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

Of Myth-Making, Hoaxes, Pressure, and Truth

The ten days from January 7 through 16, 2013, will go down as a period of unrelentingly shocking developments in the history of University of Notre Dame football. And I think it’s not a stretch to say that the third in the series of shockers (the hoax surrounding the girlfriend of Manti Te’o) helps to   Read Full Post

Rally, Sons of Notre Dame!

Brian Kelly said it best in the cramped locker room at the Los Angeles Coliseum late in the evening of November 24. “We won this game the way we’ve won every game this season,” he shouted to the victorious Irish crowded around him. “With our will, our determination, our want and our desire.” Football analysts   Read Full Post

Saturating South Beach

It was an amazing scene Saturday as tens of thousands of Fighting Irish fans descended on South Beach to celebrate undefeated Notre Dame’s spot in the BCS title game. Ocean Drive was closed to traffic for several blocks, and taken over by swarms of fans (and restaurants that extended their outdoor seating) eager to enjoy   Read Full Post

The ND-Bama Link

In the late 1920s, a young man in the southern Arkansas town of Fordyce was starting to make quite a name for himself.  As a 13-year-old, he wrestled a captive bear in a promotion for a local movie theater, and gained a lifelong nickname.  He made the high school’s varsity football team as an eighth-grader,   Read Full Post

ND’s Brotherhood

It’s been stated many times this season, in reference to the tight bond developed among the 12-0 Fighting Irish.  Manti Te’o will talk about the love he has for his brothers, and the support shown from his brothers during his painful time of personal loss. Indeed, the sense of brotherhood shown on and off the   Read Full Post

Manti: A Sense of Knowing

Following an afternoon of steady showers, the skies had opened into an all-out downpour on rain-soaked Notre Dame Stadium.  Students romped with student-athletes, celebrating a dramatic goal-line stand that ended a classic, overtime victory against fellow heavyweight Stanford. Manti Te’o stood with his arm around his coach, Brian Kelly, explaining for a national audience what   Read Full Post

To The Fighting Irish…

I understand you fellows have a big game this Saturday in Los Angeles.  Please indulge me, to tell you a little about some of the big games of my day, and how Notre Dame was able to come out on top. You may have heard that in 1913 – my final year as a player   Read Full Post