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.

2019 Recruiting: OLB Marist Liufau Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's recruiting machine added an unexpected piece today when linebacker Marist Liufau became the 20th member of the 2019 class. The 6'3", 210-pound Hawaiian wasn't on the radar of any casual fans and, in fact, many more dedicated recruitniks. He was, however, just on campus for an official visit, so he was quite clearly [...]

By |2018-11-14T22:53:52-04:00November 14th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|30 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 11

Welcome back to the playoff big board! Another week that was chalk for our contenders... Our board will consist of all ranked undefeated teams and all ranked one-loss Power 5 teams from the the playoff committee rankings. I define "resume wins" for our purposes as wins over currently-ranked teams; it gets too complicated to project [...]

By |2018-11-13T21:40:11-04:00November 13th, 2018|Football|1 Comment

Playoff Big Board: Week 10

Welcome back to the playoff big board! Our board will consist of all ranked undefeated teams and all ranked one-loss Power 5 teams from the the playoff committee rankings. With the playoff rankings out now, I've changed the board format from undefeated/one-loss to in-the-playoff/in-the-conversation. I define "resume wins" for our purposes as wins over currently-ranked teams; [...]

By |2018-11-06T23:09:38-04:00November 6th, 2018|Football|2 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 9

Welcome back to the playoff big board! Most of the higher-ranked teams played as expected, but overall it was a very bloody day for ranked teams. No fewer than eleven AP top 25 teams lost this week, and eight of those eleven fell to unranked opponents. Ouch, as they say. Our board will consist of [...]

By |2018-10-29T10:29:18-04:00October 29th, 2018|Football|43 Comments

Midpoint Musings: Revisiting Preseason Predictions

As we nestle into the halfway point of the season, we notice that it's time to revisit our predictions from our staff and commentariat polls right before the season started. Later in the week we'll bring you a preview of Notre Dame's second-half opponents and discuss - gasp! - a potential march to the playoffs. Big [...]

By |2018-10-10T11:38:43-04:00October 10th, 2018|Football|27 Comments

2019 Recruiting: WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman Commits to Notre Dame

Kendall Abdur-Rahman boosted Notre Dame's 2019 offensive skill position group when he announced for the Irish today. The tea leaves suggested Notre Dame made a big move for the 6'1", 180-pound Illinois product on his official visit for the Michigan game; today, it seems like those suggestions were dead on. Abdur-Rahman keeps things extremely close [...]

By |2018-09-09T22:23:58-04:00September 9th, 2018|Football|14 Comments

2018 Preseason Prediction Poll Results

The second annual 18S preseason prediction poll is here. Whee! You may remember our somewhat crestfallen end-of-season review of last year's results; undeterred by experience, we enter once more unto the breach, dear friends. As much of a downer as the final three games were, last season actually exceeded many of our preseason expectations. Our [...]

By |2018-08-29T16:15:29-04:00August 29th, 2018|Football|22 Comments