Friday, July 24, 2009
Back when the U.S. National Football Team upended Japan at the 2007 IFAF World Championship, few people even realized there was such a competition. Well Lou Holtz isn't just a regular person or coach, so the former Notre Dame coach decided to challenge the gutsy Japanese team to a game. Their national team versus a collection of Notre Dame alums.
Now you would think this wouldn't fair with names like Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Reggie Brooks, Raghib Ismail and Rick Mirer, but none of those "youngins" are involved in the contest. Well Reggie Brooks and Tim Brown are coaches, but that doesn't count. No, Holtz thinks he can beat the Japanese with elder statesmen like, QB Tony Rice (41), WR Bobby Brown (32) and RB Ray Zellars (36). Via the AP....
TOKYO – Lou Holtz expects his players to uphold the Notre Dame football tradition when they face Japan in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl.If Lou Holtz gets out a samurai sword for his motivational speech, someone HAS to get tape of that to me IMMEDIATELY! The kickoff is this Saturday night at 4pm (3am in the States), but unfortunately it won't be aired live. However, you can see the game at 10pm, on August 10th, on CBS' College Sports Network. Check your local listings, and good luck, Lou!
Holtz will coach a selection of alumni from the Notre Dame college team against Japan's national American football team and expects a tough game from the hosts.
"Their football has improved tremendously," Holtz said Friday at Tokyo Dome. "They've looked at film, they understand the game ... if we have an advantage it's in the lines, but they are quicker and in better shape so I'm a little worried about the second half."
The Fighting Irish alumni had only six practice sessions to prepare for the game and Holtz said avoiding injuries will be a key challenge.
"It's been a zoo," said Holtz. "When you get older players its tough but we're ready to go. It's Notre Dame football and we'll play the way Notre Dame is supposed to play."
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
During last night's Penn State-Notre Dame N.I.T. Semifinal game, ESPN decided to sit down with Joe Paterno and the result is one of the most hilarious on-air interviews I've ever witnessed. After some Football questions, Bill Raftery decided to ask the Coach what he thought about College Basketball and this was his response (sorry for the video quality). Via HHR....
"They all talk about it as a Black Man's game now. Everyone says it's a Black Man's game. When I grew up it was a Jewish mans game."- Joe Paterno
Obviously Joe Paterno wasn't being derogatory in any way, but it's still awkward to hear someone who's 82 years old not being politically correct. The added clip of Joe Pa emulating the granny free throw was just icing on the cake.
JoPa Being JoPa (HHR)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
NESW Sports came across a hilarious video of Dick Vitale yesterday, that I just had to share. Not only does Dick Vitale actually try to play The Temptations' "My Girl" while on the air, but he dances to it, and actually brings out Digger Phelps' ego....
No way! 66,000 hits, Digger!? That's unheard of on Youtube....that has to be some kind of record or something. Oh and Dick, you might want to try and test the levels next time. Pretty sure no one could hear the song on that one.
Dick Vitale Dancing, and Digger Phelps is a Narcissist, Video (NESW Sports)
Friday, March 06, 2009
So the World Baseball Classic is underway (you'd know if you got up at 4:30am the other day to watch Korea-Chinese Taipei), and people are doing their best to get you to watch. David Letterman and Tommy Lasorda are two of those people, and while both are promoting the tournament, each has their own approach. Letterman's is of course comedy, but it's Lasorda's that you'll find hilarious.
That's right, folks! If you don't root for Team USA, you're destined for eternal damnation!!!
"We cannot allow those clubs to beat us. It's our game," the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager said Thursday. "Remember one thing: In your hearts, you better pull for the USA or you may not get into heaven."Well then. What does it mean if I don't even watch a single game of the WBC? Purgatory??? And if he feels that way about fans, how does he feel about his nephew playing for Italy? Either way, that old man is pretty damn funny. Oh and here's Letterman's Top Ten List with Team USA on why you should watch. While they don't say you'll go to hell, they do list "seeing players from other countries scratching themselves" as one of the reasons....
"It's our game. Baseball is America's game. It doesn't belong to the Italians or the Cubans or the Koreans or the Japanese," he said. "It's our game, and we're not going to let them beat us."
If You Don't Root for Team America, You're Going to Hell (The Sporting Blog)
Top Ten Reasons To Watch The World Baseball Classic (Sports Rubbish)