Lacrosse: At home Saturday versus Richmond Spiders

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0, #5/#7/#8) will take on the Richmond Spiders (2-1) Saturday at Arlotta Stadium, WatchESPN.   Gametime has been moved to noon, and it is expected to be cold and raining. The Opposition Richmond is playing in only their 5th season at the Division I level, and play in the SoCon.  [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|18S Reads|1 Comment

A Way (Way) Too Early Guess at Notre Dame’s Recruiting Class of 2019

Signing Day 2019 is almost a full year away, which means it's time for another way-too-early guess at who the Fighting Irish will end up landing for this cycle. As you probably remember, I did one of these posts last year. I was not as accurate as I had hoped. Will my guess be more [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|18S Reads|20 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Olympics Edition

Let me begin by confessing that I am obsessed with the Olympics. Winter, summer, any of the sports – I love it all. However, I took breaks from my very busy schedule of Olympics-viewing for the two women's games this week, even venturing away from the TV long enough to attend the game at Boston [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: #5 Irish Defeat Georgia Tech, Regular Season Winds Down

After a well-deserved bye on Thursday, the Irish returned to action when they hosted Georgia Tech on Sunday. Notre Dame came away with a comfortable win over the Yellow Jackets. The Irish will play two games on the road this week. Game 1: Georgia Tech at #5 ND Sunday's game against Georgia Tech did not [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|0 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: All They Do is Win

The #5 Irish continued their win streak this week with victories over North Carolina and #19 Duke. They will have their bye this Thursday before hosting Georgia Tech on Sunday. It is good to see them continue to improve and play well. While the chain of comfortable wins does make these posts feel a bit [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|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

Weekly WBB Recap: A Pair of Dominant Performances

The #5 Irish picked up right where they left off last week, adding lopsided wins over Pittsburgh and #8 Florida State. Jessica Shepard also picked up ACC Player of the Week honors. I did mention last week that I wouldn't mind a few more of the low-stress, never-in-doubt wins for the Irish, so it was [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Hate the Game, Not the Players – ND Drops Fifth Straight

Inequity. That was the first word that came to mind Saturday as I watched Notre Dame drop their fifth straight ACC contest. Each of the five losses have had their own special brand of heartbreak. The 80-75 home defeat at the hands of Virginia Tech stung because it simply felt unfair. Unlike the UNC game [...]

By | January 28th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|17 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Enjoy Record-Breaking Week

The Irish were out to put on a show this week. They led off with the program's biggest comeback win ever against #6 Tennessee, and followed it up with their largest margin of victory in an ACC game when Clemson came to town. As the icing on the cake, junior Arike Ogunbowale was named ACC [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Scheduling for Success in the Playoff Era

Alternative clickbait headline - "Is Notre Dame scheduling itself out of future playoff contention?" The schedule for Irish football has become a hot topic in recent months, following the announcements of a two-game series with Wisconsin in 2020/21 and moving next year’s scheduled home game against Syracuse to Yankee Stadium. This debate is nothing new [...]

By | January 23rd, 2018|18S Reads|22 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Fall to Louisville, Beat BC

This was a rough week for the women's basketball team, as they were routed by #3 Louisville in a game where nothing seemed to go right. They did bounce back with a comfortable win over Boston College, but fell from #2 to #5 in this week's rankings. Game 1: #2 Notre Dame at #3 Louisville [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

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

Weekly WBB Recap: Two ACC Wins and an Injury Loss

The Notre Dame women's basketball team continued their winning ways this week, adding ACC wins over Miami and Georgia Tech. They also lost one player to injury and added a new face to the roster. Roster Updates After her injury late in the third quarter against Wake Forest, the team confirmed that point guard Lili [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|0 Comments

18Stripes Film Breakdown – Winning Plays Versus Syracuse

I know there's a ton of recency bias in this statement, but Saturday's win in Syracuse had to be one of the top-5 most satisfying in the Brey era. Alstein did a great recap here, but I wanted to take a second to walk you through a few critical plays that tipped the scales in [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball, Film Room|17 Comments

Mike Elko Leaves for Texas A&M DC Job

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the off-season...The annual gut-punch comes early. This time the damage wasn't done by a player's off-field mistake, but by a coach's increased paycheck. Mike Elko, defensive coordinator and almost indisputably the best thing to come out of the 2017 season for Notre Dame, decided [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|18S Reads|157 Comments