The Nears were fear-less of the elements
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, your now alumni blogger returns – temporarily at the request of parent leader’s Near. Liza and John, it should be noted, were attending their first ND football game this weekend in this Jack’s senior season.
The BIG news is the Brenneman family made a return to South Bend this weekend, it was not our first, and bunked with families Near, Kelly, Kav and Lubo in a rented house “walking distance” from the campus. Note to self: walking distance was not defined for good reason as it turns out – long walk.
Not that it would matter to Rob Kelly who is prepping for the NY City Marathon next month. Rob has dropped 10 pounds or so and is scheduled to run with his daughter and is using the occasion to raise money to combat cancer.
The last of the sun could be seen at the start of the boy’s scrimmage
Attended the lacrosse scrimmage Saturday morning and then the football game featuring Notre Dame and Stanford. The kids looked sharp in the lacrosse scrimmage by this blogger’s eye. The team moved quickly with no difference from one line to the next. The freshman fit in and look well-adjusted. Including a freshman by the name of Byrne. ND is deep and will be as advertised this season.
Great to see so many familiar faces in attendance this weekend. Last year’s lacrosse team was recognized on the football field before the game and a number of last year’s grads made it back for the occasion. Liza is working on getting a copy of the official photo – which will be special. I’ve got similar team shots from 2008 and 2011 framed in my home.
Spied 2014 grads Steven O’Hara, Chris Prevoznik, Johnny Scioscia, Brian Buglione, Tyler Brenneman, Alex Eaton, and former Piper Ryan Mix in and around the lax tailgate at the #2 pole. Also in attendance this day where Zach Brenneman (2011), Adam Felicetti (2010), Andrew Gleason (2011), Ryan Foley (2013), Bobby Smith (2012), Jake Brems (2012), Sean Rogers (2012) and Brendan Moore (2011). I’m certain there were others.
My only field shot of the boys. That’s Zach Brenneman (2011) masquerading as 2014’s Mike Shepardson, with Jack Near and Matt Landis and Tyler Brenneman sporting a Steeler jersey.
Managed to slurp down a Bob Moore inspired bloody mary before the game (OK it was two). Caught up with Bob and Marylou Moore (Notre Dame 81 and 82 respectively) at the tailgate. Bob was the lacrosse parent mixologist throughout Brendan’s career and lets just say this wasn’t my first.
Happy to report old friend Gene Foley (Ryan 2013) is on the mend after a set back. Gene attended last week’s ND game at the Meadowlands. Son Ryan reports that he is feeling well and getting stronger each day. Get well soon my friend.
Weather, as loyal readers know, is a recurring theme in my posts. And lets just say South Bend rolled out the red carpet on Saturday. Rain, wind, and a hint of snow greeted us this first weekend of October. Record low temperatures. There is a long list of things Tim will miss this upcoming lacrosse season. South Bend weather isn’t on it.
The Notre Dame football public address announcer is named Mike Collins. His enthusiastic and sometimes sardonic greeting is just another part of the wonderful game day experience.
Ladies and gentleman welcome to Notre Dame Stadium for today’s matchup between the Cardinal from Stanford – BOO
and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame – ROAR
Today’s game time temperature is 39 degrees – ROAR
And we’ve already reached the high for the day – ROAR
It will rain throughout the game – ROAR
Winds will reach 30-35 MPH – ROAR
And its 84 degrees today in Palo Alto – ROAR
The elements eventually won out and judging from the overflow crowd at Brothers at the start of the second quarter, we weren’t the first to think the game would look much better from a warm and dry spot with cold beer. We got to see the lax kids on the field, the band (and alumni band), and the first quarter – that was enough.
The campus looks great. It’s a special place and simply doesn’t get old. Already looking forward to my next trip.
Fall Ball anyone? Sounds like there may be something cooking this coming weekend against Detroit on Friday night. The following week brings a trip to the great northwest with a matchup against Team USA in Seattle.
And then all thats left is the annual guessing game until the schedule is released.
Can’t wait. See you all down the line.