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Keith Arnold

  1. Irish face a stout test in the middle

    Sep 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    This Saturday’s game against Michigan State is full of storylines that have a familiar ring to Irish fans. A rival that recently has Notre Dame’s number. A must-win game for head coach Charlie Weis. A chance for Notre Dame to bounce back from disappointment. One thing uniquely singular is the man in the middle of…

  2. Jon Tenuta: The video tells it all…

    Sep 17, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jon Tenuta doesn’t look like he’s having much fun talking about his defense. Maybe I’m understating that. Jon Tenuta looks like he’d rather wait in line at the DMV, paint the guest bathroom a light coral color, and then sit down and catch Ghost Whisperer with his wife, than answer these questions. Especially when someone…

  3. That's quite a nice tip for a LaFortune delivery gal…

    Sep 17, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    Yahoo! has the market covered for silly stories that somehow get me to click on them. (Meet the world’s new tallest man..? Okay!) Last night when I was doing some digging on the Spartan’s, Yahoo! ran a headline with the Golden Dome as the image and a teaser that said, “$29,000 tip makes trouble.” Color…

  4. Pictures, pictures, pictures

    Sep 17, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Our friends over at MGoBlog had this to say about the overturned screen pass to Armando Allen. Our friends over at NDNation had this to say about the officiating last weekend. I’ve got my own opinions, but it’s worth reading both sides of the story, and then agreeing with NDNation making up your own mind.

  5. Mr. Floyd update: He looks nimble

    Sep 17, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Thanks to Ben Ford of the Elkhart Truth for the proof that a gash on the knee won’t stop one of Notre Dame’s two Heisman candidates good players from being ready this weekend. Ben’s video of Mister Michael Floyd working the knee out was the calm reassurance that I’m going to need as I keep…

  6. That's what he said: Mark Dantonio

    Sep 17, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Dantonio met with the press yesterday and discussed his upcoming game with the Fighting Irish. Here’s what he said: On moving past last week’s loss: I think it’s important that we move forward. Certainly, we need to focus on the solution here, what the problem was, critique the problems that we had, plan forward,…

  7. NCAA President Myles Brand passes away

    Sep 16, 2009, 9:17 PM EDT

    Sad news out of Indianapolis, as NCAA president Myles Brand lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. Before taking the head job at the NCAA, Brand was president of Indiana University from 1994-2002, and president of University of Oregon from 1989-1994. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick had this to say about Brand: “I’m fortunate to…

  8. And in that corner… the Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 16, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    It hasn’t exactly been a love affair between the Spartans of Michigan State and the Fighting Irish, yet a unique rivalry has been crafted between the two teams. (Who else plays for a half blue/half white megaphone?) As Michigan State prepares to come to Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday, we caught up with renowned Michigan…

  9. Catching up with… Terrail Lambert

    Sep 16, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Few Notre Dame fans will forget the unbelievable comeback victory the Irish snatched away from the Michigan State Spartans in 2006. (If you want a reminder, check out this link.) While the offensive heroics were supplied by Brady Quinn, Rhema McKnight, John Carlson and Jeff Samardzija, the key defensive plays were supplied by cornerback Terrail…

  10. Mouton punched Olson… I think

    Sep 16, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Not that it matters, but one of the plays submitted to the Big Ten was a review of Jonas Mouton punching Eric Olsen in the 2nd quarter of the game that we’re done discussing. The South Bend Tribune has footage of “the punch,” and it feels a little like I’m Jim Garrison rewatching the Zapruder…

  11. Tuesdays with Charlie: Now with video!

    Sep 15, 2009, 7:44 PM EDT

    The fine wizards upstairs put together some video of the Charlie Weis press conference. I think it’s clear that he’s put his best foot forward and is moving on to beating Michigan State. By the looks for the comments on this story, not everybody else is, though.)

  12. Tuesdays with Charlie: Michigan State edition

    Sep 15, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Coach Weis just finished up his remarks on Michigan State and while I won’t have a final word count on his opening statement until the transcript is up, here are a few quick tidbits that I think people will find interesting: On Michael Floyd: Weis made it clear that “Floyd doesn’t have a knee injury,…

  13. Mr. Floyd will be ready

    Sep 15, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Today is “Let’s look at the positives” Tuesday. And one of the biggest positives I can think of is that Mister Michael Floyd (MMF) will most likely be in the lineup and ready to torch the Spartans this weekend. “He took 15 stitches in his knee. I think, more than anything else, he’s a little…

  14. Turning the page

    Sep 14, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    I’ll attempt to make this my final post on the Michigan game. I haven’t been able to watch a replay of the game just yet, and I’m guessing that I probably won’t get around to it this week. And it’s probably for the best. Everybody needs to turn the page. It’s been interesting (and a…

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Michigan

    Sep 14, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    The loss to Michigan was crushing. Something felt off from the start, and for much of the game, the score didn’t seem to correlate with what we were seeing. The Irish ran and threw the ball at will, yet the scoreboard didn’t seem to notice. All the goodwill the Irish built after their impressive showing…

  16. Filling the void

    Sep 13, 2009, 5:50 PM EDT

    I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened, but the results are in. Notre Dame lost to Michigan. The underdog won again, and this time Irish fans are the ones feeling the shock. I’ll be the first to admit that I was way off on this one, and I really felt Notre Dame would…

  17. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Sep 13, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    “I was letting them know that’s my right. As they tell you before the game, If you need me, you tell one of the guys on the sideline to come and get me. I have to be careful when I say this. I have Big 10 officials coming in this week again. But that game…

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 12, 2009, 7:27 PM EDT

    I’m still stunned at what just happened and the end of the game is one of the more confusing, frustrating, and inexplicable endings to a football game Notre Dame fans have seen since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC game. Let’s find some semblance of balance and figure out the five things that we learned: 1) Notre…

  19. T-minus 2 hours…

    Sep 12, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    Are you ready? I’m ready. Watching these early games is just a nice solid base before the two-course extravaganza that’s going to take place later today with the ND-Michigan tilt as the USC-Ohio State showdown. While I’m not in Ann Arbor for the festivities, I’m in the next best place for a big football weekend:…

  20. Smart Football dissects Notre Dame's offense

    Sep 11, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    Last week, we had Chris Brown give us a little bit of insight into the Pistol offense. This week, over at Dr. Saturday, Chris broke down the defensive challenges Michigan will face when trying to stop Charlie Weis’ offense. Give it a read, as I think there are a lot of very interesting things, both…

  21. Weekend primer: From their perspective

    Sep 11, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    I’ve been reading some opposing viewpoints to try and get a better feel for this game, and stumbled upon a few good reads. Thought I’d pass them along: The Wolverine.com: Breaks down the matchups. Here’s how he sees it: UM’s pass protection vs. ND’s pass rush — Edge: NDND’s pass protection vs. UM’s pass rush…

  22. Weekend primer: short and sweet

    Sep 11, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    During the Brady Quinn/Charlie Weis era, the Irish were one of the best screen passing teams in the country. Weis’ ability to design quick, high-percentage passes to a variety of weapons, whether it was Darius Walker, Jeff Samardzija, Rhema McKnight, Anthony Fasano, or John Carlson, made the screen pass an immediate offensive staple brought along…

  23. Weekend primer: Manti Te'o sizzle reel

    Sep 11, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    After months of anticipation, Manti Te’o made his Notre Dame debut against Nevada. He immediately announced his presence with authority, making a tackle on his very first play from scrimmage. Te’o blew up another few members of the Wolf Pack during his limited playing time last weekend, and if you’re looking for a defensive key,…

  24. Inside the Irish vs. MGoBlog: The Podcast

    Sep 11, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a showdown, but both Brian Cook of MGoBlog and I took part in a two-part podcast with Will Brinson of BusterSports.com. It was nice of Will to invite me on, and if you’re looking for a little opinion on what Brian or I think is going to happen this Saturday,…