’77 Irish Survived a Challenging Trip to Death Valley

By Jim Lefebvre Forever Irish Mostly, Luther Bradley remembers the waiting. And the waiting and the waiting. It was Nov. 12, 1977 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina – known across the college football world as Death Valley. Bradley and his fellow Fighting Irish were ranked number 5 in the nation, with a 7-1   Read Full Post

For ND Legacy Families from Texas, It’s a Special Time

By Jim Lefebvre Forever Irish www.NDFootballHistory.com They say everything is bigger in Texas. One thing is certain, as Notre Dame prepares to open the 2015 season by hosting the University of Texas – there are some pretty large extended families from the Lone Star State headed to South Bend to celebrate their Fighting Irish heritage.   Read Full Post

100 Years Ago, ND Shifted From Notable Defeat

A century ago this week, Notre Dame’s football team ventured from South Bend to play a premier opponent in a challenging environment; lost a game that included some controversial officiating; returned to receive accolades; and resolved to use the loss as a springboard to a greater future. Sound familiar? The parallels to the 2014 Notre   Read Full Post

ND Once Mowed Down Four Straight Top 10 Teams

Mississippi State ascended to the top of the college football rankings this week after recording its third straight victory over a Top 10 opponent – something media sources said had only been accomplished five previous times in college football history. One of those times was actually a four-week stretch of wins over Top 10 foes…by   Read Full Post

At 99, The ND Beat Goes On

Art Huber is just six months shy of his 100th birthday. Yet, when he closes his eyes and remembers, he can still clearly see himself as a 7 or 8-year-old, in the early 1920s, playing in the parks and backyards of his hometown, little Fort Atkinson, Iowa, choosing sides for ballgames. “My team was always   Read Full Post

A Special Reunion

Occasionally, we’re asked why Notre Dame doesn’t celebrate Homecoming. The answer, of course, is simple. Every Notre Dame home game is a homecoming, a reunion for ten of thousands of Fighting Irish fans and alums from all over the country. Away games and the Shamrock Series are also opportunities for members of the Notre Dame   Read Full Post

Irish Players Honor History in Singing of Alma Mater, Win or Lose

Hats off to Corey Robinson and the Notre Dame football team for understanding that much of what makes Notre Dame football special is its history and tradition. Today the football team voted to sing the “Alma Mater” after every game — win or lose. “It’s bigger than us and it’s bigger than football,” said Robinson,   Read Full Post

Playoff Committee Rules: All May Vote For ND

News item: The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its official policy Thursday as nine of 13 committee members have been recused from voting for schools with which they are affiliated. The list, with five active athletic directors, includes: Mike Gould (Air Force) Jeff Long (Arkansas) Dan Radakovich (Clemson) Archie Manning (Mississippi) Tom Osborne (Nebraska)   Read Full Post

A Gifted Life: John P. Hickey, Sr.

How many of us are fortunate enough to live a fulfilling life of 90-plus years, surrounded by a loving family…and also cross paths with two of the most legendary figures in the history of American athletics? Such was the life of John Patrick Hickey, who is being buried today from Wellesley, Mass. John Hickey and   Read Full Post

Saying Goodbye to a Truly Loyal Son

They gathered on the North Side of Chicago the other day to remember, celebrate and pray an amazing fellow into his final journey. How fitting that the church, Our Lady of Mercy, was topped by a golden dome and likeness of Mary. For you couldn’t find a more loyal son of Our Lady’s University than   Read Full Post