Jump to content

6,000 reasons to be Optimistic


Recommended Posts

I'm much more excited this year then I have been in the last 10 years or so. It started well before the season started. Faith and I talked privately about how this could be a title run. We are much better then we were last year. I know things can still go sour. We've already taken 3 hits to our secondary with Collinsworth, Lo Wood and Slaughter. Slaughter's injury may prove costly, but each week that goes by, our secondary will get better. OK, here are 6,000 reasons to be excited. (just kidding)

 

1. Recruiting~~When I was in a fraternity they hammered into us that recruiting was 'the lifeblood of the fraternity'. I never forgot. I did my part and brought 7 guys to my fraternity from my high school. Kelly does this on a much bigger and much more important scale. We have lost so many guys like Darby, Shepherd, Greenberry, Lynch, Prestwood, etc...... but we keep getting better, faster, bigger and deeper. When we have a weakness, it won't be a weakness for long. Bank on it. Kelly recruits athletes by size, speed and athleticism. Even with all the busts in recruiting defensive backs, we have a group of 4 star athletes over there. Russell, Shumate, Baratti and Farley are all freshmen in eligibility and were recruited because they were athletes, not necessarily defensive backs. Kelly da man!!

 

2. Manti Te'0~~This may be my favorite player of all time. It didn't start out that way. I thought we had him overrated. Well, he has improved every year and considerring what he has gone through this past couple of weeks, I think he is a remarkable young man and epitomizes everything that is good about Notre Dame. He is a man of great character, great faith, and great ability. It will be a shame if he doesn't win the Butkus award. I think he will!!

 

3. Defense~~Doesn't this unit just make you bust your buttons with pride?? It started with the recruitment of the defensive line. We already had Manti, but we added Nix, Tuitt, Springmann, Hounschell and Day. This is a remarkable assembly of great lineman. Day is blowing my mind as a true freshman. Tuitt is absolutely becoming unstoppable. It reminds me of Leroy Selmon of Oklahoma when I was a Sooner. Just think, he is just a puppy and I think he will stay 4 years. His momma will want him to and he is having too much fun. He wants to shatter the record books. He wants his degree. He can be the greatest defender in Notre Dame history, and that includes every position. He is on pace for 18 sacks. Tuck told him he hopes he breaks his record.

 

4. Speed~~It's not all that evident yet, but we are gathering athletes that will make us look more like Oregon. Already, espn announcers don't joke about our lack of speed. We now have some speed at quarterback and more coming in the likes of Malik Zaire. George A3 is just beginning to develop and use his jets. Chris Brown will be a scary deep threat with his burners and 6' 2'' frame. DaVaris Daniels is another speedster with a big frame. Jaylon Smith will be the fastest linebacker ever at Notre Dame next year. I think we get K. Muhammed out of Cali as another blazer in this next recruiting cycle. Have you ever seen a defensive lineman run 77 yards with a fumble at Notre Dame? Speed kills. Day has very good speed.

 

5. Diaco~~I just love listening to his interviews. Augustine, Ghandi, and player descriptions that include the 'tangibles' such as length, leverage, speed etc.... I have watched this man grow in his defensive knowledge. He can now shut down the triple option. He does not like smaller players. Just look how big we are getting as a team. This is a big reason for our ascent. We need to hang on to coach Diaco.

 

6. Luck~~Face it. The ball is bouncing our way. Denard throws 5 straight interceptions!! Give me a break. The curse is lifted my friends. There is no way we should have lost to USF and Michigan last year. We were much better then them. Losing those two games made the pessimists think they were realists. Three straight years we lost to Michigan and we were double digit better then them.

 

OK. Only 5,994 more reasons to be optimistic, but I'm tired and I'm going to bed. Way too much football today and we didn't even play!:razz:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

very good reasons.

 

My adds would be:

 

7. Depth: by next year there are very few weaknesses in the roster numbers.

 

8. Youth: D-line has a bunch of underclassmen and they make the best group I've ever seen at ND

 

9. Closing out games: We have not run it well all the time, but when we needed too against MSU and UM we did. When we needed to pass well against Purdue we did.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm much more excited this year then I have been in the last 10 years or so. It started well before the season started. Faith and I talked privately about how this could be a title run. We are much better then we were last year. I know things can still go sour. We've already taken 3 hits to our secondary with Collinsworth, Lo Wood and Slaughter. Slaughter's injury may prove costly, but each week that goes by, our secondary will get better. OK, here are 6,000 reasons to be excited. (just kidding)

 

1. Recruiting~~When I was in a fraternity they hammered into us that recruiting was 'the lifeblood of the fraternity'. I never forgot. I did my part and brought 7 guys to my fraternity from my high school. Kelly does this on a much bigger and much more important scale. We have lost so many guys like Darby, Shepherd, Greenberry, Lynch, Prestwood, etc...... but we keep getting better, faster, bigger and deeper. When we have a weakness, it won't be a weakness for long. Bank on it. Kelly recruits athletes by size, speed and athleticism. Even with all the busts in recruiting defensive backs, we have a group of 4 star athletes over there. Russell, Shumate, Baratti and Farley are all freshmen in eligibility and were recruited because they were athletes, not necessarily defensive backs. Kelly da man!!

 

2. Manti Te'0~~This may be my favorite player of all time. It didn't start out that way. I thought we had him overrated. Well, he has improved every year and considerring what he has gone through this past couple of weeks, I think he is a remarkable young man and epitomizes everything that is good about Notre Dame. He is a man of great character, great faith, and great ability. It will be a shame if he doesn't win the Butkus award. I think he will!!

 

3. Defense~~Doesn't this unit just make you bust your buttons with pride?? It started with the recruitment of the defensive line. We already had Manti, but we added Nix, Tuitt, Springmann, Hounschell and Day. This is a remarkable assembly of great lineman. Day is blowing my mind as a true freshman. Tuitt is absolutely becoming unstoppable. It reminds me of Leroy Selmon of Oklahoma when I was a Sooner. Just think, he is just a puppy and I think he will stay 4 years. His momma will want him to and he is having too much fun. He wants to shatter the record books. He wants his degree. He can be the greatest defender in Notre Dame history, and that includes every position. He is on pace for 18 sacks. Tuck told him he hopes he breaks his record.

 

4. Speed~~It's not all that evident yet, but we are gathering athletes that will make us look more like Oregon. Already, espn announcers don't joke about our lack of speed. We now have some speed at quarterback and more coming in the likes of Malik Zaire. George A3 is just beginning to develop and use his jets. Chris Brown will be a scary deep threat with his burners and 6' 2'' frame. DaVaris Daniels is another speedster with a big frame. Jaylon Smith will be the fastest linebacker ever at Notre Dame next year. I think we get K. Muhammed out of Cali as another blazer in this next recruiting cycle. Have you ever seen a defensive lineman run 77 yards with a fumble at Notre Dame? Speed kills. Day has very good speed.

 

5. Diaco~~I just love listening to his interviews. Augustine, Ghandi, and player descriptions that include the 'tangibles' such as length, leverage, speed etc.... I have watched this man grow in his defensive knowledge. He can now shut down the triple option. He does not like smaller players. Just look how big we are getting as a team. This is a big reason for our ascent. We need to hang on to coach Diaco.

 

6. Luck~~Face it. The ball is bouncing our way. Denard throws 5 straight interceptions!! Give me a break. The curse is lifted my friends. There is no way we should have lost to USF and Michigan last year. We were much better then them. Losing those two games made the pessimists think they were realists. Three straight years we lost to Michigan and we were double digit better then them.

 

OK. Only 5,994 more reasons to be optimistic, but I'm tired and I'm going to bed. Way too much football today and we didn't even play!:razz:

 

Great post. I couldn't agree more. It is like the light went on. This team plays for the school, plays with pride and power. They have a what happen in the past is not relevant to what we are going to do to you now type mentality. They have moved on and stop listening to the nay Sayers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What I love is the ability to play Freshmen who are ready, while also having a lot of young talent that hasn't even played yet, but is developing and will make great players in the future (J. Jones, D. Neal, Hardy, Carlisle, Rabasa, Hegarty, Grace, Kiel, Ferg, Hounshell)....btw has anyone heard how Mahone or Turner is doing, I don't think I heard a word about them this offseason.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So far, the Kelly era is looking like Lou described the beginning of his era at ND. (No, I'm not saying Kelly=Holtz, merely just the description of their players and team progression).

 

His first year, we had a group of guys that wanted to win, but didn't know how to. Then, we had a group who wanted to win, and knew how to, but didn't always exhibit it. Now, we have a group that wants to win, knows how to win, and it looks like they're doing their best EVERY game to do so.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What I love is the ability to play Freshmen who are ready, while also having a lot of young talent that hasn't even played yet, but is developing and will make great players in the future (J. Jones, D. Neal, Hardy, Carlisle, Rabasa, Hegarty, Grace, Kiel, Ferg, Hounshell)....btw has anyone heard how Mahone or Turner is doing, I don't think I heard a word about them this offseason.

 

I have heard that Turner is doing very well. I think he is at a position with a lot of players and he didn't stick out as much as Farley and Baratti.

 

Depth and Youth?? You bet Faith. Just wait till next year when we bring in a bigger class and every position will be addressed. The group of linebackers we are bringing in are said to be the best position group of any in America. All 5 of them are big time players. Deeb was listed at 245 and is a slobber knocker of a middle backer. He's considered the lowest ranked of the bunch. Mattingly is overlooked and he is an extraordianry athlete with range and speed.

 

Yeah, check the empty seats at Miami, Washington and all across the country. Not at Notre Dame. Not now. Not Ever.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10. It's another Autumn in America

11. The leaves are changing

12. There's a nighttime chill in the air

13. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming

14. We're alive

15. We're not under NCAA investigation or suspension or probation

16. ND is a gorgeous campus anytime, but it is simply exquisite from now until Feb

 

 

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/315917_209138849158311_153281574744039_519352_997579399_n.jpg

 

 

 

 

http://www.nurnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/manzara8.jpg

Edited by 2lakes
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Is that scene over by the Fatima Retreat Center?? A lot of people didn't realize it, but it was once a place where you could stay for the weekend, get football tickets and have all your meals prepared for you. It was an awesome deal. It was word of mouth as they didn't need to advertise it. Now, I think they made it a retirement home for priests.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Is that scene over by the Fatima Retreat Center?? A lot of people didn't realize it, but it was once a place where you could stay for the weekend, get football tickets and have all your meals prepared for you. It was an awesome deal. It was word of mouth as they didn't need to advertise it. Now, I think they made it a retirement home for priests.

 

Random google "autumn" photos. LOL

 

My wife and I did our wedding preparation at the retreat house. Those were very good, at the time slightly underappreciated, times walking around the campus, just the two of us, talking about things that ND said we should discuss. It was October too.

 

http://www.aerovisionphoto.com/store/images/products/ND%20Fatima%20Retreat%20House--big.jpg

 

 

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Dome_from_St._Mary

 

 

 

http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/undame/tour/img/lakes-aerial-full-1.jpg

Edited by 2lakes
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, the walk from the Fatima Center to the campus is awesome. It's the path Rudy was walking in the movie when he first arrived at Notre Dame.

 

Another big reason for optimism is the bye week. We have a lot to work on. Every time our defensive backs take the field they are better prepared. We need to get our offense clicking. I watch the fast pace of Oklahoma State and West Virginia and I'm wanting to be like that. Kelly did it before. He can do it again. I would like to see glimpses of it this next game. Defenses just don't have time to recover.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

NDNation had 10 reasons to be optimistic this morning......

 

17. ND is the only team not to give up a rushing touchdown (we played, Navy, Denard, Michigan St., this is huge)

 

18. We have yet to trail in a game. (amazing)

 

19. Giving up only 9 points a game.

 

20. 12 players have a reception.

 

21. We have started 4-0 on 35 occasions, 26 of those times we had one or 0 losses at the end of the season.

 

22. We have a 3 headed rushing attack.

 

23. Tuitt is 4th in the country with sacks with 6.

 

24. We have a +2.2 margin in turnovers.

 

25. We have yet to trail a game.

 

26. 0 points given up in the first quarter.

 

It's been a long time since we could say those things. Our defense is for real. We don't need to score 30 against Miami.

Edited by OklahomaIrish
Link to comment
Share on other sites

NDNation had 10 reasons to be optimistic this morning......

 

17. ND is the only team not to give up a rushing touchdown (we played, Navy, Denard, Michigan St., this is huge)

 

18. We have yet to trail in a game. (amazing)

 

19. Giving up only 9 points a game.

 

20. 12 players have a reception.

 

22. We have a 3 headed rushing attack.

 

23. Tuitt is 4th in the country with sacks with 6.

 

24. We have a +2.2 margin in turnovers.

 

25. We have yet to trail a game.

 

26. 0 points given up in the first quarter.

 

It's been a long time since we could say those things. Our defense is for real. We don't need to score 30 against Miami.

 

That's why ND nation is a waste of time. :wink:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



×
×
  • Create New...