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July 22, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Jul 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Besler and USMNT teammates before 5-1 win over El Salvador (PHOTO: @SportingKC)

Ole’ Philly Mick won ‘The Open’ yesterday, some baseball games happened and Irish men’s soccer alum Matt Besler donned the U.S. Men’s National Team kit yesterday in the CONCACAF quarterfinal round.

To recap our non-daily blogs from last week, our new weekly feature ‘Way Back Wednesday’ continued into the second week last Wednesday and we may have peaked way too early. Read about a mysterious football we found laying around the Athletic Department and where it ‘may’ come from. Click here to read story.

Additionally, we revisited the great life of Susan McGonigal, a former executive assistant in the athletic department that succumbed to a long term illness in March. Click here to read the story.

We finally received a correct answer to the question, ‘who was the last Irish football player to place in the Heisman Trophy voting on the offensive side of the ball?’ Big ups to @Hemmy22 on correctly answering Golden Tate. Tate finished 10th in the 2009 Heisman Trophy voting.

Remember, each day a new Notre Dame related trivia question will be found at the bottom of ‘Things I Found Interesting’ … we will begin to give prizes for correct answers as we inch closer to the beginning of the school year, but until then ‘shout outs’ will have to do.

Now, what did we miss…

  1. 1. Men’s Soccer – Besler Shines For Stars And Stripes (
    After a short stint back with his MLS squad, Sporting KC, Notre Dame alum Matt Besler was back with the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team after CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds began yesterday. Besler received the start yesterday and was subbed out in the 75th minute in a 5-1 win over El Salvador. The only goal that was allowed by the Besler-led back line  was on a penalty kick. Besler again suits up for the USMNT on Wednesday as they take on Honduras in the Gold Cup semifinals. If you have a chance, read this new piece on Besler from the New York Times  (LINK).
  2. 2. Football – Tuitt And Nix To Be Main Attractions (
    None of us can wait until football season starts. Notre Dame hasn’t lost a regular season college football contest since Pope Benedict announced he was stepping down from the Papacy and this is in large part due to the play of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III. WSBT pens a nice recap of their off-season honors and what to look forward to in the upcoming season.


    1. 3. Football – Looking Back At Paul Hornung (
      An outstanding all-around athlete who played quarterback, left halfback, fullback and safety, Hornung remains the only player from a losing team (Notre Dame finished 2-8 in ’56) ever to win the Heisman Trophy. As a sophomore, Hornung served as the backup fullback and also averaged 6.1 points per contest while earning a basketball monogram. As a junior, he finished fourth nationally in total offense with 1,215 yards and fifth in the Heisman voting behind Ohio State’s Hopalong Cassady. Hornung ran for one score, threw for another and intercepted two passes in a victory over fourth-ranked Navy and then brought the Irish from behind against Iowa with a TD pass and game-winning field goal in the final minutes. In a loss to USC, he threw and ran for 354 yards, an NCAA high that year. As a senior, he ranked second nationally in total offense (1,337 yards), accounted for more than half the Irish scoring-and converted 67 times on either third or fourth down as a junior and senior combined. A bonus pick of the Green Bay Packers, he led the NFL in scoring in 1959, ’60, and ’61. He retired after the ’66 season, as physical problems kept him from joining New Orleans as an expansion pick. Hornung joined the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. looks into what Hornung has done since retiring from the ‘Pack’ … Link Above.
    1. 4. Lacrosse – Irish In The ACC (
      During the month of July, and Fighting Irish Digital Media are featuring a multimedia series entitled “Irish in the ACC,” giving Notre Dame fans a sneak peek at some of what they can expect in the coming days, weeks and years as a member of the ACC through the eyes of each of the various Fighting Irish sports that will compete in the conference. Today, we take a look at the Notre Dame lacrosse programs, which will add even more power in a conference that, top to bottom, is expected to be unlike any other in Division I history.
          1. 5. General – Brown Blogging About Life After Graduation (
            Lindsay Brown graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science and is currently blogging her experiences after graduation for the Wall Street Journal. In 2011, while she was still in school, she launched a non-profit organization called The SEGway Project (Soccer Empowering Girls Worldwide) which uses soccer as a tool to inspire young women in Nepal. Click the above link to hear her story.


If you have more time to kill at work, read this other great article:

Separated At Birth, Reunited In Vegas ( – Luke Harangody and Jake Cooley have always been known twins to those that don’t know their respective games. Having the chance to learn under Harangody, Cooley shined after ‘Gody’s graduation and paved his own path. They met up in Las Vegas this past week for their respective NBA Summer League teams, blogged about the happening.


Tweets That Made Me Chuckle…

Yes, the conversation between Notre Dame Hockey’s radio voice Darin Pritchett, Notre Dame Director of Football Media Relations and myself can go off the tracks pretty easily … and then a fake account portraying a reference we used responded … #Awesome.

This is an awesome story with a funny, pop-culturesque connotation involved. If you need help understanding the first tweet, you may be too young or have never ‘gone the distance’…


Notre Dame Video Of The Day

‘The one constant throughout history is baseball…’ This is a bit of a stretch to make this a Notre Dame video but after watching some clips earlier, I couldn’t resist. This Field of Dreams clip is connected to Notre Dame because Timothy Busfield field is cast in Field of Dreams and plays Danny Concannon in the West Wing. In the show West Wing, President Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) is a University of Notre Dame graduate. Sounds good to me!


Today’s Trivia:

Since the incoming freshmen men’s basketball players came to visit the Fighting Irish Digital Media workspace last week we will use them as a starting point for today’s question…

Demetrius Jackson was honored as a McDonald’s All American this past season, who was the last Notre Dame men’s basketball player to have that honor bestowed upon them and where did they attend high school?

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

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