Report: South Bend to rename Michigan Avenue

The mayor of South Bend has decided to join in the fun that is Michigan Sucks week. As those who have been to South Bend know, one of the main drives through downtown South Bend is disgraced with the name “Michigan Avenue.” After years of ignorance, the mayor appears to have realized this blunder, and renamed the street “Fighting Irish Drive” this morning at an official unveiling.

Unfortunately, the change appears to be temporary intended to make Michigan fans feel even less welcome when they come to town, which is all well and good, but hopefully this will serve as the first step towards abolishing Michigan Avenue permanently.

It’s 2:15pm on September 18, its raining on ND’s campus, and Michigan still sucks.


Video: It’s Michigan Week

In his press conference about ND’s move to the ACC, Mac Daddy Swarbrick claimed that our most valued rivalry was with USC because it brings ND to the West Coast.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

USC sucks, and beating MSU was awesome, but no school is quite as despicable as Michigan. Being front row last year as Gary Gray torpedoed our chance to ruin Michigan’s first night game will go down as one of the most devastating experiences of my life. So let’s just get one thing straight.

We hate Michigan. Maize is the most cowardly shade of yellow.

In any case, I’m usually skeptical of the “fan-made pump up video” trend on Youtube lately, but after watching this one, I’m more psyched than I was when Gary Gray graduated.

Go Irish.


Silver Lining: Cierre Wood has more time to make rap songs

Around two years ago, Armando Allen and Jamoris Slaughter formed a rap group named D-Season, which allegedly stands for “Dinosaur Season”, to reflect the fact that they’re “eating everyone up in the rap game”. Sweet. Unfortunately, since both have since graduated, there is a power void in the Notre Dame rap game – a void which Cierre Wood, a.k.a. C-Dub, a featured rapper on some of D-season’s songs, is primed to fill now that he can’t play football.

Yes, this is a real thing. A Notre Dame football rap group. Check them 0ut:

http://www.reverbnation.com/dseason1

Our favorite song – by far – is “White Friends”. Thats us!!!


Video: Melissa Tancredi stomps on US Player’s head during Olympic soccer game

As a student at ND, I’d like to be the first to officially disown former Irish standout, Melissa Tancredi. Not only did she play for Canada against the US (strike 1), she got away with stomping on Carli Lloyd’s face (strike 2), and then COMPLAINED THAT THE REFS LET AMERICA GET AWAY WITH TOO MUCH. (strikes 3,4,&5).

When asked what she said in a heated in-game exchange with a ref: “I hope you can sleep tonight and put on your American jersey because that’s who you played for today. I was honest.”

Now, as a lifelong Tennessee Titans fan, I have experience in the realm of face-stomping in professional sports. Actually, Big Al Haynesworth has tormented the lives of both me and my Redskins-affiliated colleague. As such, one could say that we are more likely than most to let such a heinous act slide . But she didn’t just stomp on a player’s face. She stomped on an American player’s face. If you stomp on America’s face (transitive property), I can never let it go. So, Ms. Tancredi, to put it lightly, I hope you get trampled by Mounties. Also, a collective “suck it” from America, especially from the two American Irish Olympic soccer players, who not only beat you in that game, but also won a gold medal.

USA! USA!

Also this. (NSFW)

On a similar note, an equally strong “suck it” to the Argentinian basketball player who punched Carmelo Anthony in the groin, though given Kevin Love’s assault of Argentinian player Luis Scola last NBA season (more face stomps!), I can let that one slide as retaliation.


Ex-Irish NFL player accused of smashing man’s skull in a bar fight

Talley (left) recovers a fumble

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Ronald Talley continues to baffle me. The former Irish player has been named in a lawsuit regarding a bar-fight in Detroit, but before we get to the details, a brief profile of Talley for those who may not remember him:

After being red-shirted at Notre Dame his freshman year, he quickly worked his way into the rotation, seeing significant minutes until he ultimately started a couple games at the end of his sophomore (redshirt freshman) year. Though he was admittedly stuck behind future 2nd round draft pick Victor Abiamiri, had he stuck it out he would have potentially played for 2 years as the top dog after Abiamiri graduated. However, impatiently demanding more playing time, he quit the team halfway through the 2006 season, transferring to the University of Delaware…where he still only started 8 of 12 games.

After going undrafted, Talley was cut twice by the Green Bay Packers, but not before being featured in Ryan Pickett’s audition for BJ Raji’s dance crew (must have been in a preseason game):

Discount Double Check!! (Talley is #95 in the center)

Talley finally made a team in the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, and has been wavering between practice squad and in-game bench warmer ever since. Which brings us to the matter at hand:

A man from Birmingham, Michigan (neighboring city to Detroit), claims that he got into an altercation with Talley near the restroom in a local bar, which ended when Talley smashed a champagne bottle over the man’s head and (with the bouncer’s help) dragged the man into the alley outside the bar. In addition to 13 staples in his head, the man appears to have suffered potential brain damage, as he has experienced some degree of memory loss. So far, I’ve been unable to find the extremely important detail of whether they simply left the man bleeding in an alley or not, but I’ll keep an ear to the ground. 

Talley claims he is shocked by the allegations, but refused to make any comments, immediately insisting that he talk to his lawyer before speaking on the matter, which lead me to believe that he isn’t that shocked, but who knows.

Ah, Detroit. There are no words.


Nine Domers to compete in Olympics

Before I get into this – one note about the Opening Ceremony (well, several notes, but I only have time for one). Paul McCartney’s performance. At the Olympics, an international event symbolizing peace and global unity, WHY play “Hey Jude”??? I mean, I love the song, but in this context, isn’t it painfully obvious that he should have played “Come Together” (instead of the Arctic Monkeys) or “Give Peace a Chance”? Come on.

Team USA star Shannon Boxx (right)

Anyways, with the 2012 London Olympic Games starting last night, we figured we should take a look at all those connected to Notre Dame who would be competing. The Irish have nine athletes who will be partaking in this year’s games (though not all for Team USA) and without further ado, here they are:

Team USA

Mariel Zagunis (fencing – foil) – We already covered Zagunis’ honor as flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony here. But to rehash, Zagunis has won the last two gold medals in fencing (foil), the first coming when she snuck into the competition as an alternate and upset every opponent on the way to gold. She is, obviously, one of the favorites to win gold again this year

Shannon Box (women’s soccer) – Also a two-time gold medalist, Boxx plays midfield for Team USA women’s soccer. After winning a national championship for the Irish in 1995, she has gone on to be one of the best players in the world, being nominated for FIFA Player of the Year in 2005. At age 35, this may be her last Olympics, so we wish her luck as Team USA, the favorites again this year, seek another gold.

Molly Huddle (distance running) – Huddle (’07) will be competing in the 5000 meter race. While not necessarily a favorite to medal (damn Ethiopians), she did set the American record for the event in 2008 with a time of 14:44.76.

Courtney Hurley (fencing – epee) – Hurley is still in her senior year at Notre Dame, and while she, too, is not favored to medal, she is #1 in her event (fencing – epee) in the United States.

Lee Keifer (fencing – foil) – At age 18, Keifer is an incoming freshman at ND. Since I’m a bit late on getting this list out, she has actually been eliminated already in the quarterfinals today. However, she could still medal as she is competing in the foil team event (with Zagunis), and obviously has a bright future with several more Olympics ahead.

Team “America’s Hat” 

fine….Canada

Natalie Achonwa (women’s basketball) – we’ve already talked about Achonwa as well, but, sadly, Canada was also eliminated from the tournament earlier today, losing to Russia 58-53. Though Canada’s coach blamed the loss on Canada’s “best post player” being in foul trouble, resulting in too many minutes for Achonwa, I’d suggest the opposite – Achonwa didn’t play enough. Still only 19 year old, she’ll certainly be back next Olympics, and hopefully the coach will get her act together and just feed Natalie in the post. All game.

Melissa Tancredi & Candace Chapman (women’s soccer) –  Chapman, a defender, and Tancredi, a forward, will be hoping to topple the favorited Team USA. We hope that they fail, but if they can make it to the championship without encountering the Americans, we’d be happy for them to get a silver medal.

Team Nigeria

Selim Nurudeen (men’s hurdles) – Nurudeen will be running in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. A dominant runner in the African Championships (silver in 2010), he, too, is not favorited to medal. But again, we hope he beats everyone except the Americans – good luck.


Domer Mariel Zagunis selected to carry U.S. flag for Olympic Opening Ceremony

Former Notre Dame fencing star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis has been voted by Team USA to carry the American flag at the Opening Ceremonies this Friday. While we’ll be taking a closer look at all the Domers competing in the Olympics tomorrow, Zagunis receiving such an honor is worthy of special-mention. Zagunis, a former resident of Pasquerilla East Hall, will be seeking her 3rd consecutive gold medal after shocking the world at the Athens Games in 2004, winning gold as an alternate allowed to compete only when a Nigerian fencer dropped out of competition. Congratulations to Mariel – we wish her luck as she tries to defend her title in Olympic sabre.

Zagunis was the first American to win gold in fencing in over 100 years.


Video: ND Coaches ask boosters to stop contacting recruits

Other than how far apart hockey coach Jeff Jackson’s eyes are, I have only one takeaway from this video: ND boosters have been contacting recruits. YES!!!!!!! If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past several years, its that programs with good boosters (USC, Ohio State, the entire SEC) tend to be in championship contention. And there’s a simple explanation: having good boosters is how you get great players. Mike Brey is saying this because he has to give the appearance of not wanting boosters, but we know better. All the best basketball players are only in the NCAA for one year, so they go where they’ll have the most fun, and boosters are a part of that. Saints like Manti Te’o are few and far between. You must have noticed Brian Kelly’s absence from the video: you know he likes the boosters. I give all ND boosters the offical Rockne’s Ramlers stamp of approval. Just don’t get caught – which shouldn’t be so hard if the SEC alums can pull it off, right? Go Irish.


ND Football Equipment: New Gloves

Notre Dame equipment manager Ryan Grooms tweeted a photo of Notre Dame’s new football gloves:

Personally, I still like the Leprechaun ones the most, but these are still pretty cool.


Video: ND Women’s Basketball starts “The Muffet” dance craze

ND women’s coach Muffet McGraw, one of the sport’s most dominant and respected coaches, received a monstrous 10-year contract extension earlier this month. In honor of Muffet’s success, we’re bringing back a video published last year by the ND Women’s players, who were apparently very excited to show off their expertise with the “special effects” buttons on their webcam. A couple concerns with this one:

1. Who sang the “ooooh” sample they use at the start? My guess: Devereaux Peters. [sidenote on the link: Skylar’s really got a set of pipes! What is she not good at? But Dev’s bit is just classic.]

2. Where is Skylar Diggins? Her absence is glaring, but luckily our girl Natalie Achonwa provides the star power this one needs to compete with “the Dougie” and our absolute favorite: “The Cat Daddy”

note: turn off HD so it doesn’t lag if your computer is slow