Posts tagged "Notre Dame"

Nine Examples of Scandal Surrounding #5 Football Players

Nine Examples of Scandal Surrounding #5 Football Players
It’s quite common for football players to put their jersey numbers in their email handles, login IDs etc. All athletes do this, but it seems football players do so on a much grander scale. Maybe that’s because football is the most popular sport, so I notice it there more. Or maybe it’s because the numbers are much more dominant within the jersey design in football than any other sport. We remember the number more in football. All I know is I do the same thing with my #5 and I was just a lowly 9th string defensive back/wide receiver on a 2-7 high school football team. Who was 5’10″ 178 and ran a 5.1 40-yard-dash. But hey, I got to wear navy blue and burnt orange just like the Illini and the Bears! And the Luniz “I got 5 on it” was the song of the summer during my senior year of 1995! And as that song is in fact a glorification of a narcotics deal, it's the perfect theme song for this list post about scandal. Anyways, I follow the careers of NFL and college football players who wear #5 more closely; for obvious reasons. I’ve noticed that #5s have some major drama going on. Some are just plain jerks and bad guys; others are very dumb. And still others are good, opinionated guys who just inflame the passions of unfair media men. Joe Flacco is the exception. I can’t think of another very high profile #5 who has avoided controversy like the Ravens QB. And this list has a lot of local flair: two Chicagoland products, two Illini and three from Notre Dame. Maybe you can make lists like these for guys wearing other jersey numbers too? If you put your mind to it. Or maybe there is something just inherently snake-bitten about the #5...

Tribune's David Haugh talks Cutler, D. Rose, ND and more

Tribune's David Haugh talks Cutler, D. Rose, ND and more
David Haugh signed on with the Chicago Tribune in 2003 after spending 10 years as sports columnist at the South Bend Tribune. He became the Chicago Bears beat writer when joining the Tribune before becoming the Bears columnist from 2006-08. Before the 2009 season, David Haugh became the Tribune’s 17th “In the Wake of the News,” columnist. In this exclusive interview, Haugh and I cover a lot of ground, and get “controversial” at times. Well, you may find some of these topics controversial. And if so, be sure voice your opinion in the comment threads below. Follow David Haugh on Twitter (@DavidHaugh)...

Brian Kelly discusses Notre Dame media coverage and Twitter

Brian Kelly discusses Notre Dame media coverage and Twitter
There’s been a lot of bad news surrounding Notre Dame football the past couple years. Manti Te’o, Lennay Kakua, Tommy Rees, Lizzy Seeberg, Declan Sullivan, Michael Floyd and now, just this past weekend, starting QB Everett Golson. (Related: Brian Kelly discusses post Everett Golson QB situation) Throw in the embarrassment at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the college football national title game, and Brian Kelly flirting with NFL head coaching gigs, and you have enough drama to fill a full season of Friday Night Lights. Heck, there’s enough material for a few episodes generated by the quarterback position alone: Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel, Tommy Rees. and Jimmy Clausen was pretty much a real life version of J.D. McCoy from FNL. And I haven’t even mentioned that star Defensive Lineman Louis Nix III is now Twitter BFF with porn star Emily Austin. Not that there’s anything wrong that! What red-blooded American male wouldn’t want to get to know Ms. Austin! (And why am I using all these exclamation points!) However, at a socially ultra-conservative Catholic school like Notre Dame, it’s probably frowned upon to have one of your marquee athletes as social media buddies with the star of Innocent Until Proven Filthy 11. So with all the off-the-field noise and distractions at the most marquee program in college football history, how does coach Brian Kelly handle it? Time for a Paul M. Banks Chicago Sports Media Watch interview...
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Brian Kelly's Notre Dame Regime: 8 Instances of Bad Press

Brian Kelly's Notre Dame Regime: 8 Instances of Bad Press
During his first two years in South Bend, Brian Kelly coached Notre Dame to a 16-10 record, and one bowl win. In his third season, the Irish went undefeated (12-0) in the regular season only to get throttled by the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title game. So Kelly does have a BCS Championship game appearance on his resume, even though they only showed up on paper; they didn't seem to show up for the actual game. During Kelly’s tenure, the most prestigious program in college football has seen a lot of negative attention; mostly off-the-field. In just three years at the helm, there have been eight incidences of bad press to hit Kelly’s Fighting Irish program. Some of the negative publicity is warranted, some is overblown.  Three were essentially the same thing (underage alcohol citation/arrests) and two involved student fatalities. And one involved the fatality of a fake person. Heck, the ND quarterbacks alone have provided enough drama lately to fuel a whole season of Friday Night Lights. Let’s go through all eight...

Today, we are all NFL Teams who didn't draft Manti Teo

Today, we are all NFL Teams who didn't draft Manti Teo
No matter what NFL team you follow, we all have this in common today. Your team, each and every of the 32 NFL clubs (or at least every team with a pick among the first 32), did not draft Manti Teo in the first round last night. And that is a wonderful thing. Twitter lit up with jokes about Manti Teo being an imaginary first round draft choice last night. Lennay Kakua hoax references were plentiful on social media. And when the first round of the NFL Draft ended, we were all free to enjoy the schadenfreude of Manti Teo not hearing his name called. Perhaps The Onion did it best. However, this is about much more than disliking an overrated college football player. This is about much more than disliking Notre Dame. Lots of football fans have distaste for both of those entities...

Sizing up Notre Dame NFL Draft Prospects

Sizing up Notre Dame NFL Draft Prospects
The talk of Notre Dame NFL draft picks (potentially) starts with Manti Te’o. And last night on NFL Network, a panel of their “experts” mocked Te’o to the Chicago Bears at #20. FACEPALM. Good Lord, please don’t. Can “Touchdown Jesus” intervene here and prevent the dumbest jock this side of Ryan Lochte from coming to Chicago? Actually, it was NFL Network analyst Melissa Stark who made the Te’o pick, and I’ll try to keep our discussion of Manti Te’o as limited as possible for this evening. I am more sick of Te’o talk than I am Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin COMBINED. And that’s really saying something. Because every time I hear the name Manti Te'o I channel Jay Cutler: DONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN'T CARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NFL Network’s leading draft expert Mike Mayock moderated the panel, and in his one and only mock draft he mocked Te'o to Chicago. I swear to God, I will "c*** punt" (CC Rebecca Martinson) the next person who mock drafts Te'o to Chicago If the Bears do actually pick Manti tonight, then again credit Becca Martinson: "just go ahead and punch yourself in the f***ing face so that I don't have to find you, and do it for you." Mayock predictably went Eric Fisher of Central Michigan #1 to Kansas City. Because Mayock gets as excited about Eric Fisher as I get over Kate Upton...
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Notre Dame football has new play-by-play guy

Notre Dame football has new play-by-play guy
NBC announced Dan Hicks as Tom Hammond’s replacement for lead play-by-play on Notre Dame football broadcasts this fall. Hammond has been calling Notre Dame football since 1992. Hammond will continue at NBC, announcing horse racing, figure skating and track and field at the Olympics. In other words, three sports you don’t care about. However, Hammond will also call the next two Olympics; which is a very cool, high-powered assignment...

How come NO ONE Cares about Notre Dame Basketball?

How come NO ONE Cares about Notre Dame Basketball?
Writing about Notre Dame basketball usually means web traffic death. I’m almost afraid to write about it now for fear of losing my audience. Well, at least this post is going up on the weekend, which are slow page view days anyway. And at night, when fewer people are online to begin with. But here's a quote from a Chicago sports icon, hopefully that will get some eyeballs on this topic for once. Chet Coppock is the voice of Notre Dame football on WLS radio. “Mike Brey accepts it, even if Notre Dame won a national title this year, basketball would still be second fiddle at Notre Dame,” Coppock told me by phone. I love Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, he’s a great regular season coach, tremendous recruiter, clever strategist, wonderful teacher and motivator of children, philanthropist and overall good guy. It’s just that no matter how much he wins, how much the media covers his team, people just don’t care. Certainly not en masse. And certainly not online. Even in 2011 when Notre Dame basketball was #4 in the nation, and just missed grabbing a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, stories about ND hoops just wouldn’t budge the needle at all. They’ve stayed consistently in the top 25 since then, yet no one seems interested in reading. The reason this IS a story is because it’s so weird. For a losing team, or historically losing program to not elicit the page visits that I would expect. No web traffic for a program lacking media coverage? Sure, that makes sense. However, as I chronicled earlier, ESPN College Gameday came to visit South Bend this year. CBS Sports went behind the scenes with the Fighting Irish for a program of their own very recently. Maybe my Mom looked at those posts; I’m not sure. Maybe my girlfriend did. Probably no one else though. Neither story made a blip in my traffic report. And it's just so strange to me...

Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock

Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock
This week we look at where numerous publications have Notre Dame players, including Manti Te'o, going in the NFL Draft. Many "experts" have a couple mocked to the Bears, find out who! Next week we'll look at who various publications have mocked to the Bears at #20. But first, Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000 ESPN radio? (Sherman Report) Get ready to hear more Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s local stations. That could mean you, Chicago. It’s a definite possibility. Much like it does with the Greenberg-Golic morning show, there is talk that ESPN wants to give Cowherd more visibility on its locally-owned stations. Chicago could be the next major market to get “The Herd,” whose show airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Last Thursday, WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz from its afternoon team that also includes Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic. It is expected that ESPN 1000 will shift the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to afternoon drive. That would leave an opening to slide in Cowherd’s national show in the morning slot...
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Notre Dame programming not enough to save NBC Sports Network's low ratings

Notre Dame programming not enough to save NBC Sports Network's low ratings
NBC Sports network is truly suffering from the NHL lockout. The network known last year as Versus, and Outdoor Life Network previous to that, is really hurting in the ratings department. In fact the only thing drawing viewers at all is hunting and fishing shows. Notre Dame game replays are not helping the network. Although the numbers are obviously not in yet for the New Year's Day ND marathon on programming. But I'm guessing it won't be favorable considering it had to compete with live college football bowl games. As the NHL lockout could be nearing an end, things may turn around soon for the struggling channel...