Sadly we are reaching quite a bit far into the past, so video is going to be hard to come by. Today we have the 1956 Winner: Paul Hornung. Here’s a fun fact, before being known for his politically incorrect recruiting thoughts, he was known as the only Heisman winner from a team with a losing record. That seems impossible now, but when you look at his stats you can start to see why. For starters, Hornung did EVERYTHING. Hornung played QB, ran the ball very well, was happy to intercept it as a Safety, hell he even took care of the place kicking duties. The Golden Boy really did it all.
Continuing Heisman week, lets take a trip back to the halcyon days of yore (such an underrated phrase) to a time when men were Men, 1964. Your Heisman winner, QB #7 John Huarte. Here we’ve got video of Huarte leading the Irish over Bob Griese and Purdue. The main reason I wanted to use this video is because of how awesomely old timey it is. I thought old cartoons just made up these types of news reels. Also enjoy the cameo by Alan Page, NFL Hall of Famer and Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Mad props. Enjoy:
Programming Note: I’m going out of town the next few days, so I’m gonna try and utilize Tumblr’s crazy future post technology. If it doesn’t work however, that’s why.
I kind of enjoyed having string of related posts, so let’s start up a new one. Today we will start featuring the Heisman Trophy winners from the Fighting Irish. For starters, I’ve got to go with the guy who I got to see the most of, Tim Brown. What better way than a highlight of his trophy winning season:
Tony Rice didn’t throw a ton, but when he did, you knew 81 was coming down with it. GO IRISH!!
So we’ve come to the end of our Hawaii Bowl fun. We will leave this land of coaches wearing leis and the strange concept of having names on the backs of jerseys after today. Right before this clip, ND gave up a touchdown to Hawaii to make the score 42-14. Armando Allen however believes in stepping on the throat of an opponent, and responded thusly:
Here we are on a nice lazy Sunday with the 6th TD in ND’s win in the Hawaii Bowl from last season. While several of these have had play-action fakes or some chicanery to them, this is about as simple as they come. Golden Tate torches his man, again, on a fly route and Jimmy drops a perfect pass in for an easy 6. Sometimes simple is nice
How about a sexy little screen pass for your Saturday viewing pleasure? One of the best things about having Armando Allen in the backfield is the versatility that his speed allows you. Great blocking and solid execution from Jimmy give Armando the opportunity to work his magic.
I want to know if AA had a celebration planned or something w/ as quick as the ref came over to stop him. GO IRISH!
Here we are at the end of the 1st half of the game, ND already up 21-7, surely they will just take that lead into halftime right? WRONG!! Clausen with another playfake and hits Golden Tate, again, this time in the corner of the endzone for 6. Pretty:
Yesterday’s play was based on a little trickery, some chicanery if you will. Today is more just about Golden Tate taking a gas can, pouring it on the corner, and torching him like the opening scene of American Gangster. Clausen throws a perfect pass to a wiiiiide open Golden Tate who easily saunters in for 6.
Day 2 of my Hawaii Bowl Touchdowns brings us a sexy little Play-action pass. I love Play-actions, I always have. There’s something genuinely amusing about watching a D be completely baffled by the play fake and getting burned. Here we see Jimmy execute a nice fake, show a little mobility in the pocket, and hit a WIDE open David Grimes for six. Enjoy:
The next few days will highlight the touchdowns from the Hawaii Bowl. Several of them were very pretty, all of them made me incredibly happy, and ND FINALLY got the damn bowl monkey off their backs. Each of these come courtesy of Blue-Gray Sky which if you are a Notre Dame fan and you don’t read…well…what’s wrong with you? This actually features the set up play as well as the TD. The TD was a relatively simple goalline run by Robert Hughes. The set up was far more fun tho as Golden Tate just goes to work.
Here’s arguably my favorite player on the Notre Dame team right now. If you know me you know how hyped up I get about potential (hell I wrote a whole post on it after National Signing Day last year here). But Mike Floyd is a freak, the dude is a fantastic WR and if you haven’t heard of him yet, you will soon.
fuck yeah take that series from the Mets. We don’t care if every other opening-day starter of the Mets is on the DL, it’s still the Mets, we still hate them with a deep, abiding passion, and we still knocked the shit out of them.
fuck yeah Braves.
Giants up next.
2nd place in the NL East, here we come Phili(please don’t trade for Halladay tho, surely yall can force Hamels to throw 350+ IP.)
50 DAYS!!!!!! That’s it, a mere 50 days, can you taste it people? We will end coach week with another great ND skipper, Frank Leahy. Sadly I will be out of pocket the next few days, but the countdown will be back soon upon my return. Enjoy the weekend kids.
In honor of NCAA Football 10 coming out, and the fact that I’m about to coach the Irish to many National Championships I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite ND Coaches of all time. Say what you will about his ESPN work, but I love Lou Holtz. Sure he’s kinda crazy at this point and has a bit of a lisp, but he’s Lou Freaking Holtz. The Man, the Myth, the Legend.
Today is an interesting day. First off today’s edition of College Football Live focused on the state of Indiana, which obviously means plenty of ND talk, so check that episode out. More importantly however, NCAA 10 comes out tomorrow. For those of you that don’t know me I’m a bit of a video game nerd and NCAA is always one of my highest anticipated releases every year. The game comes out tomorrow and should be awesome. Thanks to some posters over at www.operationsports.com people have the ability to make their own covers to print out if your favorite player wasnt EA’s choice. These are some pretty awesome ND covers courtesy of poster LinebackerU_31, check em out here (full credit again to LinebackerU_31, great stuff).
There it is for today. If anyone out there picks up the game let me know what you think. GO IRISH!
This was probably one of the best set up TD’s I’ve ever seen in my life. Brady Quinn and Maurice Stovall loved just doing a quick pass right off the line which Stovall then had a tendency to turn into something. Late in this game the duo had already done it several times. Being young greedy undergrads in the student section we had been BEGGING for a hitch and go all game (and year pretty much). So when we saw Mo stop turn, and then start up again, there was no question in our mind how it was gonna go.
Well yesterday I featured the Rocket who was probably most known for his deadly kick return abilities. Gotta love some more touchdown videos, this time from a current player. I’m hoping to see several plays like this in the upcoming year. Armando Allen with a great return for a touchdown.
Videos are fun so let’s stick with it shall we? Calvin Johnson is one of the best WRs I’ve ever seen play college football. The kid put up ridiculous numbers at GT, and that was with Reggie Ball as his QB most of the time, so you gotta respect that. However, even more fun than giving him respect is watching him get lit up. This one comes from good old Nedu, Chinedum Ndukwe, now on the Bengals.
Well it’s Friday, and Friday’s up at ND only mean one thing: Backer. The Linebacker Lounge is the quintessential college dive bar, it’s dirty, packed, filthy…and one of the most fun places I know. One of the best things about the Backer is the, well, eclectic mix of tunes you get. So Friday’s on the countdown will get not only a picture or video, but also one of my favorite backer jams. So without further ado, today’s pic is a recent Super Bowl Champ you may have heard of, the Bus, Jerome Bettis.
And a Backer jam, Garth Brooks - Callin Baton Rouge
Today’s pic is a guy I actually met, a fellow Fisher Hall resident (after allegedly getting booted from Morrisey when he was caught banging Troy Murphy’s girl, just what I heard). Some say he looks like a ninja turtle, all I know is he couldn’t have been nicer and I will always root for him in the pros: Julius Jones