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Blackhawks prospects, ND hockey on display in Soldier Field Victory

Blackhawks prospects, ND hockey on display in Soldier Field Victory
There are potentially five future Chicago Blackhawks on the 12th ranked Notre Dame hockey team. No wonder the Hawks sent scouts to the Soldier Field press box today to check out what ND hockey has to offer. And ND hockey prevailed 2-1 over the #3 Miami Red Hawks in the first of the Hockey City classic's two games. Wisconsin and Minnesota met in the matinee. Irish junior Stephen Johns (2 shots, 1 block) was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 2nd round of 2010. Vince Hinostroza will be in South Bend next year. But today was less about the future or prospects than it was the spectacle and event. Hawks ambassador Denis Savard entertained the frozen crowd in between intermission, and a Miami of Ohio fan ran onto the field put a couple on moves on security that Walter Payton (this is Soldier Field) would be proud of. Later after the press conferences, I saw him in handcuffs...

Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center

Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center
Chicago doesn't have a dome, so it'll never host a Super Bowl or a Final Four; but it is quickly becoming the home for the nation's premier prep basketball All-Star game. The 2013 McDonald’s All American game will feature the top ranked player Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, W.Va. deciding between Florida State and Kentucky) and the former #1 ranked player Jabari Parker from right here in the Chi. Parker from Simeon Career Academy, will be the crowd favorite. Kentucky may not make the NCAA Tournament this year, but they set an all time MAA record with 5 in this year's class. The previous record of four was held by the Michigan Wolverines (1991), Duke Blue Devils (1999) and Kentucky Wildcats (2011). The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 3, and will broadcast live on ESPN. With the exception of UK, only the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have more than one. The Hoosiers are the lone Big Ten school to recruit one. However, a few undecideds remain...

Hockey City Classic: College Hockey Doubleheader coming to Soldier Field

Hockey City Classic: College Hockey Doubleheader coming to Soldier Field
  Outdoor hockey is coming to Soldier Field for the first time in the venue’s legendary history.  On Feb. 17, 2013, Soldier Field will play host to the inaugural Hockey City Classic – an outdoor college hockey doubleheader featuring premier programs: University of Notre Dame vs. Miami University and University of Minnesota vs. University of Wisconsin.  Game times will be announced at a later date. The Hockey City Classic will be preceded by two weeks of winter festivities, including: two days of free public ice skating; youth, high school and adult hockey events; private ice rentals; and much more.  The Hockey City Classic is being organized by Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency Intersport, in partnership with Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District...
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Notre Dame, Manti Te'o spoof t-shirt (photo)

Notre Dame, Manti Te'o spoof t-shirt (photo)
The Manti Te’o saga just keeps getting weirder and weirder. An NFL player believes that Te’o’s (man constantly writing this double apostrophe thing is getting weird) fake dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua is real. Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick decided that the school would attach their ultimate ruling in the court of public opinion to... Read more »

Notre Dame hoops helping New Jersey, victims of Superstorm Sandy

Notre Dame hoops helping New Jersey, victims of Superstorm Sandy
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called out the GOP majority in the house for dragging their feet on relief for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. And rightfully so, the Republican do nothing congress did even more nothing as relief efforts continue for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and most notably for those in the state of New Jersey, dragged for weeks behind the aid given for previous hurricanes. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team is now getting involved in the cause. A special online auction will be held from now until January 17th on Notre Dame’s official web site UND.com as fans have the opportunity to bid on several unique items. Proceeds from the auction will be presented to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie, a longtime friend of Irish head coach Mike Brey, is scheduled to be in attendance at the Notre Dame-Rutgers game at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 pm (ET)...

Alabama vs. Notre Dame: BCS Title game preview

Alabama vs. Notre Dame: BCS Title game preview
As you’ve known since early Saturday evening, the Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.  The game will be televised by ESPN and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (CST). “We are very excited about coming to South Florida and I congratulate Notre Dame and Coach Kelly and his players on an undefeated season and their number one ranking,” said Alabama head football coach Nick Saban...
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Notre Dame gets 2,500 title game ticket requests in a single day

Notre Dame gets 2,500 title game ticket requests in a single day
The college football national title game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish figures to do HUGE tv numbers. Like off the charts figures. Given the interest in South Bend for tickets, getting to the game will command a lot of money, juice, or both.   The Notre Dame Ticket Office... Read more »

Picking EVERY College Football Bowl game (with cheerleader photos)

Picking EVERY College Football Bowl game (with cheerleader photos)
It’s that time of year again, when I make smart ass remarks justifying why I’m picking one college football team to beat another. Not only do I give you the full bowl schedule with tv listings, there’s fun and goofy pictures of cheerleaders and hot female fans interspersed within the listing. And to make the post more pure to the game and traditional, I took OUT all the corporate sponsor names of the bowls...

Notre Dame being good does NOT elevate overall college football

Notre Dame being good does NOT elevate overall college football
Lately, there’s been a ton of columns, stories, blogs and tweets that have all been saying “Notre Dame being great/relevant is important/beneficial for college football at large. And most of these narratives come with the prefix “I’m not an ND fan but/even if you hate ND/you don’t have to like the Irish but.” The fact... Read more »
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Notre Dame vs Navy in Dublin: news and notes

Notre Dame vs Navy in Dublin: news and notes
There was a definite green theme to Notre Dame’s overnight flight to Dublin. The Irish players and most of the coaches and football staff wore bright green sweatsuits and hats. Ask for water and it came with a (green) lime and a miniature Ireland flag. The inside of the Delta plane was festooned with green... Read more »
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