1. Is Dayne Crist Holding the Notre Dame Ground Game Back?

    Before the season started I wondered if the Notre Dame running game would be transformed by a new system, better coaching of fundamentals, and the addition of a redshirt freshman eager to bring his talents to the field...

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  2. Notre Dame Football: Stanford Has Its Way With the Irish

    There are two facts that we now need to face. One, the game against Stanford was not close. Two, this season has not gone the way many thought it would...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 546 reads 7 comments

  3. Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Is This a Must-Win Game for the Irish?

    It’s been a long week as Notre Dame players, coaches, and fans seek to respond to the two straight losses suffered at the hands of Michigan and Michigan State...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 2,744 reads 24 comments

  4. Why Notre Dame Needs to Stay Positive After Loss to Michigan State

    Is it time to put the supporters of Notre Dame football among the most tortured fan bases in North American sports? The worst of the tortured fan bases are the ones that continually ...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 2,119 reads 48 comments

  5. Irish Invade Sparta: Is It Time To Worry About the Notre Dame Receivers?

    In a couple days the Notre Dame football team will be traveling up north to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans in the first road test of the season for the Irish...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 1,734 reads 28 comments

  6. Notre Dame Football: Irish Come Up Short Against Michigan

    For the second straight year Notre Dame was defeated by a last minute touchdown by Michigan as the Wolverines handed the Irish their first loss under new head coach Brian Kelly...

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  7. Notre Dame Football: The Early-Season Dayne Crist Report Card

    It’s been a wild first two games for Notre Dame’s new starting quarterback in Dayne Crist, and yesterday’s loss to Michigan was full of incredible highs and heartbreaking lows...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 5,592 reads 34 comments

  8. Notre Dame-Michigan: The Irish Really Need To Beat the Wolverines

    There’s kind of a big game in South Bend this Saturday. For a second week matchup between two programs who have won a total of 21 games combined over the past two years, it probably can’t get any bigger...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 2,607 reads 38 comments

  9. Notre Dame Football: Taking a Look Back At the New Irish Players' Performances

    Last week I introduced you to the new faces of Irish football and a lot of the players on that list saw action in the victory over Purdue...

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  10. Outside the Irish Huddle: Notre Dame Grinds Out Victory Against Purdue

    Welcome to the season’s first edition of Outside the Irish Huddle. Before the season started, I scoffed at the claims made by many Irish fans who wanted to see a different team than in years past, even if that meant not winning a ton of games...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 1,254 reads 25 comments

  11. Notre Dame Football Season Preview: Do Not Expect the Underachieving To Continue

    In just a few short days the college football season will start and the Brian Kelly era will officially begin at the University of Notre Dame...

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  12. Notre Dame vs. Purdue: Meet the New Faces of Irish Football

    At the start of every season there is always a collection of new players that will strap on their helmets and play significant minutes on the field each Saturday...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 4 years ago 2,262 reads 22 comments

  13. Notre Dame Football: 60 Players To Watch Out for in 2010 (Part 3 of 3)

    This is the final edition of the top 60 players to watch out for on the 2010 Notre Dame schedule. We’ve already taken a look at 40 outstanding players in Parts One and Two, ...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about almost 5 years ago 1,684 reads 4 comments

  14. Notre Dame Football: Thoughts on the Tuesday Brian Kelly Presser

    I’ll admit that I love watching Brian Kelly speak. He’s so damn good at it. Leaving all the football related topics aside, it has been a wonderful breath of fresh air to have a ...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 1,788 reads 23 comments

  15. Notre Dame Football: 60 Players to Watch Out for in 2010 (Part 2 of 3)

    Welcome to Part Two of the top 60 players to watch out for on Notre Dame’s 2010 schedule. Part One had some really great football players who will give the Irish a lot of problems ...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 1,874 reads 5 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football: 60 Players to Watch Out for in 2010 (Part 1 of 3)

    By now you’ve probably read a handful of lists breaking down Notre Dame’s best players, ranking the top freshmen in the Irish stable or something along those lines...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 1,497 reads 8 comments

  17. Notre Dame's Lack of Big Wins: Was Willingham Better Than Weis?

    Did I get your attention with that title? Before I begin, let me insist that I am not truly focusing on the issue of whether Tyrone Willingham was a better coach than Charlie Weis...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 2,723 reads 36 comments

  18. Notre Dame Football: Will the 2010 Irish Schedule Be As Easy As 2005?

    Five years ago, Notre Dame was breaking in another new coach and looking to reassert itself as an elite program after nearly a decade of tumultuous ups and downs on the football field...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 2,272 reads 12 comments

  19. Notre Dame Football: Notes and Thoughts on Fall Practice

    We all know you won’t be able to learn much from watching a team practice for a short amount of time, but it is thrilling nonetheless to know that that fall practice has started ...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 4,387 reads 11 comments

  20. Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly's Presser Starts Fall Practice

    New Notre Dame football Brian Kelly held his press conference Friday afternoon ushering in the official beginning of fall practice and bringing us one step closer to the return of glorious college pigskin...

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  21. A Decided Schematic Advantage: Why Notre Dame Is Better Off Without It

    If you’re a Notre Dame fan and haven’t read the annual Maple Street Press preseason magazine titled Here Come the Irish 2010, I suggest you do so...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 5,119 reads 27 comments

  22. The Times They Are A'Changin': Notre Dame Football Offseason In-Review

    It doesn't seem like too long ago that Notre Dame fans were frequently checking their favorite websites and media outlets to find out the fate of Charlie Weis, or whether the Irish would accept a bowl bid after a disappointing 6-6 season...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 5,436 reads 42 comments

  23. Irish Blogger Gathering: Let's Get Offensive

    Another edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering is making the rounds, and now it is time for One Foot Down to put in its two cents. Enjoy...

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  24. The Year 2012 and Notre Dame's Apocalyptic Schedule

    Forget all those ancient Mayan doomsday prophesies and concerns over geomagnetic reversal. Worry not about an asteroid strike or flu pandemic threatening the survival of human beings on planet earth...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 9,413 reads 51 comments

  25. Exploring the Notre Dame Psyche: Why Can't the Irish Win 10 Games?

    I get a real kick out of reading predictions for the upcoming Notre Dame season from fans and foes alike. At first glance, this offseason doesn’t seem very different from any other...

    Ismail Written by Ismail about 4 years ago 3,162 reads 78 comments