Notre Dame Reveals One-Off Jerseys, World Explodes

Notre Dame Reveals One-Off Jerseys, World Explodes

We address this Notre Dame issue today, because, although we are nowhere near South Bend, the Irish have a national following, one that certainly exists locally, or enough so that ND will be making their way to Philadelphia for a date against Temple in another two years. 

In the meantime, the independent has agreed to a new scheduling agreement with the Miami Hurricanes that will result in a home-and-home series starting in 2016. Before that kicks off, they'll be playing at a semi-neutral locale, Chicago, this season. 

So what did Adidas put together for this year's Miami-Notre Dame game at Soldier Field when the Catholics and the Convicts get together for the first time in the regular season since 1990 on Oct. 6 at Soldier Field? [Full pix featuring the Fighting Leprechaun below]

I'm a uni-head. So while there are certain designs I'm very protective of, for the most part, I'm pretty open to "interpretation." In no sport is that more the case than in college football. I love when Nike or Adidas or Under Armour put together totally outlandish jerseys for a team's primetime, Week 1 kick-off, or when two rivals get together for an annual meeting (see in 2011: Georgia-Boise St., Michigan v. Michigan St., Maryland vs. Anybody, etc).

So, yeah, I'm one of the six people on the planet who like these. Then again, I only watch to Notre Dame to see Brian Kelly berate Tommy Rees.

Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch -- the authority on these matters -- is not a fan, nor does it appear is the rest of the online community, with the 60/40 helmet split bearing the brunt of the blame.

At least the star linebacker is on-board:

Man, I can't wait to see what they work up just for Temple at the Linc in 2014! …Guys?

Alright, let 'em have it in the comments. Just be honest -- those gloves are sweet.


credit the CBS eye on FB blog for the images

Union offering great deals on field level seats ahead of MLS Cup Playoffs

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Union offering great deals on field level seats ahead of MLS Cup Playoffs

Playoff soccer is returning to Chester for the first time in five years, and while fans prep for the Union’s first postseason games since 2011, there is no shortage of seating options for Union tickets on the primary market.

Perhaps most importantly, fans won’t have to break the bank to be on hand as the Union compete for their first MLS Cup in franchise history. Union field level seats are available for both the team’s final home regular season game against the New York Red Bulls and the Eastern Conference Semifinal on October 30 should they advance past the knockout round.

The team’s official website lists feet-on-the-pitch seating starting from $155 per ticket for this weekend’s game against the Red Bulls. The first-place Red Bulls head to Talen Energy Stadium with a first-round bye secured, but Union head coach Jim Curtin expects them to bring the pressure with them on Sunday. Fans can look on up close – and for relatively cheap - as the Union look to hand the Eastern Conference leaders their final loss of the regular season.

The Union will take on either New York City FC or Toronto FC in the knockout round either next Wednesday or Thursday. Pending a victory on the road, they’ll return to Talen Energy Stadium to host an Eastern Conference Semifinal game on October 30. Field level seating is still widely available for the team’s first home playoff game since 2011 and start from $178 per ticket.

2016 marks the franchise’s second MLS Cup Playoffs berth in its seven-year existence. They clinched a first-round bye in 2011 but fell to the Houston Dynamo by a 3-1 aggregate in the Conference Semifinals. The Union bring a much different vibe into the playoffs this season, however, after a formidable stretch from September on nearly drowned their postseason hopes. The team won its last game on August 27 against Sporting Kansas City, losing four games and drawing in two others since. 

Despite the team’s recent struggles, there is a sense of renewment that will carry them into the MLS Cup Playoffs. Records are cast aside and the slate is wiped clean, beginning a new path on the long and often tumultuous road to a national championship.

Ivan Provorov's 8-year-old brother is already really good at hockey

Ivan Provorov's 8-year-old brother is already really good at hockey

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov made his NHL debut just four games ago, and while the 19-year-old is surely tackling a lot of new experiences, he has always had his younger brother, 8-year-old Vladimir, by his side.
Ivan was seen at practice today with his much younger, and eye-poppingly talented, brother working on his skills.

This is not the first time Vladimir has been seen on the ice with his older brother. Last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, Vladimir showed off his puck-handling and shooting skills in a video posted to their Facebook page.

There’s nothing like family bonding and having an older sibling as a role model.