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August 20, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Aug 20, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

Eric Jagielo (ND Media Relations)

Let’s begin with some news from down in West Lafayette, Ind. If you’re going to the football game at Purdue on the 14th of September, you should read the following. But nonetheless, don’t accidentally wear gold or black on that day, wear “The Shirt.” If you don’t have yours yet you can always buy one at any of the on-campus bookstores or at


( Release) In an attempt to create a visual experience for the Sept. 14 national television audience for the Purdue-Notre Dame football game at Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue officials are encouraging fans to wear either gold or black in designated sections, depending on where their seats are located.

#Vine4NDGear Finalists Announced

The finalists for our #Vine4NDGear contest have been chosen and voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night. The fan vote is all the matters in the decision. Voting ends next Thursday. Click here to vote for your favorite finalist.

Counting Down…

Remember to keep up with A Month of Notre Dame: Counting Down To Football … this piece gives you something to either do that is Notre Dame centric or watch a former Irish student-athlete playing in a national/international tournament or league. Last night we wanted to you to watch Mike Golic Jr. battle in the trenches for the Pittsburgh Steelers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, today you just need to watch the video of T.J. Jones swimming with the sharks.


‘Round the Irish Blogosphere

We have had a large amount of original content going out on the blogosphere recently – catch up with the links below.

Yesterday’s Trivia Answer

Monday’s trivia question (The Seattle Seahawks first became an NFL franchise in 1976. Who was their first NFL draft pick, the second overall pick.) was a user-submitted question and it was a tough one. Luckily, we were able to scrounge together two correct answers from twitter. Matt Ryan (@SagCat), the non-quarterback I presume, was the first to send in the right answer of Steve  Niehaus.

Niehaus was a do-everything defensive tackle. He finished 12th in Heisman Trophy voting as senior in 1975  and was a two-time first-team All-American. In 1974 he accumulated 95 tackles, 13 for loss; broke up two passes and recovered one fumble. For his career at Notre Dame he tallied 290 tackles, 25 for loss; broke up two passes and recovered one fumble. Needless to say, Steve Niehaus deserved to be the second-overall pick in the 1976 draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Remember, each day a new Notre Dame-related trivia question will be found at the bottom of “Things I Found Interesting” … we have begun to accumulate prizes so we can give them away for correct answers as we inch closer to the beginning of the school year, but until then “shout outs” will have to do. To answer the question, simply tweet at @NDSportsBlogger with the correct (or incorrect) answer … don’t worry; I’ll let you know if you are right.


Now, what did we miss…

  1. 1. Hockey – Coming Home To The Dome: Kevin Deeth ’10 (LINK-Irish UNDerground)
    There are many student-athletes that graduate from the University of Notre Dame and enter careers outside of sports after they hang up their uniform for the final time. However, you may not know that some find their way back to Notre Dame to help mold the next-generation of student-athlete in a variety of non-coaching positions. Over the next five days we will present five Notre Dame graduates who have returned to their alma mater to work in a collection of different departments. To read about former Notre Dame hockey student-athlete Kevin Deeth, click the link above.
  2. 2. Baseball – Talking With Yankees First-Round Pick Eric Jagielo (LINK-H4 Entertainment)
    Former Notre Dame baseball student-athlete Eric Jagielo has been on a tear of late for the Staten Island Yankees. Over the last 10 games, Jagielo is hitting .324 with seven doubles and a pair of home runs. Additionally, he has tallied a slugging percentage over 1.000 in three of the last five games. To read the interview that Jagielo had, click the link above.
  3. 3. Football – Losing Is Not A Habit For Shumate  (LINK-Chicago Tribune)
    A graduate of Don Bosco Prep out in New Jersey, Elijah Shumate hasn’t felt the emotions that come with losing a whole lot. The first time he entered the locker room after a game with a loss since the eighth grade was after the BCS Championship Game against Alabama. That is a whole four years between losses! It reminds me of the Matt Christopher book, “The Kid Who Only Hit Homers.” Except all Shumate does is the little things to make his team better and to continue progressing each and every day. The Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton has penned a great piece looking at what Shumate does to be such a solid-player in the Irish defensive backfield.
  4. 4. Men’s Soccer – Irish Inspection: Covering Creighton  (
    Pressure was the name of the game for Notre Dame men’s soccer head coach Bobby Clark when discussing Sunday’s preseason opener at Creighton, a 1-0 loss. Overall, Clark was pleased with how his team played and felt a tie would have been deserved, but the Irish saw that slip away in the 87th minute when Carlos McCrary scored for Creighton. While wins are nice, the key during the preseason is to pinpoint where the weaknesses are and address them. That learning process began today as the Fighting Irish got back on the bus and headed east to Des Moines, Iowa, where they will face Drake in exhibition play on Wednesday. Click the link above to learn more.
  5. 5. Women’s Soccer – Season Preview (w/video) (
    In many ways, Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum could find himself like a human GPS in 2013, with numerous options at his disposal as he looks at his roster for the coming season. The Fighting Irish bring back 20 veterans, including 10 starters, from last year’s club that went 16-6-2 and advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals for the 15th time in program history, and the eighth time in the past nine years. Collectively, this returning group accounts for nearly all of Notre Dame’s offensive production last season (146 of a possible 147 points, including all 46 goals), along with virtually every single save, every shutout and every minute played in goal a year ago. Click the link above to read more.

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

Women’s Swimming & Diving Schedule Announced ( – The Irish will compete against 12 teams that finished in the top 40 at the 2013 NCAA Championships, including dual meets with seven of those squads.

Tickets For Blackhawks Training Camp At Compton ( – The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will have part of their training camp at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Ticket information can be found by clicking the link.

Top-25 For 2013: Troy Niklas ( – The guys at have ranked the top-25 Notre Dame football players for the upcoming season. Today they released Troy Niklas in the 13th spot.


Tweet That Made Me Chuckle…

I don’t know what is more of a talent, the stack job or the drive he is about to make to ensure they don’t fall over…


Notre Dame Video of the Day:



Former Notre Dame baseball player Eric Jagielo had a night to remember…

Today’s Trivia:

Because of Eric Jagielo’s huge night the other day…

Eric Jagielo was chosen 26th-overall in the 2013 MLB Draft. Who was the last Notre Dame baseball player to be chosen higher?

You will find the answer in Wednesday’s “Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)” … if the question is answered correctly…

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