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

Carson Wentz falls far behind Elliott, Prescott in Rookie of Year odds

Carson Wentz falls far behind Elliott, Prescott in Rookie of Year odds

Carson Wentz's Rookie of the Year odds took a hit, the Eagles' Super Bowl odds shortened and the Vikings' lengthened after Sunday's 21-10 win.

The Eagles are 33/1 to win it all, a week after being listed by Bovada at 50/1. The Vikings, meanwhile, went from 7/1 to 9/1. They still have the third-shortest Super Bowl odds in the NFL and are two spots ahead of the Cowboys (14/1). 

Wentz, who had his worst statistical game against Minnesota, is now 9/1 to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to Bovada. Last Wednesday, he was 6/1.

Wentz trails Cowboys studs Ezekiel Elliott (2/5) and Dak Prescott (11/5) on that leaderboard.

As far as this week, Wentz is favored to throw for more yards than Prescott. Wentz is 5/7 to outgain Prescott through the air in Week 8, while Prescott is 1/1 to outgain Wentz.

Elliott's over/under rushing total against the Eagles is 99.5. He's rushed for 130-plus yards in each of his last four games, and the odds are 3/1 that he'll reach that number again this week. 

The Eagles have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season, Washington's Matt Jones (16 for 135).

Elliott is also now on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record. Dickerson had 1,808 in 1983; Elliott is on pace for 1,875. Will Elliott break that 33-year-old mark? A "yes" bet pays 2/1; a "no" bet pays 1/3.

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Many, though not all hockey games, have a tipping point or pivotal moment that factors into the outcome.
Sometimes it’s obvious what it was and when the moment occurred. Other times, it’s overshadowed by something else on the ice.
Ask the Flyers which moment would define their come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over Buffalo on Tuesday and the response will be virtually unanimous: when Dmitry Kulikov leveled Jakub Voracek with a high hit that made contact to the head in the third period.
Voracek was forced off the ice under the NHL’s concussion protocol.
That hit incensed the Flyers, who went on to score two power-play goals and tie the game, 3-3. The comeback was on.
Yet there was a less obvious but significant point that happened late in the second period, and it concerned goalie Steve Mason.
Matt Moulson had given Buffalo a 3-0 lead on Michal Neuvirth at 15:43, when Flyers coach Dave Hakstol elected to make a goalie switch.
Rather than call a simple timeout to buy Mason some warm-up time and allow his team to collect itself on the bench, Hakstol challenged the goal, claiming “goalie interference.”
Replays won’t show any direct interference on the shot itself. Neuvirth was speared several seconds before the play developed.
Hakstol knew the goal would likely not be overturned, but his strategy was to buy time for Mason and his team. By using a challenge, he knew the review process would take a lot longer than the 60-second timeout.
Either way, he was going to use his only timeout.
“You know what, I think we needed a timeout at that time, anyway,” Hakstol said coyly. “Pretty low probability of it being successful. Everything worked out well in the end.”
Mason appreciated what his coach did, too. Buying extra time for you?
“Yeah, probably,” Mason replied. “Regardless of the situation, you’re sitting on the bench, you know? You’re not really gauged as much as when you’re playing, obviously. So, you just try and ramp things up as quickly as possible.”
Mason had two saves in that shortened period, five in the third period and one in the overtime to register his second victory.
“There’s a never-quit attitude in this room,” he said. “We showed in Chicago — we were just talking about that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to close that one out.
“But guys have a belief that you get one [moment] and it comes. [Travis Konecny] got us going with his first NHL goal, which is great. The guys really pushed to capitalize on their chances.” ​