About Brendan R

People who know me best say that I'm sociable, have a dry sense of humor, a predilection for useless trivia, and can obsess about meaningless details. I'm happily married to a woman who thankfully still hasn't figured out that I married up, and we have three great kids, all boys who are trying to destroy our house in stages. They're quite efficient at it, too. In what time I have left over after the various cleanup efforts, I'm a sports nut, a science geek, an unabashed Shakespeare lover, and an aspiring 50-state marathoner.

Making the Turn: Notre Dame’s Second Half Preview

Today we'll fire up a second half preview of Notre Dame opponents, as the Irish wipe copious amounts of delicious, delicious cheeseburger grease from their faces. We already took a look at how 2017 stacks up statistically against other good-to-great years in the modern era, and revisited our preseason predictions on everything from wins to [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Football|42 Comments

1st Annual Bye Week Cheeseburger Tournament

Well, if we're being honest, this is probably also the Last Annual Cheeseburger Tournament - it's not like rosters turn over every year. But hey, it's bye week, so let's have some fun! Most are probably aware by now, but if you're not... The connection between the cheeseburger and bye weeks came to be thanks [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Football|62 Comments

Making the Turn: The Numbers Halfway Through

The other day we revisited our preseason predictions to see how our and your expectations had held up halfway through the year. Today's we're going to dig into 2017 by the numbers, and more specifically, by the numbers other than 2016. We tend to get hung up on comparing results to last year, but as even [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|Football|22 Comments

Making the Turn: Time to Revisit Our Predictions

Notre Dame, halfway through the 2017 season, has done almost as much as it could to erase the hideousness of 2016 from our collective consciousness. The visible and statistical difference between this year's team and last year's has surprised many Notre Dame fans, myself included. It hasn't been perfect - there are certainly some warts [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Football|29 Comments

2018 Notre Dame Football Big Board Catchup

It's been a while since we've updated the 2018 Notre Dame football big board, largely because not a whole lot was happening. A few guys here and there committed to this school or visited that one, but that was it. Now that the season has started and everyone's boards are a bit tighter and official [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Recruiting|40 Comments

Film Room Live: Secondary vs. Georgia

Our Film Room articles have always been one of our most popular features - I know I've learned a ton from the smart guys on here who actually know what they're talking about with this stuff. We're trying something new with the film room that we hope brings another perspective, something we're calling "Film Room [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|18S Reads|16 Comments

Recruiting Visitors for Georgia Weekend

As you might expect, we have a very impressive list of recruiting visitors for Georgia. Normally I would say it's impossible to imagine a recruiting weekend that's a bigger deal than a USC game, but in this case I think there's a discussion. Georgia will play Notre Dame for just the second time ever, and [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|Recruiting|10 Comments

2017 Notre Dame Football Opponent Primer

Our first game week of 2017 is finally here! With the start of the season upon us, we thought a Notre Dame football opponent primer might be helpful. You know what has happened in the offseason at our own program, but it's a bit more difficult to keep up with the goings-on at all 12 [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|Football|15 Comments

18S Commentariat Season Predictions for 2017

Last week, we shared our staff predictions for the 2017 Notre Dame football season and invited you to share your own thoughts. Here's the follow-up, where we review our commentariat season predictions and compare them to our own. Next week, to close the circle, we'll hold a death dodgeball match to decide whose prediction for [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Football|40 Comments

Super Official 18S Season Predictions

As camp enters the stretch run, it's time to get serious about kicking our glue-sniffing habit. Wait, wrong post, sorry... It's time to get serious about our staff's season predictions for the Notre Dame football in 2017. Personally, I'm not sure I've ever been more anxious for a season to start; the memory of 2016 [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Football|50 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Kevin Austin Commits to Notre Dame

Elite wide receiver Kevin Austin became the 16th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. Austin has steadily climbed in the national rankings since the Irish offered almost a year ago; the 6'3", 198-pound athlete stands out due to plus ability in multiple categories and the ease with [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|15 Comments

2019 Recruiting: DT Jacob Lacey Commits to Notre Dame

Jacob Lacey became the second commit in Notre Dame's 2019 class when he pledged to the Irish today. Michigan expected Lacey at their summer barbecue event this weekend, but he cancelled that trip and instead became Michigan's second top 150 recruiting loss of the week to Notre Dame. #RememberTheSix   First I give GOD all [...]

By | July 29th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|9 Comments

Projecting 2018 Recruiting Needs

The 2017 football opener against Temple inches ever closer, which of course means it's a perfect time for projecting 2018 recruiting needs for the remainder of this cycle. Right? That's how I read it, anyway... With the recent pledges of George Takacs, Jahmir Smith, Shayne Simon, and Jack Lamb, the 2018 class stands at 15 [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|29 Comments

2018 Recruiting: LB Jack Lamb Commits to Notre Dame

Linebacker Jack Lamb became the 15th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. Conventional wisdom held UCLA would win out for the 6'4", 215-pound Californian due to concerns about distance; despite even further distance, many feared Penn State's pull on the double Nittany Lion legacy. However, Notre Dame [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|17 Comments

2017 ND Insider Magazine Review

We’re just six scant weeks away from Notre Dame football’s 2017 season opener against Temple, which means it’s prime season preview magazine time. The South Bend Tribune was once again kind enough to send over a copy of their preview issue; as usual, it didn’t disappoint. Join us, then, as we dive into our ND [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Football|3 Comments