In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.Follow paulmbanks
It was discernible that evening Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer had just played his final home game as a college football player. That day, he said he did not know if the loss to Virginia Tech would be his final game and he did not give a definitive answer either way.
However, reading in between the lines, and watching his body language, it seemed very likely. The fact that it was obviously the right decision to go, according to logic and reason, made the assumption easy.
Today Kizer made it official, and ended speculation.Follow paulmbanks
The next ESPN Films 30 for 30, “ Catholics vs Convicts ”, premieres 9 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, directly after the Heisman Trophy presentation. The timing of this debut is understandable, as it nicely helps fill the gap on the one specific Saturday during the college football season in which there isn’t much actual football; bridging the gap between the regular season and the bowl season.
However, a golden (pun intended) opportunity was missed, as the University of Miami just came to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish on October 29th; with ND winning an exciting, tightly contested affair.Follow paulmbanks
(UPDATE: Since the composition and publication of this game preview, a bombshell was dropped which completely overshadows all other aspects and circumstances surrounding this game. The Notre Dame football program was hit with severe sanctions by the NCAA, as they will now have all their wins from 2012 and 2013 vacated. ND immediately appealed the decision.)
Here’s a link to much more on this. Now, back to the game preview-
Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly tried to inject some dry comedy into the season, because at this point it’s the healthiest coping mechanism you can have.Follow paulmbanks
Yes, in spite of today’s revelations, and regardless of how the team finishes out a dreadful 2016, Kelly will survive, so although that’s a very unpopular outcome right now, it is still the most likely scenario.
Kelly has strong support from Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, so he will return, in spite of the NCAA ruling today vacating all his wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons.Follow paulmbanks
Virginia is for lovers but Virginia Tech is for sacrifice at the altar of bowl hopes. Your Notre Dame football team must take this one, Senior Day in South Bend, and then the Golden Shillelagh game at USC in order to qualify for a bowl game. Good luck with that, as it’s a tall order. Va Tech have fallen out of both polls but the Trojans are #13 in one poll, #15 in the other.
I think the Fighting Irish can split the difference, but winning both is going to be a tough task.Follow paulmbanks
The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.
The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.Follow paulmbanks
(Editor’s note: as we head into the final hours preceding the U.S. Presidential Election, we revisit and republish some of the sports and pop culture stories we ran in 2016 relating to the electoral process)
Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.Follow paulmbanks
Cornerback KeiVarae Russell graduated, and moved on to the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, but middle linebacker Nyles Morgan stepped right in to fill the best sound bite of any Notre Dame football player void. Morgan is a joy to talk to, as he usually has something interesting to say on a multitude of topics.
For instance, on the disparity between his number of freshman year and sophomore year snaps:
“It’s kind of like you feed a pit bull steak one day, and the next day he’s expecting the same, but you come back with ham. He’s hungry. So being hungry is what’s going to help me push the team this year.”Follow paulmbanks
There were 14 representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace, attending Saturday’s Notre Dame football game against the University of Miami. Additionally five reps from three bowl games came to South Bend. You even had two individuals on behalf of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders attendance Fighting Irish versus the Hurricanes.
While many or most of those individuals were there to scout individual players, what they all observed was a Notre Dame football that played a familiar song which we’ve heard over and over and over again this season.
This time however the Irish ended it on a positive note, instead of a negative.Follow paulmbanks
With Notre Dame football moving to an ACC heavy schedule each year, some traditional rivalries have dissipated and been extinguished. However, other rivalries now what the potential to flourish. Take the Miami Hurricanes for instance. The Canes started 4-0 and rose to #10 in the AP Poll.
Now they visit South Bend having lost their last three, and in free fall. Even though both sides are essentially wounded animals right now, this is still a game that Notre Dame football fans had circled on their calendar for quite awhile.Follow paulmbanks