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  1. IBG: The season finale

    Nov 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping everybody is spending it with family, friends and loved ones. The Notre Dame football team is gathering today, with coaches and their families celebrating with the team as a new record for turkeys eaten is attempted. Before I get to work in the kitchen today, let’s get to the IBG (sorry,…

  2. IBG: USC edition

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:06 PM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    Is it me, or are we all a little bit subdued about this weekend’s football game? Whether or not Lane Kiffin is still on the sidelines, there’s no bigger game this year (or at least from now until Stanford) for the Irish. The Trojans come to town for their biannual October trip to the Midwest,…

  3. IBG: Shamrock Showdown

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    Any time you have a first five games that includes Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma, the chance for losing football games is there. But perhaps the disappointment for most Irish fans comes from the way Notre Dame lost the games — a series of self-inflicted mistakes that many hoped were behind this team. But as…

  4. IBG: Sparty on!

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    It’s that time of week where we fly at 35,000 feet and get our weekly status report on the Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, I’m quizzing the godfather of the IBG, The Subway Domer. I asked him to sort out the running back situation, the Irish problems on defense, and hand out his letter grades…

  5. IBG: Bring on MICHIGAN! (Loud Noises!)

    Sep 5, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    Quite a week. A rivalry that’s not a rivalry brought out some original storytellers, and added even more focus to a football game that looks like it could be a great one. We’ll break down some match-ups that are worth watching as we lead up to the game, but now’s the time for our weekly…

  6. IBG: Summer Session

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:26 AM EST

    ibg_nokelly3

    We’re getting closer. With the July 4th holiday right around the corner, it won’t be long until August is here and preseason camp begins. That might be a depressing thought to those of you who look forward to these summer months (me), but at least we know football is getting closer. To that point, we…

  7. IBG: Down the stretch we come

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:11 AM EST

    Tommy Rees USF

    If rivalries were measured by the excellence of snarky t-shirts generated by students and fans, the Notre Dame-Boston College match-up would be up there with the best rivalries in all of college football. When the Eagles come to town, a fanbase with an awful lot of similarities joins them, and the result is the kind…

  8. IBG: Struggling to focus on football

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Joe Paterno Penn State

    It’s been a weird week. Apologies for maybe coming up a little short on columns this week, but I’ve just been transfixed to the situation evolving in Happy Valley. What a sad state of affairs, and it makes it pretty difficult to get excited about a football game when you’re watching a horrific scandal that’s…

  9. IBG: Getting ready for the Irish Wake

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    aaron lynch Sack

    Okay people, don’t worry — nobody died. But while some of you might be mourning the fact that they decided to stack Notre Dame-Wake Forest at the exact same time as LSU-Alabama, I wouldn’t be insulted if you simply followed me on the live-blog Saturday night while flipping back and forth between the two games.…

  10. IBG: Anchors…Away!

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Michael Floyd 3

    (Yes, I know the song is titled Anchors Aweigh.) A four game winning streak had people feeling pretty good about the Irish. But a loss to now 6-1 USC has people ready to jump overboard, just as Navy and its dangerous triple-option attack come to town. While Irish fans might be walking around with an…

  11. IBG: Burning the midnight oil

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:41 AM EST

    Rocket Pep Rally

    Apologies for the late arrival of this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering. Boarding a United flight out of LAX to O’Hare, I was wondering if I was boarding an episode of Pan Am, as the plane they rolled out for us was from a long forgotten era, and of course… it didn’t have wifi. So this…

  12. IBG: And on to Air Force

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:26 AM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    We’re back with another edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering. If you’ve missed the last few, you’ve missed me comparing the Irish quarterbacking depth chart to TV’s leading ladies, Little Mac’s journey to beat Iron Mike, and other answers to questions that I’ve retro-fit to keep this blog family friendly and  my job safe. This…

  13. IBG: Pushing towards Purdue

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

    George Atkinson MSU

    In case people forgot, the Irish are playing a football game this Saturday night. Yep, they’ll be hopping on the bus and heading down to West Lafayette, enjoying that glorious drive down US 31 into Boilermaker country, where a hostile crowd will be looking to enact revenge from 2009, where Purdue nearly pulled the upset…

  14. IBG: Life at the quarter-turn

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    Little Mac

    Slow this season down, please! After months of analyzing and dissecting all the things related to the 2011 football season, the first three weeks — in all their bizarre and agonizing glory — are already gone. Not a lot of people saw a 1-2 start for the Irish, and nobody saw the way the Irish…

  15. IBG: Snapping back for the Spartans

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Kelly Dantonio

    Saturday can’t come soon enough for the Irish, who’ll be looking to get rid of a very bad taste in their mouths after last week’s collapse against Michigan. Brian Kelly had the Irish going full tilt in practice yesterday, getting physical in its preparation for a smash-mouth Spartans team coming to town this Saturday. Before…

  16. IBG: Turning the page to Michigan

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:16 PM EST

    Denard Robinson Manti Te'o

    As an 18-year-old freshman, I had no idea just what my first big-time college football game would be like. Sure, I had sat in a half-empty Metrodome once or twice, watching the hometown Gophers take one on the chin to a team like Houston or Purdue, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the absolute pandemonium…

  17. IBG: Day of reckoning in the Coliseum

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    Southern California Oregon St Football

    The one bad thing about USC week when the game is in Los Angeles is that most people step away from college football for things like… well, Thanksgiving. And while only 46 percent of the country may be able to see this game (it’ll likely go up as ABC realizes how dumb their original coverage…

  18. IBG: Let’s talk Utah

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:55 AM EST

    The Irish Blogger Gathering reconvenes after the bye weekend, with Anthony Pilcher of Clashmore Mike supplying the questions. If you’ve missed this feature throughout the year, you’ll catch up soon enough. AP asks the questions, we’ll do the answering. For a wide variety of answers, check them out here: 1. Notre Dame is 4-5 with…

  19. IBG: Better late than never

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:19 PM EST

    I missed out on the Irish Blog Gathering last week, and even though most Irish fans are still dragging, Subway Domer did too good of a job assembling this week’s questions to ignore them completely. Here we go with this week’s edition, proposed Monday evening: 1. A young man of 12 arrives in the United…