Well, shit. This isn't the greatest news coming out of week 1 for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team looking to get back into the playoffs. Head coach Brian Kelly informed us on what's going on with the football team in terms of injuries, transfers, and position changes. Go ahead and pull up a chair and sit down. This isn't pretty.
-Starting left tackle Blake Fisher is out for up to 8 weeks, possible more, from a torn meniscus. Fuck. Fisher already had surgery today for his knee. Michael Carmody is now the starting left tackle vs Toledo this week.
-Backup tight end Kevin Bauman has a fibula fracture. He's out for 6 weeks.
-LB Shayne Simon is out for the season with a torn labrum. Must have been all those arm tackles he tried unsuccessfully vs the Seminoles.
-Rover LB Paul Moala is out for the season with a torn achilles. He has now torn both of his achilles in less than two seasons. Poor kid has been snake bitten ever since he stepped foot on campus. His playing career could be over.
-LB/DE Jordan Botelho and RB C'Bo Flemister continue to be out because they are on double secret probation. In other words they are serving suspensions for off the field issues.
-RB Logan Diggs is back this week. He was probably out because of Covid but it's unconfirmed. Hopefully he can get some carries vs Toledo to lighten the load for starters Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree.
-Backup slot WR Lawrence Keys is no longer on the roster. Keys decided to quit the team and focus on graduating in December so he can move on to another school where he won't be featured.
-Sophomore WR Xavier Watts, whom I had big expectations coming into this season, has moved to Rover LB. Watts will now be the backup to Jack Kiser and Isaiah Pryor there for a rather depleted LB crew now missing Simon and Marist Liufia for the season due to injuries.
-Freshman LB Prince Kollie now moves to ILB to back up starter JD Bertrand. I'm very excited to see both of these guys play vs Toledo. Both are studs.
-Freshmen WRs Deion Colzie and Lorenzo Styles are now back ups to starters Kevin Austin and Braden Lenzy. Expect to see them vs Toledo and getting some valuable playing time. The coaching staff is very excited about both prospects.
-WR Joe Wilkins (who all he does is make plays including a TD catch vs FSU) is now the back up to senior Avery Davis with Keys quitting the football program.
So other than all that it's just been a rosy day for Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish. Hopefully some of these injuries will be fast healing and we can see players like Fisher and Bauman back in October. The good news is gives other players (namely true freshmen) a chance to make an impression and shine for a team hoping to not skip a beat this young football season.
Here is the updated depth chart vs Toledo...
Just a couple of more weeks till the FSU game and it looks like Notre Dame is locked and loaded for the 2021 season. Head coach Brian Kelly seems to be confident this team can compete with anybody despite replacing a lot of offensive firepower including their all-time QB winner in Ian Book.
Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees thinks Michael Mayer aka Baby Gronk could be the best Notre Dame Tight End ever
We all know Notre Dame Tight End Michael Mayer is a special talent. The sophomore tight end set Notre Dame freshman records last season for catches and yards at the tight end position. Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, who played with some standouts in Tyler Eifert and coached Cole Kmet, couldn't help but praise Mayer aka "Baby Gronk" after practice yesterday.
“I don’t mean any disrespect to any of the guys that I have played with or any of the guys that have come, but Mike Mayer, he’s has the ability to be the best tight end to ever come here,” offensive coordinator Tommy Rees said. “I mean he is a special talent. You wanna talk about a guy that’s wired the right way. He comes to work every single day with the mentality that he’s going to get better and that he wants to go be dominant.”
Who are we to argue with Touchdown Reesus? Mayer is just going to continue to get better and it wouldn't shock us if he is putting up all-time numbers for Tight End U.
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Every legend must start somewhere.— HBO Max (@hbomax) June 29, 2021
The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos, will be in theaters and streaming exclusively on HBO Max October 1. pic.twitter.com/qn48MhI6r6
Sign. Me. Up.
The Sopranos, which came out almost 25 years ago on HBO, arguably the best television show of all-time deserved a major motion picture release. The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos, looks like it's got a great chance to live up to the heightened expectations that the show already delivered to fans.
Will it? Who knows. But I'll be watching it.
You got James Gandolfini's (RIP) son, Michael, playing young Anthony Soprano so it has a nostalgic feel to it. You have David Chase back as the writer, producer and screenplay writer so hopefully we are getting that Sopranos grit and great story telling involved. You have well established actors such as Jon Benthal, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, and Corey Stall involved with key characters.
I'm looking forward to seeing the young character of Anthony Soprano develop before our eyes on the streets of Newark. Who wouldn't want to see it? Fuhgeddaboudit!
DP: ".. By saying it was a racial move then you're calling Phil Jackson a racist..."— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) June 28, 2021
Pippen: "I don't have a problem with that."
DP: "Do you think Phil was?"
Pippen: "Oh yeah..."
Exchange with @ScottiePippen on Phil's decision to have Kukoc take final shot against the Knicks pic.twitter.com/pH2aDLMDcQ
Sheesh. Somehow I don't think Scottie Pippen is gonna be on Phil Jackson's Christmas card list anymore. Scottie Pippen knows that Scottie Pippen was the best player in the league that season when Michael Jordan was hitting pop ups in the minor leagues. Scottie Pippen don't play that. Scottie Pippen don't want a Toni Kukoc type player (Rookie) taking his last second shot. Scottie Pippen will let you know in his slurred 3rd-person voice that Jackson was a racist by letting Kukoc, a white player, take the shot instead.
Keon Keeley, a 6'6 230 lb DE out of Tampa, FL, today became the first verbal commitment for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly's 2023 football class.
Just looking at the measurables and the tape Keeley definitely looks the part of a college defensive end/OLB. The scary thing is he isn't even a junior in high school yet.
Defensive line coach Mike Elston and new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman continue to do a remarkable job getting top talent along the front 7. Getting a guy of Keeley's talent out of the state of Florida shows the ND staff is top tier recruiters for a program who is looking to move it's way into the top tier on the field (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State) after moving into the top 2 status.
It's kind of hard to tell what's hotter these days: DOGE or Ronald Acuna Jr? Well last night Acuna sent one to the moon with this massive blast off the Chicago Cubs that went an estimated 481 feet!
The Braves won 5-0 and it appears their bats are finally waking up. It always helps to have the best player in the game in uniform.