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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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:

  10. 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:

  11. 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…

  12. ND band highlights

    Sep 6, 2009, 1:26 PM EDT

    For those of you who enjoy halftime just as much as the game (probably more applicable the past two seasons), here’s video of the Notre Dame marching band and their halftime performance. Great footwork by the woodwinds, and I was really impressed by the push the sousaphones got during Mango. Overall, sterling work by the…

  13. So pretty: game highlights

    Sep 6, 2009, 12:13 AM EDT

    Take a look at the slick highlights our video crew put together from today’s decisive victory. I might just keep this one on loop tonight and soak it in, because come tomorrow, it’s time to start talking Michigan.

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Nevada

    Sep 5, 2009, 6:49 PM EDT

    The Irish’s 35-0 dismantling of Nevada has a lot of people wondering what this means for Notre Dame this season. I’m not quite ready to project the future, but it was certainly a good way to start. Here are five things we learned: 1) Jimmy Clausen is ready for his close-up. Clausen was in complete…

  15. Notre Dame vs. Nevada — 2nd half live blog

    Sep 5, 2009, 5:39 PM EDT

    5:37 — I couldn’t even finish my meal before having to type MISTER MICHAEL FLOYD. Friend of ITI, Bruce Feldman called Floyd the best offensive recruit since the Lou Holtz era, and I’m 100 percent behind that claim. (Although, I’m admittedly biased.) 5:40 — I was just thinking how I hope that the Nevada fans…

  16. Notre Dame vs. Nevada — Live Blog

    Sep 5, 2009, 3:39 PM EDT

    The first ever Inside the Irish live blog… I apologize in advance for any typos, factual misrepresentation, or unnecessary movie references. Here we go… 3:42 — Alex Flanagan explains to us that Charlie Weis will have his back to the field… I’m not really sure what to do with that. 3:43 — Theo Riddick back…

  17. T-minus 20 minutes…

    Sep 5, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    It looks like a perfect NBC Saturday at Notre Dame, and it’s a beautiful day here at the Inside the Irish headquarters, approximately 2,112 miles away. After a long morning of prep, we’ve managed to get a TV onto our rooftop, a huge tent to protect from the glare, and a nice cooler filled with…

  18. Offensive line preview: Final answer

    Sep 5, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    A commenter during my preview of Jimmy Clausen and the rest of the Notre Dame quarterbacks took umbrage with my comment, “Notre Dame’s season goes as Jimmy Clausen goes.” His response was this: I obviously agree that Claussen’s development is essential for Notre Dame to have a successful season, but I think the season goes…

  19. Weekend primer: Pregame rituals

    Sep 5, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Lot of athletes have bizarre pregame rituals. Wade Boggs used to eat chicken before every game. All 162. I’m surprised he didn’t grow feathers. Hockey player Bruce Gardiner used to dunk his stick in a toilet before a game, because a teammate thought he was slumping because he treated his stick too nicely. And Cleveland…

  20. Just finding us? Better late than never…

    Sep 5, 2009, 5:00 AM EDT

    Welcome to the Inside the Irish blog. You’re a little over a week late, but we won’t hold it against you. In fact, we’ll slip you a crib sheet to help you get started. Here’s a quick look at the greatest hits of what we did in the past 8 days. Enjoy. We introduced our…