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Notre Dame’s History on Sports Illustrated Covers

I still get Sports Illustrated delivered to my home. I don't know why, I don't know who's actually paying for it, although it seems SI is part of some other package subscription in my household and it will be perpetually sent into our mailbox and tossed into our magazine rack never to be read. Therein [...]

By |2019-05-15T10:10:15-04:00May 15th, 2019|Football|5 Comments

Rebuilding Notre Dame: Many Years Later

Sometimes I will spend 90 minutes researching some obscure but fascinating stat that most people will skip over when reading an article. It adds ridiculous amounts of time to even the shortest articles. However, nothing I've done over the years took the drawn-out process of thinking more than the "Unofficial Guide to Rebuilding Notre Dame" [...]

By |2019-05-07T23:02:38-04:00May 7th, 2019|Football|29 Comments

Notre Dame’s Halo of Invincibility Obliterated: Rockne’s Last Game

Most remember Knute Rockne's last game--capping off a 19-0 run to end his career--as taking place in 1930 at Los Angeles Coliseum against USC in one of Notre Dame's most impressive victories in school history while bringing home the school's second consecutive National Championship. However, there was one final game that took place in December [...]

By |2019-05-02T09:19:08-04:00May 1st, 2019|Football|9 Comments

NFL Draft 2019 Recap

Another edition of the NFL Draft is complete as the Shield took its show on the road to Nashville this year in another successful outdoor venue. Prepare yourselves for the 2020 Draft coming to Las Vegas, Nevada next year! Like most years, it was an up and down weekend for Notre Dame. Salary information is [...]

By |2019-04-28T21:39:58-04:00April 28th, 2019|Football|17 Comments

3 Reasons Why the Irish Offense Will (and Won’t) Dominate in 2019

Following a spring of positive development at a number of positions--and a returning quarterback (no jinx) well regarded across the country--the hype and expectations are growing considerably for the Notre Dame offense. As I've scanned the landscape I have witnessed certain words beginning to be tossed around, including "elite", "dominant", and "unstoppable." Before we dig [...]

By |2019-04-24T08:16:07-04:00April 24th, 2019|Football|26 Comments

Ranking the Top 10 Playboy All-American Photo Shoots

Playboy Magazine has long since passed its prime as a cultural icon in America and across the world and while we won't be covering the fairer sex today I am here to discuss a different set of pictures from the magazine's history: The Pigskin Preview All-American teams. They are truly some of the best photographs [...]

By |2019-04-18T07:47:48-04:00April 18th, 2019|Football|13 Comments

One Path to Significant Improvement for Ian Book

Every quarterback can improve. Many quarterbacks in college have room to improve considerably. Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book sent some shock waves throughout the college football world by playing at a high level immediately in his first extended action with Notre Dame. He was quite good, but still has room for improvement, especially after ending [...]

By |2019-04-09T20:24:39-04:00April 9th, 2019|Film Room|9 Comments