2007 Loss to Michigan. Worse Than We Thought.

August 22nd, 2012 by JVH

It turns out half of the Michigan squad played App State in 2007 stoned to the bejeezus. According to Chatsports up to 6 defensive starters and 3 offensive starters toked up before the game.

The night before the game, everyone was smoking pot and having fun at the team hotel, no coaches were bothering us. The next day, (game day), one offensive player in particular was the ring leader and was messing around trying to convince all the other guys that we could beat these guys stoned and how crazy it would be to be all messed up and still ‘drop 50 on these fools’.

That actually does not surprise me. We are talking about Michigan here. What is shocking is the total lack of preparation from the Wolverines heading into the season:

“There was a perception that we were going to be so good in ’07 that everyone kind of thought the entire season was going to be a breeze, we would go undefeated for sure” said the former player. “There were two different teams that off-season it seems. A lot of the Ohio (high school) guys and guys from west coast stuck together, and were really into the party scene, the Michigan (high school) players and seniors were the other group. The really odd thing is that I don’t think Chad (Henne) saw any of the receivers from the time spring ball ended until the first day of fall camp. We were just a bunch of guys with our own agendas and no sense of team. Once (LaMarr) Woodley and (David) Harris left after ’06, all leadership was gone on the team.

This makes the 2007 loss to Michigan 0-38 at home even more embarrassing. Notre Dame must have been even more stoned that day.

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March 26th, 2012 by JVH

In our 5 years(or is it 6 now? Lost count) we have never had any form of advertising on the site. And we will keep it that way except for today.

A good buddy of mine and I launched the following website/app to help people remember important quotes and events in their lives. Think about parents jotting down the funny things their kids say or college buddies keeping track of all the stupid things they do.

Check out the site and the app if you have a few seconds. There is a video there that explains it all. Thanks.

We were Hacked

March 13th, 2012 by JVH

The IRT was recently hacked(most likely by some unscrupulous, jealous, Ohio State fans(we’re looking at you Urban Meyer.))

But we are back. So now our all our followers can get back to ignoring that we even exist.

Go Irish!

Urban Meyer: Never a “ND Man”

November 26th, 2011 by JVH

Some followers of college football have suggested that Urban Meyer is a ND Man: His dream job has always been to be the head coach at Notre Dame.

Most of that speculation has come from the out-clause in his Utah contract. If the Notre Dame head spot opened up, Urban could walk free and clear from Utah. There has always been a problem with that:

Would a Notre Dame Man put Michigan and Ohio State in the same category as the Irish? Hell No! Good luck, Urban. You are a perfect fit for the cheaters at Ohio State.

Fire It Up

November 26th, 2011 by JVH

Let’s Do This:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXhfuhoMl9U[/youtube]

IBG: Clearing the Forest

November 24th, 2011 by JVH

The IRT is back with another IBG.  Can we get another three letter acronym?  Sure.  NBC’s Keith Arnold is hosting this week.  Must be a big game.

This Thanksgiving we are thankful for the Irish Blogger Gathering.

 

 

Obviously, Saturday night’s game is massive. Win, and the Irish get to nine wins after starting 0-2, and you can make a really persuasive argument that they’re deserving of a BCS berth. Lose, and ND only makes incremental progress over last year’s 8-5 record. Three potential outcomes: Win, close loss, ten-point loss. How does your takeaway for the season change?

Too many fans stake the Season on W-L record.  Obviously it is important.  But with a program rebuilding, it’s less about W-L for me and more about improvement.  Improvement from season to season and improvement during the course of the year.  Despite Saturday’s outcome it is safe to say that this team is better than last years and probably better than any team since Holtz was the coach.  And the team is getting better as the season moves on.  Rees is developing before our eyes.  As is the entire defense.

 

Right now the Irish have 15 prospects committed to the 2012 recruiting class. Let’s assume every starter with a year left is coming back (Cave, KLM, Cwynar and Slaughter) and the Irish end up signing 20 recruits. That’ll make 93 players technically available for the 85-man roster (With Mike Ragone potentially being No. 94). Assuming Te’o and Eifert are back next season, what reserves do you invite back for a fifth year? Why?

Crist – yes, but I don’t see him staying

Goodman – No

Walker – No

Golic – Yes

Clelland – Yes

Hafis Williams – No

Brandon Newman – No

McDonald – No

Posluszny – No

McCarthy – No

Ragone* (Sixth Year) – Easy, if Eifert stays, No.  If Eifert goes, yes

 

If you ran the website NDNation, what would you do with it? It’s the most prominent Notre Dame hub on all of the internet, but it’s got a very vocal faction of readers/fans that seem to control the agenda — most often with a significantly negative point-of-view. What would you do if that was your website?

 

 

 

I love this question, Keith.  It’ll let us see if NDNation can take criticism as well as they dole it out.

I am NDJoe on NDNation.  I give the founders of NDNation serious props for not only starting the site when they did but also for keeping it going for as long as they have.  It is not easy to run a website for as long as they have.  The backroom at NDNation is an incredible resource and a great daily read.

I used to post on Rock’s House every so often to join the dialogue.   I also used to read every single post.  Now I just go there once a week.  The negativity and groupthink are out of control.  The resistance to change is mind-boggling.

NDNation doesn’t want Notre Dame to sell out and tarnish “the brand.”  But isn’t this exactly what NDNation has done with their site?  The countless ads clutter up the screen and increase load times.  It also calls to question (the same question I have for the ND Administration and the football team) Is this about ND Football or making money?  I understand it takes money to run a site but it is not that much. Plus, NDNation could pull the ads once they cover expenses.  Make no mistake about it: this is a for-profit entity.  Just like the Notre Dame football team that they continually rail on.

But this is America.  Where capitalism reigns.  Unfortunately the leaders of NDNation have bought into America’s idea of capitalism but North Korea’s idea of free speech.  If you have dissenting thoughts on the Jumbotron, field turf, music in the Stadium, or any other gameday traditions then you will be ostracized.  If you think Kelly is doing a fine job, you better not mention that on NDNation.

I checked out Rock’s House last Sunday after the BC win.  If I didn’t watch the game I would have thought ND lost.*

I shutter to think what NDNation’s opinions of Lou Holtz would have been if it existed back in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The very coach, who the illuminati of NDNation want today’s coach to emulate, would have been lambasted and thrown to the wolves.  It’s sad that ND is having a resurgence after 15 years of pain and it still is not good enough.

A turning point for NDNation was the Call For Change campaign that NDNation ran to have Ty Willingham removed as head coach.  It gave the impression that a few internet yokels could steer policy and decision making at the University.  Since then I feel like the leaders at NDNation have used the site to drive the issues that they feel most strongly about.  If the Dear Leaders don’t want a Jumbotron, they need to write about it every day, squash those who are pro-Jumbotron, and claim that no right-minded ND fan wants a Jumbotron.  Then ND won’t get a Jumbo-tron.  And the Dear Leaders pat themselves on the back.  “We saved ND from a Jumbotron..”

 

Problem with that is that there are more places for Notre Dame specific discussion on the internet today than ever.  I used to get 100% of my ND football info at NDNation.  Now I get less than 5%.  Imagine the old-timer that still gets 100%.  What was he thinking at the USC game when they actually started pumping music into the Stadium?  All he knew was that people were against pumping music into the Stadium(NDNation groupthink.)  How surprised is he he going to be when the Jumbotron actually goes up in the coming years?

 

The question was how would I change NDNation.

-I would lose the ads(at least once the yearly budget was covered.)   When you are for-profit your motives will be questioned.

-I would merge Rocks House and Cartier Field.  Create a separate board for students and admin.  Only people with und.edu email addresses could post on it. 

-I would “hire” two admins that don’t think like the current admins.  Younger alums or students that might have differing opinions than the main 4 guys.

-I would open a NDNation Twitter account.  Drive some of the discussion from Twitter to the board.

 

*As a side note I believe you can be anti-Kelly or anti-Rees, but not both.  This team is 8-3 and clearly improved.  If you think Rees sucks, then Kelly must be doing an excellent job coaching to be at 8-3 with a sub-par QB.  If you think Kelly sucks, then Rees must be amazing as he is racking up better numbers than Brady Quinn AND Jimmy Clausen as sophomores.

 

You’re Brian Kelly. You spent last recruiting class successfully upgrading the front seven of the defense. Over the next two recruiting classes, what position groups do you absolutely need to upgrade to get the Irish over the BCS hump?

Continue to recruit the hell out of the Dline and Oline.  Each and every year. Oh, and add one lock-down CB each year, too

I’ve seen dozens of analogies used to describe the current state of the quarterbacking position at Notre Dame. What’s your favorite, or the one you think is the most appropriate?

Waterboy.  A majority of ND fans think Tommy Rees is no good and doesn’t belong on the field.  Fact is, he’s the most proficient Sophomore QB Notre Dame has ever had.  I’ve been ranting about this for weeks.  Tommy Rees’ Soph numbers are better than Brady Quinns’ and Jimmy Clausen’s.

 

 

 

 

Get out the crystal ball. Even after an unimpressive weekend, the Irish are right around a seven-point underdog to Stanford. Do the Irish leave Palo Alto victorious?

30% chance Notre Dame leaves with a victory.  Not having Gray hurts and Luck is going to thrash the secondary.  Need to get pressure early and often and hope Brian Kelly tries to establish a running game with Wood.

 

Tommy Rees: Better Than You Think

November 8th, 2011 by JVH

Tommy Rees is better than you think. Compare Rees’ stats to Brady Quinn’s sophomore year:

REES QUINN
completion % 65.60% 54.10%
TD/INT 1.7 1.7
Rating 137.8 125.9

Tommy is throwing up better numbers than Brady did his sophomore year. Yet we still have doubters.

Rees faces a perception problem. (1)He doesn’t look the part. Crist looks the part, was highly recruited, and is a nice guy. (2)He doesn’t fit the system. Hendrix and Golson supposedly fit Kelly’s offense better. (3) He wasn’t highly recruited. Rees was a 3-star recruit with offers from…Miami of Ohio. (4)His upside is limited. (5)He throws too many interceptions.

But, according to the statistics Rees is better than Quinn was at this point in his career. And he’s better than Clausen:

REES CLAUSEN
completion % 65.60% 60.90%
TD/INT 1.7 1.5
Rating 137.8 132.5

(1)Throw out looks. This isn’t a beauty contest. And the statistics don’t care how you look.
(2)He may not be as mobile as Hendrix and Golson, but Tommy can read defenses well and according to Kelly he does a great job of checking into plays. Plus, he’s the starter. So he must be running Kelly’s offense better than any other QB on the team.
(3)Rees thrives despite not being as highly recruited. 5-star vs. 3-star. Of course the fans are going to pull for the 5 star.
(4)Here’s the thing about Rees’ upside. He is still improving. Compare the first 4 games of the year with the last 5:

First four games: 7:6 TD:INT ratio. Last 5 games 10:4

(5)Rees’ TD:INT ratio is the same as Quinn’s and better than Clausen’s. Plus, Tommy is getting better(see number 4.) His numbers will look even better at the end of the season.

Finally, regardless of all the other stats. Rees still has the most important statistic going for him: Wins vs. Losses.

Rees is 10-2 as a starter.

As a numbers guy, I am pro-Rees. All the talk of Golsen, Hendrix, and Crist is nice, but Tommy will be the starter until he graduates.

Music in ND Stadium

October 25th, 2011 by JVH

In what has to be the biggest Notre Dame stadium change since the expansion, music blared from the PA system during last week’s game.

We were excited to see the change in what has become a stale home game experience. While the execution and the music itself needs some work, we’ll give the ND Gameday crew an A for effort.

Hopefully, this isn’t a once-a-year occurrence. A few thoughts:

1) We liked the music and felt like it added to the electrifying environment. The older fans around us definitely looked a little dazed and confused when The Dropkick Murphy’s started the game off. If you didn’t like the music, you are probably old. And you probably don’t like change. That’s fine. But if you thought the music was a big change, prepare yourself for the Jumbotron. It’s coming. And you can’t stop it.

2) The DJ needs to mix it up a bit. I think this goes without saying. All Aboard…I…I…I…

3) ND needs to find songs that actually fit the Irish Brand. The Dropkick Murphy’s fits perfectly. Ozzy Ozbourne does not.

4) We don’t need to copy Michigan(White Stripes) and Virginia Tech(Enter Sandman) Let’s get original.

5) The band played plenty during the game but they never competed with the music. Problem is that after hearing the music, you would have to strain to hear the band. We say mic the band up. Get them louder.

It’s easy to criticize and not offer any suggestions. So here’s ours:

A) Always start with “Shipping Out To Boston” And play it on all ND kickoffs. Except when Boston College comes to play. When they are visiting ND should play this.

B) Avoid “Enter Sandman” and “Seven Nation Army”

C) Our suggestions:
Rush- “Tom Sawyer”
Fort Minor- “Remember the Name”
Anything with bagpipes including Eminem’s “Bagpipes From Baghdad”
Disturbed- “Stricken”
U2- “Vertigo”
And of course a Tony Roberts Compilation

What do you think?

IBG: USuCk

October 21st, 2011 by JVH

1.  I’m taking an old friend of mine to the USC game.  They were born and raised in South Bend near Notre Dame, and developed a dislike for the University at a young age from dealing with the frustrations and messes that come from Notre Dame home football weekends.  She’s never been to a Notre Dame game before (she’s an Ohio State fan).  We’re going to go tailgate and do all the usual tailgating stuff.  Any suggestions on what I could do to help her let go of her animosity towards Notre Dame?

 

Take her to the actual game and let her see how classy fans act.  She won’t see any batteries thrown at players, fans picking fights with the band, or bags of pee reigning down from the student section.  It will be an eye opening experience for her, as it would be for any Ohio State fan.

 

If she still persists: start dating her.  Lavish gifts on her and pay a ton of attention to her needs.  Then buy a ring and let her find it, getting her hopes up.  Right when she’s all lathered up and at the relationship is at its peak dump her in a humiliating fashion.  Serves her right for being an Ohio State fan.

2.  On a related note, do you have any suggestions for improving the Notre Dame game weekend experience generally?  Are there traditions lost that you’d like to see restored, or new ideas that you’d like to see implemented to improve the gameday experience?

 

Not much has changed from the game day experience since I was a freshman 20 years ago except for the cracking down on tailgating.  Here’s the IRT’s top ten ways to improve the Notre Dame game day experience:

 

10) Make the pep rally student only.  Hold it in the Stepan Center.  No video cameras allowed.  Serve Beer.

9) Get a mechanical bull on campus

8- Kill the Mums.  Some other ideas for what to do with those planter boxes can be found at this link

7) Put James Earl Jones in the PA box.

6) The band needs some new go-to numbers.  Play all the old stuff, but get a few new

5) Eliminate the gameday players mass.  This is controversial, no doubt, but Mass is for Sundays.  The players should be watching Gladiator or 300 getting fired up to maim their opponent.

 

1-4 all revolve around making the stadium louder:

4) Pump in music during the game.

3) Install a Jumbotron with a live Twitter feed scrolling along the bottom.

2) Build suites opposite the press box.  Put the blue hairs in there.

1) Stop honoring dining hall staff during timeouts and play old highlights on the Jumbotron we spoke of in number 3.

 

3.  (a) USC is (and always will be) our biggest rival.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  And if you agree, why do you feel that this is such an important rivalry? (b) Rank your top 10 college football rivalries and provide justifications for each.

 

I somewhat agree with the first statement.  USC is Notre Dame’s biggest rival.  But I don’t know that they will always be going forward.  Two issues with the current rivalry.  1) USC cheated massively in the 2000’s. USC needs to earn the rivalry status and the privilege of playing Notre Dame on a yearly basis through fair play.  2) The conference landscape is changing fast.  This could lead Notre Dame into a scheduling predicament.

 

We’ll make a bold prediction on the future of this rivalry.  Texas will go independent and become the de facto rival for Notre Dame over the next 20-30 years.

 

4.  Southern Cal is 5-1, with their only loss on the road at Arizona State.  They are unranked, sitting right behind us in the “also receiving votes” category.  How good is Southern Cal this year?  How do you see this game playing out?

 

Notre Dame is favored by 8.  If they can continue to protect the ball(10 quarters without a turnover) Notre Dame could win by two touchdowns.  Tommy Rees figured something out at the half of the Pitt game.  He started to throw the ball away when the play warranted it.  Instead of forcing the issue and risking a turnover he is wisely getting rid of the ball.

 

That coupled with the excellent protection from the offensive line is the difference between 12 turnovers lost in the first 10 quarters of the season versus 0 turnovers lost in the last 10 quarters.

 

5.  It appears that with a win over USC, we’ll re-enter the Top 25 rankings.  Now that we’re halfway through the season and have some actual evidence available to us from real games, how do you see the rest of the season playing out?  Predict:

(a) Notre Dame’s final record (indicating where we will lose if at all) 9-3(Stanford)

(b) Notre Dame’s bowl destination, opponent and outcome. Champs Sports Bowl vs. Clemson

(c) The BCS Championship game and result. Stanford vs. Wisconsin with Wisconsin winning

(d) Notre Dame’s final AP ranking. 16

(e) The winners of the major awards, including:

(i) Heisman Trophy Andrew Luck

(ii) Home Depot Coach of the Year David Shaw, Stanford

(iii) Davey O’Brien Award (best QB) Andrew Luck

(iv) Doak Walker Award (best RB) LaMichael James

(v) Fred Biletnikoff Award (best WR) Michael Floyd

(vi) Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player) It would have been Tyrann Mathieu if he didn’t get suspended.  Let’s go with Manti.

 

 

 

Pumping in Music

October 12th, 2011 by JVH

I heard a rumor today that Notre Dame might pump in a little music during the Notre Dame-USC game this weekend.

Watch this and then tell me it’s not a great idea:

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