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Now the Season Truly Begins: New Mexico Instant Reaction

With all due respect to the first two opponents on the Notre Dame schedule, everyone with a pulse knew in August that this season will likely be determined by what happens next Saturday at Georgia. Nothing has changed in that department after the Irish's 66-14 rout of New Mexico, a game that bore a slight [...]

By |2019-09-15T18:54:38-04:00September 14th, 2019|Football|20 Comments

The Cardiac Kids are Back: Irish Advance to Regional Finals

(Photo credit: UND Twitter) Last season, Notre Dame hockey went on a run of heart-stoppers that might be unmatched in NCAA history, winning 3 straight tournament games in overtime or in the final seconds of regulation. Welcome to Cardiac Kids II. ONWARD TO VICTORY. The Irish meet UMass on Saturday at 6:30 with a third [...]

By |2019-03-29T22:17:57-04:00March 29th, 2019|18S Reads|2 Comments

Back to Back: Irish Repeat as B1G Champions

(Photo Credit: UND.com) As long as Notre Dame has to wear that B1G logo on their jersey, continually winning the conference is pretty cool. And the Irish repeated as league champs Saturday night with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Penn State, securing a return trip to the NCAA Tournament (and, as a footnote, Jeff Jackson's [...]

By |2019-03-23T22:56:48-04:00March 23rd, 2019|18S Reads|5 Comments

Just Another Day: Cotton Bowl Instant Reaction

You devote a lot of time to following your team. You watch every game, obsess over every nugget of information, and sometimes, you get a run of awesome play and are lucky enough to root for a team that gets to the College Football Playoff. Then the team's most indispensable player, its consensus All-American at [...]

By |2018-12-29T19:46:46-04:00December 29th, 2018|18S Reads|56 Comments

Notre Dame Set to Play Clemson in Cotton Bowl Semifinal

Notre Dame got the matchup everyone was anticipating for weeks, as it turned out, as the Irish were seeded #3 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and placed into the Cotton Bowl against Clemson, a game that will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 29 on ESPN. The @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the [...]

By |2018-12-02T18:43:30-04:00December 2nd, 2018|18S Reads|65 Comments

Just Keep Winning: Northwestern Instant Reaction

Notre Dame beat Northwestern, 31-21. To paraphrase our old friend Dory, "Just keep winning, just keep winning, just keep winning, winning, winning..." This game shifted back and forth a few times, seemingly at random. One minute it was a dogfight. Then it was a ND blowout in the making. Then it was a slog. Then [...]

By |2018-11-03T23:41:16-04:00November 3rd, 2018|Football|47 Comments

Missed It By That Much: Pittsburgh Instant Reaction

This team is different. They're not going to play down to the competition. The offense is too good to let that happen. That was the subtext, if not the text, of the bulk of the national media's discussion of Notre Dame this week. So with Pitt, tormentor of worlds (see 2008 and nearly 2012), coming [...]

By |2018-10-13T18:49:17-04:00October 13th, 2018|Football|16 Comments

Exit Sandman: Virginia Tech Instant Reaction

For the record, I'm sorry for the easy pun headline, but come on, on a night ND's own Twitter account turned off the "No Trolling" sign, how do you not go with it? Exit sandman. Final: ND 45 - VT 23.#GoIrish☘️ #NDvsVT pic.twitter.com/mPCgI59e03 — Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) October 7, 2018 The Irish won 45-23. [...]

By |2018-10-07T00:32:28-04:00October 7th, 2018|Football|51 Comments

Get on the Roller Coaster: Stanford Instant Reaction

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Notre Dame playoff scenarios. — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 30, 2018 This is not a conversation I thought we would be having a couple of weeks ago, but Notre Dame is officially in the race after creaming Stanford Saturday 38-17. Before the game, at least one 18S writer asked the [...]

By |2018-09-29T23:45:22-04:00September 29th, 2018|Football|25 Comments

Unanswered Questions: Vanderbilt Instant Reaction

The talk about Notre Dame going into the 2018 season at least partially revolved around whether the defense might be as talented as the 2012 unit that propelled the Irish to a 12-0 regular season. Through three games, we don't have a clear answer on that question, but the season as a whole sure seems [...]

By |2018-09-15T18:56:52-04:00September 15th, 2018|Football|47 Comments

“Shea Patterson Is the Difference”: Michigan Instant Reaction

I swear, I could never hear the sentence "Shea Patterson is the difference" again and it would be too soon. For five months, that was the talk. Michigan finally has a real quarterback. Michigan's offense is gonna be unleashed. Well, there are still 11 games to go, but Michigan's offense looked pretty much like they [...]

By |2018-09-02T00:03:04-04:00September 2nd, 2018|Football|25 Comments

Cardiac Kids Strike Again

Notre Dame hockey will play for a national championship tomorrow night thanks to yet another heart-stopping victory in what's become a spring full of them last night. The Irish's Jake Evans scored the winning goal with 5.2 seconds to go to give ND a 4-3 win over Michigan. That sends ND on to the finals [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:25:22-04:00April 6th, 2018|Hockey|4 Comments