Jul 31, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT
We are exactly a month away from the start of the 2013 Notre Dame football season beginning on August 31st. So I give at least one thing Notre Dame related to watch, listen to or read about each day as we countdown the days ’til football begins. (Events that were on national television were given precedent over local, non-televised events)
July 31 • MLS All- Star Game • 9 pm ET • ESPN2 • Notre Dame alum Matt Besler is slated to be among the Starting XI as the MLS All-Stars take on AS Roma.
August 1 • With training camp beginning next Monday, lets take a look at a preview of camp…
August 2 • Today you need to watch ‘Onward To Victory’ the documentary special following the Notre Dame football team…
August 3 • Cubs vs. Dodgers • 4:05 pm ET • FOX • Former Irish hurler and wide receiver Jeff Samardzija is the probable starter for this National League showdown.
August 4 • Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys • 8 pm ET • NBC • Jonas Gray looks to get some carries in this season’s Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
August 5 • USGA United States Women’s Amateur • Current Notre Dame golfer Talia Campbell hopes to gain entry into the match play rounds of the tournament that runs through the 11th at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.
August 6 • David Robinson (The Admiral), father of current Notre Dame football player Corey Robinson, turns 47 on this date.
August 7 • Montreal Impact at San Jose Earthquakes • 8 pm ET • Two of Notre Dame’s top MLS talents, Justin Morrow (San Jose) and Jeb Brovsky (Montreal) meet in Saputo Stadium for an MLS showdown
August 8 • Bengals at Falcons • 8 pm ET • ESPN • Watch a trio of former Notre Dame student-athletes battle on the gridiron. 2013 NFL first round draft pick Tyler Eifert suits up for the Bengals alongside offensive lineman Trevor Robinson while Zeke Motta dons the black and red Falcons uniform.
August 9 • Cubs vs. Cardinals • 8:15 pm ET • WGN • Jeff Samardzija is slated to take the bump for the Cubs against divisional rival St. Louis.
August 10 • Giants at Steelers • 7:30 pm ET • Watch Justin Tuck suit up for the Giants along the defensive line, possibly facing Mike Golic Jr. along the Steelers offensive front.
August 11 • Bills at Colts • 1:30 pm ET • The Bills bring a pair of Notre Dame grads to Indiana in Brian Smith and Sam Young to face Sergio Brown and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
August 12 • U.S. Amateur • In one of the oldest golf tournaments in the world, two Irish golfers (thus far) have qualified for this years U.S. Amateur being held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The tournament runs six days with stroke play the first few to fill out the 64 player match-play bracket. So far Andrew Lane and Tyler Wingo have qualified for the Irish.
August 13 • Notre Dame women’s basketball team returns from their trip to Europe … evidently my invitation was lost in campus mail.
August 14 • Women’s Soccer exhibition vs. Xavier • 1 pm ET • The Irish women’s soccer squad begins their quest for yet another NCAA title in a exhibition match against Xavier at the soccer practice field at Notre Dame.
August 15 • Chargers at Bears • 8 pm ET • ESPN • We get a chance to see Manti take the field on national television as his San Diego Chargers square off with Armando Allen, Tom Zbikowski and the rest of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
August 16 • Buccaneers at Patriots • 8 pm ET • FOX • Derek Landri suits up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they travel to New England to take on the Patriots.
August 17 • Diamondbacks at Pirates • 3:05 pm • FOX • Former Notre Dame baseball student-athlete A.J. Pollock will be roaming the outfield for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the now division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 18 • Colts at Giants • 7 pm ET • FOX • Sergio Brown and the Indianapolis Colts travel to the east coast to take on two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck and the New York Football Giants.
August 19 • Steelers at Redskins • 8 pm ET • ESPN • Watch Mike Golic Jr. in the trenches for the Steelers in this black and blue battle.
August 20 • At some point on this day T.J. Jones will think about his time learning about marine biology …
August 21 • Men’s Soccer at Drake • 8 pm ET • The Notre Dame men partake in exhibition play at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa.
August 22 • Notre Dame Football Media Day • 1:30 pm ET • WatchND.tv • Take a listen in to Coach Brian Kelly’s media day press conference live and other interviews throughout the day … OR … you can watch the Panthers visit the Ravens at 8 pm ET on ESPN. Kapron Lewis-Moore might not be ready to play as of yet for Baltimore, but you can watch Jimmy Clausen and J.J. Jansen suit up for the Carolina Panthers.
August 23 • Sporting KC at Chicago Fire • 8:30 pm ET • NBC Sports Network • Tune in to see Notre Dame alum Matt Besler take on the Chicago Fire in MLS action … OR … if futbol is not your cup of tea you can always watch the Seahawks and the Packers play football at 8 pm ET on CBS. Seattle boasts a pair of former Notre Dame football players in Brady Quinn and Golden Tate.
August 24 • Rams at Broncos • 8 pm ET • CBS • David Bruton suits up for the Broncos as the NFL preseason begins to wind down.
August 25 • Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern • 3:30 pm ET • WatchND • The women’s soccer team kicks off at Alumni Stadium against Northwestern … OR … you can watch six, yeah, I said SIX former Notre Dame football players when the Vikings travel to the Bay Area to square off against the San Francisco 49ers at 8 pm ET on NBC. Robert Blanton, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Harrison Smith and John Sullivan take the field for the Vikings while Ian Williams is the lone Domer on the 49ers roster.
August 26 • Men’s Soccer vs. Ohio State • 7 pm ET • The Irish men’s soccer team completes their final exhibition match of the season at Alumni Stadium against Big Ten Conference member Ohio State.
August 27 • Classes Begin at the University of Notre Dame!! Yay for having graduated already!
August 28 • First Day of Colorado Women’s Golf Open • Notre Dame alum Becca Huffer looks to capitalize on her one-under par, second-place finish at last years Colorado Women’s Open and potentially take the crown this year.
August 29 • Packers at Chiefs • 8 pm ET • Anthony Fasano suits up for the Kansas City Chiefs in the last preseason game of the season
August 30 • It’s the night before the first game of the year, that means you need to watch Rudy, iron your 2002 Return To Glory shirt that is crumbling and make sure the fridge is packing with tons of A&W Red Cream Soda.
August 31 • GAME DAY! Temple at Notre Dame • 3:30 pm ET • NBC • Nothing needs to be said about this…
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