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June 19, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Jun 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

Jordan Pearce Brought Home the Calder Cup Trophy as a Member of the Grand Rapids Griffins (GriffinsHockey.com) Jordan Pearce Brought Home the Calder Cup Trophy as a Member of the Grand Rapids Griffins (GriffinsHockey.com)

A big day yesterday for former Notre Dame student-athletes as two brought home their league’s championship, one of the most respected names in their sport found a new home and a former soccer star represented the United States in World Cup Qualifying.

Yesterday’s trivia question might have been the most difficult we have come up with thus far (Who was the last Notre Dame men’s basketball player to see playing time in the NBA Finals?). After numerous attempts, many people just gave up the search for the right answer. One person did not. On his seventh and presumably final guess, @ND419 correctly answered Donald Royal. Royal was a teammate of Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and Horace Grant (Jerian Grant’s Uncle) on the Orlando Magic when they played the Houston Rockets in the 1995 NBA Finals. Royal saw action in one game in the series, the series opening loss to the Rockets (120-118).

Now, what did we miss…

  1. 1. Hockey – Sheahan and Pearce Cop Calder Cup
    With a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch in game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals, the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings affiliate) captured their first Calder Cup Championship with help from a pair of former Irish icers, Riley Sheahan and Jordan Pearce. With the victory, five Notre Dame hockey alums have now won the Calder Cup. Erik Condra was the last to do it when he played with the Binghamton Senators in 2010-11. Prior to that Ben Simon won with the Chicago Wolves during the 2001-02 season while Jack Brownschidle was the first to do it when he took home the Cup with the Rochester Americans in 1987. Additionally, current Irish associate head coach Paul Pooley was a member of the 1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadien team that won the Calder Cup.

     

  2. 2. Women’s Basketball – Riley Living (And Playing For) The Dream
    It was announced yesterday that former Notre Dame women’s basketball star Ruth Riley had come to terms with the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. The 2001 Naismith Award winner and Associated Press Player of the Year joined her fifth WNBA squad after playing last season with the Chicago Sky. A two-time WNBA champion and 2003 Finals MVP, Riley finished her career at Notre Dame as the only player in school history with 2,000 points (2,072) and 1,000 rebounds (1,007). Additionally, her career rebound mark, 370 career blocked shots and .632 field goal percentage were all school records.

 


 

  1. 3. Football – The Power Of A Number
    Kids these days… With a majority of student-athletes back on campus for a session of summer school, many newcomers to the football team had the chance to see what number they would be wearing into fall camp. As you know, these are subject to change as positions may be altered, numbers may open up and playing a different side of the ball (as double numbers are allowed if one is on offense and the other is on defense). The Elkhart Truth did a great job of summarizing and giving a list of what numbers the incoming class is slated to wear.
     
  1. 4. Football – The Tie Will Be Unbroken, A Look At The 1966 ND-MSU Game (Grantland.com)
    The great scribes over at Grantland.com are taking a look at ‘controversial’ national championships in college football with the advent of the new College Football Playoff. They looked at a variety of games and Notre Dame is a part of a few. One of the more famous games, the 1966 Notre Dame – Michigan State tie is one that many up in East Lansing (Mich.) gripe about every fall. Before I send you off to read the piece from Grantland, a few years ago I heard George Goeddeke tell a story about the game. In short, Notre Dame was always ostracized for running out the clock after gaining possession of the ball with 90 seconds left and the game tied. What Goeddeke said was something that doesn’t receive alot of ‘pub’. He said that if Michigan State was so worried about a tie game, they should have forgone punting and gone for it on fourth down (paraphrasing). The opportunity was there for both teams to steal the game, but in the end, the team on the road and the top-ranked squad in the country, Notre Dame, would be crowned the national champion. Now read the whole story…
     
  1. 5. Football – Not A Point Scored, A Look At The 1946 ND-Army Game (Grantland.com)
    Continuing with the ‘games of the century’ project, the ‘Grantlanders’ knocked it out of the park with another story about the 1946 Army-Notre Dame game. If you have previously read about the match-up, you know the story. Just a year after the end of World War II, Army and Notre Dame met at Yankee Stadium in a game that pitted the top-ranked Cadets against the second-ranked Fighting Irish. Both teams came into the game with unblemished, 6-0, marks. I leave you with the storytellers at Grantland to tell the rest…


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If you have more time to kill at work, read these other great articles:

Swarbrick Attends Marathon Meeting On College Football Playoff (USAToday.com)

Freshman Focus: Hunter Bivin (NBCSports.com)

Tuitt, Shembo Named To CFPA Watch List (ESPN.com)

Ready For Prime Time: #5 Amir Carlisle (UHND.com)

2013 Top-10 Impact Freshman: #10 Issac Rochell (SlapTheSign.com)

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Tweets to which I would have responded with ‘Haha’ …

As God is my witness I’m not sure the city of South Bend is ready for what is about to happen on September 28th…

ESPN.com’s @NDFootball blogger Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) is living it up in the football offseason. According to the ‘guy formerly known as @NDSportsBlogger‘ – Josh Flynt – Fortuna was having a celebratory meal at The Shake Shack.

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Notre Dame Video Of The Day
 

This video is over two years old now, but it shows the fun and goofy side of the 2010-11 women’s basketball squad. If nothing else, skip to 7:13 in the video to see radio play-by-play man Bob Nagle dance. This is not a joke. Neither is this, at the 8:00 mark, Women’s Basketball Media Relations Director Chris Masters imitates a kangaroo fight. I might have to retire the ‘Notre Dame Video Of The Day’ after today.
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Today’s Trivia:

With Matt Besler picking up his fourth United States Men’s National Team ‘Cap’ in World Cup Qualifying last night in a 1-0 win over Honduras, we came up with this gem…

Who was the first Notre Dame men’s soccer player to pick up a ‘cap’ while representing the United States on the men’s (senior) national team?

You will find the answer in Thursday’s ‘Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)’

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