Tragedy of The Atkinson Twins Calls Us All to Care More About One Another

I know that everyone is busy with Christmas shopping and other holiday preparations. Finishing year-end projects. Planning gatherings with family, friends and business colleagues. For Notre Dame football fans, there’s the anticipation of Sunday’s bowl announcement, and for some, making travel plans to follow the Irish. But, as it happens, we’re interrupted by “real life   Read Full Post

100 Years Ago Today, Rockne’s Gipp-Led Squad Finished ND’s Best Season Yet

A century ago today, on Nov. 27, 1919, Notre Dame won a Thanksgiving Day football game on a snowy, wind-swept field in Sioux City, Iowa, to complete a 9-0-0 season, setting the mark for the best record in the school’s 30-year football history. One year earlier, Knute Rockne had taken over the reins as ND’s   Read Full Post

Flashy Helmet? What Would Rock Think?

A lot of Irish fans are apoplexic over the uniforms – and especially the helmets – adidas has rolled out for the Oct. 6 Miami game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. And, yes, the “bold” designs do seem to spit in the face of tradition. “Rockne would be rolling over in his grave if he saw   Read Full Post

Tough Schedule: It’s Been Ever Thus

Many analysts have Notre Dame’s 2012 schedule ranked as the toughest in the country, and it’s hard to argue with that. It features trips to Top 5 teams Southern Cal and Oklahoma, and three other games against consensus Top 20 squads Michigan, Michigan State and Stanford, and then throw in “toss-up” games against Miami and   Read Full Post

All-American Lineman Al Ecuyer Dies at 74

Al Ecuyer, a two-time first-team All-American and a three-year starter at offensive guard for Notre Dame football teams from 1956 through 1958, died Saturday in Metairie, La., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 74. Ecuyer was a key blocker for the ’57 Irish when they traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, and upset Oklahoma,   Read Full Post