Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly will be analysts for Natl Champ pregame

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They could have both just stayed in the Valley of the Sun and avoided some of this harsh Midwestern winter. Both Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will serve as pregame analysts for ESPN tomorrow night for the National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Meyer and Kelly are reuniting at the home of the Arizona Cardinals just 10 days after Meyer’s Buckeyes defeated Kelly’s Fighting Irish 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.

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2016 Notre Dame football: an early outlook, analysis

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Critical Injuries were the main story line of the 2015 Notre Dame football season, and this theme persisted the entire way. It began with DT1 Jarron Jones going down for the season as summer training camp opened, and it ended with the team’s best overall player, LB Jaylon Smith suffering a torn MCL and ACL in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl.

He’ll undergo reconstructive knee surgery tomorrow, and from there we’ll see how this devastating development impacts his decision to return for another season.

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Notre Dame star LB Jaylon Smith suffers torn ACL, MCL

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(Update Jan 6th) ESPN’s Chris Mortensen Tweeted out that Jaylon Smith suffered a torn ACL and MCL. He will reportedly undergo reconstructive knee surgery on Thursday.

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Notre Dame Football vs Ohio St: Fiesta Bowl Preview

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Somebody call up Gnarls Barkley, or maybe the Pussycat Dolls and get them booked for the Fiesta Bowl halftime show because it’s 2006 all over again.

Notre Dame football will once again face Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Maybe we can get in the ’06 spirit by using MySpace to discuss how important the Ohio electoral races will be in the midterms.

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Fiesta Bowl: 6 likely 2016 NFL 1st round picks to watch

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Wait, “Battlefrog” Fiesta Bowl? What on Earth is Battlefrog? Is that like the “Duck Commander Independence Bowl?” What happened to “this is for all the Tostitos?”

Also, that was really bold of Brent Musburger by the way, doing sponsored content while calling a Field Goal Attempt. That call, and Fiesta Bowl game was actually long before most of us knew what the words “sponsored content” and “native advertising” actually meant.

Moving on…

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15

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This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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Notre Dame #1, Nebraska #2 in CFB Gameday Experience

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The day after tomorrow is arguably the most important on the college football calendar. Therefore, there’s no time like the present to reflect, analyze and articulate topics within the college football hierarchy. We’ve ranked the top four college football game day experiences in the Midwest.

Remember, this is just for the Midwest- with Notre Dame tops overall.

There’s a reason the College Football Hall of Fame was in South Bend for so long.

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Fighting Irish logo inspires Daily Show ISIS Segment (video)

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lettering and font inspired the headline/title for The Daily Show’s A Block segment last night. You’ll notice the blue and gold lettering in the Fighting Irish font for their news story about the fight against Isis.

It’s a pretty informative and funny segment, but again, like all Daily Show segments since Trevor Noah took over, it would be a lot better if Jon Stewart did it.
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Notre Dame at Fenway=14 times the profit of Avg. Red Sox game

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish headed to Boston, also known as West Ireland or Ireland Jr. to take on Boston College in the Shamrock Series Football game at Fenway Park a couple weeks ago. Just by writing that sentence I now qualified to be an extra in the 1995 Tommy Lee Jones/Jeff Daniels film “Blown Away.”

ND’s trip down Yawkey Way was indeed wicked pissah, from a financial point of view. The Fighting Irish at Fenway generated 14 times the economic impact of a typical Red Sox home game.

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#6 Notre Dame Football Preview, Prediction vs #9 Stanford

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“Never Say Never Again” is to the James Bond franchise what Notre Dame football is to the ACC; really part of it, but technically not so. This is very important, because Baylor and TCU were shut out of the playoff last season, and the Big 12 doesn’t have a conference championship game.

This year, if Notre Dame football finishes 11-1, but ends up behind a couple 12-1 teams in the playoff standings, and those teams played in and or won a conference title game, well you can see where this is going.

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Notre Dame football playoff chances: Unknowns Knowns

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Notre Dame football has certainly taken a big step forward in the Brian Kelly era.

The 2012 Fighting Irish played for the national title while the current Notre Dame football team sits at 9-1, and in the discussion for that final coveted playoff spot. Although statistical projection site extraordinaire FiveThirtyEight.com gives ND just a 26% chance of finishing in the final top four. 

Amazingly, they’re excelling despite an abundance of injuries, which stands as a testament to their depth and ability.

This Notre Dame football article is joint effort by Grant Herrejon and Paul M. Banks. 

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