Miscellany, News »

By · April 21st, 2009 · 1,387 views
The Art of Beating a Dead Horse

This past weekend was the annual Blue-Gold spring football game for the Fighting Irish. It was a game that, at times, lulled me to sleep and, at other times, got me excited for the young, developing talent on display. After a rigorous post-game debriefing with my brother and my dad, I was certain that the morning would bring a newspaper stuffed full of interesting perceptions …

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By · April 21st, 2009 · 1,699 views
Clashmore Mike Welcomes Michael Collins

Clashmore Mike is proud to announce the addition of Michael Collins to our team of crack writers. Michael has been one of the strongest voices in Notre Dame football at Bleacher Report for a long while and has a unique voice and keen understanding of the Fighting Irish. We’re excited to read his forthcoming contributions.

Michael will largely be responsible for covering things from a …

Game Coverage, Off-Season »

By · April 20th, 2009 · 1,838 views
2009 Blue-Gold Game Reactions

The 2009 Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium threatened to turn into a snooze-fest for the fans and it appeared, for a significant number of those in attendance, that this ended up being the case. As numerous publications and pundits cautioned before the game, it can be futile to infer too much about the status of a team following a spring scrimmage, but surely there …

Game Coverage, University »

By · April 18th, 2009 · 1,915 views
Live Coverage of the 2009 Blue-Gold Game

We’ve been fortunate enough to secure a press credential to the 2009 Blue-Gold Game live at Notre Dame stadium. Our thanks go out to Senior Associate Athletic Director, John Heisler, for allowing us this last-minute opportunity.

Our intention is to provide live, interactive coverage during the game via the Live section of our site which can be accessed in the navigation bar above, or by …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · April 9th, 2009 · 1,596 views
Consistency Is Key

“…the day to day consistency. We’ll flash that we know how to do it at times and then we’ll not do it another time. So the consistency of doing it over and over are things you harp on.” – Frank Verducci

If you’ve read my previous article, you’ll notice that, at times, I love playing devil’s advocate. I wrote that article as much for other …

News, Off-Season, Personnel »

By · April 3rd, 2009 · 1,956 views
Curb(ing) Your Enthusiasm

What I appreciate most about the Notre Dame fan base, and what normally annoys anyone who doesn’t bleed Blue and Gold, is our unending devotion to the Irish and our blind support of the football team—including to the point of humiliation (see: 2007). If we sit around long enough and think about the team enough, we start to rationalize why Notre Dame should go undefeated …

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By · March 21st, 2009 · 2,661 views
Spring Cleaning for the Fighting Irish

Spring cleaning…for anyone who isn’t a spitting image of Danny Tanner, this term evokes many feelings of disgust, hate, and loathing. At least, that’s what I feel when I think of spring cleaning. It’s a tedious task that usually takes up an entire Saturday–a Saturday that could be spent watching TV, playing video games, or watching videos of Jerome Bettis clown-stomp the Florida Gators. However, …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · March 18th, 2009 · 9,335 views
Improving the Irish Rushing Attack: Personnel, Predictability, and Synergy

At times during the 2008 season the Irish offense looked like a passing juggernaut. Other times Notre Dame sputtered when faced with a short field, frequently failing to produce an effective rushing attack. This led to poor red zone and third down efficiency that cost the Irish more than one game.

In fact, many of the problems with the 2008 (and 2007) offense were due …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · March 4th, 2009 · 9,657 views
Notre Dame Run Blocking: Positives and Negatives of the Zone Blocking Scheme

As discussed before, three topics contributing to the success and demise of the 2008 Irish offense will be discussed this off-season. The first installment, Part 1, detailed the positives and negatives of head coach Charlie Weis’ offensive philosophy and play-calling approach. The second installment consists of three segments detailing Notre Dame’s struggles running the football.

The first segment, Part 2a, outlined the level of rushing …

Miscellany, Staff »

By · February 22nd, 2009 · 1,900 views
Should a Rivalry Dictate a Season?

A year ago, I wrote an article discussing who Notre Dame’s true rival is. It was an open and shut case and nobody can deny that throughout their respective histories, Southern California is Notre Dame’s biggest rival. However, with the instability of Weis’ tenure at Notre Dame, most people are pegging Charlie’s success this season on two things: total wins and losses and the team’s …