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Keith Arnold

  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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,…

  7. Checking in on the transfers

    Sep 10, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    While most of us were busy watching the Irish kick-start their season with a shutout victory, there were a select group of former Irish football players still giving it their all on the college gridiron. Here’s a quick look at what a few members of this group of transfers did at their new schools. *…

  8. Is being favored a good thing?

    Sep 10, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal took the time to talk about how the unexpected has always seemingly conquered in the Notre Dame-Michigan series. I’m not sure if this makes me feel better or worse about the Irish being a three-point favorite on Saturday, as I thought the line would be closer to a touchdown for the…

  9. Rich Rodriguez: now with video!

    Sep 10, 2009, 1:17 PM EDT

    Here’s a closer look at Rich Rodriguez talking about the Notre Dame game. Thanks to the video guys at NBCSports.com for putting this together. (I couldn’t be more excited about Saturday’s tilt.)

  10. Michigan long snapper has ties to the Irish

    Sep 10, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Searching the Wolverine’s official website for a transcript of Rich Rodriguez’s Notre Dame press conference (und.com is way better site by the way), I stumbled on an article that was pretty interesting. Props to the writer for coming up with a good headline: “Tommy Hates Michigan Football.” Michigan long snapper Tom Pomarico’s father, Frank Pomarico,…

  11. That's what he said: Rich Rodriguez

    Sep 10, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Today’s edition of “That’s what he said” focuses on Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. Rich has had a couple of tough weeks. From major accusations that he’s running a corrupt program, to being sued by a bank in Virginia that claims he defaulted on nearly $4 million in loans, he even cried on national TV. (It’s…

  12. Forcier family could be all sorts of crazy

    Sep 9, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    It’s pretty tough to be objective when you’re dealing with a quarterback like Tate Forcier. While his debut was certainly impressive, it’s hard to root for the kid when you dig a little deeper into the freshman Michigan quarterback. As I mentioned earlier today, even Charlie Weis, who can find something complimentary to say about…

  13. Very cool game day experience

    Sep 9, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    University of Notre Dame photographer Matt Cashore took a 360-degree photo from the middle of Notre Dame stadium just before kickoff on Saturday. The shot took him nine seconds, and is a part of a very cool website designed by the university. I took about three minutes to mess around with the interactive photo, and…

  14. Tuesdays with Charlie: Michigan Edition

    Sep 9, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    As you may well already know, Tuesday is my favorite week day for Notre Dame football. Today’s press conference was another wonderful dose of CW, and it’s very clear that he didn’t spend all his time this offseason getting ready for the Pistol. Here are some tidbits from Tuesday’s with Charlie. * Introduction word count:…

  15. And in that corner… the Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 9, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    There’s really nothing to be said about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry that hasn’t already been said. It is not just another game. As a wide-eyed freshman, I remember the football season as follows: The Michigan game… and everything else. Five days ago, both Notre Dame and Michigan were at low water marks. Michigan coming off…

  16. Catching up with… Pat Haden

    Sep 8, 2009, 5:35 PM EDT

    Pat Haden and Notre Dame football are improbably intermixed. That an award-winning quarterback at USC becomes a prominent part of Notre Dame football is undoubtedly odd, but Haden has become a staple of the Notre Dame broadcasts along with partner Tom Hammond. In his own right, Haden is a fascinating character. He was a part…

  17. Aldridge out for Michigan

    Sep 8, 2009, 4:10 PM EDT

    Bad news out of Charlie Weis’ Tuesday press conference. Fullback James Aldridge will miss Saturday’s tilt against Michigan with a sprained shoulder. Weis said that Robert Hughes will start at fullback, which seemed like the logical next step. He also hinted at the severity of the injury, saying that Aldridge would be questionable for the…

  18. Irish victory nets them recruiting win

    Sep 8, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    If the Nevada victory wasn’t enough to lift the spirits of the Irish faithful, the win also saw the Notre Dame recruiting class grow to fifteen with the commitment of running back Cameron Roberson. Depending on what website you read, Roberson is a three or four star recruit, with an impressive list of scholarship offers.…

  19. The Nevada link dump

    Sep 7, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    Okay, I know I said that I wouldn’t write anything else on Nevada, but I thought it’d be a good time to drop off some of the good things that I saw other people write. Here they are, in no order of importance. * Eric Hansen lays out some questions and answers after the Nevada…

  20. Onward to Michigan

    Sep 7, 2009, 12:36 PM EDT

    Having turned the page to Michigan, I’m struggling to come up with words to describe how big I think this game will be. Count me as one of the people who were glad that the Wolverines stepped up and played a nice first half against Western Michigan. Watching a replay of the game (courtesy of…

  21. The good, the bad, the ugly: Nevada

    Sep 6, 2009, 8:02 PM EDT

    (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly will be a weekly Sunday feature that will put the previous week’s game to bed.) This is my final wrap up post on the Nevada game. I think as Notre Dame fans, it’s time we turn the page and begin preparing for the big showdown with Michigan in the…

  22. Quarter four: Putting it to bed

    Sep 6, 2009, 7:47 PM EDT

    Talk about an efficient finish. The 4th quarter cuts down to 6 minutes and 49 seconds. Enjoy Manti Te’o blowing up Nevada players and Dayne Crist hitting Deion Walker in the chest for his first catch. Also, John Goodman makes a few nifty moves on his punt return, adding another impressive weapon to the special…

  23. Quarter three: Watch this

    Sep 6, 2009, 7:36 PM EDT

    Settle in and enjoy your first chance at seeing many promising young underclassmen, as well as the phenomenal 88-yard touchdown catch and run from Mister Michael Floyd:

  24. Let the good times roll: 2nd quarter cut-down

    Sep 6, 2009, 7:24 PM EDT

    Let’s take a look back at a second quarter that saw the Irish explode for 21 points:

  25. Replaying the Irish

    Sep 6, 2009, 6:16 PM EDT

    Okay, so maybe I’m a little late to the party, but I’m honestly loving the NBCSports.com video player. We’ve gotten more than a few comments from people (okay, a person) who would like to see us utilize existing technology in other ways, but from my point of view, we’re doing a pretty good job of…