2022 NFL Mock Draft 1-26-22

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Welcome to our latest 2022 NFL mock draft! Team needs were sometimes, but mostly not taken into account here. The order is taken from Tankathon. Also, here is the link to a list of 70 of the worst NFL Draft cliches, buzzwords and other pointless word salad.

Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business style site on the whole world wide web that does a mock draft for all four major American sports. Here are the links to the latest mocks for the NBA, MLB and NHL.

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In Die Hard, What Christmas Eve Bowl Game has Notre Dame vs USC?

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(Editor’s note: re-publishing this holiday season article from a previous year because it’s Christmas time)

This weekend begins the bowl season, and with it the crappy bowl games that very few of us care about. Saturday brings us a cadre of bowl games that are just as awful as whatever bowl game hosted Notre Dame and USC in the classic Christmas film “Die Hard.”

The total number of bowl games has multiplied at an absurd rate these past few decades, but one truth still remains- real bowl games don’t start until after Christmas, and for the most part well after Christmas.

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Notre Dame vs Oklahoma State: Fiesta Bowl First Look Game Preview

The #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the #9 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day in a match-up of two programs that have seemed to hit a ceiling in recent years. Under Brian Kelly, ND was able to consistently get into the biggest games, but every time they did, they got utterly routed.

Under Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has consistently been able to reach the game or two before the big game, but never maybe to take that next step up. Perhaps this New Year’s Six bowl game will be the start of a journey up to the next rung of the college football ladder.

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Marcus Freeman the Next Notre Dame Head Football Coach

It was actually pre-ordained that Marcus Freeman would become the next head coach at Notre Dame; Brian Kelly said so himself many months ago.

Now according to multiple reports, it is actually happening, with official word to come soon from the university itself. Freeman, 35, excelled in his short time as defensive coordinator, and was the leading candidate all along.

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Six Leading Candidates to be the Next Notre Dame Head Coach

Brian Kelly has bolted Notre Dame for LSU, and now we have to wonder what’s next. Kelly at Louisiana State is an odd hire, a strange fit to be sure, but why not embrace the strangeness of the silliest silly season ever.

Not even to conference championship Saturday yet and we’re already talking about a new hire at USC as well as openings at Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The domino theory is already starting to take shape. With that in mind, let’s look at who could be headed to South Bend.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 3

(repost from late 2020)

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three wins behind Knute Rockne for the most all time by a Fighting Irish mentor. So an ACC title game win tomorrow (game preview at this link), plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the patriarch of ND Football.

In a case of very strange coincidence, or perhaps just the circle of life, Rockne’s first season in charge was 1918.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 2

(repost from late 2020)

For #2 Notre Dame the ACC Title Game, against #4 Clemson kicks off Saturday night in Charlotte. The 10-0 (9-0 in ACC play) Fighting Irish handed the Tigers (9-1, 8-1) their only loss of the season back on Nov. 7. Yet the Irish are underdogs here again, almost as substantially an underdog as they were last month when the two teams clashed in South Bend.

The Irish were 8 point dogs heading into the big upset of the then #1 Tigers. For this game, the moneyline prices them at +260.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 1

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(Repost from late 2020)

Yesterday, in a blowout of Syracuse on Senior Day, Ian Book become the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He led the Fighting Irish to victory number 30, by the score of 45-21 over the Orange, and now the ACC Title Game against Clemson awaits a week from Saturday.

As one ND victory record falls, another one approaches. Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three behind Knute Rockne for the most wins all time by a Fighting Irish Head Coach.

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Brian Kelly Leaving Notre Dame for LSU: Rapid Reaction

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(Update: Six leading coaching candidates for Notre Dame)

On this Monday night, football is on the minds of the Notre Dame faithful, and not the somewhat relevant game their basketball team is about to commence. Brian Kelly, the winningest coach in the entire storied history of the biggest brand name college football program of all, is leaving for LSU.

Kelly, who passed up Knute Rockne for most all-time wins at ND just two months ago, will replace Ed Orgeron, and seek his first ever national title in Baton Rouge. Multiple outlets have reported this development, with an official outlet expected to come, potentially, as early as tomorrow.

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Actual “Rudy” play: Video of Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech 1975

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“Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” With #6 Notre Dame set to take on Georgia Tech at home this weekend, we flash back to 1975 and re-visit the actual play and individual player that inspired the “Rocky” of all college football movies.

Here’s the actual grainy game footage in black and white of the real life Rudy play. Notre Dame scores a late touchdown vs. Georgia Tech, enabling senior walk-on Dan Ruettiger (or Rudy, as we know him, as played by Sean Astin in the film) to get some real playing time in the final Fighting Irish home game of 1975.

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Notre Dame Playoff Odds Not as Long as You Might Think

The College Football Playoff is fun to bet on, and this year’s event should be even more exciting and interesting to wager on, as 2021 sees a very wide open field. If you go to  https://www.nongamstopsites.co.uk you will be able to find plenty of sites to place a bet on the CFP, where you’ll find Notre Dame typically priced about +8000 to qualify.

That gets them a top ten placement in the shortest odds for the playoff list, which sounds about right when you look at where the Irish are right now, and what’s ahead for them. The NCCA FB futures odds show some of the usual suspects up near the top, but some new blood as well.

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#9 Notre Dame vs #7 Cincinnati Game Preview, Prediction

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#9 Notre Dame (4-0) versus #7 Cincinnati (3-0, 0-0 AAC) is a pretty interesting game for several reasons that go beyond the simple fact that it’s a match-up of two top ten teams. On Saturday, in South Bend, we’ll see Brian Kelly take on the program he led just before he took the ND job.

The Fighting Irish’s Defensive Coordinator, Marcus Freeman, held the same position at Cincinnati for three seasons, ending his time in the Queen City just last year. In other words, storylines abound!

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