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August 21, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Aug 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

Stephon Tuitt looked to a former NFL All-Pro for guidance (PHOTO/AP)

We are now just one day away from Notre Dame football media day. Tomorrow you can watch live on at 1:30 p.m. ET when Coach Kelly takes to the microphone for one of his last appearances before the Irish take on Temple a week from this Saturday. Media Day is a little different this year as it is coming at the end of fall camp rather than at the beginning. This should make Coach Kelly’s press conference much more informational in comparison to the generalities that are thrown around early in camp. Be sure to tune in tomorrow.

#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. Today, the Notre Dame men’s soccer squad travels to Drake in their last exhibition match before the regular season gets underway.


‘Round the Irish Blogosphere

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

Yesterday’s Trivia Answer

Yesterday’s trivia question (Eric Jagielo was chosen 26th-overall in the 2013 MLB Draft. Who was the last Notre Dame baseball player to be chosen higher?) was answered within an hour of being posted by Ross Goetz (@RossGoetz). This is Ross’ second correct trivia answer in the last week, one more and he is on fire. Nonetheless, the answer in A.J. Pollock.

Pollock, one of two players in the BIG EAST that had at least 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in his final year, became Notre Dame’s first back-to-back MVP since Aaron Heilman (2000, 2001). The centerfielder started all 59 games for the Irish during his senior season, batting .365 with 69 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 52 RBI. Pollock added 30 walks and 21 stolen bases.

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. Football – Coming Home To The Dome: George West ’09 (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 football student-athlete George West, click the link above.
  2. 2. Football – Stephon Tuitt Reaches Out To Brian Urlacher (
    All-American defensive end Stephon Tuitt is working his way back to full strength after off-season surgery to repair an injury he developed last season. In his recovery, he reached out to former NFL All-Pro Brian Urlacher for guidance. To read more, click the link above.
  3. 3. Women’s Soccer – Pitch Points: Hermann Trophy, “The 99ers” & More!  (
    Since the dawn of the 21st century, no women’s soccer program in the country has produced more recipients of the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy than Notre Dame, with a Fighting Irish player earning the honor, which is presented annually to the nation’s top player, three times in the past 13 seasons. With the 2013 season set to kick off this weekend, the MAC and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) believe sophomore forward/midfielder/defender Cari Roccaro is among the next in line to continue that storied Notre Dame tradition. To read more, click the link above.
  4. 4. Football – Ronnie Stanley Stares Down Chumlee, Yes, That Chumlee  (LINK-South Bend Tribune)
    Sophomore offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley has come into camp and played extremely well. He has proved that he is ready to play along the offensive front whenever his number is called. The South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen spoke with Stanley about a variety of things. To read the piece, click the link above.
  5. 5. Men’s Basketball – Tory Jackson Says No To Germany, Takes College Job (
    Former Notre Dame standout guard Tory Jackson had been planning to continue his professional basketball dream in Germany in just a few short days, but being away from his seven-month old child kept him in the States. Instead of playing professionally overseas, Jackson accepted an assistant coach position at a Michigan NCAA D-2 college to get his feet wet coaching collegiately in hopes of one day returning to Notre Dame. Click the link above to learn more.

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

Top-25 For 2013: #12 Matthias Farley ( – The guys at have ranked the top-25 Notre Dame football players for the upcoming season. Today they released Matthias Farley in the 12th spot.

Irish Men’s Soccer Caps Off Exhibition Slate At Drake ( – Before the regular-season begins, the men’s soccer team has one more test when they visit Drake today.

Daniels Looks To Build Off Strong BCS Title Game (Lake County News-Sun) – Daniels performance in the BCS Championship Game was a bright spot for the Irish in an otherwise bad game. See how Daniels looks to capitalize on his performance in that game this season.


Tweets That Made Me Chuckle…

So, this is an interesting set of tweets. It all started when former Notre Dame men’s basketball player Jack Cooley “favorited” this tweet …

… Then a twitter conversation started, because as you can see the tweet was from around 18 months ago …




Notre Dame-ish Video of the Day:



If you never had the opportunity to see Doug Flutie play (I only saw parts of his professional career) then you missed out, it was awesome. If you want to read Flutie’s take on the 2013 Irish football team, I had the opportunity to catch up with him last week, you can read our conversation by click here. By the way, this is a Notre Dame video because of the music it was set to…

Today’s Trivia:

While we’re talkin’ Flutie…

It was only about 10-degrees during the 1983 Liberty Bowl between Notre Dame and Boston College.Only one extra point was made throughout the game, so BC decided to go for two while trailing by one, 19-18. Flutie took the snap, took a few steps to the right and fired a pass to his tight end Scott Gieselman. What Notre Dame linebacker broke up the pass to secure the 19-18 victory for the Irish?

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

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