,” clearing channeling their inner-hair band, and even formed a sailboat before breaking into…

  4. Huskies cry foul on officiating

    Oct 6, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    For much of the season, Notre Dame and their fans must have felt like a secret vendetta was being carried out against the Irish by the officials. You could continue to say the same thing after the Washington game on Saturday, with a bizarre roughing the snapper call giving the Huskies four extra shots at…

  5. Tale of two coaches

    Oct 5, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT

    Just looking at the two coaches, you can see how emotionally drained they are. Here are the post-game comments of both Charlie Weis and Steve Sarkisian. Say this for Sark, he’s an incredibly classy guy. There has been quite a bit of rumbling on the internet and amongst Washington fans that feel like the referees…

  6. Polls highlight the inexact science in college football formula

    Oct 5, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT

    Maybe I’m one of the only people who isn’t that worked up about Notre Dame’s exclusion from the Top 25 polls. Do I think the Irish deserve to be ranked? Absolutely. Do I think people should be worked up about it? Absolutely not. While it’s not in my agenda to question pollsters, it should be…

  7. ND vs UW — Highlights

    Oct 5, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    Just to put a bow on the instant classic, here’s a quick look at the highlights, courtesy of the video guys at NBCSports.com.

  8. The good, the bad, the ugly: Washington

    Oct 5, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Upon further review, the Irish still won the football game against the Huskies on a rain-soaked Saturday in South Bend. While Husky fans might want a review of a few plays around the goal-line, and Irish fans want an explanation for the bizarre roughing the snapper penalty that gave UW four free plays at the…

  9. ND vs UW — Overtime

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:45 PM EDT

    The stirring conclusion of another game of the year candidate. Here’s to earning your bye week.

  10. ND vs. UW — 4th quarter

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT

    Fast forward to the 3:15 mark and watch one of the most epic goal-line stands in Irish history…

  11. ND vs. UW — 3rd quarter

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:32 PM EDT

    A little Nick Tausch, a little Jake Locker, and a fairly low scoring quarter. The rain was really pouring here…

  12. ND vs. UW — 2nd quarter

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:19 PM EDT

    Here’s the second quarter cut-down. Highlights (or lowlights) include Clausen’s lateral/failed screenpass, some Nick Tausch field goals, and an incredible scramble, throw, catch, and run by JC and Golden Tate. An hour of your life condensed to 11 minutes and 48 seconds.

  13. ND vs. UW — 1st Quarter

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:16 PM EDT

    Take a look at the first quarter cut-down by the fine gentlemen in the video department. The opening salvo of another epic game.

  14. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Oct 3, 2009, 10:00 PM EDT

    “I think that the entire game, the ebb and flow of the game, probably the whole game came down to that double goal-line stand. Not the goal-line stand, the double goal-line stand.”

  15. That's what he said: Steve Sarkisian

    Oct 3, 2009, 9:34 PM EDT

    “You know, the bottom line is this game came down to we had two opportunities to score touchdowns from the one yard line, two separate occasions, and we came away with three total points. That’s the bottom line.” 

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Washington

    Oct 3, 2009, 8:15 PM EDT

    It’s bordering on ridiculous and closing quickly on beyond description. The Irish once again pull out a miracle football game and win one for the ages. Maybe it’s not for the ages, but merely for the season,  as the Irish are making a case for reserving their own ESPN Classic channel. As Jake Locker’s fourth…

  17. T minus 2.5 hours until kickoff

    Oct 3, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s cloudy and cool in South Bend right now, and we’re just about two-and-a-half hours away from kickoff. Just a reminder that, as always, we’ll be live-blogging the action, so bring your questions, comments, doomsday optimism, and anything else you want to share as I give myself carpal-tunnel trying to break my own record for…

  18. Irish need complete effort

    Oct 3, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Notre Dame faces an important test today with the Washington Huskies. Empirically, the Irish are the better team. They have a more explosive offense, a defense with less question marks (believe it or not), and the advantage of playing in front of 80,000 of their own fans. Yet there is a general sense of uneasiness…

  19. Weekend primer: Notes before UW

    Oct 2, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’ve got a collection of links I’ve been storing this week, trying to find a place to fit them in or write them up, but they just never came together. Consider this force-feeding: * A few days ago, Mike Baldwin of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote a post comparing the paths of Jake Locker and Jimmy…

  20. What will rain mean to Saturday's game?

    Oct 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    As Coach Weis alluded to in his brief comments today, the weather forecast for this weekend looks dreary in South Bend. The cool, wet weather should hang around all day Saturday, meaning that the game could be the first real “weather game” of the season. The first thing that comes to mind when we talk…

  21. Coachspeak: Why we shouldn't believe a word they say

    Oct 2, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Having been to a few coaching press conferences, I can tell you they are far from glamorous. One of the more ridiculous things in movies (other than the always available parking spots, or the scrawny bad guy fighting to a draw with the yoked up hero) is the energy in press conferences. It’s as if…

  22. New Rockne sculpture to be dedicated

    Oct 1, 2009, 5:16 PM EDT

    New news out of Notre Dame from the always awesome Bronze Sculpture Department: Notre Dame will unveil a bronze sculpture of coaching great Knute Rockne on Friday. The sculpture of the most successful coach in Fighting Irish history depicts Rockne in his coaching sweatshirt and baseball pants with his hands on his hips. Rockne had…

  23. That's what he said: Steve Sarkisian

    Oct 1, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    Steve Sarkisian spoke with the media yesterday to talk about the Fighting Irish. The fine gentlemen upstairs at NBCSports.com cut up the greatest hits of his press conference to give us a peek at what Coach Sark is preparing for. Here’s what he said: