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.

Irish Football Milestones at Stake in 2019

As we touched on the other day in the "Windows of Opportunity" post, Notre Dame's success over the last couple of seasons has positioned the program to reach some milestones in 2019. There are additional rivalry milestones available to the team, as well as individual milestones for a few key players. Winning The Irish could [...]

By |2019-08-09T13:58:13-04:00August 14th, 2019|Football|3 Comments

Windows of Opportunity

Notre Dame has gone 22-4 over the last two seasons, a level of success that Irish fans haven't seen in a long time. That's very good, obviously, Clemson freight train status aside, and raises a couple of interesting questions: How long, exactly, is a long time? Where does this two-year stretch stand in the post-World [...]

By |2019-08-15T06:31:20-04:00August 12th, 2019|Football|13 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: CB Caleb Offord Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2020 class added its third defensive back today when Caleb Offord announced his pledge to the Irish. The 6'1", 173-pound prospect will be the first Mississippian on the roster since receiver Jay Johnson, whose final season was 2000 (one year after Tupelo product Jarious Jackson exhausted his eligibility, if you're wondering). Notre Dame [...]

By |2019-07-04T22:45:19-04:00July 4th, 2019|Recruiting|6 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: WR Jay Brunelle Commits to Notre Dame

The roller coaster ride that is Notre Dame's 2020 recruiting class lately continued today when Jay Brunelle jumped on board. The 6'1", 200-pound Massachusettan camped at Notre Dame a few weeks ago in search of a much-desired offer; the staff did indeed extend an offer, but there were rumors of conditions attached that made it [...]

By |2019-06-26T16:13:30-04:00June 26th, 2019|Recruiting|10 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: CB Landen Bartleson Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame landed its second corner in the 2020 cycle when Landen Bartleson announced for the Irish today. The 6'1", 190-pound Kentuckian is fresh off an official visit to South Bend; the official was Bartleson's fourth visit, going back to November 2018. Bartleson is more of an athlete at this point who will need to [...]

By |2019-06-24T20:44:16-04:00June 24th, 2019|Recruiting|9 Comments

2021 Football Recruiting: TE Cane Berrong Commits to Notre Dame

In response to complaints earlier today that we hadn't written a commit post in days, we're pleased to announce that we convinced blue-chip tight end Cane Berrong to pledge to the Irish. The 6'4", 220-pound Georgian becomes the fifth member of the 2021 class and the third to jump on board in the last week. [...]

By |2019-06-23T10:59:01-04:00June 21st, 2019|Recruiting|6 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: DB Clarence Lewis Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame broke the seal on 2020 secondary recruiting today when Clarence Lewis became the 12th commitment in the class. The 6'1", 185-pound New Jerseyan committed less than 24 hours after the conclusion of his official visit; safe to say the staff and the school made a big impression on him. At the New Jersey [...]

By |2019-06-11T00:08:03-04:00June 11th, 2019|Recruiting|11 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Offensive Big Board Update 6/7

Welcome back to the 2020 Football Recruiting Big Board! Today we're back to looking at the offense. Check out Tyler's recent defensive big board update for our take on the other side of the ball. Position 247C First Name Last Name Temp Hometown State OG 0.9564 Andrew Raym Cold Broken Arrow OK OG 0.9224 Geirean [...]

By |2019-06-07T13:17:10-04:00June 7th, 2019|Recruiting|24 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Elite RB Chris Tyree Commits to Notre Dame!

Speed freaks, rejoice! Notre Dame picked up its most important skill position recruit in a long, long time when elite back Chris Tyree pledged to the Irish today. Tyree is the kind of home-run threat Notre Dame needs to land to field an offense that can run with the big boys; he ran the fastest [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:13:36-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Recruiting|22 Comments