Monday, January 12, 2009

Show Me My Opponent - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Name: Notre Dame
Nickname: Fighting Irish
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Mascot: Leprechaun
First Season: 1898

Claim to Fame: Snapping UCLA 88 game winning streak (1974)
Versus the Cards: Louisville lead series 14 to 8 (Louisville has won 9 out of last 10 meetings)

History of the Program - It's no secret of the success of the Notre Dame football program but the basketball team has some history of it's own. A resume that reads 2 National Coach of the Year winners (Digger Phelps both 1971&1987), 3 National Player of the Year winners, 9 Consensus All-Americans, 2 John Wooden All-Americans, 4 Big East Player of the Year winners, and 2 Big East Rookie of the Year winners, all while reaching the NCAA Tournament 29 times (9th most), including a Final Four appearances in 1978. The Irish have been playing college basketball for over 100 years and have won 1642 games in that span (11th All-Time) but none maybe bigger then their victory over John Wooden's UCLA Bruins on January 19th, 1974, when they snapped still college basketballs longest winning streak of 88 games (71-70). A win I am sure that Digger Phelps and his matching highlighter/neck tie combo will remind you of every chance he gets. What he may forget to tell you though is that Notre Dame also ended a 29 game win steak (San Francisco in 1977), a 26 game win steak (DePaul in 1980), 28 game win streak (Virginia in 1981), and a 20 game win streak (Boston College in 2005). The Irish have had 17 different head coaches, with Phelps (71-91) and George Keogan (23-43) each serving 20 years but also have had six different coaches only last one season (most recently Mike Doherty in 2000).

Notable Alumni -

Mike Crowley - President of the Oakland Athletics
Edward DeBartalo - Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers (during glory days of the 80s)
Larry Dolan - President of the Cleveland Indians
Jim Fitzgerald - Former owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors
Joe Garagiola - Vice President of Baseball Operations in Major League Baseball
Ted Phillips - President and Chief Operator of the Chicago Bears
John York - Co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers
Richard Riehle - Actor
George Wendt - Actor (most famously Norm on Cheers)
Phil Donahue - TV personalty
Regis Philbin - TV personality
Hubert Schlafly - Inventor of the teleprompter
Steve Bartman - Most hated Cubs fan

The Irish have produced over hundreds of NFL players, so I can not name them all but here are a few big ones....

Joe Montanta - Former NFL QB and a member of the Hall of Fame
Bertrand Berry - NFL defensive end (Cardinals)
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis - Former NFL running back
Tim Brown - Heisman winner (1988) and NFL wide receiver
Nick Buoniconti - Former NFL linebacker, Co-Host of "Inside The NFL" on HBO, and a member of the Hall of Fame
John Carney - NFL kicker (recently helped Eagles advance in the playoffs by sucking)
Dave Casper - Former NFL wide receiver and member of the Hall of Fame
Mike Golic - Former NFL defensive tackle and Co-Host of ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning
Bob Golic - Former NFL defensive tackle and former resident adviser for Zach, Slater, and Screech
Ryan Grant - Current NFL running back (Packers)
Skip Holtz - Current coach at East Carolina (football)
Paul Hornung - Heisman winner (1956), Louisville native and member of NFL Hall of Fame
John Huate - Heisman winner (1964), lost starting position to Joe Namath (who finished 11th in Heisman voting) as a rookie
John Lujak - Heisman winner (1947), 2 time pro bowler in NFL

Ron Powlus
- I know he sucked but I wanted a reason to mention Beano mean he didn't win four Heismans?

Tony Rice - Starting QB for last Notre Dame Championship (1988)
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger - Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!!! Need I say more?
Joe Theisman - Former NFL QB, his leg shattering and career ending sack by Lawrence Taylor on MNF is still the most gruesome thing I have ever seen

Brad Lidge - Current MLB pitcher (Phillies)
Carl Yastrzemski - MLB Hall of Fame (Red Sox), over 3,000 hits and 450 homeruns, including the triple crown in 1967

Austin Carr - Former POY (71) and NBA guard, was the first pick in 1971 draft and first ever by Cleveland Cavalier.
Adrian Dantley - Former NBA forward, one of the greatest low post players of all time. A member of the NBA Hall of Fame, his #4 is retired by the Utah Jazz
Laphonso Ellis - Former NBA forward, drafted 5th overall by Denver Nuggets in 1992
Joe Kleine - Former NBA center and proof no matter how much you suck, as long as you are atleast 7 feet tall you can play in the NBA
Bill Laimber - Former NBA center and member of the Pistons "Bad Boys" teams of the 1980's.
Ray Meyer - Former coach of great but under achieving DePaul teams in the 1980's. Member of College Basketball Hall of Fame
Troy Murphy - Current NBA center (Pacers) and 2 time All-American and 2001 Big East POY
Kelly Tripucka - Former NBA forward and owner of the coolest names and hair-styles
Orlando Wooldridge - Former NBA forwards and greatest dunkers

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