Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

(picking one Rudy clip is the Sophie’s Choice of this generation)

If you’ve never seen Rudy you probably have no interest in football and, if that’s so, you can stop reading right about…


If you have seen Rudy and didn’t get at least a little misty, you can go fuck yourself.  Sorry, I’m not sorry, that’s just how I feel.

I’ve seen Rudy somewhere between 15-25 times, but the most memorable time I watched it was in college.  It was a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I was sitting on my couch with my roommate flipping through channels.  Then we came across Rudy.  Being a human man it’s decoded in my DNA that whenever Rudy is on  basic cable you watch.  Like I said before, I had seen it a ton of times, but this time was different.  My roommate was a Notre Dame legacy, he had gone to countless games growing up and eventually even earned his MBA from South Bend.  The entire movie was almost like a lecture.  He told me the inaccuracies, stories about the real Rudy and gushed over the campus.

This weekend that roommate invited me and a few other buddies to South Bend to see The Fighting Irish take on the Demon Deacons.

I saw the Golden Dome of Notre Dame.

I manned the grill at the tailgate, stuffing steak, smoked sausages and cheese burgers down my throat.

I drank a lot of beer.  A LOT.

I saw Notre Dame crush Wake Forest.

Then I saw Kansas State and Oregon both fall, leaving Notre Dame as the last (BCS eligible) undefeated team in the nation.

AKA I just watched the #1 team in the country.  Meaning I could have just seen the first Notre Dame championship team since 1988.  If you don’t know about football that’s kind of a big deal considering Notre Dame is the most prestigious college football team in the world.

So yeah, it was a pretty good weekend.

Oh, one last thing.


Ghosts of iPhones Past (Part II: Electric Boogaloo)

Couldn’t fit it all in one post, so here’s Part Duex.

Venture out west to L.A. for a few days. 

Head to D.C. to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with John Stewart and/or Stephen Colbert.

Notre Dame – Army game at Yankee Stadium.  First football game at the New Yankee Stadium. 

Eight seconds on Beginner Minesweeper.  Beat it.  I dare you.

Brett (one of my best friends from high school) wears a Mickey Mouse hat.

Met Ron Swanson.

Bisdale (pal of mine) rocked out.

Attempted to woo Rihanna into becoming my girlfriend.  Failed.

Big Apple BBQ 2011 (I told you, I love BBQ), this time I met BBQ legend and pitmaster Myron Mixon.

Went to Chicago.  Had to get a Chicago style hot dog.

And had to make the pilgrimage to Wrigley field. 

Watched Pineapple Express for the twentieth time and got this awesome screen shot of the greatest look ever delivered on screen (and the very fact that someone took the time to put this on YouTube proves I’m not alone in my assertion).

My Bolton Wanderers, led by American Stuart Holden, won the EPL (on FIFA 11).

Won a Zak DeOssie jersey from work.  Moral of the story, if you enter a pool at work and you think there’s no chance you’ll win and the grand prize is any NFL jersey you want.  You might win.  So as a gag don’t put down the worst player you can think of, or else you’ll have to deal with a bunch of drunk people at a sports bar consistently asking you, “Who’s DeOssie?” 

Had some pretty good moments over those two years, hopefully my six month old iPhone 4 could capture some nice moments over the next two years. This makes me want to find my even older Motorola, which spanned from freshmen year of college to the my 21st birthday.  Maybe I’ll go trolling for it another day.  I can’t even imagine/remember what’s on that phone.

Ghosts of iPhones Past (Part I)

While rummaging through my dresser drawers today I found my old iPhone, circa October 2009 – October 2011.  In two years, I took just under 130 photos (128 to be exact), not many considering the digital age we live in.  Since I rarely post pictures on Facebook, I haven’t seen many of these images since I put my iPhone 3 out to pasture.  So, here are some of my favorite images/memories via my iPhone3.

The Knicks came to Fordham (that’s Nate Robinson below, my favorite Knick from the dark ages, pre-Amare) and held an open practice.  One of the few Saturdays I woke up before noon. 

We dressed my pal and former roommate, Gucker, as Professor Chaos (from South Park) for Halloween.  He thought he would win the Best Costume at the bar.  He didn’t.

My brother and I go to game six of the 2009 World Series FOR FREE (we snuck in through one of the stadium’s side doors).

And the Yankees WON!!!!

And then there was the ticker tape parade.

Spring break came.  A few friends and I packed up the car, drove twenty-four hours to Miami (got a $700 speeding ticket) and hit the clubs (That’s Mansion below).

Graduated from Fordham University.

Road trip to Philly for some authentic Cheese steaks (from Jim’s).  

Big Apple BBQ 2010 in Madison Square Park.  I love BBQ.

Free Hanson and Drake concert (yes, you read that right, Hanson, like Mmmbop and Drake, together) at South Street Seaport.  Unfortunately, mini riot ensued.  Concert canceled.   

My boy Tom Ni kicks some ass.

Got to see The Dead Weather (one of Jack Whites many projects) in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.  

My sis comes up big, finds two tickets, below face value, day of Jay-Z/Eminem concert at Yankee Stadium.  Best Concert I’ve ever seen.