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#BookClub Meeting Adjourned: UNC Instant Reaction

Well, as we suspected most of the week, Notre Dame didn't send Brandon Wimbush out at QB this week with his foot injury that we somehow didn't know about until Tuesday. Instead, the Irish convened the (Ian) Book Club. And the results were pretty much in line with what we figured we'd see from the [...]

By | October 7th, 2017|18S Reads, Football|44 Comments

The Quick and Dirty Notre Dame Hockey Preview

Last year was a good year that turned into a great one late for Notre Dame hockey, as they caught fire in the postseason and reached the Frozen Four in dramatic fashion before running into the Denver freight train in the semifinals. That was their last year in Hockey East, as the Irish officially began [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|18S Reads, Hockey|8 Comments

Cruisin’: Miami (OH) Instant Reaction

When you schedule lower-tier foes like Miami (OH), you hope to put the game away early and get extended garbage time. Lots of playing time for younger players, and lots of opportunity to work on stuff you consider weak spots. Notre Dame did exactly that Saturday, crushing the first half and cruising to a 52-17 [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

No Complaints: MSU Instant Reaction

How often do you leave a Notre Dame game essentially without a complaint? My last time would have to be the 2015 season opener against Texas. Until tonight. A 38-18 road win over Michigan State will do that. Pretty much every concern ND fans had about this team was, if not solved, at least addressed. [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|18S Reads|53 Comments

Strange Days in Boston: BC Instant Reaction

Well into the third quarter, I had the epitaph for this Boston College game written in my head. "This could be the beginning of the Kelly Death March"...you know the drill. Instead, this one turned and became one of the stranger blowouts in ND history, 49-20. The Irish went over 500 yards rushing, setting a [...]

By | September 16th, 2017|18S Reads|39 Comments

Stuck in Purgatory: Georgia Instant Reaction

I frankly don't want to hear about 'good effort' from anyone regarding Notre Dame's 20-19 loss to Georgia today. Here are some reasons I don't want to hear about it: Brandon Wimbush should be better I don't want to pile on the quarterback, because there's so much more to any team than that, and he [...]

By | September 9th, 2017|18S Reads|135 Comments

Well, Not a Bad Start: Temple Instant Reaction

If you are inclined to look at 2017 Notre Dame football as Year One of a reboot - and certainly Brian Kelly has done nothing to indicate it isn't - then consider the first checkpoint passed. Notre Dame easily dispatched Temple 49-16 Saturday in a game that was not free of nits to pick; but [...]

By | September 2nd, 2017|18S Reads|54 Comments

Irish Hockey Makes Cinderella Run to Frozen Four

Our Notre Dame hockey coverage has been lacking at 18S this season. This is in part due to the non-stop entertainment (good and bad) coming from the football and men's basketball teams, and mostly because infant sons and prep sports reporting schedules make it hard to make time to watch ND hockey. But we couldn't [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Hockey|8 Comments

Swarbrick Backs Kelly Again, Says Little While Saying a Lot

When a major outlet covering Notre Dame trumpets an exclusive interview with athletic director Jack Swarbrick, especially when the topic is the football program, there's an expectation that you'll learn something new. Not really the case with today's article that featured Swarbrick renewing his commitment to head coach Brian Kelly, albeit without saying much he hasn't said [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Football|3 Comments

Oh Look, It Happened Again: Va Tech Instant Reaction

WatchND highlights: Up early against [OPPONENT] after a fast start, Notre Dame couldn't keep it up and played a poor second half against the [OPPONENT NICKNAME], resulting in a disheartening loss that sent their record to [INSERT RECORD HERE]... Oh, never mind. That was my draft that I have lined up from pretty much every [...]

By | November 19th, 2016|18S Reads|30 Comments

Take That, Army! Instant Reaction

Not a lot is going right for Notre Dame this season, but clearly this program owns Army. The Irish ran the ball at will against the Black Knights, averaging over six yards per carry. No one player ran for 100 yards, but Tarean Folston had a big game, with 13 carries for 84 yards and [...]

By | November 12th, 2016|Football|13 Comments

Are We Having Fun Yet? Navy Instant Reaction

WatchND highlights: My first instant reaction in the last three games and I get to write about another one of these. Fine. There is no excuse for kicking the field goal to go down 1 against Navy with seven minutes to go when you know they have no interest in scoring again. There isn't. It [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|Football|80 Comments

How to Lose a Game: NC State Instant Reaction

How to lose a football game in which your opponent repeatedly gives you chances to win it: - Pass the ball more than you run it, even when the conditions dictate you shouldn't. (ND had 26 official pass attempts and 38 rush attempts, but at least 5 of those 'rushes' were sacks and a few [...]

By | October 8th, 2016|18S Reads|54 Comments

Tiny Steps Forward: Syracuse Instant Reaction

WatchND highlights: Not everything is fixed for Notre Dame football. Far from it. But at least they won a football game. The Irish beat Syracuse 50-33 Saturday, but early on it looked like the score would be much higher. The Irish led 23-13 less than five minutes into the game thanks to some big plays [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Football|74 Comments

Is It Over?: Duke Instant Reaction

WatchND highlights: Would you like to know how many current Duke upperclassmen were ranked in the top 600 by the 247Sports composite rankings coming out of high school? One. Trevon Lee was ranked #431 coming out of high school. Trevon Lee has played 24 snaps for Duke, and none of them came today. Less than [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Football|79 Comments