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September 10, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Sep 10, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

Screenshot of Matt Besler's "dangerous play" that warranted a yellow card (Courtesy: Traffic Sports)

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day in Notre Dame athletics, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a plethora of Irish news on the internet superhighway.

Some of you may not know, but Notre Dame men’s soccer alum Matt Besler is a member of the Unites States Men’s National Soccer Team. Last Friday night, the USMNT played Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying play. Coming into the match, Besler had accumulated enough yellow cards (penalty for dangerous play) that upon his next booking he would be suspended for a match in World Cup Qualifying.

Needless to say, Besler was booked with a yellow card during the Costa Rica match, therefore suspending him for the match against Mexico tonight in Columbus, Ohio.

Here is a video of the “dangerous play” that Besler committed, you be the judge. I guarantee you will replay this a few times to see if what you saw really happened.

So now that you see what happened, see how Besler responded on twitter (much better than I would have).

‘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

Monday’s trivia question (Who was the last Notre Dame signal caller to begin the season with a pair of 300-yard passing games?) was answered correctly be a host of readers. Trivia champions Ross Goetz and Joe Reimers answered the question correctly almost immediately, followed by trivia newcomer Brendan Sullivan. The answer? Jimmy Clausen in 2009. Clausen actually threw for 300 yards or more in the first three games of the season.

Remember, each day a new Notre Dame-related trivia question will be found at the bottom of “Things I Found Interesting” … we have accumulated some prizes and have begun to give them away a few times a week. 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 – Kelly Confident Things Can Be Fixed (The Morning Call)
    After one loss to a top-20 team away from home, people are saying this Notre Dame team is not a special team that can make things happen on the national stage. Coach Kelly knows he can turn things around and get the wins coming in each week as the season rolls along. Click the link above to read how Kelly plans to get the football squad back on track.
  2. 2. Hockey – Stanley Cup Celebration Comes To Notre Dame (LINK-Elkhart Truth)
    The reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are opening their training camp at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena later this week. The excitement for this event has begun to hit a fever pitch on campus as rumors have passed that “The Cup” may make an appearance during the Blackhawks time in South Bend, Ind. Click the link above to learn more.
  3. 3. Men’s Golf – Pair of Irish Golfers Card Top-10 Finishes (
    Senior captain Niall Platt showed why he is one of the most consistent players in University of Notre Dame men’s golf history Monday, turning in a masterful three-under par 68 to vault into a tie for sixth place (71-71-68, 210) during the final round of the Gopher Invitational at the Windsong Farm Golf Club. Platt birdied seven holes during the round, extending his overall count to a team-high 12 for the two-day tournament. Freshman Matt Rushton capped off his solid Notre Dame debut with a final round one-under par 70 (67-73-70, 210) to join Platt in sixth place. Click the link above to learn more.
  4. 4. Women’s Soccer – Andrews Thrives At ND (LINK-The Observer)
    Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews is wise behind her years when on the soccer pitch or in the classroom. A two-time national prep soccer player of the year and Gatorade national prep athlete of the year, Andrews tallied a pair of goals against Detroit on Sunday. Click the link above to learn more about Andrews and what women’s soccer coach Randy Waldrum says about her.
  5. 5. Women’s Swimming – Swimming For A Cause (
    Our great-aunt. My bus driver. My grandmother. My babysitter. My coach. For participants in Saturday’s (Sept. 7) Coaches vs. Cancer Swim Clinic, it was personal: from head swimming coach Brian Barnes to special guest Tyler Clary and right down to nine- and 10-year-old sisters Ingrid and Elsa Fretz, they’ve all known the pain of losing someone to cancer. For Barnes, it was his wife, Alyssa, whose battle with melanoma served as inspiration to inaugurate the swim clinic three years ago. “We realized how fortunate we were because we had excellent health care, we had the Notre Dame support and we had family in town,” Barnes says. “Going through this we realized how many people do not have what we had.” To read more, click the link above.

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

Men’s Tennis Clinic A Smashing Success ( – The Irish men’s tennis team has begun to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis through a variety of different avenues.

Quick Starts For #8 Women’s Soccer Team ( – The young Irish women’s soccer team continues to learn and grow yet are dominating most of the competition along the way.


Tweet Conversation That Made Me Chuckle

Yeah, this happened … and Will definitely got the better part of this conversation …


Notre Dame-ish Video of the Day:


Here is a great video talking about the Martin family and the sight of seeing Nick and Zack play with one another along the offensive line.

Today’s Trivia:

Let’s talk a little soccer…

Only two former Notre Dame players have ever seen action in a United States Men’s National Team game, name them?

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

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