Wednesday, September 26, 2007

There Goes the Irish

I've sat through two of Notre Dame's four blowout losses in person. At Michigan I had absolutely nothing to cheer about. Not one single play. Everything went wrong from the very first snap and I sat there and took it. Last Saturday I sat in a scorching stadium and watched as the Irish put together one serious drive the entire game - though they did score their first offensive touchdowns of the season. Both games were extremely painful to sit through and I sat there until the Alma Mater played.

I sat there hoping that the Irish would do something good. That I would see a spark of what this team could be. That they would finally stay in the game long enough to pull out a win. That's the beauty of being a Notre Dame fan. There's always hope. There's always the feeling that the Irish could pull out another one of their miracle games that would add another legend to the story. The hope is quickly fading, though.

At this point, all we can hope for is to see improvement in each game for the rest of the season. I don't think anyone expects to beat Purdue, UCLA, Boston College or USC but the last four games (Navy, Air Force, Duke, Stanford) are definitely winnable. Especially if they manage to improve every week - and I think they will. I think Charlie is now starting to figure out how to coach a bunch a guys who've never played college football. He's never had to do that before. It's a learning experience for the coach and the players. The Irish won't be good this year, but they'll be better by the end of the season. And then next year? Well, there will be hope.

Monday, September 24, 2007

ND Weekends

The past two weeks have been busy for Dee and me. Two Saturday's ago we traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to see the Notre Dame-Michigan game. This past Saturday, we went to South Bend to see the Notre Dame-Michigan State game. It's been all Notre Dame all the time.

The trip to Ann Arbor did not turn out well as the Irish got whipped 38-0. Dee and I sat and took the lumps with the team. We stayed to the very end. We even stayed to listen to the band play the Alma Mater and the Fight Song after the game. Of course, the Michigan fans looked at us like we were crazy, but I guess they just don't understand what it's like to be part of the Notre Dame Family. You stand with them even when they struggle. Judging by the fact that every single Michigan fan around me bitched about every single call that Lloyd Carr made all game - even when they were gaining big yards and leading 31-0 - they have no idea what it means to stand behind your team. Anyway, I took some pictures of the debacle and surrounding ceremony.

With Dee's first Notre Dame game behind her, we again piled into the car to see a Notre Dame game this weekend. This time we were headed to South Bend. Dee had never seen the campus before so I was excited to show her around. We drove in on Friday night and crashed at my friend Brian's house. A fairly large group of my ND friends were in for the weekend and we had planned a tailgater. After briefly catching up with Brian and his wife, we hit the sack so that we could get and early start on the day.

Once we got our stuff together we headed over to the parking lot and got settled. I promptly took Dee on a tour of the campus, showing her my old dorms, the Administration Building (the Golden Dome), the Basilica and the Grotto. I managed to make my way into my old dorm and show her a picture of me and the rest of the first residents of O'Neill Hall. She laughed at my hair.

We headed back to the tailgater and got some lunch and a few beers. We still had plenty of time before game time so we hung out, drank and ate. You know, typical tailgate stuff. Once game time rolled around, Dee and I found our seats and got settled. I didn't give her much prep on the typical stadium traditions choosing to fill her in as things happened. The first half provided a little hope as the Irish went into the locker room only down three. However, the second half was ugly and the Irish eventually lost 31-14. I also took pictures of that trip.

Dee and I had fun both weekends - though not as much fun as we would have had the Irish won - but we are both very tired right now. I'm looking forward to sitting on my own couch to watch the ND-Purdue game this Saturday.

I don't have the time or energy right now to get into more depth on the season the Irish are having right now, but I will soon enough.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Number 200

This is my 200th post on this blog. My first post was on 7/21/05 when no one was watching. On that first day I had no real direction for this blog and I still don't. Though, I guess there are a few patterns that have developed. I write about my weekends, post about the Colts and Irish and occasionally rip into a celebrity that says something stupid. I got a lot of mileage out of Jerkology and the other shows that I'm in. There was also the "Pros and Cons" phase.

Maybe someday I'll find some direction and this blog will find it's way, but probably not. In the meantime I'll just keep posting exactly what I post for the three people that actually bother to read it.

Aww, Poor Baby

Kanye West has declared that he will never be on MTV again since he didn't win any awards at the VMAs on Sunday. Two things:

1) Grow the fuck up.
2) Take some of your own advice: "That that don't kill you only makes you stronger."

How long until we see Kanye on MTV again? One week? Two days?

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Weekend

On Friday I left work early so that Dee and I could travel down to Bloomington, Indiana for a wedding. Strangely, the wedding wasn't for one of my friends or family, but for one of Dee's former co-workers. Dee swung down to my office to pick me up around 1pm and we headed off to Bloomington. After hitting some rush hour traffic around Indianapolis, we arrived around 6pm.

We checked into the hotel on the campus of Indiana University - the Indiana Memorial Union. According to my father, it is a tough place to get a room. Probably because it's right in the middle of campus. We got settled and set out to find some dinner. We took a short walk to the nearest strip of bars and found a place called Nick's. After a tasty mix of chicken quesadillas, chicken fingers and a huge bucket of fries we headed upstairs to meet the wedding party who decided to have a few drinks after the rehearsal. We said hello and quickly went back to the hotel because we were dead ass tired.

On Saturday we got up around 10am and went for a run around the campus. Indiana University has a beautiful campus. It also has an inordinate number of red vehicles. I was also shocked at the number of student-aged individuals I saw wearing a shirt, hat, jersey or some other article of clothing that promoted another university. That never happened at Notre Dame. In fact, I know people who would give you a pretty serious tongue-lashing for wearing any type of non-ND university clothing. Of course, those guys were pretty intense and we made fun of them for the ridiculous things they would hand out tongue-lashings for.

ANYWAY, we did some other things and then got ready for the wedding. The wedding was pretty much like any other wedding you've been to. Two people got married. One of them wore a white dress. The usual. The reception was in a very nice and very old university-ish looking room. We sat down at our table and got acquainted with our table-mates. I quickly learned that one of the guys at the table was a huge Michigan fan. Once he found out I went to Notre Dame, he immediately began talking trash about Tom Zbikowski and the rest of the Irish - but mostly Zbikowski. I respectfully disagreed thinking that my unwillingness to talk trash at the dinner table would end the conversation. It did not. He continued to take mean-spirited jabs and me and the Irish for the rest of the night. Even after I informed him that Michigan was down 32-7 at halftime. I tried my best to not engage him in conversation of any kind, but he insisted on causing trouble with just about anyone because he was so miserable. In a number a separate conversations, the rest of the table agreed with me that this guy was a huge jackass.

Once the music started, he pretty much disappeared and I busied myself by dancing with fun people - such as my fiancée. The DJ was good - even if he didn't fill our request for "Beat It" - and the reception was fun. Afterwards we went back to Nick's and played a game that I'm going to assume originated there. It's called Sink the Biz. Basically, they give you a bucket of beer and a large shot glass. You float the shot glass in the bucket and everyone takes turns pouring beer from their cup into the shot glass. The person who manages to sink the glass has to remove the glass from the bucket and drink it. Then the process starts over again. Good times. After a few rounds Dee and I decided to call it a night and headed back to the hotel to get some shuteye.

Dee and I slept in and then drove back home. I watched most of the Bears game. Good luck winning the Super Bowl with Grossman, fellas. Yikes. I discovered that our bedroom TV was broken, typed a blog that overused the f-word and went to bed.

Next week we head off to Ann Arbor for the ND-Michigan game.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Are You Fucking Kidding Me?

I'm sitting in my bedroom right now staring at a dark TV while Dee is in the living room watching some stupid shit on MTV that I can't tolerate. All I want to do is watch a fucking football game but this TV has apparently shit the fucking bed. Nothing. No response. It just sits there and stares at me like I'm some kind of fucking asshole. I'm this close to putting my fist through the fucking screen. I want to break something.

Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Vick Defenders

Recently, both Whoopi Goldberg and Jamie Foxx have defended Michael Vick's involvement in dogfighting by calling it a "cultural thing." What they're saying is, "Everyone else does it, so what do you expect him to do?" Usually our parents respond to that argument by saying, "If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?" While not grammatically correct, it's still effective.

Sometimes our cultures do stupid things out of tradition or ignorance. For example, there are cultures in Africa where female circumcision is the norm. Just because it's part of their culture doesn't mean that it isn't cruel, inhumane and wrong. Or how about the Nazi culture? Do we excuse the killing of millions of Jewish people by saying it was just part of the Nazi culture? As intelligent human beings we have the responsibility to think rationally about the traditions and rituals of our culture and reject the ones that are harmful or outdated. It's called progress. It's something the human race has done very little of, it seems.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mail

What's up with all this mail I'm getting? People keep sending me mail. I don't want your mail. I don't want your sporting goods catalogues. I don't want to by tickets to this season's shows at the Steppenwolf. I don't want your electric bills. Seriously. Stop sending me the electric bill. Time to go paperless already, ComEd.

So much shit to shred.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day Thoughts

A day off work is always a good thing.

The beating the Irish took makes it a lot harder to enjoy the Michigan upset.

I took the Chicago Architectural Tour today. Pretty cool.

I forgot to bring my camera. Not cool.

Watched a lot of tennis this weekend. Great match between Haas and Blake.

Charlie is the first to take responsibility for ND's losses. At some point we're going to have to start calling him on it.

Navy Pier is strange, strange place.

I have new workout clothes.

I'm ready for the weather to cool off.

Man, the Irish stunk.

At least the Colts Super Bowl title defense begins on Thursday.

My gas bill is due in a few days.

For being out in the sun a lot, I managed to avoid a sunburn.

Monsters, Inc. is a great movie.

Hearing about the Chicago River really makes you want to stay far away from the water there.

Dee is currently watching the Justin Timberlake special on HBO right now.

I'm going to go into the bedroom and play NCAA Football '08 - where the Irish are actually good.

Ugh.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Halftime

Well, it's halftime and the Irish look terrible. The defense has actually done a pretty good job keeping Georgia Tech out of the end zone given that GT has had great field position all day. Unfortunately, the offense can't block anyone and Demetrius Jones has fumbled twice. Of course, the coaches aren't doing much to help the line. Tech is blitzing on almost every down and we have yet to run a draw or screen all day.

This is ugly and it's only going to get worse unless Charlie can pull something out of his ass.

Tennis

This morning, Dee and I woke up early to play a little tennis. We've been watching a bit of the U.S. Open and we were inspired to get out and knock the ball around a bit ourselves. We had the court to ourselves for as long as we wanted. We were both a little rusty at the beginning, but managed to play some good tennis by the end. This is something we need to do more often.

By the way, I won: 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

FOOTBALL!

Today is the day. The Irish kick off against Georgia Tech today. We'll get to see who the new starter is at QB (looks like it's going to be Demetrius Jones). I was very close to getting tickets for today's game, but it didn't work out so I'll be watching the game here at home.

Right now Dee and I are watching Michigan getting beat by Appalachian St. As much as I love to see Michigan get beat, I'm torn on them losing right away. I'd rather they wait to lose until Dee and I make our way to the Big House to see the Irish take them out.

I think that I may be more excited about the Irish this season than I was last year. Somehow, I knew the Irish wouldn't live up to the expectations last season. This year the Irish aren't expected to do anything because all of their big stars graduated and they'll be relying on a bunch of youngsters. However, I like the new bunch of guys and the new defensive coordinator's attitude. I'm cautiously optimistic.

Go Irish!