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.

2018 Recruiting: CB Houston Griffith Commits to Notre Dame!

Elite defensive back Houston Griffith became the newest Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'1", 192-pound IMG prospect recently hosted Todd Lyght, decommitted from Florida State, hosted Brian Kelly and Mike Elko last week, and hosted Lyght again the other day. While Griffith hasn't trekked to [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|7 Comments

2018 Recruiting: CB Tariq Bracy Commits to Notre Dame

Tariq Bracy joined the 2018 Notre Dame bandwagon when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'0", 170-pound Californian took an official visit for the USC game, and Notre Dame made a huge move for him on that trip. Area recruiter Brian Polian and position coach Todd Lyght were key in landing the raw but [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|18S Reads|11 Comments

Football Banquet Recruiting Visitors

With 18 commitments already in the 2018 class, the list of football banquet recruiting visitors this year is centered more on camaraderie than progress. Even so, there are of course some uncommitted visitors in town who are key targets; unsurprisingly, they're all at positions of need in this class. The Irish staff will attempt to [...]

By | December 8th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|23 Comments

Lessons Learned: Reviewing the Preseason Predictions

Well, this lessons learned session is going to be a little less fun than it seemed at the halfway point, but as promised, here we are to review our preseason predictions now that the regular season has wrapped up. The bowl game could change things slightly, but I don't think it would make a big [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Football|118 Comments

Week 11 Rooting Guide for Notre Dame Football

We all know enough to pull for Notre Dame each week. Right? There are those in the fan base who don't, but hey, if that's your jam, man, have at it, and just don't read the rest of this. What about all the other stuff that could go down that would help Notre Dame's playoff [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Football|33 Comments

2018 Recruiting: CB Joe Wilkins Commits to Notre Dame

Floridian Joe Wilkins became the 19th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'2", 180-pounder just took an official visit for the Wake Forest game with his mother; they had planned on visiting a few more schools, but apparently they saw all they needed in South Bend. [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|17 Comments

Film Room Live: Josh Adams Breaks Loose Again!

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 | November 3rd, 2017|Football|31 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Geordon Porter Commits to Notre Dame

California speedster Geordon Porter became the 18th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish at his high school today. At 6'2", Porter is actually the shortest of the three receivers in the class at this point; clearly the Irish have prioritized size at the position. What is even more [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|18S Reads|32 Comments

2017 CFP Rankings Preview

Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Play... PLAYOFFS?!? Is it really time for us to post a 2017 CFP rankings preview article? Playoffs?? Yes folks, get your Jim Mora Sr. voices ready. With the first round of CFB committee rankings set to be released tonight, it's time to talk openly about playoff scenarios. We'll take a look at the remaining [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Football|79 Comments

Recruiting Visitors for USC Weekend

Stop me if you've heard this one: The USC game is days away. The Irish are favored and it's a huge recruiting weekend. Woohoo! Just like 2011, right? Well, while there will be many recruiting visitors for USC weekend, just like 2011, but there's plenty of reason to believe that 2017 Notre Dame is in [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|17 Comments

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