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Don’t Be a Martyr, Be Smarter

I may have told this story once or twice somewhere before that on my honeymoon in August 2014 my wife pretended that some Notre Dame football players were suspended after I got out of the shower. We were completely off the grid for a week with no cell phones and television full of local news, [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Football|19 Comments

2018 Rival Recruiting Recap

As we continue to review the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class I wanted to spend a little time on the efforts of our rivals and some upcoming premier opponents. A quick note I won't be covering Navy as they technically do not hand out athletic grant-in-aid scholarships, they recruit a billion kids, and many of [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Recruiting|17 Comments

Uniform Concept: 90’s Jacket #2

Here's our 34th uniform concept for Notre Dame football. For the second time in this epic series we're taking some inspiration from the wonderful styles of 1990's jackets. In case you missed the first concept, you can view it HERE. Jackets like the one shown below were inventive for being some of the first Notre [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Football|7 Comments

2019 Recruiting Cycle Positional Needs

With the 2018 class officially wrapped up (a bountiful 27 players*) we're moving on to the next cycle. To date, the Fighting Irish already have 3 commits in the class and if you were too focused on National Signing Day this week here's a quick refresher: QB Cade McNamara - Committed back in mid-July as [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Recruiting|31 Comments

This 2018 O-Line Class May Never Play & It May Not Matter

The second (or the old) National Signing Day opens this Wednesday morning with Notre Dame in an odd place without its offensive line as the strength of the class. For the 2013-17 recruiting classes at Notre Dame 15 of the top 37 recruits came from the offensive line. Right now for the 2018 the Irish [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Football|4 Comments

Five Wide Fullbacks: The Winter Olympics Edition

The latest edition of 5WF contemplates the lack of hype around the upcoming Olympics, why Alex Trebek is an absolute treasure, and Super Bowl prop bets. 1 The XXIII edition of the Winter Olympics kicks off in one week. Where are we with the far less popular Winter Games compared to its more famous Summer [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|18S Reads|19 Comments

Uniform Concept: Shoulder Shamrock

It's the 33rd Notre Dame football uniform concept as presented by the imagination of 18 Stripes. Today's offering actually has roots as a bit of a throwback but with a couple of new touches. Remember back in the 1980's and 90's when teams would wear bowl patches way up on their shoulders? Like me, you [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Football|9 Comments

The Most Mega 2018 Depth Chart Preview

We're not even that close to spring practice and I'm ready to talk about the fall 2018 depth chart. You can't stop this train from rolling down the tracks. There may be personnel losses that occur right after this is published which could drastically change the landscape of spring practice and the future of the [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|Football|50 Comments

Uniform Concept: 90’s Jacket #1

Today we publish our 32nd uniform concept for Notre Dame football. This one is part one of a throwback to the days of C+C Music Factory, Color Me Badd, and R.E.M. on the radio during a time when snapback hats were first cool and large winter coats were all the rage. It's the early 1990's [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Football|6 Comments

2017 Roster Recap: Offense

Last week we recapped the Irish defense with some quality grades pretty much across the board with the exception of the safety position. Today we turn our attention to the offense which had a season unlike any other in the Kelly era. We've got a lot to talk about, let's get to it now. QUARTERBACK [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Football|16 Comments

Don’t Panic About the 2018 Offense Okay Maybe Panic

In recent days Notre Dame has received a wave of roster news in addition to losing a pair of assistant coaches in a staff shakeup that's yet to be finalized. Through the frenzy the Irish defense is in tremendous shape. With the loss--then return--of defensive tackle Jonathan Bonner the team will return 10 of 11 [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|Football|54 Comments

Twist of Fate: Adidas is Cool Again

In the summer of 2014 the University of Notre Dame walked away from its 17-year relationship with Adidas at a time when--especially domestically in the United States--the German outfitter was at one of its lowest points in company history. In the preceding months as news broke that the Fighting Irish would be moving on to [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|18S Reads|27 Comments

2017 Roster Recap: Defense

The Year of Elko has come and gone. Like a balmy 58-degree winter day it came and melted the VanGorder snow while allowing Notre Dame to see the glory of this green, luscious world. For his part, Elko left an indelible mark on the program on the field but it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Football|55 Comments

Uniform Concept: Interlocking Monogram

Here's our 31st Notre Dame football uniform concept. Mixing blue and green with a hint of gold it offers a slight twist to the traditional Fighting Irish home uniform. For me, the green really adds quite a different element but in actuality there's not much different to this jersey compared to the normal set. On [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Football|11 Comments

Super Early Look at the 2018 Opponent QB’s

With the 2018 schedule gone is Temple, Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami (OH), North Carolina, NC State, and Miami replaced by Michigan, Ball State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Northwestern, and Florida State. The usual suspects in USC, Navy, and Stanford remain. In short, there are a lot of new faces at quarterback next fall. [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Football|17 Comments