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Top 25 Notre Dame Players Going into the 2017 Season

Notre Dame football is looking to rebound from a disastrous 4-8 season last year.  The coaching staff was shaken up with two "outside the Kelly tree box" hires in Chip Long and Mike Elko who will be the new coordinators.  It will be their job to get Notre Dame back to being a respectable program and perhaps save head coach Brian Kelly's job.  In order to do so they will need to get the best out of their top 25 players on the roster.
Let's take a look at the top 25 players on the Notre Dame roster.
1. Quenton Nelson, OG - The 5-star recruit has lived up to his lofty prep rankings and has been the most consistent, dominating force on coach Harry Hiestand's line.  Probably pound for pound the best guard in the nation.
2. Mike McGlinchey, LT - Shocked a lot of people coming back for his 5th season, McGlinchey is looking to rebound from a disappointing season which earned him the nickname "McFlinchey."  Make no mistake Big Mike will be protecting Brandon Wimbush's blindside and will be counted on to deliver his NFL 1st round potential capabilities in 2017.
3. Brandon Wimbush, QB - While it may shock some to have a player up this high who's never started a game at the college level if you have followed Wimbush's practice reports and the favorable returns from his teammates it appears Wimbush is a player who could put up Brady Quinn upper classmen like numbers in Chip Long's offense.
4. Nyles Morgan, MLB - No more complicated BVG defense means that this Chicago product will finally be allowed to unleash hell on ball carriers this fall.
5. Alize Mack, TE - Coming off a sophomore year suspension due to academics Alize returned with a new attitude and a new last name.  The return of the Mack means ND could have it's most explosive tight end weapon since Tyler Eifert.
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6. Josh Adams, RB - Adams is the definition of a home run back setting a ND record with a 98-yard TD run his freshman season.  With another big season Adams could be looking to break his position coach, Autry Denson, school rushing record.
7. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR - Coming off a 961 yard, 9 TD receiving sophomore campaign the Irish have big hopes for ESB.  He along with the tight ends should be Wimbush's main targets this fall.
8. Daelin Hayes, DE/OLB - If you saw the spring game on NBC Sports you got a glimpse of what this season may hold for the 5-star prospect who didn't see the field much his freshman season.  A pass rushing specialist, Hayes could get double digit sacks in Mike Elko's new defense.  The Irish are counting on it.
9. Drue Tranquil, Rover - Elko's defense relies heavily on the play of a  "Rover" which is basically a hybrid safety/OLB who can tackle soundly and cover slot receivers.  Tranquil will get first shot and so far the reviews have been real positive for the upcoming senior.
10.  Greer Martini, LB - While splitting duties last season with Te'von Coney Martini "Shaken, Not Stirred" finished with 55 tackles and 3 sacks on a horrible ND defense.  A heady player I expect Martini to have a coming out party like his teammate Nyles Morgan at the linebacker position.
11.  Shaun Crawford, Nickelback - When Crawford arrived 3 years ago he was being touted as the best secondary player on the roster as only a true freshman.  Unfortunately he's had two devastating season ending injuries and we've barely caught a glimpse of what he brings to the field. When he was playing though specifically vs Texas last year we all saw a game changer.  Here's hoping Crawford can bounce back and be the player we all know he can be.
12. Nick Watkins, CB - Watkins missed all of last season due to an injury after starting the previous Fiesta Bowl game vs Ohio State.  Watkins will be counted on to take away or at least contain the opposition's best receiver.
13. Jerry Tillery, DT - It would be hard to find more important players on the ND roster than Tillery.  Coming off a disappointing and rather embarrassing 2017 season in which he was ejected vs USC, Tillery will be counted on to be the clog in the middle of an unproven defensive line.  The talent is there but the ND staff is hoping Tillery can produce at a consistent level and be a wrecking ball up the middle.
14. Andrew Trumbetti, DE - In order for ND to have a good defense it needs to put pressure on the QB.  Trumbetti has been getting high praise by Kelly this summer during practice and workouts and looks to be one of those better late than never bloomers who explodes onto the scene his final year in the blue and gold.
15. Julian Love, CB - As a true freshman last season Love was thrown into the fire because of a lack of numbers at the position.  It should help him tremendously this season and he will be counted on as a starter game 1 vs Temple.
16. Jay Hayes, DE - Like Trumbetti it's put up or shut up time for Jay Hayes.  A highly sought after 4-star player coming out of high school, for whatever reason Van Gorder never wanted to play Jay.  This year will be his opportunity to shine in Elko's new defense.
17. Tony Jones Jr., RB - Somewhat surprising since Dexter Williams is the upperclassmen on the running back depth chart the scout team player Jones has been splitting first team reps with Adams all this summer.  His hands are extraordinary and he will be a huge part of the offense this fall.
18. Chase Claypool, WR - Probably one of the most intriguing players on the ND roster.  Not many players have his combination of size (6'4) and speed but he's gotta work on being more consistent with his hands to earn Wimbush's trust.  If so the sky is the limit for the Canadian product. 
19. Alex Bars, OG - Kelly once described Bars as one of the best linemen he's ever coached.  The scary thing is he's not even the best guard on the roster.  That belongs to Quenton Nelson.  The ND line should dominate this season thanks to Bars contributions.
20. Donte Vaughn, CB/S - Vaughn is another young secondary player who got thrown into the fire last season as a true freshman.  Vaughn is versatile enough to play either corner spots or starting safety.
21. Durham Smythe, TE - With Chip Long running more two tight end sets and putting an emphasis on getting the ball into the tight end's hands I fully expect this senior who is considered an outstanding blocker to blossom along with Mack.
22. Kevin Stepherson, WR - As a true freshman Stepherson came in as an early enrollee and put up a more than respectable 462 yards receiving along with 5 TD catches.  The problem is he appears to be in Kelly's doghouse but to a lack of motivation in practice.
23. Nick Coleman, S - Coleman appears to have transitioned to free safety rather smoothly after playing cornerback his first two years.  With ballhawk skills this free safety will definitely be a lot more athletic and speedy than last years starter in Avery Sebastian.
24. Tommy Kraemer, RT - Just a redshirt freshman Kraemer appears to be the starting tackle opposite McGlinchey.  Hiestand fully expects him to compete or be the starter there for the next 2-3 years.
25. Justin Yoon, K - YOOOOOOOON!  While Yoon set many ND records his freshman season of kicking in 2015 his numbers in 2016 did dip including his field goal percentage.  He still hit 13 of 17 kicks but all of them were 40 yards or below attempts.
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Notre Dame comes out with new official Wilson football featuring "Play Like A Champion Today" logo, PRE ORDER here



Notre Dame equipment manager Ryan Grooms just tweeted out the first picture of the new Notre Dame Wilson football which features the "Play Like A Champion Today" logo on it.  First impressions are always key and I'm 100% thrilled with the new look on the Wilson footballs.  The "Play Like A Champion Today" slogan has been around since Lou Holtz slapped a board up over the player's tunnel back in the mid 80's and this will be the first time ever it is featured on the official football that they will be playing with this year.

We will be getting these Notre Dame footballs in stock (BRAND NEW NOT USED) in the near future so if you want you can PRE ORDER the 2017 Notre Dame Play Like A Champion Today Wilson footballs here.

GO IRISH!

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Sammy Sosa Caught the Michael Jackson Disease, Looks Like He's Auditioning to be a Bond villain with this new look


It's not too often I'm lost for words but what in the hell happened to Sammy Sosa?  Is this some weird side effect to doing steroids?  Because make no mistake the Sosa of today is nothing like the Sosa with the Cubs.  He looks like Dave Chappelle's anchorman character.  It's almost a dead ringer.  Look...

 



Should I be outraged that Sosa is putting on whiteface?  Is he mocking my culture of pasty white dude who sits behind a computer and throws insults at athletes look?  What an asshole.  If I could be offended I would be.

 

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Sneak Peek at the new Notre Dame Stadium Video Board

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It's about damn time.  I love how Notre Dame teases us with this little sneak peek of the new video board aka jumbotron just installed in Notre Dame stadium.  As if it wasn't hard enough counting down the days till kickoff vs Temple on September 2nd in the dog days of summer now I got a full on football erection that will not go away in 4 hours.  Thanks Notre Dame.  Now I need to go see my doctor.

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Peyton Manning Roasts Kevin Durant at The ESPYs and Durant Was Not Thrilled



Peyton Manning throwing down the gauntlet last night on the ESPY's which apparently according to my Twitter timeline is still a thing people watch.

Kevin Durant either should get an Oscar for this performance or he was genuinely not happy with Manning and the dialogue. Durant's stone face response was on point and had the look of a killer ready to sharpen his blade despite sporting a "In the spirit of peace, freedom and justice" shirt.

In other news the Papa Johns pitchman was reported missing shortly after the award show.  It's not the first time Peyton has been missing.  If you watched Super Bowl 50 or really any big playoff game you would have never noticed him contributing.  Luckily he had a great supporting cast (Von Miller) to save his ass in those situations.

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Sam Querrey's Model Girlfriend Abby Dixon talks about him reaching Wimbledon 2017 semi-finals

For the 97.9% of you who have no clue who Sam Querrey is I will inform you he is the American who beat #1 seed Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarterfinals today.  Querrey becomes the first American since Andy Roddick 8 years ago to reach the Wimbledon final four.  But we are not here to talk about Sam.  We are here to talk about his girlfriend of 2-years model Abby Dixon.  The 29-year old Dixon is a fashion model who travels around the world while keeping her boyfriend company aka pipes clean.  She's got that traditional 80's fashion model look which means she's tall, skinny and loves to powder her nose with the booger sugar.  The last part I completely made up or did I?  You be the judge.

Anyways let's take a look at Abby Dixon's Instagram pictures...

 

Fresh digitals with @mpmegamiami 👯 #backatit

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✌🏼years with this one today 🙌🏻💞

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Italian things 🍕🍕🍕 #Rome #glutenfreepizzathatsactuallygood #itsamiracle #lastday

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What's the over/under on amount of time before that pizza came back up? Not trying to be an asshole but you don't get that model skinny by eating pizza. Maybe she sprinkled some coke on it.
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The 2017 MLB Midseason Awards

The 2017 MLB Midseason Awards



The All-Star break is upon us which means A) nothing is going on, B) the ESPY's are still not worth watching, and C) time to hand out some baseball midseason awards.  As you can tell by headline photo it's basically the hand shit to Aaron Judge awards before he smashes you 500 ft.  We will oblige the mighty cyborg.

AL MVP - Aaron Judge, Yankees

No way anybody can argue this choice.  Judge has put up insane first half numbers in his rookie season (leads AL in OBP, slugging percentage, HR, OPS and highlights) and just became the unofficial official face of baseball after putting on an epic showing at the HR Derby.  It's doubtful he will keep up his pace in the 2nd half so guys like Mike Trout (coming off injury) and the 3 Astros (Springer, Altuve, Correa) all have a chance to gain some ground.  But right now it's Judge's to lose.

NL MVP - Paul Goldschmidt, DBacks

This was a more difficult pick than the AL because there are a ton of great candidates.  Goldy is my pick because he leads the league in WAR and has the DBacks firmly in the Wild Card lead.  But you could make an argument for players like Joey Votto, Justin Turner, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, etc. all having big 1st halves.  

AL CY YOUNG - Chris Sale, Red Sox

Sale is the perfect pitcher for the Red Sox and their rabid fanbase.  He embraces the spot light, in fact he welcomes it, and has already become a team leader in the clubhouse in just his first season at Fenway Park.  11-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 0.90 WHIP earned Sale the start in the All-Star game.  He's basically the new Randy Johnson.  Royals Jason Vargas also deserves recognition after coming back from Tommy John surgery and leads the league in wins with 12 and ERA at 2.62.  It's doubtful Vargas will keep up the pace as the journeyman's arm is due to wear down.

NL CY YOUNG - Max Scherzer, Nationals

 

Old shady two eyes gets the nod over Clayton Kershaw because although their numbers are similar I'm handing the ball in a do-or-die game to Scherzer because I know I will get maximum intensity and effort from someone who lives for the big spot.  Scherzer is a maniac who also might be a cyborg like Judge.

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Aaron Judge, Yankees

The best player in the league right now is brace yourself also the best rookie in the league.  The only guy who could potentially pass him up with a monster 2nd half is Baltimore's Trey "Boom Boom" Mancini and honestly everybody else is contending for runner up at this point.

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

10 home runs in 10 games will earn you some recognition.  Bellinger has taken his late call up as a challenge and already mashed 25 HRS, driven in 58 runs, and posted a .619 slugging percentage in only 70 games.

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR - A.J. Hinch, Astros

The Astros are the best team in baseball right now with a young nucleus led by Hinch.  They are 16.5 games up in the division and on pace to win 109 games.

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR - Dave Roberts, Dodgers

The Dodgers play in the most difficult division in the NL but are on pace to win 110 games.  That's insane.  They also have a young nucleus like the Astros who should contend for years to come.

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Jessica Simpson Shows off her bikini butt for her 37th Birthday


I've always had a soft spot, or hard for that matter, for one Jessica Simpson.  It was 12 years ago she was rocking the Daisy Dukes in near perfection on that god awful "Dukes of Hazzard" remake that she forever gained VIP access in my heart and I'm not even into blondes.  

In case anybody forgot what she looked like during her prime here's a friendly reminder.





Well fast forward to yesterday she celebrated her 37th with a big old butt perched up on a float as a giant homage to all her fans.  Yes even after all the kids, marriage, pills, and booze she still has her fastball.  She's gone from slim and trim to extra meaty to hello 37 hot milf status.  And that my folks deserves a golf clap.  You gotta learn to appreciate the Gods when they walk among us mere mortals.


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Atlanta Falcons New Stadium has Incredible Low Concession Prices

Atlanta Falcons New Stadium has Incredible Low Concession Prices

Not sure what the catch is but these prices for concessions at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium are right up my alley.  Maybe it's a "hey we are sorry we blew a 25-point lead in the 3rd quarter of the biggest game of our lives and we know you still aren't over it and probably never will but hey here is some really cheap dogs, fries and cold Bud Light."  Well shit fire it works for me.  I'm all over the $3 pizza slice but it takes a brave, brave man to ever try the nachos with "cheese."  I'm pretty sure that "cheese" is just liquid cancer.

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