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  1. Beating The Odds

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    When the season began on Sept. 1, Notre Dame wasn’t even ranked in the Associated Press poll. Yet today, less than three months later, the Fighting Irish are the #1 football team in the country. Presumptively, there’s a spot waiting for them in the national title game on Jan. 7 in Miami. Notre Dame’s ascent…

  2. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Two

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore

    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. From the North Shore of the island of Oahu to South Bend, Ind., Manti Te’o cuts…

  3. Road Trip Tips: Miami

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT


    Though an official bowl invitation won’t be extended until Sunday, all signs point towards South Beach for the #1 ranked Fighting Irish. Christianne Harder, our social media manager and resident Miami expert offers a few tips for those planning on joining the Irish in the Sunshine State. I have been to Miami three times. A…

  4. State of the Irish – USC

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    We are back … back to the National Championship!! How sweet this is. When I look back at what this season has encompassed it has been quite remarkable. The Irish have hosted College GameDay, have been the ABC prime-time game four times, have risen to #1 in the polls and the BCS, have been on…

  5. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part One

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT


    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. From the North Shore of the island of Oahu to South Bend, Ind., Manti Te’o cuts…

  6. Sunday Clicks: 12-0.

    Nov 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Sure, it’s NFL Week 12, but if you’re a Notre Dame fan, does pro football even matter right now? With the nation watching, and waiting, for the #1 team to fall for a third consecutive week, the Fighting Irish halted USC’s comeback hopes with an epic goal line stand to emerge with a 22-13 win…

  7. Nov. 24, 2012: The Night in Pictures

    Nov 25, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    The game ended more than 12 hours ago, but I think I speak for many Irish fans when I say it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Notre Dame is 12-0, ranked first in the BCS rankings and will be playing in the national championship game on Jan. 7, 2013 in Miami, Fla. Wow. What a…

  8. Senior Season: Perfect

    Nov 25, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT


    The title of my first blog this season was “This Is The Year.” “The year for what though?” I asked. “The year we win a national championship? The year we go undefeated?” No, I could never ask for that. I could never jinx my team, my school, myself with a request that big. Undefeated? This…

  9. Post-Game Reaction: 12-0

    Nov 25, 2012, 5:28 AM EDT

    AP Photo/Mark Terrill

    A goal line stand. Against their biggest rival. On the road. That kind of stuff only happens on Friday Night Lights, right? Wrong. In the shadow of Hollywood, what sounds like a finish for Coach Taylor and the Dillon Panthers, instead became the true story for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. Behind the tenacious…

  10. 12-0: How The Players Reacted

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:46 AM EDT

    AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

    If you read Her Loyal Sons, you’ve probably seen the blog’s weekly Twitter recaps, taking the best tweets from fans, players, commentators, writers and just about anyone talking Notre Dame on game day. (Like this one from Senior Day). The HLS Twitter recap captures the emotion – the highs, lows, and classic Twitter sarcasm –…

  11. Game Day Has Arrived

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT


    We’re exactly a month away from Christmas Eve, but today might as well be Christmas morning. For many Irish fans, this is a day they have been waiting for since the heartbreak of Nov. 20, 1993. For others, it’s a moment we’ve only heard about – dreamed about – but never had the opportunity to…

  12. Senior Season: Manti Te’o, The Notre Dame Senior

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

    When I came back to school in August, ready to start my senior year, I had two requests at work. The first was that I write a column on being a senior in the student section. The second was that I get to write the senior feature on Manti Te’o that would appear in the…

  13. The Irish Arrive in LA

    Nov 23, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT


    The Fighting Irish departed South Bend this afternoon, and arrived in California a couple hours ago. After landing, they headed to the Los Angeles Coliseum for a quick walkthrough in preparation for tomorrow night’s showdown with USC. We’re just about 24 hours until kickoff against the Trojans (8:00 pm ET on ABC). Remember to follow…

  14. A Look back at ND’s Sports Illustrated Covers

    Nov 23, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT


    Sports fans are a superstitious bunch. The Curse of the Bambino (Red Sox), the Curse of the Billy Goat (Cubs), the Madden curse (Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu, Donavon McNabb, Shaun Alexander, etc., etc., etc.). But perhaps no curse gets talked about more than the alleged Sports Illustrated cover jinx. I’m not sure if that’s a…

  15. #HeIsManti

    Nov 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT


    Q: Who is the best player on the best team in the country? A: He is Manti.

  16. Road Trip Tips: Los Angeles

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Third Street Promenade

    #1 Notre Dame at USC. With a national championship game berth on the line, it’s the Fighting Irish’s most important trip west since 1988. If you’re joining the team in Los Angeles, there will be a lot to keep you occupied before the game begins at 5 pm (8 pm ET). In case you need…

  17. Drive Charting: Irish Offense and Defense Rolling

    Nov 22, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Notre Dame is now 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the latest BCS standings following a 38-0 victory over Wake Forest. It was the first shutout victory for the Irish in the Brian Kelly era, and the largest margin of victory in a shutout for Notre Dame since a 42-0 win over Rutgers in 2002.…

  18. Irish Blogger Gathering: Beat SC Edition

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore

    So this is it… #1 Notre Dame makes its annual post-Thanksgiving trip west this weekend, and much will be at stake on Saturday night against USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum (8 pm ET on ABC). With a victory, the Irish would secure themselves a place in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7 in…

  19. Tradition Tuesday: USC

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    George Atkinson III scores a touchdown on a kickoff return vs. USC (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

    Celtics vs. Lakers. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Packers vs. Bears. Ali vs. Frazier. The sports world is full of great rivalries. But no game riles the emotions of Irish fans more than Notre Dame vs. USC. The Fighting Irish and Trojans enter this season’s matchup (Nov. 24 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC) on very…

  20. Senior Season: This Is It

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT


    In the most spectacular senior day that I—or anyone—could have imagined, there was a moment on Saturday that I know will always haunt me. As a student section (but more specifically, as a senior class) we had already wrapped our arms around each other, preparing to sway. The band played the Victory March, and then…

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