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A Journey Through the Lowest Attended Games of the Kelly Era

If there's football this fall one thing seems clear, there will be a giant asterisk for the season when it comes to attendance. Butts in seats has always been a contentious issue exacerbated by Notre Dame "officially" giving up on its decades-long sellout streak in 2019. It's guaranteed there will be no sellouts in 2020 [...]

By |2020-07-01T22:34:14-04:00July 1st, 2020|Football|6 Comments

The Saddest Sports Franchise Jersey Retirement Collections

Retiring jerseys in sports is an extremely funny thing. Some teams are quite stingy while other teams love handing out the honor like cheap candy. Some sports like football have to remain calm so they have enough numerals for a full roster while other sports like baseball tend to go all out. For that reason [...]

By |2020-06-29T10:46:33-04:00June 29th, 2020|18S Reads|3 Comments

A Look Back at Notre Dame’s Top 5 Scoring Offenses

Good offense beats good defense, so they say. Since 1913 when Jesse Harper took over as head coach, Notre Dame has totaled 26 seasons in which the offense placed in the top 10 nationally in scoring. From that group, 12 teams didn't quite make top 5 including: 1914 (8th), 1923 (9th), 1924 (6th), 1930 (10th), [...]

By |2020-06-25T14:01:26-04:00June 25th, 2020|Football|1 Comment

The Best, Worst & Most Underrated Candy in America

It's candy time. It's time to indulge our sweet tooth and discuss the best, worst, and most underrated sugar sweets this country has to offer. It's a daunting task with seemingly endless options for praise and ridicule. To keep things relatively tight I limited myself mostly to candy bars and hard or soft candy that [...]

By |2020-06-15T09:02:58-04:00June 15th, 2020|18S Reads|36 Comments

Notre Dame Depth Chart: All of the Grad Transfers

The football updates are few and far between these days. Although things are trending in a much more positive direction for a college football season to take place in the fall (the Navy game has moved to Annapolis for the first time ever!) we're left waiting mostly on updates from recruiting and the transfer portal. [...]

By |2020-06-04T14:19:09-04:00June 4th, 2020|Football|6 Comments

The Top 12 Most Inexplicable Uniform Changes in NFL History

Why do NFL teams change their uniforms? From the current franchises Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas (this feels weird to type), New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Washington have all kept a consistent aesthetic for a considerable amount of time. That's 13 teams so about 40% of the league. [...]

By |2020-06-01T08:56:04-04:00June 1st, 2020|Football|19 Comments

The Greatest Skill Position Seasons in Notre Dame History

Who has put together the greatest seasons for a skilled position player in Notre Dame history? That's a quest we will unlock today with a handful of caveats. One, we're not going to include the quarterback position as most fans tend to know those great seasons already. Therefore, we'll only take a look at rushing [...]

By |2020-05-27T11:32:13-04:00May 27th, 2020|Football|5 Comments

Welcome Home: Reserving the Hotels for the NBA at Walt Disney World Resorts

Back on May 20th there were numerous reports that the NBA is in discussions with Orlando about re-starting their season while possibly housing players and their franchise staff within the confines of Walt Disney World. It would be an unprecedented move for professional sports in North America and would include the ability to navigate numerous [...]

By |2020-05-24T16:07:12-04:00May 24th, 2020|Basketball|6 Comments

Transfer Season: CB Nick McCloud Commits to Notre Dame

Despite missing out on Will Shipley to Clemson last week the good news for Notre Dame recruiting continued in the form of graduate transfer cornerback Nick McCloud from NC State. He will come to South Bend with one year of eligibility remaining. McCloud was a 2016 commit for the Wolfpack out of South Pointe High [...]

By |2020-05-13T22:40:07-04:00May 14th, 2020|Recruiting|9 Comments