2018 Recruiting: TE George Takacs Commits to Notre Dame

George Takacs became the 12th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'7", 236-pound Florida standout opened a lot of eyes at the Nike Opening Regional in Miami recently; he impressed both attached and in the passing game, and in the process earned an invite to the finals in Oregon [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|18S Reads|10 Comments

Trading Places: Notre Dame Transfer Recap

In most football offseasons, we might see a single player head to South Bend as a Notre Dame transfer. Someone like Cody Riggs, or Avery Sebastian - a grad transfer with a single year left and something to prove. This offseason the Irish have proven much more active in the transfer market than at any [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|18S Reads|14 Comments

Hell Yeah, Baseball

Baseball is currently slogging its way through their 432-game season but on Memorial Day a tussle out of AT&T Park in San Francisco grabbed the attention of the nation and myself. We even have a Notre Dame alum playing a major role. Let's discuss. First off, the background involved isn't important. The Nationals Bryce Harper [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|18S Reads|19 Comments

How Much Can Notre Dame Football Improve in 2017?

Realistically, how much can Notre Dame football improve this season? Here's the Cliff Notes answer: We don't know. Ha! No, but seriously, there's no definitive way to answer the question. If every coach and every starter from 2016 returned for this season, there would still be far too many variables in the 2017 equation to make [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|18S Reads|31 Comments

Lacrosse: Denver ends the Irish’s season

The season ended for Notre Dame with a catastrophic loss to Denver in the NCAA quarterfinals, 16-4. There aren't many positive details to review, but Mikey Wynne did have a hat trick in the loss and Garrett Epple had an outstanding 5 caused turnovers and 7 ground balls.  Sergio Perkovic had a goal and an assist [...]

By | May 21st, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|7 Comments

Five Wide Fullbacks: Boring Spring Football Edition

Welcome to another edition of 5WF. 1. Notre Dame is currently going through perhaps the most boring spring football of our lifetime. Is there something the school can do to add some buzz to this time of year? Should they be concerned with making improvements? This is a tough call. We football fans are enormously [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|18S Reads|42 Comments

Notre Dame Lacrosse: Irish drop tough one to Orange, 11-10

Notre Dame lost to the visiting Syracuse Orangemen, 11-10, this afternoon at Arlotta Stadium. The Irish should think they let this one get away from them.  The Irish made some critical mistakes in transition defense in the first half that gave the Orange too much of a lead.  Syracuse took a few pages out of [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

#1 Irish Lacrosse: #3 Syracuse bent on revenge

#1 Notre Dame lacrosse hosts #3 Syracuse this Saturday at Arlotta Stadium, 12:00 pm, ESPNU. This game has been circled on the Orangemen's calendar after the Irish embarrassed Syracuse last year 17-7 at the Carrier Dome on the occasion of their 100th lacrosse anniversary celebration.  Further, Notre Dame dispatched the then #1 Orange in 2015 [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

The OTHER Notre Dame vs. Ohio State game: Lacrosse preview

The #2 Fighting Irish play the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday at 2:00, Arlotta Stadium, ESPN3. Another top 5 matchup for the 4-1 Irish.  Now that women's hoops has dusted off the Buckeyes, let's hope men's lacrosse can do the same. Ohio State has surprised the nation and enters this game with a perfect [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|1 Comment

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia: Expect some wild action

#2 Notre Dame men's lacrosse will play ACC foe #12 Virginia Cavaliers in the ESPNU Old Spice game o' the week in Charlottesville, Saturday, 6:00 pm.  We can't imagine there would be any conflicting game you'd rather be watching on Saturday, since the onlyhoops game worth watching should end by 2:30. However, if you do have [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|1 Comment

Survive and Advance – Irish Defeat Tigers 60-58

There's a saying in golf that goes: "There are no pictures on the scorecard." Whatever it takes to get the ball in the hole. Mark down your score and move to the next hole. Mike Brey and his Fighting Irish earned exactly zero point zero style points as they opened the NCAA Tournament Thursday. If [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|18S Reads|16 Comments

Join the 18 Stripes Bracket Challenge

Since everyone needs one more bracket pool to join, we are happy to fill the void. Join the 18 Stripes bracket challenge group on ESPN to compete against the Irish sports writers, and your fellow readers. Even if you haven't watched non-ND basketball game all season and choose based on the cooler mascot, you're encouraged [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

Men’s lacrosse hit with first loss on last second Denver goal

Notre Dame men's lacrosse lost this Sunday to Denver 11-10 on a buzzer-beater goal by the Pioneer's Connor Cannizzaro.  Once again, it was an epic battle as has been the tradition between these western lacrosse powers. // Connor Cannizzaro wins it at the buzzer! pic.twitter.com/984X56rB8y — Dan Aburn (@danaburn2423) March 12, 2017   The game followed [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

Men’s Lacrosse puts its #1 ranking to the test at archrival #4/#5 Denver: Preview

#1/#1 Notre Dame lacrosse will challenge the #4/#5 Denver Pioneers this Sunday, 3:00 EST in Denver.  The game will be broadcast on Altitude TV (DishNetwork channel 413, DirecTV channel 681) and streamed on Pioneer Vision. This game has for quite some time decided bragging rights for the whole western U.S. lacrosse world.  5 of the [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|4 Comments

WE’RE #1 !! Notre Dame Lacrosse Recap

In a defensive battle for the ages, Notre Dame mens' lacrosse upended the #1 Maryland Terrapins 5-4 at Arlotta Stadium.  During this wild weekend of lacrosse, the #2 Denver Pioneers (ND's opponents next week) were dispatched by North Carolina, and our guess is the bulk of #3 Johns Hopkins apparently stayed on the bus to watch [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments