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By · October 22nd, 2008 · 1,269 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Mid-Year Offensive Statistical Review

At first glance the Irish offense seems dramatically improved from a unit that spent last year near the bottom of the country in every meaningful statistical category. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a different story.

For example, through six games the Irish stand at 4-2, a far cry from the 1-5 record they held midway through the 2007 campaign. But the competition …

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By · October 20th, 2008 · 962 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff:  Week Eight

Coinciding with the release of the BCS comes this week’s version of the Elite Selection Playoff (ESP). For you first timers an explanation of the ESP can be found here. I’ve also attached the links to the BCS standings and Sagarin Computer Ranking for comparison purposes.

Nota Bene, Sagarin’s strength of schedule calculation is very different from that used by the AV Ranking. Sagarin …

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By · October 11th, 2008 · 3,301 views
God, Country, Notre Dame (in Glory Everlasting)

It’s more than a clever motto: if you’ve ever visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame, you may have seen this phrase engraved deep into the stone above the side door. For the thousands of Irish fans across the globe, this phrase personifies the place that Notre Dame has in their lives. But, what does this phrase mean and …

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By · September 1st, 2008 · 1,194 views
Broken Bones and Missing Teeth

On Saturday, I felt very empty. While the rest of the country was enjoying the first games of the 2008 College Football season, I was sitting at home watching the television, wishing I could root for one team or another, but I’ve never been able to root for a team that isn’t wearing the interlocking ND on their uniforms. So far, the 2008 season has …

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By · August 20th, 2008 · 2,823 views
Notre Dame’s Rival: Who Takes the Cake?

Usually, if you walk down the streets of South Bend and ask any Notre Dame fan who the Irish’s biggest rival is, more than likely, they’ll say, “USC.” However, if you ask a fan who isn’t as well-versed in Notre Dame History, you might hear responses like, Michigan, Boston College, Miami, Florida State, or even Navy. Why then, do some Notre Dame fans consider USC …

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By · August 14th, 2008 · 3,113 views
National Championship Drought: How Long Is Too Long?

Before I begin this article, I must confess that I’m a die-hard Notre Dame fan. I live and die with the Irish and more recently, I’ve been dying.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism towards Notre Dame in recent years, with people saying that Notre Dame is irrelevant in college football. Part of this, I’m sure, is Notre Dame’s stellar streak of nine bowl losses.…