Notre Dame football completed spring camp with their final practice, the 15th, in the annual Blue-Gold game at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. After the long 4-8 season of 2016 it was refreshing to see Notre Dame not lose.
In all seriousness there were a lot of bright spots for ND.
The two QBs, Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book, while wearing no contact red jerseys both performed admirably. Wimbush is the presumed starter and he showed off some NFL throws to WR Chase Claypool. Wimbush was a little inconsistent with a couple of turnovers but I think a large part of that was the red jersey messing with his routine. Book was excellent and the rising sophomore looked very capable of handling the back up duties this fall. I had to do a couple of double takes because I thought Johnny Manziel decided to come back to college and be the backup QB at ND. Book was that good with his throwing (much better arm than I anticipated) and accuracy along with reading the defenses and making quick decisions. The backup QB spot is in good hands with Book.
I also thought the RB trio of Josh Adams, Tony Jones Jr., and Dexter Williams provided a much needed balance to the offense. All three ran with purpose and had individual highlight plays.
I was also extremely impressed with the receiving core. Claypool, Equanemious St. Brown, and Miles Boykin all started at the X, Y and Z positions and caught everything from what I recall. Each one of them is over 6'4 and I'm starting to get 2005 flashbacks with Brady Quinn throwing the ball up to the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Maurice Stovall and Anthony Fasano. The tight ends also looked tremendous with Alize "Return of the Mack" coming off his academic suspension and basically being unstoppable.
The defensive line to my surprise provided consistent rush to the QBs accounting for 9 sacks total. Remember the QBs had no contact red jerseys so as soon as the defender was close it was ruled a sack. Rising sophomore Daelin Hayes was a monster and looked like the 5-star prospect coming out of high school. Daelin had 3 sacks and Jay Hayes (no relation) also had a couple from what I recall.
The linebacking core played great and instead of engaging with blockers they actually played downfield for a change. You can tell new defensive coordinator Mike Elko has made a huge difference in the mentality of the defense. Guys like Nyles Morgan (tremendous trucking of All-American left guard Quenton Nelson) and Greer Martini were unstoppable at times and rover Drue Tranquill looked like a Harrison Smith clone out there.
The secondary also played well and picked up some turnovers. It's refreshing to see ND have a lot of depth on the back end of the defense and despite some missed tackles I thought they played extremely well.
Also Jonathan Doerer, the freshman kicker brought in for insurance in case Justin Yoon can't kick this fall, showed a consistent leg and nailed all of his field goal attempts in the middle of the uprights.
One of the few knocks I had on the team was the play of the offensive line which is suppose to be a strength. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand looks like he has some problems on the right side of the line where DE Daelin Hayes was basically having a field day in the backfield. They got plenty of time to correct those mistakes though as the season is still 120 plus days away.
Overall I liked what I saw from the glorified practice scrimmage. You can tell the coaching changes have helped and I love seeing Chip Long use the tight ends more while also having the QB line up behind center and have some two-back sets. I don't see any reason with the starting and second string talent why Notre Dame can't break many offensive records this year. The tackling still needs work but I thought the defense played fast. Still need to get more consistent effort from the likes of Jerry Tillery and Daniel Cage in the middle and I think with freshman Darnell Ewell coming in summer will help push their effort level.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Well well well. It looks like little Rickie Fowler caught himself a grand slam trophy of a girlfriend in internet sensation Allison Stokke.
If you recall Stokke went viral back in high school a few years ago for her incredible looks as a pole vaulter with this single picture:
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Not to be outdone Fowler posted on his Instagram too a picture with Stokke with the caption "I won!"
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This is a match made in sports heaven. You gotta a guy who is really good at getting his balls into a little hole with a woman who knows how to handle a long pole. In the meantime lets take a look at some more pictures of Stokke for "research purposes."
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Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 10:25 AM
Friday, April 21, 2017
Oh MadBum you crazy mother fucker. It's bad enough the San Francisco Giants are sitting at 6-10 on the season but now they just lost their ace for 6-8 weeks because of a fucking dirt bike crash on their off day. I'm sure the Giants and their fans are happy about it.
But honestly if you could think of one baseball player doing something like this I think one of the first names that would pop up is an admitted redneck like Madison Bumgarner. He was probably riding the dirt bike and saw some harmless dude with a Dodgers hat smile at him and swerved while shouting "DON'T LOOK AT ME!" and BAM...shoulder AC sprain and his season is basically fucked.
Oh well. Just gives me more of a reason to sell more of the #DON'TLOOKATME shirts!
By the way you can buy them here...just saying.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 2:40 PM
Someone please remind me again how Georgia lost to this Vanderbilt team at home on homecoming? A Vandy team that makes sorority parody videos during spring practice. No lie I chuckled a couple of times at the Anchor Down lines and one of my littles but it didn't make me laugh nearly as much as watching LB Zach Cunningham tackle little guy Isaiah McKenzie on 4th and 1 for a loss instead of going to Nick Chubb or Sony Michel. That's not smart football Kirby (pun intended).
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:55 AM
This is what happens when you win your first World Series in 108 years: the nipples are free in Wrigley Field. You gotta love the title of the Youtube video of "drunk" woman.. I would say that's a tad presumptuous but we are talking about the bleacher bums here. Drunk is a foregone conclusion especially when you are showing off your chesticles. You know some kid named Johnny or Tommy got his first bare breast facial at the Cubs game and unlike the past when nothing was recorded he can actually brag to his classmates the next day and prove it by pulling up this Youtube video.
What a time to be alive. Boobs and baseball. If that ain't Americana then I don't know what is.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 9:14 AM
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Freddie Freeman Sets Atlanta Braves Record By Reaching Base 12 Straight Times with the first SunTrust Park fountain HR
If you are a Braves fan this was the one highlight from last night's rout by the hands of Bryce Harper and the Nationals losing 14-4.
Freddie Freeman set an Atlanta Braves franchise record by reaching base for the 12th consecutive time by hitting a solo shot into the SunTrust Park fountain just beyond the centerfield fence.
Freeman's 6th home run of the year kept his scorching hot bat going where his OPS is at a ridiculous 1.453 while he leads the majors in batting average at .440 and on base percentage at .533. Even with Freeman's 6 HRs, 4 doubles and 1 triple he only has 8, yes 8 RBIs, batting 3rd in the lineup.
Why only 8 RBIs? Because the man batting in the 2 spot aka Dansby Swanson has been horrible the first two weeks of the season (155 OBP) and simply can't get on base to set the table for MVFreeman.
Brian Snitker gets paid handsomely to manage the Braves albeit only a one year contract so he needs to do the right thing and drop Dansby in the order while either putting either Nick Markakis (367 OBP) or Brandon Phillips (362 OBP) in the 2 spot in front of Freeman. It's an absolute crime for Freeman to only have 8 RBIs.
With Matt Kemp coming off the 10-day DL today my hope would be the top of the order will be:
1) Ender Inciarte (started slow but slowly heating up)
2) Brandon Phillips
3) Freddie Freeman
4) Matt Kemp
5) Nick Markakis
Roll with this lineup for at least a week while dropping Dansby to 7 or 8 in the lineup and see where your chips fall.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:59 AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Love was in the air at the Braves game last night. pic.twitter.com/zFyn1ZB6jh— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) April 19, 2017
Haven't seen this much dry humping since Tim Tebow was playing with his Jesus pillow in Gainesville. Good lord people get a room. The only dry humping allowed in the Braves new SunTrust Park should be myself on Freddie Freeman's bat because holy shit is he hot right now.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 2:41 PM
We are less than a couple of weeks till the NFL Draft and it's good to see that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey had enough preparation time to skip his team's bowl game in order to compete for fastest feet in the draft.This is in real time. Dayuuum, Christian McCafffrey! 👀 👀— UPROXX Sports (@UPROXXSports) April 19, 2017
(via @CMcCaffrey5) pic.twitter.com/bdiolMMX4t
Yes that is not a sped up video of any kind and yes McCaffrey seems to be really fast when running in one place. It should work wonders for him in the NFL jittering like Tyrone Biggums on Red Balls.
Dave Chappelle - Red Balls Sketch by fruitycycling
Not sure what the point of McCaffrey (@CMcCaffrey5) posting a video of himself running in place was but it gave me an excellent reason to post a Tyrone Biggums clip so all is right in the world.
Also good to see the Broncos Brady Quinn jersey framed up along with a Thrashers jersey in the background. Like Quinn and the Thrashers McCaffrey should have a long and prosperous career running in one place.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 2:11 PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
First the walk off hit...
.@LieutenantDans7 gets the ice bath after @Braves pick up first walk-off win at SunTrust Park. #WelcomeHome pic.twitter.com/ChYVGAYua1— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 18, 2017
Now this is how you christen a new stadium!
The Braves opened SunTrust Park on Friday and finished their first 4-game sweep (still undefeated at home) in dramatic fashion last night as rookie SS Dansby Swanson delivered the clutch bases loaded single in the 9th inning.
Swanson who came in struggling with the bat even though he's hit the ball solid just right at people delivered the first ever walk off hit in SunTrust Park history.
Swanson joins Hank Aaron (1966 - Fulton County Stadium) and Andruw Jones (1997- Turner Field) in the first ever stadium walk off department hits. With the win the Braves get back to the .500 mark at 6-6 and now welcome in their division rival the Washington Nationals. Hopefully the only thing cooling off the Braves was the ice bath Swanson received last night via teammates.
In the meantime #ChopOn and buy some shirts!!!!
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:31 AM
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Next season every NFL team will play one game with an alternate helmet called "Blaze."
Basically they reversed the color schemes making the secondary color of the helmet the primary and I got to admit most of them look great.
Check out all 30 NFL Teams Blaze Helmets here and let us know what you think.
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Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 12:42 PM
Notre Dame's $400 million plus "Crossroads" expansion to fabled Notre Dame stadium is expected to be finished before kickoff vs Temple in early September.
First off thank god they are redoing the bathrooms. While it may be charming to some to piss in a nearly 100 year old urinal I for one hated the smell of someone else's urine that burned the nostrils upon entry. I don't want to taste the bathroom walls and floors when I'm taking a pisser either. But hey that's just me. The fact that they are renovating the bathrooms with new toilets but also keeping the 1930's charm is a nice touch.
I know the players will think it's cool but I'm a little disappointed they gutted the original home team locker room. I've been in the locker room a couple of times and you can't help but get those chills/goosebumps on the back of your neck when looking at it. And no I'm not talking about the creepy chills of a Penn State locker room. Just the aura of knowing Rockne and Leahy and Holtz gave inspiring pep talks to their players before battle was one to make the hair stand up and become fully aroused. Reminder again NOT LIKE PENN STATE SHOWERS.
At least the stairway to the tunnel from the ND locker room will remain the same. That's a tradition unlike any other and the players will still hit the Play Like A Champion Today sign. Also I think it's cool that the visiting team will come out of a separate tunnel. Hopefully the home crowd can give them an intimidating welcome as they come out of the new tunnel.
All in all I'm looking forward to seeing all the new renovations to Notre Dame stadium. The one I'm most looking forward to is the new video board which as you know ND has never had.
Buy the #TicToc Shirt Here!
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:45 AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
No lie the original "IT" movie with Pennywise scared the living the shit out of me as a kid. I literally went from being totally cool with going into sewers to get my Rawlings to a complete 180. In fact I don't think I've been in a sewer since the early 90's and I'm a grown ass man.
This new trailer gets my jimmies all rustled. It plays into not only my fears as a kid but now as a parent the worst nightmare of losing your child. Blood sucking clowns exist. I'm convinced. They are called politicians these days.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 11:28 AM
Here's Trimble's statement: pic.twitter.com/zWoDG3kmgQ— Roman Stubbs (@romanstubbs) March 29, 2017
Classy gesture by All Big Ten guard Melo Trimble to thank the Maryland coaches, fans, and school.
I remain torn on Melo's impact/legacy in College Park. When he came to Maryland as a scrawny little freshman I got Juan Dixon flashbacks going in my head. I figured Melo would lead the team to at least a Final Four if not a championship like Dixon did 15 years ago. They had the same game and could hit daggers behind the arc and were both local products. The problem was were Dixon continued to get better and his game progressed I really think Melo peaked his freshman season in 2014.
Melo did help take Maryland to 3 straight tournaments including their first sweet 16 in 13 seasons last year. I'll give him a big tip of the SportsCrack hat to that. But after finishing his junior season (first round loss to Xavier) no one can argue that Melo was a much better player three years ago. He could have been a lottery pick if he came out after his freshman season but now I really don't see him getting drafted. He's not a point guard and he's not a good enough shooter. He's also sloppy with the turnovers. His best shot is to go to Europe for a few years, hit some threes and bang some 8 and 9's.
Good luck Melo!
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 11:18 AM
We got a ton of requests from Notre Dame fans and Alize Jones fans to make a Tic Toc Shirt. If you haven't heard Alize started the twitter hashtag #tictoc and it soon went viral. Now you can get the unofficial official Tic Toc t-shirt on our store page!
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 10:57 AM