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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Notre Dame Icon Video vs Florida State is Must See

This was the first game I've ever attended where I couldn't stand the cold but more than happy to be at Notre Dame Stadium.  I knew the brisk temperatures would work in Notre Dame's favor as soon as I saw the ND players shirtless warming up.  Granted FSU is currently an awful 4-6 team but I could see as soon as they got off the bus to walk into Notre Dame stadium that they wanted no part of the mid 20's weather.  Notre Dame, even with starter Ian Book out,  was led by senior Brandon Wimbush and helped lead a dominating performance from start to finish on Senior Night.

Notre Dame currently stands at 10-0 and will more than likely be at #3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings Show tonight on ESPN after the impressive 42-13 win over FSU.  Seniors like Jerry Tillery, Drue Tranquill and Te'von Coney went out in style on Saturday and deserve recognition for making the hard but ultimately right decisions to not leave early for the NFL and return for their final season.  All 3 have been dynamite this season for first year defensive coordinator Clark Lea's defense.

On offense you have to give props to of course Wimbush, Dexter Williams and Alize Mack for all battling through various obstacles and staying with ND.  All 3 seniors balled out on offense with FreeDex going for over 200 yards against a stingy FSU defense and Mack catching two spectacular TDs toward the back of the endzone.  And what about Wimbush who despite being benched for Book earlier this season kept his head up, didn't transfer or pout, and remained an engaged and encouraging teammate.  It shows the class and character of Wimbush who went on to throw for 3 TDs Saturday night.

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Up next for the Irish are the #12 Syracuse Orangemen.  Cuse comes in hot with a top 7 scoring offense.  This game is part of the Shamrock Series and will be played at Yankees Stadium.  ND has to win out this week and next week at USC in order to make the college football playoffs for the first time in program history.  

Monday, November 05, 2018

Elizabeth Hurley's Instagram wants you to know she still has it

I didn't want to HAVE to post about this Instagram post from Elizabeth Hurley today but I got multiple heads up texts from friends about this IG post.  So it is my civic and moral duty to appease to the masses and tell you that Elizabeth Hurley at the ripe age of 53 still has her fastball.  In fact from the looks of it she never actually lost it.  Now I've been told her son takes all of her Instagram pictures and videos which doesn't seem weird at all.  Go check them out just to make sure.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mike Leach's Thoughts on Halloween

God I love the Pirate.  Not only is Mike Leach the most underrated college football coach (Washington State Cougs #8) in the nation but he's a national treasure with his press conferences.  This Halloween one is another gold star for Leach.  From stripper costumes to stealing your kid's Halloween candy Mike Leach is the college football gift that keeps on giving because he does not give a fuck.  It's a damn shame what Texas Tech did to him and it's ludicrous that Maryland refused to hire him but still keep a coach who basically killed one of his players on staff.

Mike Leach for President!

Initial Thoughts on the First College Football Playoff Rankings

The first two spots with Alabama and Clemson are no surprise to anybody.  With the exception of close calls for Clemson vs Texas A&M and Syracuse earlier this season Alabama and the Tigers have throttled everybody.  Both programs have a proven track record of not only making the playoffs but also winning them since it started in 2014.

Alabama is an absolute college football juggernaut right now.  They have the best offense in the nation led by the best QB, Tua Tagovailoa, in the nation who will more than likely run away with the Heisman Trophy in December.  Bama also has the best coach in the nation, the best talent in the nation, and their defense is at least top 5.  They are the best in the nation and really it's not even close to who's 2nd.  Yeah their schedule hasn't been great so far but they have been putting up nearly 50 points in the first half before turning to Jalen Hurts in the 2nd half just to run the clock and get home to bang coeds and collect booster envelopes.

What is a surprise is LSU being ranked over ND at #3.  LSU has a loss.  Notre Dame doesn't.  LSU's most impressive win is over #6 Georgia.  Notre Dame's most impressive win is over #5 Michigan.  There is obviously some SEC bias here in this ranking but it doesn't matter because LSU plays Bama this week.  LSU will get their asses kicked.  Notre Dame goes on the road vs a surging Northwestern team but they should win.  If Notre Dame takes care of business like they should in Chicago they will jump to either #3 or #2 depending on how the committee views the win and of course subsequent LSU loss.

Michigan, Georgia, and Oklahoma all come in right about where I thought they would.  While they are not in the top 4 they all can still reach the playoffs if they win out the regular season and win their conference championship game.  A one-loss Power 5 conference champ named Michigan, UGA and Oklahoma get in over an one-loss Alabama, an one-loss Clemson and an one-loss Notre Dame in my opinion because it's better to lose early than late in college football.

With that being said the only other team I can see reaching the playoffs is Ohio State.  Forget about Washington State, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  While those programs are playing great with only one loss on their resumes they will all suffer at least one loss if not multiple with their November schedules.  No two-loss Power 5 team is getting in over a one-loss Power 5 team or Notre Dame.  It's not happening.  But if Ohio State who sits at #10 gets their shit together and wins out which they have shown in the past they are capable of doing they will make the playoffs as an one-loss Big Ten Champion.

So essentially if you are a fan of Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State you will make the playoffs if you win out.  All of those programs are legitimate playoff contenders.  Unfortunately I'm not so sure it matters who makes the playoffs as long as big swinging dick Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide are mushroom tipping everybody else in the bathroom stall.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Mike Gundy's Rant on Twitter Talk is Classic Gundy

Gotta love what the power mullet said here.  Gundy basically said fuck those losers on Twitter with their "outside criticism" of Taylor Cornelius and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  The Cowboys just finished their "upset" at home of the previously #6 ranked Texas Longhorns and Gundy wasn't gonna have any of this bull shit Twitter conversations.  And I couldn't agree with Gundy more.

Power Mullet: 1
Twitter losers: 0

Thursday, October 25, 2018

SportsCrack CFB Top 10 Week 8

1) Alabama - The Crimson Tide made it look easy again with an absolute throttling of Tennessee 58-21.  Alabama is so good in the first halves they don't even play Tua Tongue-a-violen after half time otherwise they would be putting 100 spots on the board.  They get a bye week to rest up for LSU next week in Baton Rouge.  If the spread is anything below 21 points you damn well better load up on Bama.

2) Clemson -  NC State entered Clemson Saturday undefeated thinking they could give the Tigers a run for their money.  They left with an ass whooping instead 41-7.  Travis Etienne had another 3 rushing TDs while Trevor Lawrence was as silky smooth as his feminine haircut.  The Tigers defense shutdown QB Ryan Finley and look to be on a collision course with the playoffs if they can survive Tallahassee and the Criminoles this weekend.  Clemson jumps ND for the #2 spot.

3) Notre Dame - ND enjoyed a much deserved bye week before hitting the road this week to travel to San Diego to play Navy.  Navy's pesky triple option will have a hard time getting much going against ND's Lea-gion of Doom with Navy transfer/option shutdown safety Alohi Gilman on seek and destroy missions with the sea men.

4) LSU - While it wasn't the prettiest performance it was still a convincing win over another top 25 opponent for LSU beating Miss State 19-3.  LSU gets an off week to prepare their anuses for the big veiny Crimson elephant dick coming in to destroy them in Baton Rouge next week.

5) Michigan - Michigan finally beat up on little brother despite the rain delay in East Lansing winning 21-7 in convincing fashion.  The Wolverines defense continues to suffocate the opposition and will get a bye week to get ready for another Big Ten "Top 25" opponent in Penn State visiting the world's largest toilet bowl.

6) Florida - Gators had a bye week to get ready for the World's Largest Cocktail Party.  This will be the first time both teams are in the top 15 since 2012 and College Game Day will be there for the first time since 2005.

7) Georgia - Dawgs had a bye week too to get ready for Florida.  There have been a lot of QB controversy rumblings coming out of Athens this week following Jake Fromm's less than stellar performance vs LSU and Justin Field's lack of playing time.  I got a feeling Fromm comes out and lights it up vs Florida to quiet the naysayers.

8) Texas - The Longhorns were off last week to get ready for the Mike Gundy Power Mullets of T. Boone Pickens University.  The Cowboys stink this year but I can see them upsetting Texas in a primetime night game on ABC just like what Purdue did to Ohio State last week.

9) UCF - In their nation's leading 20th consecutive win UCF forced 5 turnovers and dominated a bad East Carolina team 37-10.  The Knights get an off week of sun and fun this week and hope some other teams in front of them lose so they can inch closer to a potential playoff spot.

10) Oklahoma - Kyler Murray threw for another 4 TDs in a convincing road win at TCU winning 52-27.  It was a good test for Oklahoma after a bye week to rest up after the Red River Shootout lost to Texas.  Oklahoma can still make the playoffs if they run the table and with Murray at the controls it wouldn't shock anybody in Norman. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 Notre Dame Roster Top 25 Players Midseason Edition

I did a preseason edition of the top 25 players on the Notre Dame roster back in August.  Not much has changed two months later at the midseason mark for the Fighting Irish especially in the top 3.

1. Julian Love, CB - Love is on everybody's midseason All-American team after leading the nation in pass breakups with 12.  He's been the most consistent defender and even has a returned strip sack for a TD.

2. Jerry Tillery, DT - 7.5 sacks.  Constant double teams freeing up the LBs and DEs to pressure the QB and make tackles in the backfield. Tillery has been everything we expected if not more.

3. Te'von Coney, LB - 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss.  Coney's return for his senior season has been huge for ND and like Tillery both are playing themselves into first round NFL money.

4. Khalid Kareem, DE - I had Kareem at #15 on my preseason list so this is a big jump but not completely unexpected.  The junior has been a terror off the edge all season both against the run and the pass.

5. Ian Book, QB - Book wasn't on my preseason list because Brandon Wimbush was the starter.  Now one could make an argument Book is the most important player on this list after his stellar four game performance while leading the nation in completion percentage.

6. Drue Tranquill, LB - The senior captain is the steady soundboard for Clark Lea's defense.  He makes every tackle and is a great example of knowing his role and excelling at it.

7. Julian Okwara, DE - I said before the season if ND was gonna have a great defense they needed guys like Okwara, Kareem and Hayes to step it up going into their junior seasons.  Okwara like Kareem has done it.  He's got 24 pressures and was unstoppable vs Pitt on the edge.

8. Miles Boykin, WR - Boykin was basically non existent with Wimbush at QB the first 3 games after his breakout performance in the bowl game vs LSU last year.  With Book in there Boykin has become his favorite target and he's exploded for 32 catches for 512 yards and 4 TDs.

9. Alohi Gilman, S - The Navy transfer has been tremendous.  He's let a few balls slip through his hands but he's gonna be a turnover, tackling machine in the 2nd half.  The sky is the limit with Gilman.

10. Dexter Williams, RB - FREE DEX, FREE DEX, FREE DEX!  After standing on the sidelines for the first 4 games because of a "suspension" Dexter finally got starting reps at tailback and has averaged over 100 yards per game with over 7 yards per carry.  He's even picking up blocks now.  It's great to have him back.

11. Robert Hainsey, OT
12. Chris Finke, WR
13. Troy Pride, CB
14. Chase Claypool, WR
15. Jalen Elliott, S
16. Daelin Hayes, DE
17. Sam Mustipher, OC
18. Asmar Bilal, LB
19. Tony Jones Jr., RB
20. Liam Eichenberg, OT
21. Justin Yoon, K
22. Brandon Wimbush, QB
23. Jafar Armstrong, RB
24. Alize Mack, TE
25. Tommy Kraemer, OG

Please note that Alex Bars didn't make the list because he's out for the season with his knee injury.  If Bars was still playing he would be in the top 5 easy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

According to Reddit and the Notre Dame Bookstore Website ND could be wearing Green Jerseys vs FSU

Take some deep breaths ND Nation.  This is just a rumor.  I repeat it's only a rumor and has not been confirmed by anybody in the Notre Dame athletic department.  But according to a poster on Reddit who claims inside information Notre Dame will come out in green jerseys (pictured above) for the FSU game on November 10th.

"I was told before the season started by a friend of mine who is close to the team that ND has green jerseys in their possession and that they were very similar to the men's green basketball jersey's in color scheme. He said BK let the team decide whether to wear them for the Michigan or FSU game. He told me they were the normal home/away ND jersey template just with green on it and the picture above matches that description perfectly. I'm not sure if this picture was posted to the website by accident, but they may have leaked something they didn't mean to."

I will admit this worries me because I too am a ND fan.  I know the recent history of ND coming out in green jerseys and it's not pretty.  I'll never be able to burn away the images of Ryan Grant and Pat Dillingham fumbling away an undefeated season in 2002 vs Boston College in the green jerseys at home during the Ty Willingham era.

I'll never forget the green jerseys worn at home vs USC in the Bush Push game and then in the disastrous 2007 season with Evan Sharpley at QB that both resulted in losses, the later a 38-0 drubbing.  Also sprinkle in some Michigan "Under the Lights" games where the Irish came out on the losing end and it doesn't leave a happy, good luck irish green feeling among ND fans.

On the bright side Dan Devine loved the color green for ND when he was head coach in the late 70's and even won a Natty with Joe Montana sporting the famous green #3 jersey.  But since the Devine era when ND went back to their traditional blue and gold jerseys the Fighting Irish are 7-6 when sporting green jerseys.  The good news is they beat Maryland in the 2011 Shamrock Series and Boston College in the 2015 Shamrock Series games while wearing green jerseys but both were ugly wins.

Just reading the tea leaves I think ND will come out in green jerseys vs FSU to mark the silver anniversary of the "Game of the Century."  The #7 green jersey pictured above aka Brandon Wimbush green jersey is currently a hot seller at the ND bookstore and he's not even starting anymore with Ian Book leading the nation in completion percentage while going 4-0 this season as the starter.  

There were rumors ND was gonna wear green vs Michigan in the season opener of the #IrishWearGreen campaign to turn ND stadium into a "green out" but it didn't happen so now what do you do with all these green jerseys that Under Armour made?

You wear them vs FSU.  Just go ahead and book it.