Apr 28, 2009

Random Randomness Kicks Things Off

So I've been knee deep in frozen breast milk, poopy diapers, and the color pink for a while now. Fatherhood is pretty sweet, but it does take up a lot of my time. I think I have things more scheduled now, so posting should be back to normal. I think I'll have about 3 posts a week starting next week until July.

So, lets screw the excuses and jump right into it...

Yep, I went to the Blue-Gold Game. After weeks of indecision, I made it up to the game after narrowly escaping a "death by deer" incident on 31. I realize everything that could have been said about the game has been said, but here is a bit more that you may not or could not have known... with bullet points!!!:
  • Dad arrived at my house early- as usual. I noticed the McDonald's coffee in his hand and I asked him why in the hell would he go get breakfast without me.
  • We arrived at McDonald's.
  • Picked up The Great Stretchinsky. He hobbled his crippled ass to the car. I laugh at "The Savior of BF Goodrich." (A short story, but longer than the time I have to offer).
  • Dad's famous 20/20 vision is put to the test as he somehow misses hitting the biggest fucking deer I have ever seen on highway 31. (Slight exaggeration... but what part?)
  • We park.
  • Bought the tickets and headed over to Gate B. No sign of anyone wanting to fight me or Stretch. All I saw was a few random people and about 9 cops. I then wondered- "Who is the crazier asshole? The anonymous poster for calling a challenge against a blogger and his buddy, or the blogger and his buddy for showing up to meet some crazed dumb ass reader?" It feels like a fatal attraction. I'm done with that shit.
  • Walked over to Mike Frank's tailgate for Irish Eyes members. I post over there as "skelaton26". I greeted a busy Mike Frank and was told to drink up. We did indeed. Thanks for the beer Mike. I'll make sure to stop by more during the season.
  • As I tried to walk into the stadium and hand my ticket to one of the ushers, 3 more ushers came over to me and demanded that I turned my shirt inside out. I wore my "Muck Fichigan" shirt. Needless to say, that my reaction to their overreaction was met with some stern warnings. I mean seriously. Muck? This is why the fun and electricity is gone from gameday. I told them I wasn't gay, so I would turn it inside out in the restroom instead of letting them drool over my delicious body. They followed me anyways. They never did take my ticket. Maybe I'll try a new shirt this fall.
  • I met Eric of The Subway Alumni Show. Nice guy. Skinny as a crackhead though. Must be something in Magic Hat Beer. Eric and I agree- Nate Montana should be starting...
  • BTW- The "Shirt" sucks in real life as well. Horrible.
  • I'm not sure when it happened, but early in the game I caught more shit from the ushers. They made me take out what was an enjoyable dip of tobacco. I wasn't spitting on the person in front of me, and I wasn't spitting on the stairs or ground. I used a plastic water bottle. They said it was a city law. I googled it- I didn't find anything. There was like 1 usher for every 4 people there, so they probably needed something to do- but once again... seriously? I've been going to Notre Dame games since I was 19 and i started chewing during the game after they banned smoking inside the stadium all together ( I was a smoker until last June) and never was I reprimanded for chewing tobacco. I sat in a cloud of anger.
  • They played the game.

Now, I could probably give you my opinions on the game itself, but after a week and a half- what's the point? I will say that the team speed on defense looked good, and the offensive line looks like they aren't lost in the wilderness with Moses. Other than that, it was as vanilla as you would expect from a public scrimmage that was orchestrated by Coach Weis. I should have drank more.

The NFL Draft means that football season is officially over... until July. For the 3rd time in 11 years, Notre Dame only had one player drafted (David Bruton- Broncos). The other two times were in 1998 ( Allen Rossum- Eagles) and in 2000 (Jarius Jackson- Broncos). That says a lot about the program for this past decade... and it ain't good. Five other players were signed as rookie free agents and another is weighing his options.

Next years draft could see a resurgence of draft picks with 6 seniors and possibly 6 or 7 juniors/5th year candidates. I'm not saying that 13 players will get drafted next year- that's stupid. But, there is always a possibility. I'm guessing 7. Still a high number, but what the hell. Denver might do us another favor or two.

Sorry about the Bagpipes. Since I've been posting lightly, I haven't had a "Bagpipe Monday" in a while. I hope this makes up for the lack of pipes these past few weeks.

Apr 19, 2009

The MVP's & The General

Armando Allen

Robert Blanton

Coach Weis

You can see more highlights and interviews at UND.com... HERE.

I'll have my own thoughts on the game and the gameday experience in a day or so. I just need a little more time to let this stuff marinate- it's not like I don't have some time between now and the Nevada game. Don't worry though- it will be up soon.

Apr 15, 2009

Big Recruiting Weekend

Pete Sampson talks about some of the visitors that will be in South Bend to see the Blue & Gold game.

The Tradition Does Not Continue In 2009

I was trolling the message boards, and ran across a video that was just recently posted on Youtube. It's a montage tribute to the 2008 Fighting Irish defense. The video is well made, and as you can tell- I posted it in this post. A couple of things you should know before you watch this:

  • A couple of things were unintentionally funny. At the 8:12 mark the screen flashes the word dominate. It then shows a sack against Syracuse.
  • It wraps up with some highlights from the U$C game and then closes with the phrase, "The Tradition Continues." Yes, the tradition of Notre Dame getting our ass kicked by Carroll is continued.

Just thought you should know those things right away. Here's the video:

A couple of thoughts while I have your attention about the Notre Dame Defense:

  • The reality is- the 2008 defense was light years ahead of what the program has fielded in the entire Charlie Weis regime.
  • People still say our pass defense is our Achilles heel. These are ignorant fools that base things off of results from two and even three years ago. The 2008 defense ended with a #22 Pass Efficiency Defense.
  • The real root of the problem was the rush defense. It was fucking awful. It ranked #45- giving up over 134 yards a game.
  • The 2009 defense has a very good chance at not only improving on its already good pass defense, but also improving against the run.
  • The defense is making another shift- the 3rd in 3 years. But, it has improved. If ND would have had some type of offense in 2007, there would have been a better result for the defense. Then it improved drastically in 2008. The jump from decent to very good is coming very soon.
  • Get your fucking hard hats ready.

Apr 13, 2009

Bagpipe Monday... The Hammer Throw

Welcome back to Bagpipe Monday here at Subway Domer. It's game week for all of the Fighting Irish faithful. Time to start getting prepared for a huge victory- or loss. I guess it's all how you look at it.

Last week I asked you "Would you sell your soul for a victory over U$C?" Here are the results...

  • 43% said NO
  • 40% said The blood was still fresh on their signature
  • 17% said YES

So... That must mean that...

  • 43% of you felt guilty about selling your soul with the whole Easter thing. I should of asked this question in July.
  • 40 % of you are eager for hell if that means watching the Poodle take one in the ass while he is in South Bend. Bravo- except what kind of person are you?
  • 17% of you want to read the fine print first and make sure you weren't hosed. Some of you are still feeling the sting of your contacts being trumped by the Matt Leinhart contract of 2005 in which that fucker pledged his eternal soul for Bush to push his tush. Man they're gay.

This week I ask you all a simple question. Should the NCAA drop the hammer on U$C in regards to the NCAA investigation of lack of institutional control? I know you have an opinion- let it be heard. Don't forget to vote and enjoy the pipes!

Apr 10, 2009

Mitch Mustain Has A Message

"High. My name is Mitch Mustain, and I sniff my mom's panties. Don't I look cool and super suave with this killer stache man? This is why I transferred to U$C. I wanted to grow a stache, become a 3rd string quarterback, and be closer to my future profession as a smut dealer. Life is GREAT!!!"

A Plethora Of Piñatas

Alright, I don't have any piñatas. But I do have another shit-ton of video for you. (I think I invented the word shit-ton. It makes a man feel good to invent more ways to vulgarize the Enlgish language.)

I'll have plenty- or should say... I will have a plethora of actual written posts coming up after spring ball. Until then, please enjoy the fact that I rip off Rivals.com on almost a daily basis now. Thanks guys!

Mike Anello

Darius Flemming

Robby Parris

Paul Duncan

Kapron Lewis-Moore

Brian Smith

Apr 7, 2009

2010 Recruiting Refresher

With spring football underway, you probably have noticed something different at Subway Domer. There have been very few written posts and a whole lot of straight video posts. Perhaps I've been getting a little too lazy, but really- I just haven't had much time to do so

At any rate, a recruiting warm-up is needed for all of us paying attention to the future of the program. With spring football, comes a host of unofficial visits and hopefully a few commitments.
I'm going to make this really simple and easy to follow. What is the ideal breakdown of players by position and who those players might be. All of the players that I will list have been offered a scholarship by Notre Dame unless otherwise noted. The number of prospects that I have pulled out of thin air, was due to a close study of the 2010 Eligibility Chart. Obviously- these numbers could change dramatically as we have seen in the past with injuries, transfers, and yes... players leaving early for the NFL. Please keep in mind that the prospects listed are only my best guess early in the process... in fact it looks like more of a wish list than what will actually happen. The 2010 Eligibility Chart is posted at the bottom of this post.

Let's get started...


  • RED- Current Commit
  • GREEN- Best Bet
  • BLUE ITALIC- Darkhorse
  • GOLDISH ITALIC- Committed elsewhere, but still pursued
  • Numbers in Parenthesis- Ideal number to take

Quarterback (2)

  • Nick Montana
  • Austin Hinder
  • Jake Heaps

Coach Weis would love to take two topflight quarterbacks, but there is a good chance that only one prospect will make that commitment. There is still a ton of talent in South Bend for the foreseeable future in Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist (both former 5 stars). Crist is the player that these prospects will keep their eye on the most as he still has 4 years of eligibility. There is a part of me that is just convinced that Nick Montana is going to follow tradition and play for the Fighting Irish.

If Montana pulls an early trigger, than I would bet Austin Hinder falls of the list. The staff is hard at work with Hinder- especially after Blake Bell made his commitment to Oklahoma.

Jake Heaps was the first QB to be offered, and despite an early high interest by Heaps- he looks as if he has cooled a bit.

Running Back (1)

  • Giovanni Bernard
  • Jordan James

The 2010 season has 5 players on the depth chart right now. Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Jonas Gray, Cierre Wood, and Theo Riddick. That's a lot of talent. Notre Dame will likely take one running back this year. Bernard comes from an Irish friendly program in St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.

After Bernard, perhaps California native Jordan James could become a possibility. Anyway you look at this position, the first one to commit will likely be the only one. Who that may be, may be one of the biggest mysteries in the 2010 class.

Tight End (1)

  • CJ Fiedorowicz

Notre Dame is locked in on their number one target at Tight End. No other offers have gone out, and CJ has said he would like to go to a program that uses the TE a lot in the passing game. I think Coach Weis could oblige. As well as Notre Dame has done in recruiting tight ends, they have only one proven commodity in Kyle Rudolph. There is talent in South Bend to have a really good TE corps in 2009 and 2010, and the same talent will be on the team from the 2009 season to the 2011 season if everybody stays in school. Notre Dame will take one, and they really want it to be Fiedorowicz.

Wide Reciever (3)

  • Daniel Smith
  • Kyle Prater
  • Tai-ler Jones
  • Bennett Jackson

Notre Dame has put together a wide receiver corps that is bigger, faster, and more athletic than any other one in school history. These guys are really good- and really young. That doesn't mean that Weis will go light on the position this year. Notre Dame could lose up to 4 WR after the 2009 season; Golden Tate (NFL Draft), Robby Parris (Grad), Barry Gallup (Grad- denied 5th), and George West (Grad). With that kind of scenario, the Irish should take at least 2- but hopefully 3 wide outs.

They already have one commitment from hometown prospect, Daniel Smith, and they are looking to add at least two more. There are 6 more offers out to uncommitted WR prospects and more may go out still.

Kyle Prater is the creme-de-la-creme and is in fertile recruiting ground for the Irish in Chicago (same HS as Sergio Brown). Another name that is familiar to Irish fans is Tai-ler Jones- son of former Notre Dame LB Andre Jones. Just because Tai-ler is a legacy, doesn't mean that he is a lock by any means. The staff is working Jones hard. The last name is a very recent offer in Bennett Jackson. Jackson just feels like an Irish commitment.

Offensive Tackle (3 or 4)

  • Christian Lombard
  • Seantrel Henderson
  • James Hurst
  • Matt James
  • Erik Kohler

Notre Dame struck out when it came to recruiting a true left tackle last year, and it shows with the lengthy offer list that they have for the 2010 class. Last years folly could really screw Notre Dame in 2010. The most likely starter at LT in 2010 would be Matt Romine, who has battled injuries since he stepped on campus. A LT prospect in this class would have as good a shot to start as a freshman as we have seen since Ryan Harris. So, we have that to sell... of course we had that to sell last year as well.

Lombards commitment means that we have a huge amount of talent at RT, but we still need that true LT to anchor the line. Seantrel Henderson is a fan favorite and comes from a ND freindly school in Cretin-Derham Hall. That doesn't seem to be much of a factor for Seantrel, and this will be a tough race all the way to signing day.

James Hurst is an in state 5 star, but his family has SEC roots. Hurst has expressed big interest in Notre Dame and Weis would love to land the home state stud. Matt James is another big prospect from Cincinatti that could spurn Ohio State and head to South Bend. The final name on the list is Erik Kohler from Oaks Christian in California- Clausen and Nick Montana'a school.

Offensive Guard (1)

  • Brandon Linder

Notre Dame has done very well in recruiting its guards. So much so, that Linder (another St. Thomas Aquinas prospect) is looking like its only target at the position. The Irish look to be in great shape with Linder and will probably take him and him alone as far as the guards are concerned. Just a guess.

Defensive Tackle (2 or 3)

  • Denzel McCoy
  • Louis Nix

Only two offers have gone out to defensive tackles. McCoy just recently committed to the home state Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Louis Nix is a "soft" commit to Miami. What in sam hell is going on here? I have no idea. Defensive tackles have a habit of going somewhere other than ND, but shouldn't a wider net be cast? Notre Dame has quietly put together a potentially good defensive line, but their future is still unknown. I would have to think that more offers will be on the way soon, but don't hold your breath.

Defensive End (3 or 4)

  • Chris Martin
  • Blake Leuders
  • Dakota Royer
  • Prince Shembo
  • Owamagbe Odigihuza

I have stated that ND should look at 3 or 4 commits at defensive end, but they may still only take 2 or 3. A lot of interest is going around some of the top prospects at this position. Chris Martin made a signing day commitment- a year early. This legit 5 star prospect will increase the level of talent on the depth chart as soon as he steps off of the plane from California (or New Jersey, as he is looking to transfer to the Hun School in Princeton).

Blake Leuders is an in-state talent that Notre dame should lock down either this spring or summer. He holds a lot of offers from very good defensive schools, and he will likely gain even more as the recruiting process continues to unfold.

Dakota Royer is another prospect that is picking up offers from all over the country. The Pennsylvania end would be a great pick-up for the Irish who would love to start getting more talent from the Keystone state.

Prince Shembo will be a name that I will never forget. (Not as original as Florida Atlantic linebacker, Yourhighness Morgan- but still a good name). The North Carolina native is another prospect that is gaining more and more offers, and the Irish he said in a recent interview are the top dog in that mix.

Speaking of names, Owamagbe Odighizuwa is another unforgettable- if not unpronouncable name on the offer sheet. This Oregon prospect is very athletic and is gaining more and more respect from the scouting services.

Inside Linebacker (1)

  • Caleb Lavey
  • Jeff Luc

The Fighting Irish would love to keep getting quality middle linebackers every year, but the offer sheet only has a few names since they have done pretty well these past few recruiting cycles. Caleb Lavey looks to be an ideal candidate and holds offers from a huge list of schools. The good news is that the Longhorns have not offered Caleb, and that makes the process a little easier for Notre Dame.

Jeff Luc is a big name in recruiting circles and a 5 star prospect. The Florida native holds offers from everywhere and the Irish have a huge task in convincing Luc to leave the south and head to the warm glow of the Golden Dome. He may be the best defensive prospect on the board.

Outside Linebacker (1 or 2)

  • Anthony Barr
  • Khairi Fortt
  • Shaun Lewis

Notre Dame has done really well in getting outside linebacker prospects to sign a letter of intent. But, they must continue to fill depth and create competition. Anthony Barr would be a step in the right direction. Barr is the son of former Irish great- Tony Brooks and of course the nephew of Irish legend Reggie Brooks. He projects as an athlete because no one is for sure what position will best suit him in college. The majority of scouts believe he will end up as an outside linebacker with a whole lot of speed.

Khairi Fortt hails from the state of Conneticut, which isn't a hotbed of talent- but he stands out as one of the nations best. Fortt holds offers from all over the country and he could be a very interesting prospect.

Shaun Lewis is another Texas linebacker without a Longhorn offer. Coach Weis seems determined to start pulling talent out of the Lone star State, and Lewis would be a great start in that direction.

Cornerback (2)

  • Cody Riggs
  • Spencer Boyd
  • Lo Wood

Notre Dame has done very well for itself in regards to cornerback recruiting in the Weis era. That tradition will need a few plane tickets as Notre dame is looking almost exclusively in the Sunshine State. Cody Riggs, Spencer Boyd, and Lo Wood all are very similar in stature and skill sets. All have great speed, but they will have to get bigger for the college game. The Irish would love to land at least 2 of these prospects, but they may get only one.

Safety (2-3)

  • Sean Parker
  • David Amerson
  • Corey Cooper

Notre Dame struck out last year in landing a safety. Although the Irish look very sound in 2009 at this position they could have really used a guy like Byron Moore (USC) or Jawanza Starling (USC). That was a huge blow to a depth chart that was gaining talent. Now ND will have to get a least 2, if not 3, safety prospects to help make up for the whiffs.

Sean Parker is a former teammate of Byron Moore and is another big time safety prospect. David Amerson is another North Carolina kid that Irish fans would love to keep getting.Corey Cooper is a current commit to Illinois, but he is looking around so Charlie Weis is helping him see the light. Cooper is more of a WR prospect as it concerns ND, but I'll put him here anyways.

How Many again?

The list above contains 22-27 potential commits. Coach Weis has said that he would like to take 24-25 guys in this class. The offer list contains over 70 players, which by ND standards is quite a bit for this time of year. Look for more offers to go out sometime in the summer- if not sooner. A lot of the guys offered are "A" list guys. If you listen to Mike Frank's Power Hour, you know how important it is for the irish to have their "B" list ready as some of these very names I mentioned will head elsewhere.

Again, please keep in mind that this does not include the most recent offers, and any recruiting article should always be took with a grain of salt.

I'll keep updating this refresher list a few more times before the season and as always- I will monitor and update it as it sees fit.

More Succulent Video

Coach Weis

Coach Brown

Coach Hart

Coach Verducci

Practice video, with focus on the WR's.

Apr 6, 2009

Bagpipe Monday... I'm Coming For Ya Petey- Get Jacked!!!

Sorry, but I have seemed to lost the results from the last poll. Correction- they were probably stolen by members of TAH-NOO-TAH's real secret society... which one is still unclear.

This week is all about Twitter. You know what I'm talking about. Pretty soon, every coach in the country will be using this online treat. No one does it better than Pete Carrol- and I mean NO ONE!!! But, The Subway Domer is here to let that slimy son of a bitch know that we are coming for his ass. I have pipers stalking his homeland, preparing to lead the charge in a preemptive strike against Darth Poodle and his assortment of steroid-popping goons.

Don't forget to vote in this weeks poll and enjoy another double dose of the pipes!!!

Apr 4, 2009

Weis Talks... Verducci Yells

Coach Weis wraps up this week. BTW- Be sure to check out Charlie's Twitter Page.

Verfucci lays into Mike Golic Jr.

Apr 2, 2009

Oppurtunity, Progress, & Second Chances

Paul Duncan

Jimmy Clausen

Hafis Williams

Dayne Crist


A look at rising (I really hate using that term "rising"... everyone uses it) Redshirt Freshman, DT Hafis Williams.

Apr 1, 2009


Every year at this time Irish fans are in a frenzy. Spring football can do that to you. Spring football can do that to you, especially after 16 years since Notre Dame last truly competed for a National Title, and 21 years since they actually won one.

So it's time to break out the polish and buff out those mistakes that plagued the Irish both physically and mentally last year. My friend Domer.mq at the always great Her Loyal Sons blog, posted that we will learn absolutely nothing from Spring football. At first I thought mq was dead wrong. Then I started to really agree with him. Then boys and girls, I realized that like all things (OK almost all things) in life, this is more of a gray area than black and white, and you can still learn from gray. (Except that piece of shit Grays Anatomy. I will never travel to Seattle... ever).

When you polish something, it can work out the flaws or make them stand out even more. That is what Spring ball really is. No position battles will be won or lost as I so foolishly once thought. However, it does help the transition from year to year in that it gives the players and coaches different looks than the previous year provided. Am I losing you? It's 3 AM and I might be losing myself too. So without further bullshit, let me provide some of my commentary on a few questions that Notre Dame has, headed into Spring and for the 2009 season for that matter. Let's plug in the buffer...

Jimmy Clausen and his leadership are in question. Maybe this is the most poignant topic for the team in general. Many Irish fans and haters have called Clausen out for his lack of leadership on a team that desperately needs a leader on offense. This subject has been addressed over and over again from the start of the 2008 season till even now. Do not get sucked into the propaganda that Clausen is developing into a leader. If I were you, I would forget everything that you hear and see from Clausen as far as this subject is concerned.

In high school, the football coaches tried to shove a couple of players down our throat our senior year and called them captains. Only two, instead of the traditional four that our school always had. It took two minutes into the first day of camp for myself and another player to walk up to the front and basically declare ourselves the the "Players Captains" as opposed to the "Coaches Captains." I often wonder if Clausen is that "Coaches Captain" that leads, but is never followed.

This is what will begin to define his legacy as a Notre Dame quarterback. Will these guys follow Jimmy into battle and look to him for that leadership on and off of the field? This is something that will not be answered this Spring and won't be until the Nevada game- or perhaps Michigan.

The defensive scenarios are giving me a headache. There are too many blitz packages and defensive alignments to really have a true grasp at what the depth chart will look like, especially in the spring. Different players names are being thrown around like they own their position. Most die hard fans already know what I am about to write, but it needs to be said. There is no position on defense that is locked down 100%. There might be a player or two (you'll find out in a minute) that are pretty much guaranteed a spot on the field, but that spot may differ from last year. Don't get me wrong. I speculate and have a good time in trying to figure out the depth chart, but Spring football will only inch us closer to a two deep instead of leaping into one.

It amazes me that Irish fans are so confident about our defense. I too am guilty, and we all have some valid reasons as to why we think this way, but here is a bit of truth to take into consideration: There are only two players on the front seven that we can say with absolute certainty that will be playmakers; Brian Smith and Ethan Johnson. Everyone else is still a mystery. The potential is there, but potential is always a tricky subject.

Maybe this is why I am so feverishly promoting Sergio Brown as an everydown safety. The Irish have proven playmakers in the secondary, but have very few in the front seven. I just feel that the defense needs as many playmakers as it can put out there, and it's no secret that I think Brown has more potential than McCarthy.

I could seriously go on like this for another 13 or 14 points. Maybe I should. This team has far too many questions across the board to have many decisions made in April. The offense is a little easier to figure out, at least when it comes to personnel and even then, the Irish still need a left tackle, a 3rd and 4th WR, a second TE, fullback questions- blah, blah, blah. See. How much we learn about this team will be enigmatic if we don't look at the stuff below the surface.

So no. We won't learn who the 22 starters will be coming out of spring. We will however, have a better idea about who they might be after a little polish. And with a schedule like Notre Dame's this year- a little polish could go a long way into make this season shine.

Editors Note: This is what 4 AM feedings will do to a person.