Top 25 ND Players, 18 Stripes Edition

If you’ve missed it last week, it’s a great chance to catch up on the annual preseason rankings of the top 25 Notre Dame football players over at Inside the Irish. You can see the consensus ranking that includes our ballot and Douglas Farmer’s astute commentary over there, but if you’ve read this far, you [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|18S Reads|8 Comments

The 25 Absolute Worst Logos in Sports

I've been on a quest this summer to find the most awful logos in sports. I didn't have a ton of rules except I didn't want to include American colleges, you had to be a current franchise, and I held some of the major North American sports to a much higher standard than other teams [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

Where should the bar be set for Brian Kelly in 2017?

As fall practice begins, it’s getting closer and closer to prediction time for all of your favorite writers. And for Notre Dame in 2017, that means that every one-line prognostication will devote a few words to Brian Kelly’s future. “Notre Dame: 9-3 with an improved defense under Mike Elko, cooling Brian Kelly’s hot seat.” Or [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|18S Reads|49 Comments

Ranking the Road Trips, 2017 Edition

If you've been with us a while, you may remember the inaugural ranking of Notre Dame away games in 2015. While I won't give myself too much credit, the top three games listed (Clemson, Stanford, UVA) were incredible games, even though they featured two Irish losses and the season-ending injury to Malik Zaire. Looking back [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|18S Reads|23 Comments

10 (non-BK) Coaches to Watch in 2017

Every season the coaching carousel seems to escalate the craziness, and 2016-2017 was no exception. Two gigantic openings were filled at LSU and Texas, and several hot commodities like PJ Fleck, Willie Taggart, and Matt Rhule made jumps to Power 5 conferences. Excluding Brian Kelly, who would certainly make this list if he weren't already [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Stanford Cardinal

Well, they did it again. In many ways not much came together for Stanford in 2016. After carrying so much of the load two falls ago Christian McCaffrey couldn't do the same in 2016 and missed some time on the field. The Cardinal attempt to break in a new quarterback didn't do great, either. However, [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|18S Reads|22 Comments

Ryder Garnsey said to have been granted release to transfer

US Lacrosse magazine reports leading Irish lacrosse attackman Ryder Garnsey has been granted his release to transfer.  They further report that he may sit out a year to play at Virginia.  We have not been able to otherwise confirm. Transfers from the lacrosse team are rare, and a transfer of the presumed focal point of [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 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

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