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  1. ND band highlights: The MSU edition

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    The band got off to a quick start, opening up in the spread before playing a rousing version of West Side Story, a big crowd favorite. The woodwinds on “Tonight” whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and some said gave Brian Smith and the linebacking crew a little extra energy in the second half. Again,…

  2. The highlights: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT

    Before we all start worrying about Michael Floyd, the woeful defense, and everything else that wasn’t pretty, here’s a quick video recap of the game, courtesy of the video guys.  

  3. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2009, 8:30 PM EDT

    When Kirk Cousins’ pass to a wide-open Larry Caper sailed over the  receivers head in the back of the end zone with just over seventy seconds to play in the game, the Irish got something they had been searching for all season: A break. Cousins’ very next throw was intercepted by safety Kyle McCarthy, effectively…

  4. Notre Dame vs. Michigan State — Live Blog

    Sep 19, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

  5. Yep, he punched him.

    Sep 19, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Earlier in the week, we all spent a few too many minutes scouring YouTube for footage of Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton throwing an upper-cut under the helmet of Notre Dame center Eric Olsen. Irish fans spent much of the week complaining that the Big Ten refs that officiated the game missed more than a few…

  6. Weekend primer: Will Irish answer the bell?

    Sep 18, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    There’s little doubt that neither the Irish nor the Spartans wanted to be in the position that they’ll be in tomorrow. When the final whistle blows, one team will be looking at a 1-2 record. One team will be answering tough questions that are usually reserved for a team that has been left for dead.…

  7. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Sep 18, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    A quick recap of Weis’ press session on Thursday: * Dan Wegner missed practice earlier in the week, but he’s clear to go for the game this weekend. * No new injuries to report, although James Aldridge isn’t ready to go yet. “I don’t think he’s ready to hit somebody with his shoulder yet,” Weis…

  8. Talk back: more chatter with those folks from East Lansing

    Sep 18, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Earlier in the week, we talked with LVS of The Only Colors, a Michigan State blog that’s attitude is “Nothing wrong that a trip to South Bend can’t fix.” Well, for some reason he found me reliable enough to talk intelligently about Notre Dame football. (He obviously didn’t see last week’s live blog.) After a…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.)

  20. 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,…