Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
In other news, UHND put up a nice youtube package comparing Armando Allen and Golden Tate to Raghib Ishmael; it may be a little early for this esteemed comparison (says the guy who claims football in South Bend starts Wednesday afternoon), but at least you'll be able to check out some sick highlight clips.
For all of our loyal fans who couldn't sleep without knowing what the Quote of the Week is, here you go:
“Two people running into each other at full speed doesn’t seem like a natural thing, but you do it and you see yourself on film owning somebody and you like it. It looks cool. You’re like, ‘Wow, I just dominated that kid. I want to do it again.’” — linebacker Anthony Vernaglia
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Some people may challenge that Sharpley is equally as likely to start based on this photo, which is why I take you to exhibit B: Jones demonstrating his authority over Sharpley by taking a water break first.
Here, Jones shows that he is king of the jungle by controlling the water hole. Sharpley looks so thirsty.
Some would argue that Clausen quarterbacked the first team offense, and Jones arguably performed the worst out of the three contenders. This is all a brilliant reverse psychology tactic being employed by Weis in order to confuse the opposition. Bottom line: Jones is the man, and I'm sticking to it.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Quinn went 7/11 for a team high 81 yards and a touchdown, and he also would have led the Brownies to a field goal, but Dawson, showing shades of the end of last season, shanked a 46 yarder.
In related news, Charlie Weis announced in his press conference that he does not plan to select his starting quarterback via a coin flip. Weis stated that he already knows who the starter is, but will not announce it until the start of the Georgia Tech game. Speaking of Notre Dame football, time for me to get ready for the student appreciation practice. Go Irish!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
"Anytime I can go out there and knock some heads, I'm down for that." - Toryan Smith
What a beast. Go Irish! Beat Jackets!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
With the crowd at Cleveland Browns stadium chanting his name, Brady took the field with roughly 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Browns were down 23 to 7, and Quinn marched straight down the field, completing his first 5 passes and 6/7 overall en rout to the end zone for a touchdown. The drive was somewhat soured by a failed two point conversion in which Quinn threw slightly behind running back Chris Barclay, making it too difficult to haul in the pass. In his next series, with no timeouts and 2:10 remaining, Quinn again marched down the field for a score. Overall, Quinn completed 13/20 passes (13/16 when you discount the 4 spikes) for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
In a post game interview, Quinn said that it was a nice to be back on the field again, joking that he "was starting to get writers cramp from holding the clip board so much." However, he quickly became serious when critiquing his performance, scolding himself for the "terrible" throw on the two point conversion that might have given the Browns a chance to tie the game. Brady was also quick to add that he was not facing a difficult Lions defensive package unit, as Detroit elected to play soft prevent defense in the fourth quarter, opening up easy check down passes that Quinn capitalized on. In closing, Quinn said that he thought he saw the field better, but still needs to work on his timing and fundamentals.
Links to videos of both of Quinn's touchdown passes as well as the post game interview can be seen here.
My take: Its gonna be another long season for my brownies. The first team offense looked like it had never played together; my personal favorite moment was when Derek Anderson called a timeout to avoid a delay of game and somehow managed to get a delay of game coming out of the timeout. You get the idea... Even if Brady does as well against 1st team defenses as he did against the Lions scrubs, the rest of the offense isn't playing well as a team yet. On the bright side, there will still be enough time to light a couple candles at the Grotto for the development of the offense before the season opens against Pittsburgh.
Funny how things change, isn't it? Last year we started #2 in the nation. This year I have 11 fruit baskets to send.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Go Irish, Beat Jackets!
It was a good effort by Jimmy to dye his hair to disguise himself, but that didn't fool the Indiana State Excise Police.
Friday, August 17, 2007
On the other side of the coin, as QB Reggie Ball leaves, he takes his less than impressive statistics with him, leaving room for his succesor, Taylor Bennet. The current GT signal caller had a strong showing in last years bowl game against West Virginia, completing 19 passes for 326 yards and a 3 touchdowns.
On the ground, Tashard Choice looks to improve on last years numbers, where he lead the ACC in rushing. Behind a capable fullback in Mike Cox and an experienced offensive line, Notre Dame's new 3-4 front will be challenged early.
Bawl hawk safety Jamal Lewis leads a defense that returns 8 starters, but I can't help thinking that he looks out of place in their secondary.
Lastly, ESPN has Georgia Tech's punter Durant Brooks as the favorite to win the Ray Guy award. Obviously someone hasn't told them about Geoff Price yet.
Lou Holtz: Notre Dame's most recent national championship
coach, piloting the Irish to the
This project is the third of the Notre Dame Stadium gates to be finished, following the Heisman Trophy display at Gate B that opened in 2005 and the All-America display at Gate A that opened in 2006. Funding for all the themed gates has been provided by the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
What to Expect Sept. 1: Sam will be up against talented left DE Adamm Oliver. An All-ACC end last year, Oliver is a two-year starter with 29 career starts including 26 in a row. An outstanding run-stopper who can also play inside, he has 138 career tackles including 22.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.