Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blitzkrieg...Tenuta to ND

Apparently C-Dub is recruiting more than players in '08.

Rumor has it blitz-happy, former Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator John Tenuta will replace retiring Bill Lewis as ND's new Defensive Backs Coach.

This would be a phenomenal addition, and a great sounding board for Corwin Brown to bounce ideas off of.

ND's D = New level of Nastiness

Thursday, January 24, 2008

2008 Urban Meyer Nickname Contest

Urban is at it again, this time going after the ever-coveted JC transfers illegally instead of high schoolers.

I'm officially kicking off the 2008 Urban Meyer nickname contest.

I'm going with Rat-Faced Satan, in honor of another coach from the Sunshine State.

Thoughts? Entries?

Less than 2 weeks until signing day

No Whammies!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


We're thinking we're going to hold off on profiling all of the ND commits until National Signing Day on February 6th, as you never know whats going to happen until then (knock on wood).

In the meantime, here's a great article on one of our larger commits, Michael Floyd.

Aside from the fact that this kid is a 5-star recruit who just tore it up in the Army All-America game, he seems to be grounded as well.

Let's hope the Irish continue to get kids like this...

Monday, January 21, 2008

2007 v. 2008 Game 1

For my first series of posts, I'm going to do a game by game comparison of the actual 2007 season and my best guess at 2008. I'll try to keep the crotchetiness to a minimum which will be difficult after this past season.


The opponent:
The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech

My perspective: I was in attendance for the 2007 opener. I marched excitedly into the stadium after a fun but modest amount of tailgating. I found my excellent seat in the lower bowl, towards the top between the 40 and the 45 yard line on the GT side and anxiously awaited the start of the 2007 season. You could feel the energy in the crowd as we all sat, wide-eyed and bushy tailed, in anticipation of Coach Weis' triumphant revelation of our starting quarterback for 2007. Not long thereafter, the only thing I was anxiously awaiting was the sight of the cooler back out in the library lot. The miserable game coupled with my buzz wearing off by the beginning of the 2nd quarter made for a long afternoon staring into an unrelenting sun and wondering how our blocking could actually be as bad as it appeared to be. I am honestly unsure which of those two things were more responsible for the 5 tiny men with 5 tiny jackhammers attempting to chip their way out of my skull.

The outcome : A 33-3 drubbing in large part due to almost 200 yards rushing and 2 TDs from GT tailback, Tashard Choice. His Heisman candidate numbers were probably as much a result of an inept offense as the failure of the defensive front to control the line of scrimmage but regardless, the unveiling of Coach Brown's 3-4 defense wasn't anything to get excited about. If I was playing in the back field for the Nittany Lions, I was getting awfully excited about the Irish coming to town. I left the game hoping that Georgia Tech really was that good but I knew that I would have to wait at least 2 weeks to find out as the powerhouse that is Samford wasn't going to give me much of a feel for that. I also knew that the Irish were basically back to square one with the quarterback situation. In my mind, Jimmy Clausen looked good enough to start the following week but did I really want to throw a true freshman with questionable health out there behind what looked like a very confused offensive line? Please no. Then again, who gives us the best chance to win the game? It was unfair to dismiss Evan Sharpley at this point but he didn't look very confident and Clausen seemed to at least show a little swagger out there. The Jones experiment was a flop to say the least and I couldn't see how the staff could possibly get any of the offensive players back on that wagon. So, in Jimmy we (or at least I) trust...


The opponent: The San Diego State Aztecs

My perspective: Having attended a full third of the 2007 Irish losses in person and all in the house that Rock built, I will likely enjoy the 2008 opener with Mrs. Seamus and our beloved canine, Seamus from our yet-to-be-built family room. This seems ideal at the moment for a few reasons:

1. The new house is putting a cramp in our social/travel schedule as we have not yet learned that Genentech stock is worth investing in, despite how high the price climbs.

2. In the unlikely event that the 2008 season opener takes a turn similar to that of the 2007 opener, I am going to need full access to hard alcohol and lots of it. Waiting another 365 days and anticipating the abundance of anti-Charlie/sky is falling posts across ND nation will be enough to make this grown man cry.

Of course, should we find tickets, I am likely to ponder hitchhiking on the Pennsylvania Turnpike if that's what it takes to get me there.

The prediction: Had the 2007 campaign gone more similarly to the 2006 campaign than the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season, I would probably be puffing my chest out and claiming that the Aztecs couldn't even beat us with Marshall Faulk in their backfield. Even with that said, I still don't see this contest being all that close. Regardless of whether or not they've been historical powerhouses, schools in states that begin with "Flor", "Tex" of "Cali" always scare me due to the sheer amount of quality talent in their backyards but even with that going for them (which is nice) the Irish are going to be fired up for the home opener and even more fired up to get out there and prove that 2007 was an anomaly. I have little doubt that we will dominate them on offense and I have a hard time seeing us give up more than a touchdown or two, despite the inexperience and lack of recruiting ranking stars upfront. Irish get a win to start the season: 31-13.

Advantage : 2008 in a landslide. Barring an unforeseeable butt whooping at the hands of the Aztecs there's really no comparison here. SDSU could come in and upset the Irish and it would still beat watching the horrific 2007 debacle of a debut.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Why would you start another blog about ND Football....

Why not?

The thought behind this blog is if everyone else is sharing their "expert" opinions on the Irish (and to a lesser extent, college football), why can't the O'C family? We obsess about it enough, might as well have a platform for it. And clearly the middle of January is the best time to kick-start a college football blog, so we're going with it.

"Seamus" and I are going to try and keep this thing rolling through the dead of winter. Expect my posts be both more insightful and less crotchety :)

Anyways, we're officially up. And by up, I mean I posted something.

More to come, until then....