After getting to avoid it last week, Shane and I dive into the position group causing the most angst within the Notre Dame fan base: Wide Receiver.
You name it, it's gone wrong: horrid injury luck, transfers, and lack of production. With talk of Notre Dame needing to have a more dynamic offense, this position group simply has to step up not just this year, but beyond.
With that in mind, I come up with an offensive strategy that might just hide some of the warts of this position group, plus some others that are stepping in a unique spot in 2021 for Notre Dame.
Oh, the shameless plug because we are all too happy to sell out to the Good Brand: Be sure to use LOYALSONS for 15% off your first order at HomefieldApparel.com and be sure to let them know HLS sent you.
Jack Swarbrick has consistently put Notre Dame's football independence above all else. Even when faced with a daunting prospect of playoff expansion, a move that could have forced Notre Dame, yet again, into conference membership, he found an out.
Sacrifices have to be made to protect the ND family. A playoff by may have been left at the scene of the crime, but Jack executed any thought that the Irish would need to flock to a conference to preserve title hopes.
In doing so, Shane and I see all kinds of potential for opportunity, incredible matchups, and even potentially chaos not just on the field, but off as well once conference TV contracts come to an end.
Shane and I touched on Name, Image, and Likeness rights in last week's episode, but this week we take the full dive into it. We first examine the broad picture as it stands right now, including a look at how money currently changes hands thanks to a confession by one Johnny Football. With that picture, we throw out how we'd like Notre Dame to approach this fast incoming radical change to the college football landscape.
Shane and I have ended our offseason hiatus to kick off our fifth year of podcasting as a duo. To mark this occasion, we decided to take a look at our current expectations of Notre Dame as they are today and how they differ from our thoughts five years ago--both from the on-field performance as well as the recruiting and roster churn.
Oh, and we also have a new partner in Homefield Apparel. Perhaps you've heard about the good news about The Good Brand? If not make sure you use that LOYALSONS for 15% off the ND gear you're going to buy on Saturday, June 5.
A new era kicks off for Notre Dame football this Friday as an Ian Book-less Irish take the field for the first time this Saturday. Get your self in the streaming mindset and join the always popular HLS Sim before you try to figure out how to get Peacock by 12:30 PM EDT on Saturday.
All eyes will be on the Irish QB situation and the most accurate of all sports prediction methods will give you a preview of what we will all be talking about until fall camp.
Don't worry, the HLS Sim still has that special "something" as it always does. In fact, we end up hitting a moment that I dubbed "peak sim" towards the end of the game. And if you're wondering whether or not a certain freshman QB ends up playing...well...you'll have to see (or hear) for yourself.
It feels like it took forever to get to this point this season, but we've finally arrived at the end of the road for the 2020 college football season.
Shane and I take a brief look at Alabama's coronation ceremony against Ohio State this past Monday and what it means for college football as a whole. That, of course, bleeds into talk of where Notre Dame stands among the college football elite and how they are talking the Alabama problem.
The second half of the show recaps news from under The Dome. This includes the massive hire of Marcus Freeman as defensive coordinator as well as a truckload of roster moves from the past couple of weeks.
We will be back at some point in the offseason, but we will take a break as I get all my tech fixed here at HLS HQ. I want to extend a huge thanks to everyone that has listened and we hope we've been able to give you some joy and an escape during this crazy year. Here's hoping for less stress and more vaccines & antibodies in 2021. I want to share a drink at a tailgate with y'all!
There have been just a few non-football things of more import happening this past week, but Eddie and I wanted to say farewell to the 2020 season the best way we know how, making one final trip to the altar of GAMBLOR.
We give our thoughts on the winner, spread, and total, along with a brief preview of how we see this game playing out.
Enjoy this brief episode and, when you hear my child crying and screaming in the background, don't worry. The tragedy was spilling his granola oats. He'll live.
To end the Notre Dame football season, we decided to go with a single segment, no-ad stream of consciousness pod.
Sure, there are a couple of major national things to hit, but the meat of this episode is talking about Notre Dame falling to Alabama and The Narrative™ surrounding the program. Just like BK in the post-game presser, we got a bit spicy on this one.
There will be one final pod to put a bow on the end of this crazy, COVID-wrecked season. But for now, come commiserate the end of the Notre Dame season with us.
Typically, we've done this year's sim under a complete separate, COVID-free reality. We are still honoring that spirit, as if ND made the playoff, they'd play in the actual Rose Bowl. However, with some PC upgrades, and using a different version of the game, came new, updated rosters with tweaked ratings.
So, we decided to just roll with whatever those rosters and depth charts were. Injuries, as always are completely out. Yes, that means Bama has Waddle.
We weren't sure what this new and improved version of the sim would bring (save for some crackling audio, sorry about that!), but I think it's safe to say that your nightmares are all still alive and well in this damned thing.
We're so sorry, but can't stop the bit now.
Eddie and I return after a bit of a break to pick the bowl games that matter (and a couple that don't). That means a lot of random topics while we catch up, followed by thoughts on the New Year's Six, playoffs, and yes, Notre Dame facing off against Alabama.
In fact, the ND pick manages to turn into an explosive $100 Extra Life sidebet to kick of the 2021 campaign that I haven't even started yet. One of us took Bama and the other took ND. Tune in and fine out the logic behind the split.
(And hang around for the most wheels-off outro I've ever done.)
The last time that Shane and I had to deal with a post-loss podcast was 2019. Sure, it's been over a year, but I feel we made up for lost time in this rant-heavy episode.
Notre Dame drops the ball against Clemson. Army, everyone in the group of five, and everyone not a brand name in college football gets screwed by the committee. Fans deciding to chalk up a loss to Alabama weeks before the game is played.
Yeah, it's all covered. This felt good. Come get your audio therapy.
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim takes place in an alternate, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is still somehow playing football in the ACC. All of the results and injuries are self-contained in this gigantic ACC simulation experiment.
And this week that experiment comes to an end.
Notre Dame, despite a horrid loss to Syracuse, found themselves in the Virtual ACC Championship thanks to long-time friends of the Irish, Miami. Will Clemson have vengeance on the mind? Or will virtual history repeat itself once again?
In 2020, we are taking nothing for granted, especially in the wake of one conference championship game already having a substitute team due to a COVID outbreak. So, while we certainly hope for a full complement of conference champions come Sunday, we will assume nothing.
That being said, we decided to end the regular season, and Eddie and I's $100 bet for charity with a 12-pack banger, picking every game of consequence this weekend. The tie will be broken, but definitely not in any way that either of us ever expected.
And, because 2020 has been far too insane, Eddie and I will punt our usual bowl game podcasts in full anticipation teams will absolutely not give two shits about going. We'll be back for the New Year's Six, which absolutely should include Notre Dame unless...well, peak 2020 happens.
We certainly didn't expect Notre Dame's (regular) season to be cut a week short, meaning this mystery bye week allows Eddie to toss another game into our typical 8-pack of picks.
It's definitely getting harder to try and pull games for the weekly slate, especially with some more traditional games, like Michigan and Ohio State, getting the COVID axe. However, there are still stories to be told and games to pick.
Can't stop. Won't stop. #HAILGAMBLOR
Shane needed to deal with an unforeseen emergency, leaving me solo this episode. The best game of the weekend was a Group of Five game that wasn't originally on the schedule. The Big Ten is probably going back on their championship qualifying rules. There was a Sunday night college football game.
Must be 2020.
In the midst of all of this, Notre Dame had a weird game against Syracuse that looked oddly familiar. We've arrived at the point in which annoying games are wins by 20+ points and the only thing left ahead for the Irish is to add to their hardware collection.
2020 may suck, but the football is good and talking about it is still a joy.
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim exists in its own, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is still somehow playing in the ACC. The results and injuries all exist in this strange parallel universe.
Almost every week I tell myself "wow, we really went peak sim this week" and every week the sim laughs at me. This is a mess Marie Kondo couldn't sort and it most certainly doesn't spark any joy.
The Sim Irish are in control of their ACC destiny needing a win over lowly Syracuse to clinch the ACC Championship game berth and the ACC regular season crown. And uh...well...this happened.
When we started this week, Eddie and I weren't expecting this to be the final week for Notre Dame's regular season. By the time you are reading and/or listening to this, one of the games on our board has very likely been cancelled.
2020 season in a nutshell, y'all.
While the board doesn't have the most intriguing lines of the season, there are storylines a plenty. We dig into those and make our picks as we near ever closer to the end of our annual Extra Life $100 donation bet all tied up.
This is the way. #HAILGAMBLOR
In a week where Vanderbilt made history (and then fired their coach), we still have some degree around just who can actually make a playoff run. While some teams were happy to play themselves out, situations in the Big Ten and Pac-12 have made things a little more cloudy and confusing than usual.
So Shane and I decided to play a little game of Contenders and Pretenders around the nation in the wake of this week to see who might just have a legitimate shot and who is just hanging around because the Playoff Committee are required to fill out 21 more teams outside the top 4.
Finally, we take a gleeful look at Notre Dame's victory in Chapel Hill, basking in the glory and confidence that this team shows week after week.
Traditionally, this weekend is full of the rivalry matchups that we all crave in this sport. In 2020, we get some of those games, but also others that make me question my own mental faculties when they ended up on the board.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame heads over to the East Coast instead of the West Coast for their last major test before the ACC Title game against a Mack Brown led North Carolina team…on a Friday. This is all weird.
But weird is 2020's thing and we will enjoy every bit of college football that we are blessed with in These Trying Times™.
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim exists in an alternate, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is somehow still playing football in the ACC. The results, injuries, and everything in between exist solely within this parallel universe.
Since next sim week would fall on a Thursday and ND has a bye this week, Shane and I decided to fire off the sim a week early. Along with that, I ran sims for the rest of the ACC to catch up properly as well.
Quite frankly, that's probably the only thing that went right here. After two weeks of the Sim sparing us its usual torture, it came for our time-traveling hubris as if it needed to collect a debt.
Consider this a cleansing before your turkey feast.
This week's board is a perfect summary of the madness that is the 2020 college football season. We have a team playing their first game of the season (potentially), a top ten matchup that no one saw coming, an undefeated Group of Five team that has a better record in the ACC than their ACC opponent, and Notre Dame is on their third bye week this season.
Yeah, it's a lot and that only covers a portion of the storylines involved in this episode.
So get your bye week burgers ready and come get your ND-stress-free weekend started with us.
The big stories this week were the things that were never there in the first place: 15 games postponed or cancelled, SEC defense, Will Muschamp's job, wins for Penn State, and Michigan's title hopes.
This extended to Notre Dame's matchup with Boston College, a matchup to give Phil Jurkovec the chance to prove that he was the true winner of Notre Dame's QB competition last year. Problem was, BC had as much of a chance of repeating a 1993 upset, as Phil did being ND QB1.
But, much like ESPN with a narrative they clearly invested too much into, Shane and I press on and cover what did actually happen before Notre Dame heads off to a well-deserved bye week.
Friendly reminder: The Sim exists in an alternate, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is still somehow playing in the ACC. All the wins, losses, injuries, and even depth charts, exist in the Sim's parallel universe.
After we were all shocked with Notre Dame comfortably taking down #1 Clemson, has The Sim lulled us into a false sense of security? Does it know about 1993? Does it live in our minds and display our worst nightmares?
There's only one way to find out. It's a Holy War and the Lepretron trophy must remain intact!
The title of this episode is the actual mood in the podcasting room. This week has not been kind in terms of COVID cancellations, leading Eddie and I to fear that quite a few of these picks may end up being meaningless by the time Saturday comes around.
But, we persist, if for nothing else but to have another chance to talk about Notre Dame being Clemson once again. Seriously, that will never get old.
Unless we lose to Boston College. Please don't do that. That would be silly.
What. A. Weekend.
On Saturday, I started a 24-hour charity marathon stream, the beginning of which was completely devoted to Notre Dame's gigantic matchup, and, ultimately, a victory, against the (former) #1 team in the land, Clemson. What I could have never expected was that the guests and segments that I would have during this stream would create a time capsule of one of the most extraordinary Saturdays in ND history.
A huge thank you to all my guests and especially all the donors to my Extra Life campaign. As of this episode's release, you have helped me raise over $12,000 for the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Fund at the Children's Hospital Foundation of Oklahoma City in honor of Aven. While the marathon is done, donations are open until the end of the year via extralife.ndtex.com--I hear donations of $47.40 are particularly popular these days.
As this is a very large (and will forever be ad-free) show, below are the timestamps for all segments. Apologies for some audio being rougher than usual as all recording was on the fly and I need to go be a virtual teacher for my kiddos!
3:17 - Tailgating with Ty Hildenbrandt of The Solid Verbal
44:18 - Pre-game Show with FFXIV Streamer and Clemson Fan, Mizzteq
1:08:26 - Halftime Show with Notre Dame, Our Blogger
1:22:44 - Postgame Show with Shane (aka the usual HLS Recap episode)
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim exists in an alternate, COVID-free reality, complete with it's own victories, losses, and injuries. Somehow, Notre Dame still plays in the ACC in this parallel world.
Folks, this is the sim I've been dreading. With Sim Notre Dame constantly sputtering throughout the virtual season, including a mind-boggling blowout loss to USF, I've dreaded facing a mostly full-strength Clemson squad that includes a very healthy and very COVID-free Trevor Lawrence.
Yet, this sim somehow actually resembled a real football game--by far the biggest upset of the season.
Perhaps it will deliver one more...?
Welcome back Pac-12! We missed your after dark insanity and our college football lives feel complete once again.
Oh, and don't forget about the big thing going down on Saturday: Extra Life. 24-hour charity stream starts live at 6 PM Central, 7 PM Eastern. The stream will kick off with a live reaction stream about some game happening in South Bend this weekend.
So get your picks ready for the weekend. I will be up all night, even past the final whistle of Hawaii's first home game. I couldn't be more excited and terrified all at the same time (please, Irish, win for the love of God).
It's the week we've all been waiting for since the final whistle of the 2019 season: Notre Dame vs. Clemson.
We shorten our typical national recap for an more in-depth discussion of the game, using the final two data points of Boston College @ Clemson and Notre Dame @ Georgia Tech. In fact, we were so excited, that we completely forgot about our ACC Sim recap, so that will have to wait until Thursday.
Oh, and don't worry, we laughed at Michigan. Hard.
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim exists in its own COVID-free reality, in which Notre Dame is still somehow oddly playing in the ACC.
At this point, Shane and I feel like that we've seen everything that the sim can possibly throw at us. Every week, we're proven wrong.
This might just be the most bonkers sim we've ever run. If you check out the episode length, you can probably guess what happened.
Oh, and a quarterback that Notre Dame will play soon in the real world had some rather major COVID-related news. We discuss that during the pregame because--yeah, that was just way too big to ignore.
The universe must always be in balance. Apparently this means when Notre Dame blows out Pitt, GAMBLOR comes for our picks.
It's been a good run this season, but Eddie and I are determined to get back on track. It's a new ballgame for the Extra Life charity bet (fundraising marathon next Saturday by the way!) as we are all tied up.
This week's slate had a lot of shine and the Big Ten found out playing football can tarnish some of it. Despite that, we know IN THESE TRYING TIMES that we must appreciate what we get every week. So join us at the altar of GAMBLOR as we prepare for the final week before the big showdown with Clemson.
Wait...a Notre Dame/Pitt game can be...fun?! What madness is this?!
After witnessing a game that WE WILL NEVER MENTION AGAIN, this was quite a nice bounce-back for the Irish. The offense got right and Clark Lea put together another defensive masterpiece.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten officially started their season, meaning Shane and I give some initial thoughts to the madness that included an improbable Indiana upset and a Rutgers win. Also featured this week: another ref bailout for Auburn, Florida State still real bad, Alabama still real good, and...*checks notes*...Clemson might have a Dino Babers problem?
Friendly reminder: The HLS Sim exists in an alternate, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is still somehow playing in the ACC.
What happens when you mix the usual insanity of the sim with the usual pain and suffering of Notre Dame/Pitt?
We apologize in advance. Please do not watch or listen with fragile or valuable objects as well as small children. Strong beverages recommended.
It's been a while since our slate has really felt like it was truly stacked, but the return of the Big Ten and Mountain West are giving our Saturdays just a bit more of a feel of The Normal Times.
We have a few top-25 matchups to talk about as well as the glorious return of late night football from the West Coast.
As we've always said, we need to enjoy these moments while they last. So settle in, get your winners, and get ready for a near-complete college football Saturday.
Oh, and #HAILGAMBLOR.
We should've known that the Sim resembling something of a normal result via reasonable means would through the Notre Dame universe upside down.
We can't take credit for what happened around the nation. After all, top 10 teams losing in 2020 seems rather normal at this point.
We do, however, apologize for making your Saturday a bit more stressful than needed. That being said, we do not apologize for being happy about a win and embracing the Irish's new #3 ranking. Winning is the damn point and we are here to remind you of that in this episode.
Friendly reminder: the HLS Sim exists outside of reality. The records and results reflect an alternate, COVID-free reality in which Notre Dame is still strangely in the ACC.
Unfortunately this week's sim did a get bit of a dose of reality as Shane had real life take him away from sim booth duties. However, the sim cannot be stopped.
Enjoy (?) me flying solo as virtual Notre Dame has a game that...surprisingly isn't completely rage inducing?!
Considering that, just a few hours before recording, we found out that LSU @ Florida was postponed, Ole Miss has a COVID outbreak, and Nick Saban has COVID--yeah, we're not overly confident that all eight games on our slate will happen.
That being said, they weren't cancelled as of recording. They had spreads. GAMBLOR demands tribute. Who are we to argue?
Turns out not playing for two weeks and having a decent chunk of the roster bouncing around isolation and quarantine can lead to sloppy football. Despite that, Notre Dame flat out plowed through Florida State for a comfortable win, even with all the rest.
While the Irish kept on trucking, others weren't as lucky. We were close to a blood weak with multiple ranked teams finding themselves on the wrong side of the score sheet. We were also blessed with what had to be the most insane Red River Shootout and Mike Leach setting a record he probably never expected to.
Florida State, who has been just as bad in the sim world as the real world, is forced to start Jordan Travis due to injuries. What could possibly go wrong for Sim Notre Dame?
If you've watched any HLS Sim, you know the answer to this.
Don't look now, but Eddie and I are having a real nice hot streak going in this weird 2020 season. Somehow, in THESE TRYING TIMES™ we've remained consistent.
With Notre Dame finally back on the docket for what feels like the first time in the decade, this is no time to celebrate or rest. Return to the altar of GAMBLOR with us and get your winners.
After our annual bye week gong show, it's time to get things back to normal and, hopefully, the Notre Dame schedule will as well. Considering that I had one hell of a time getting this audio together in a listenable form (please pray for my PC), those odds are good.
Traditional technical issues aside, the rest of college football is keeping the straight up rollercoaster of 2020 alive and well. The Big XII continues to lobby their way out of the playoff, Mississippi State got the full Mike Leach experience in two weeks, leading Shane and I to try to figure out just what we actually know about the national picture at this point.
We also take a look ahead to Notre Dame and Florida State and discuss the roller coaster of emotions of these last couple of weeks, including Notre Dame getting far more of a pandemic spotlight than either of us ever wanted.
We're bypassing the cold open on this on as we're going to have more than enough hijinks and stupidity on tomorrow's episode.
So for this one, we stick to business and look to continue our winning ways as Eddie and I set at a solid 13-8-1. Will we agree on everything like last week? Will we disagree on everything?
The only thing that is certain in THESE TRYING TIMES is that we will treat each game and pick as a blessing.
So how do you recap an unplanned bye week? Well, you can read some podcast reviews, laugh at the ones demanding you stick to sports.
Next, you immediately pivot to Fr. Jenkins showing up at Washington D.C. without a mask. An act of "leadership" that I'm sure went over real well for every Notre Dame football player sitting at home this weekend as well as students that aren't allowed to go see their friends in any type of situation that resembles normal.
Finally, you top it off with the most epic edition of #snacktalk possible as it was the true highlight of football this week.
After that's all done, then, and only then, do you actually stick to sports.
While we may not have actual Notre Dame football this weekend, the HLS Sim, safe in its COVID-free virtual reality, is here to provide.
The 1-1 virtual Irish hits the road to take on 0-2 Wake Forest in an attempt to bounce back after an embarrassing home non-conference loss to USF.
Can ND get back on track? Or will the Sim troll us all and kill all virtual ACC Championship dreams in week 3?
The only thing that Eddie and can guarantee is that whether you love to ride or fade us, we have you covered. Also, our audio actually sounds great for a change?!
Sadly, we don't get to pick a Notre Dame game, but we do get to enjoy the SEC coming back to this glorious mess.
Here's to an unplanned double-bye in which everyone gets healthy, has no long-lasting COVID issues, and we can actually see some more football this season.
Oh, and #HAILGAMBLOR
That. Felt. GOOD.
Sure, not a soul on the active Notre Dame roster was around when South Florida kicked 2011 off into hell, but Brian Kelly, Tommy Rees, and all of us sure were. 52-0 heals a lot of wounds.
We reminisce about the Irish blowout and also discuss the Big Ten finding new "medical data", Navy finding their mojo, FSU finding COVID, Miami finding their swagger, and Phil Jurkovec finding his game.
Oh, and the ACC Sim came for blood, y'all. It was not messing around this week!
Our drunkest sim ever. That's the description for this. There are no other words.
Well, save for that the audio quality is a little below what I'd like because I tried to tinker with things. But it doesn't matter. It matches this perfectly.
We apologize for nothing.
Fresh off a very successful week one of--well, whatever this season will be--Eddie and I head back to the altar of GAMBLOR to keep the hot hand going.
We have more ACC, more Big XII, and some kind of weird non-conference game for Notre Dame. It's the last week before the SEC joins the fray, so come get a taste of this weekend's dual power conference slate with us!
Notre Dame fans have been constantly told that the Irish should just join the conference and play real football. Well, ND did and we've yet to lose a conference game. Wear it.
Seriously, what's so hard about this?
No, Big XII, you can sit down after getting trounced by the Sun Belt and the powerhouse that is *checks notes* Houston Baptist. FSU can take a seat as well after blessing us with a hilarious ACC opening loss to Georgia Tech.
Oh, we talk a bunch of ND football against Duke too. Actually, we spend the majority of this episode doing so (much less talk of other games this year, so I gotta keep throwing the jokes in where I can).
Finally, we take a quick look into sim-land to see how the rest of our virtual ACC counterparts fared as well.
Oh, and enjoy the cold open where I talk about the audio issues that I create for myself.
As we mentioned earlier in the week, the 2020 HLS Sim season will be in its own universe. Fans are in the stands, Notre Dame Stadium still has grass, and Kevin Austin magically has no injuries to speak off.
Virtual Notre Dame begins their road to the virtual ACC title against Duke in an opening tilt in the rain.
Y'all know the drill by now and if you don't...well, prepare for an experience unlike anything else.
(Also, if you hear occasional pops/clipping on my audio, that isn't your speakers. Not sure what happened, but for whatever reason my recorded audio feed went to hell. Was able to mute/lessen it, but it's not the HLS podcast without some kind of issue.)
Honestly, if it weren't for the $100 gentlemen's wager, aka a donation to Extra Life to fight pediatric cancer, between Eddie and I, the picks might have gotten canned this year. In fact, the headaches began 24 hours before recording in which a game on our original slate got cancelled.
This is going to be fun...
Anyways, every week Eddie and I will attempt to bring you our "expert" opinions on Notre Dame's matchup, six games from around the country, and one bonus game picked by Eddie since he's been at my mercy of picking the games for years.
Let's get weird(er). #HAILGAMBLOR
Much like the ACC, SEC, and Big 12, the HLS podcast is charging ahead with the 2020 season. We have no idea what to expect, how to feel, and even how to schedule a podcast around this.
The only thing that we know for certain is that the sim will exist in its own separate, COVID-free world and we will freely talk about any and everything that is on our minds this season. Y'all know the drill at this point, and if you are new here, welcome aboard, stay a while, and hopefully we can provide you with some entertainment to complement whatever this 2020 season will be.
You can catch these podcasts live over on Twitch if you so choose, which is highly advised for the gong-show that is the HLS Sim on Thursday nights. But be sure to download the podcast too if for nothing else than to enjoy the cold open that accompanies most of our shows.
Just because the actual 2020 Notre Dame Blue-Gold game was cancelled doesn't mean we still can't enjoy spring football virtually. Enjoy our annual spring game sim...as only HLS can deliver...
(Seriously, we have a peanut gallery piped-in via Zoom, #LittleTex interrupts repeatedly, we have a technical meltdown right off the bat, the sim graced us with over 1,000 yards of offense, and the game came down to the wire!)
Shane and I weren't planning on doing any podcasts until the Blue/Gold game came near in April. That decision seems like decades ago rather than a couple of months. COVID-19, aka the Cornoavirus, wasn't even a blip on the radar.
When it was clear spring football would be cancelled last week, we made plans to find a time to get back on the podcasting devices. Not even a full week has passed and it already seems like that was a year ago.
And now, on night of St. Patrick's Day, we hit the Twitch streaming airwaves to talk about all that had transpired in the world of sports. As the conversation progressed, it quickly turned into a discussion of how we are dealing with our new reality. Hopefully, it can provide a bit of comfort and/or entertainment to our loyal readers and listeners who are dealing with these adjustments as well.
We will find some more ways to entertain during this void. The Blue/Gold sim will be an absolute, must-happen event. We are cooking up some other things as well.
In the meantime, if you have the financial ability, please consider donating my charity campaign benefiting Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund. Much like I do with Extra Life, I will have charity streams over on my personal Twitch channel Mondays and Fridays at 9pm CDT/10pm EDT.
Shane and I thought we'd have a nice, short relaxing show about the national title game to cap off our 2019 season podcasts. Then all hell broke loose before the offseason aged 24 hours.
Notre Dame promoted Tommy Rees to offensive coordinator. Penn State found their way into a brand new scandal. Southern Cal fired everyone in the athletic department besides their football coaches. Joe Brady bolted to the NFL after extinguishing his victory cigar with LSU. Phil Jurkovec saved me from having to memorize the spelling of his name by transferring to Boston College.
Hilariously, that's all only scratching the surface.
Enjoy a longer than usual episode (if you're looking for the ND stuff, head to the 49 minute mark) as we take our long winter podcast nap. 2020 is going to be one hell of a ride.
The 2019 Sim Season has come down to this. One final fever dream from my XBox, victimizing two teams that, thankfully, Shane and I do not care about.
I think I now have no choice but to check my XBox into rehab after this one.
All good things must come to an end. Our weekly trips to the altar of Gamblor are no different.
Come join Eddie and I as we look back at our pre-season futures picks. Come enjoy how wrong we were as well as discovering that I may just have a Madden Curse-like superpower.
Plus, will Eddie and I join the fake bandwagon of Clemson disrespect that lives in Dabo Swiney's head? Come join us and find out!
It's hard to believe, but, with this podcast now in the books, there will be only one more game to pick: the National Championship. Before that happens, Eddie and I still have a rather large slate to get you through the end of the year and to kick off your 2020.
So come join us at the altar of GAMBLOR before it's too late and the clutches of the offseason ensnares us all.
The last real college football Saturday went out with one hell of a bang, kicking off with a convincing Notre Dame victory in the Camping World Bowl, and follow up with a great run of three New Year's Six games. The evening was capped with what was, easily, one of the better semifinal matchups that we've had the pleasure of witnessing in the young history of the college football playoff.
Shane and I hopped on the mics shortly after the final whistle of Clemson's defeat of Ohio State to recap the entire wonderful day.
Come join us and savor the final Irish victory of 2019.
Shane and I often say that our NCAA Sim is constantly on drugs, but I feel like a special delivery was made over the holiday. I'm not even sure how to describe this one beyond the fact that, as seems to be tradition, all your worst "Hold Me, I'm Irish" fears come through in this virtual mayhem.
It's the last Notre Dame Sim of 2019, so buckle up and join us one last time as Notre Dame takes on Iowa State in the Russel Ath--err, Camping World Bowl.
Post-Christmas and pre-New Year's would, generally sound like a time in which non-major bowl games would take place. College football, however, is a weird place. Half of the New Years Six, including both semifinal games, will take place in this period, plus Notre Dame's foray into the Camping World Bowl.
There are some awesome matchups to dive into, so, after you are done with your holiday cheer, come join Eddie and I at the altar of GAMBLOR once again.
It's been a while, but Eddie and I are back!
Bowl season is upon us and we are ready to head back to the altar of GAMBLOR. Come join us as Eddie and I pick every game up to the Hawaii bowl on Christmas Eve.
Also, be sure to join the HLS Bowl pick 'em for your chance at some HLS swag via herloyalsons.com/pickem.
I wasn't planning on releasing a podcast. In fact, the interviews that you are about to hear were initially planned to debut during my 24-hour Extra Life marathon.
But then Chip Long and Notre Dame decided to break up. In a happy accident, one of my guests, Ty Hildenbrandt of The Solid Verbal, already had a scheduled interview just a mere 24 hours after the news broke. So it seemed rather appropriate to get our thoughts on the situation in your podcast feeds ASAP with the added benefit of promoting my pediatric cancer fighting efforts.
Along with Ty, I am joined by Vicki Lews-Enrst from the Children's Hospital Foundation of Oklahoma City, the Children's Miracle Network I raise money for and where my inspiration for all this, Aven was treated before he passed from leukemia. I can think of no better person to bring on to give everyone insight on where they money goes and also shed some light on the other awesome Extra Lifers that raise money for the CHF of OKC.
My marathon kicks off at 7pm CT on my personal Twitch channel (twitch.tv/ndtex). As a part of this effort, I do terrible things to myself and we will kick off with two payoffs: (1) a terrible booze concoction and (2) a chest waxing, performed by Mrs. Tex. Yes, I might be insane, but it's all in the name of fighting pediatric cancer!
Please join my effort by donating via extralife.ndtex.com. All donations are tax deductible, made securely, and handled directly by the Children's Miracle Network. Every dollar counts and, if you aren't in a position to donate, please spread the word!
The regular season has finally ended, the playoffs seeded, bowls assigned, and coaches shit-canned. Come join Shane and I as we discuss a rather chalky championship weekend, initial reactions to the bowl slate, the silly season, and Notre Dame's upcoming matchup against Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.
We've finally hit the final week of regular season picks. After this, it's bowl season, but before we move to that chapter I have to find a way to pick up one more game on Eddie to finally beat him head-to-head.
There's a lot of fun football on the slate and some final chances for chaos. Don't let the moment pass you by and join us at the altar of GAMBLOR one more time.
The final week of the college football season never disappoints. Notre Dame's easy win against Stanford certainly didn't raise too many eyebrows, but to be fair it's hard to compete against Ole Miss losing because of a dog urination celebration and Nick Saban losing due to have twelve men on the field.
We have loads to discuss this week, including multiple coaches showing their asses in post-game pressers, finding the true definition of accepting mediocrity, and discussing the start of the silly season that is the coaching carousel.
It's the last regular season recap, so be sure to tune in!
It's the final Notre Dame NCAA Sim of the regular season. We got rain. We got crosswinds. We got a stadium that neither virtual or real Brian Kelly has ever won in.
Will the streak of nightmares continue? Or will ND exorcise multiple demons?
Come take some time out of your turkey hangover to come find out as we close out the sim season.
We've finally arrived at both the greatest and saddest time of the college football season. It's the week in which everyone around the nation stops pulling their scheduling punches and goes all-out--the final week of the season is upon us.
The Iron Bowl. The Game. Bedlam. The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. And that's just scratching the surface.
Oh, and Notre Dame needs to end a freaking decade-long streak of failing to beat Stanford at the farm.
It's the final regular season trip to the altar of GAMBLOR, and we even gave you a bonus pick in the cold open. Come join us.
While this week typically doesn't have wall-to-wall excitement, it was far from boring. A top ten team fell, some games got spicier than expected, and even Notre Dame's blowout of Boston College was elevated by the fantastic, and Flutie-free, Notre Dame Fan Feed.
We hit the major stories of the week, including some additional opining from yours truly about a couple Texas teams. Plus a look at the ND/BC game that might just talk more about the broadcast than the actual game.
I'm not sure if there is a more frustrating combo for a Notre Dame fan than to have to deal with than consecutive weeks featuring Navy and Boston College. The Navy sim eased fears and was a solid predictor for a good time this past Friday--perhaps we run it back again?
There's only one way to find out. Come join us in the most accurate prediction method in all of sports, the NCAA '14 sim.
After all, it's senior day against BC, what could possibly go wrong?!
This is always the toughest week of college football to find decent and entertaining games to put on the board. Shoutout SEC for your FCS habit and damn near every other conference working overtime to skirt rivalry matchups and fun.
Despite the frustration, it's still college football y'all. There are only two Saturday's of full season goodness left to consume. Don't abandon it. Cherish it and come with us to the altar of GAMBLOR as the good Lord intended.
Yes, we realized that ranked them that Notre Dame blew out was Navy. Further, this beatdown will likely bar Navy from returning to the rankings.
We don't care. It was fun. It was cathartic in a way. 50-burgers are never a bad thing
However, there were loads of other important stories from around college football. The upsets were few, but the storylines many.
Shane and I kick off your week by getting you up to date on everything. Come join us and enjoy the mental image of Chase Claypool still torching the Navy secondary.
The Notre Dame NCAA Sim returns this week, bring Shane and a cold open back with it.
With our virtual booth back to full strength, we turn to the most accurate of all prediction methods in sports to see just how much we need to worry about a ranked Navy team. After all, we've seen Notre Dame struggle against offenses deploying option concepts this season, so it's not like the number next to Navy's name is the only thing to worry about.
We also discuss recent NCAA compliance cases featuring Chase Young & Ohio State, as well as Memphis' James Wiseman in our tailgate. We also have a brief discussion about Notre Dame's sellout streak coming to the end before we dive headlong into virtual triple option football, which, I dare say got...
Last week was wall-to-wall glory. Despite the chaos Eddie and I found ourselves batting .500 for the week and look to improve upon that performance in week 12.
While this week's slate isn't as insanely loaded on paper, the potential for chaos to continue is certainly present. After all it's college football in November and, despite our best efforts to predict, we all know anything can and will happen.
We're running low on college football Saturdays. Come join us at the altar of GAMBLOR while you still can.
Could it be? Did we really all just witness a solid Notre Dame football game with minimal headaches?
It seems too good to be true, but in a week in which many teams saw their seasons take a nose dive, Notre Dame strolled into Duke and came out with an easy W.
It's a shorter episode for all the best reasons. It's the last time I roll solo this week, so come join for a recap of one hell of a week in college football and ND's second road victory of the season.
This weekend I'm rolling both solo parenting and solo on the pod. With Shane out on a trip, the sim and the chat serve as my co-host.
The past couple of weeks this sim has had some insane moments of prophecy and I look for that to continue this week. I actually spend some time during this virtual fever dream trying to figure out exactly what those moments might be.
I spend even more moments dancing to Epic Sax man.
Trust me, this all makes sense. It's perfectly normal.
Y'all, it's finally time for college football to take off. With the calendar fully settled into November, we find ourselves with a loaded slate this weekend.
The first college football playoff rankings are out. We have a top five game. We have multiple top 25 games. We have teams with fired coaches. We have teams with soon-to-be-fired coaches (hi, Southern Cal!).
You've had a couple months to prepare for this insanity. Eddie and I are ready and at the altar of GAMBLOR as always. Come join us and get hype for the weekend.
A bad win is always better than a bad loss, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take a hard look at how Notre Dame gave us all a heart attack this past Saturday.
Plus, we had a far amount of crazy go down this week, especially in the Group of Five.
Come start your week off with Shane and I as we take a look at everything that went down as college football enters the all-important month of November.
Running the sim on Halloween seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. After all, it predicted, with far too much accuracy, the hell that awaited Notre Dame in Ann Arbor.
However, this time around, dare I say it gave us hope?!
Also in this episode a bit of chatter about name, image, and likeness rights for college athletes, plus an iTunes review that I somehow missed for over a month!
I think Notre Dame may have broken Eddie, but that's not going to stop our weekly visit to the altar of GAMBLOR.
All of a sudden we are in the final month of the season and the only thing that will make us sadder than a game up north that shall not be named will be when this is all over. So we shall attempt to savor it and move forward. Even if it hurts.
Plus, I have a three game lead on Eddie and dammit, I'm finally going to win one of these years.
I hope everyone gets a chuckle from the cold open. There's definitely not a whole lot of room for any other laughs in this episode after Notre Dame finds themselves absolutely embarrassed in Ann Arbor.
Right off the bat, Shane and I deem this loss the worst of the Brian Kelly era. There's no sugar-coating it.
This episode is probably less than a pod, but more of an hour-long therapy session on trying to deal with this. So come join us and try to start the healing--or come listen and get even angrier. Whatever works.
Remember every nightmare that you had as a Notre Dame fan about the 2011 Under the Lights game. Well, do we have a sim for you!
(But the chat went hard in the paint with the new ability to play drops and that makes it all worth it!)
We've finally arrived a Michigan hate week after the bye. While the hate is absolutely flowing through Eddie and I, we due our due diligence and visit the altar of GAMBLOR as we do every week.
This slate is LOADED. Oh, and there's potential for blood week in the waters as well.
It's gonna be a fun weekend. Come get your degenerate on and preview what's to come this weekend with us!
This bye week teased all kinds of chaos. While we didn't have a full blood week, we had what I'd like to term as a flesh would, with Wisconsin playing the part of the Black Knight, finding his limbs quickly dismembered.
I roll solo on this show to break down everything that happened while we were all eating cheeseburgers, including Notre Dame sliding into the top spot of a rather impressive statistical category.
I'm not really sure how to describe this episode as it went even more off the rails than our typical bye week endeavors.
Jack Crosby of CBS Sports joins Eddie, Shane, and I for an audio adventure of epic proportions.
We talk football, how to cook a steak in a beer cooler, pro wrasslin', Baby Metal, anime, and seemingly everything under the sun for far too long.
The only thing that we can guarantee is that I stayed up far too late editing the podcast because Jack's audio somehow time traveled repeatedly. Thankfully we have a coherent copy after far too much work.
Well...as coherent as this insanity can be.
Notre Dame may be on a bye, but the picks pod takes no weeks off!
Eddie and I look to continue riding our October hot streak by picking another 14 games. The slate may not be loaded, but you need to enjoy something while enjoying your cheeseburgers and, hopefully, watching all the chaos erupting all around the college football world.
As we have with any Notre Dame night game, Shane and I hopped on the channel for a true post-game show.
This week, there was loads to talk about as the chaos has truly begun with Georgia falling, the SEC being involved in an actual entertaining shootout, and Notre Dame ending up in a dog-fight with their biggest rival.
Start off your bye week with us, bask in the glow of beating SC for the third year in a row, and get that Michigan hate brewing.
Yes, there is three full minutes of a cold open in this episode. Clearly, we've had far too much success and smooth sailing, so everything came crashing back down in spades during our live recording. Those three minutes are a small sample of the sheer panic I had while trying to get everything working again.
Thankfully, I managed to not just get the live stream audio fully functioning again, but somehow managed to edit a coherent (well, for HLS anyways) episode and sim.
...and now that the sim has ended, I wish I had just rage quit.
The last week of college football was the calm before the storm. There are four top-25 games, one of which is a top ten affair, and another which is a heated rivalry.
Oh, and to top it all off, Notre Dame takes on Southern Cal.
It's going to be a big week. Get ready with us.
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With seven teams in the top 25 on a bye, a handful more involved in non-competitive blowouts (including Notre Dame!), and multiple top 25 teams falling out of the rankings due to upsets, it was a weird week.
It wasn't a blood week nor was it boring, but more a calm before the storm for what looks like a loaded week 7.
Shane and I navigate our way through the week, a cathartic blowout of BVG, and set our sites toward Southern Cal.
With a double bye week season we were bound to have a week or two with a bit of a lighter slate. This week is one of those weeks with only 10 games on our docket.
But it doesn't matter if the weeks are jam-packed full of games of the week of the year of the century, a blood week waiting to happen, or just a scattering of interesting matchups. Picks must be made and the altar of GAMBLOR must be visited.
After a noon slate that was just full of weird and ugly, we were treated to a tease of an upset of #1 (and they aren't #1 anymore so kinda happened?), and then transitioned to straight murder in the prime-time slate.
I'd like to think that the Notre Dame defense really kick started the massive destruction in the second half against Virginia. The argument would probably be a little bit stronger with some better offensive execution, but I guess Irish fans can't have everything that they want.
Come join Shane and I on this journey of blowouts, sacks, and Pat Fitzgerald struggling to figure out how math works.
It's that time of the week once again. Time for the most accurate of all prediction and preview methods in sports today, the NCAA '14 Sim.
For the second week in a row, Notre Dame finds themselves in the game that features the two highest ranked teams. After a rough road trip against Georgia (both real and Sim-wise), the Irish return home to face the #18 Virginia Cavaliers.
Virginia may be for lovers, but the Sim has no love for anyone...especially when it goes on full drugs like it did this week.
I fear it's all too damn realistic this time around.
After a less than optimal weekend in Athens, Eddie returns to the pod with some...um, thoughts.
It's time to move forward once again as college football stops for no one. So come join us for our weekly picks, aka the things that you are going to fade all weekend.
As we plan to do for all Notre Dame football night games, Shane and I hit Twitch live a few minutes after the final whistle blew in Athens. Kirby Smart tried to let the Irish back into it, but ND ultimately fell short on their final drive, losing 23-17.
What went wrong? What went right? Can Notre Dame ever win these kind of games? What does this mean for the rest of the 2019 season?
We tackle that and much more off the cuff and raw from the heartbreaking loss, including many questions and comments from an incredibly active live chat. Have thoughts yourself? Be sure to leave us a message and sound off.
The most accurate of all sports preview methods takes on one of the most anticipated games of the season! It's time for Notre Dame at Georgia.
With such a highly anticipated matchup, Shane and I jump straight into the action. No long previews or big news recaps needed. It's time to get straight into the action...right after a cold open in which Shane is the unfortunate victim of technical issues and not me for once!
The week that we've been waiting for has finally arrived: Notre Dame at Georgia. As we start looking forward in earnest to one of the biggest matchups of the season, Eddie and I also get our picks in for one hell of a slate of college football that also features two additional early season top-25 games before a certain marquee game in between the hedges.
It's go time. I'm fired up (despite the absolute disaster that was a total false start of the show which I captured in the cold open).
Let's do this.
Go Irish. #HAILGAMBLOR
While it wasn't a full blood week, week 3 definitely held its fair share of surprises. Stanford and Southern Cal took hilarious losses. The entire ACC sans Clemson face-planted, including something that may be worse than an FCS upset.
Even Notre Dame had its fair share of things to dive into this week after yet another slow start on offense and a **checks notes** camera that drew the rage of many an Irish fan.
Georgia is just around the corner, but take a bit of time to savor this week with us before you start getting your mind set for a showdown between the hedges.
It feels like it's been ages since Notre Dame faced off against Louisville thanks to the rare second week bye. Now with actual Saturday football approaching (also a weird thing to say), it's time to get back into the swing of things.
For us, that means only one thing: our own unique method of previewing Notre Dame Football, the most accurate predictive method in all of sports, the NCAA '14 Sim.
With a slow news week we were able to jump right into the fun. Yes, Notre Dame was a heavy favorite even in the virtual world, but the Sim still had a few surprises in store for us, providing loads of entertainment as only the Sim can.
In the cold open, you get an insight into how insane I've gone with the technical side of things recently. You name it, I've seen it, including the pure user error just being plain dumb with my mixer.
Anyways, after laughing at my brain malfunction, enjoy another week of picks from Eddie and I. Week 3 may not have the so-called marquee matchups, but it's college football. You should cherish every week before the cold offseason returns. We're here to help make you care if for nothing else than to laugh at our over-confidence in our picks.
Oh, and weeks like this are absolutely ripe for major upsets. So buckle in and let's get weird.
I'm not sure we could've asked for much better during the first ever (and probably only) Hot Dog bye week. The marque game was incredible. We got a top-15 upset while everyone was asleep.
Some of our favorite punching bags managed to somehow steer their games into more hilarity. And that's not even taking the Michigan/Army game into account.
We also discuss the fact that Southern Cal may have found themselves a QB and an offense as well as the return of the Knight's Watch.
Just because it was a bye week doesn't mean it was a slow week. Come on board and get New Mexico week started right with us!
Notre Dame may be on a bye but the picks never take a week off.
After a week one in which *checks notes*, yeah let's not talk about week 1. Perhaps much like a certain Irish QB, we need a week to get our heads right and get back on track and we have eleven games of interest for this weekend.
Also, don't forget to drop in on the pick 'em and sign up before the two week grace period ends. People not named Tex are absolutely bringing it this season and it's going to be fun to watch this competition continue.
Typically during a bye week, we all fondly remember Charlie Weis and his infamous cheeseburger comments. However, with New Mexico and Bob Davie looming on the horizon, I moved to shelve the cheeseburgers and switch to hot dogs in honor of a certain incident that is detailed in this episode.
With the hot dog focus, Shane and I naturally wanted a solid round of #snacktalk. So, naturally, we brought on a guest, Jessica Smetana of Sports Illustrated and the Most Valuable Podcast, to join us in discussing hot dogs of all kinds.
Oh, and we ask her about Notre Dame things too. I guess that's important and of interest as well.
Week one games are often sloppy and Notre Dame, unfortunately, was not an exception. While the Irish came away with a 35-17 victory at Louisville, sloppy play, especially from the offense and Ian Book, gave many a ND fan some Monday night heartburn.
As we will attempt to do after all night games this season, Shane and I hit record shortly after the final whistle.
Come for the level-headed, we got to sleep on it recap of the national scene in week 1. Stay for the knee-jerk reactions about ND's less-than-optimal performance.
College football has returned and that means the most accurate of all preview methods, the NCAA Sim, is back! While we can't ever promise much here at HLS, we can promise that this prediction will be completely unique from anything else that you read or hear up until Monday's kickoff.
Plus, Shane regales us with tales of a Chicago trip done to perfection. We debut a brand new segment for the season. We revel in college football's opening kickoffs. We have an unbelievable technical meltdown because I decided to turn off my XBox to reduce background noise.
This pod has everything.
We've finally made it. Week 1 is upon us and that means Eddie and I have our altar to Gamblor prepped and ready for a full slate of college football picks.
Don't forget to join in on the fun at the HLS Pick 'Em for a chance to win all kinds of free swag. Week 1 was 29 games to pick. It's gonna get weird immediately and I'm unbelievably pumped.
Can bad things happen during the 2019 Notre Dame football season? Absolutely! But with only a few days away from Irish football, we decided to have Chris (aka Rakes of the Rakes Report) on and convince ourselves that ND will go 14-0 while taking potshots at our rivals and Michigan.
Come join us as we talk about the upcoming season, what we are looking forward to, and just how many points we want Book to put up on Brian Van Gorder and Bob Davie.
Also, be sure to sign up for the Rakes Report newsletter and subscribe to the Rakes Report pod as well.
There is actual college football this Saturday! That means it's time to pick against some spreads and get our futures picks on. Plus, enjoy a treat in the cold open of me unexpectedly having to drink an Extra Life milestone drink to celebrate $2,500 raised so far. #HAILGAMBLOR
I can think of no better way to properly kick off our regular podcasting schedule than an episode with loads of technical issues. Thankfully, the majority of these were limited to the live stream as the amount of control I had over our Twitch stream degraded to zero midway through.
Thankfully, we pulled the episode off and, despite Audition also throwing errors at me, the podcast audio will be devoid of (most of) the headaches we saw on the stream. It's a good thing too because I attended the Solid Verbal's Fantasy Things Draft live. The event gave me a chance to interview Ty Hildenbrandt of the Solid Verbal and Sean Bass, Sports Director of The Ticket, DFW's top sports radio station, who, much to my surprise, grew up a Notre Dame fan.
Shane also runs the most important #SnackTalk segment that we've ever done, recapping his life-changing experience with a certain chicken sandwich.
Friendly reminder: We are doing a private stream of an NCAA sim for charity this Thursday, August 22. Any donation of $5 or more made to https://extralife.ndtex.com, benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation of Oklahoma City, will get you a "media pass" to the stream. Every dollar is a point/vote to ND's opponent. Currently, Boise State is in the lead at $70.37, with Alabama trailing close behind at $70.
College football preview magazine season is the first sign that the wonderfully stupid sport that we all know and love is right around the corner. As has now become tradition for the past couple of years, Tyler James from the South Bend Tribune joins the pod to discuss Notre Dame football and the ND Insider preview magazine (which you can and should purchase here).
Come get your fall camp hype on as we talk about magazine cover-boy Julian Okwara, Ian Book, how we feel about the 2019 season, and of course, all the hot and spicy fast food takes you can handle.
Additional Important Charity Note! @bridgetgoirish is taking her desire to get Brady Quinn into the NBC broadcast booth to the campaign trail--for a great cause! Each purchase of a campaign sticker or mug at our store will see all proceeds go directly to my Extra Life campaign, which benefits the Children's Hospital Foundation of Oklahoma City--a cause near and dear to my heart in honor of Aven who was taken far too soon from this world because of Leukemia. We've worked the price out in which each purchase will guarantee the profits total at least $5, and 100% will go to my Extra Life campaign.
Do you have a sports bucket list? Could you imagine trying to cross off everything in say a single year? How about attending a sporting event every day for a year?
Your answers probably went from yes to no rather quickly, but Jamie Reidy attempted to do just this (keyword: attempted). Jamie joins the podcast to talk about his book Need One! and the various sporting events that he saw along the way--from tailgating in the grove, to hitting a local bowling league.
After the interview, I discuss a bit of what would make up my Sports Year and how Jamie's journey reminded me of what is by far my favorite thing about sports: the people.
If you'd like to read about Jamie's incredible and ridiculous journey, head over here and purchase Need One!
On the heels of Notre Dame getting one of their biggest commitments in years, we decided to do a podcast that has absolutely nothing to do with football.
It's the offseason and we have Game of Thrones thoughts that we are itching to get out. Come join us as we...uh, bid farewall to our watch. Yeah, let's go with that.
With the annual Blue/Gold game on Saturday, Shane and I felt it was a perfect excuse to pull out the 'ol NCAA '14 sim once again. Let me tell ya, it did not disappoint.
The most accurate prediction method in college football returns to entertain and terrify you into a world of possibilities best described as Pandora's Box.
Also in the show, The Shirt returns to a Blue-Grey Sky, but mostly grey and a preview of the #BKHomeboyMadness Championship.
Yes, the Madness is back. No, not March Madness, but #HLSRecapMadness. This time, we are going full #BKHomeboy style. 64 of the best #BKHomeboy photoshops will duke it out for internet glory.
Shane, Garrett, and I have our own Selection Sunday and reveal the field of 64 and break down each entry with the hard-hitting analysis that only we can deliver.
Voting is now live. Vote early. Vote often.
Yes, this might just be the dumbest thing that we've ever done, but you can't spell "dumbest" without best. Therefore, the best thing that we've ever done.
With another signing period officially in the books, Shane and I enlist an actual recruiting analyst, Kevin Sinclair of Irish Illustrated, to join us on the podcast. Kevin helped break down the class as well as some of the major storylines in this cycle--including something about vultures and Huskies.
Or maybe that was Asa Turner just trying to figure out his future as he said in his own words. I donno, crootin' is weird and people get mad.
So come join us on a fun episode looking into the future of our beloved Irish and try and pretend that football hasn't left us.
In this podcast, we get back to our roots: a complete technological mess. Thankfully the podcast audio went off without an issue because the Twitch live stream and the backup recording somehow failed.
Honestly, the season can now truly end in appropriate fashion.
We laugh at Michigan. We laugh at Southern Cal. We laugh at AP voters. We laugh at Bama.
Come join us for some last moments of college football before it fades away.
By popular demand, we bring to you virtual Dabo and virtual Saban locking horns in NCAA '14 for our national title preview. There is a bit of Notre Dame in this show as well as we recap recent departures (up to the time of recording on Friday) and I have a little bit of a rant in response to some of the initial fallout of the Cotton Bowl Loss.
All good things must come to an end, and much like Notre Dame's perfect season, it's time to bid farewell to the picks pod.
But before Eddie and I head into that long, cold offseason, we go over the futures picks from the beginning of the year as well as picking Bama and Clemson. There's a tussle at the top, so make sure to get your picks in at herloyalsons.com/pickem and close out strong.
We hope you had the time of your life, y'all. Go Irish, #HAILGAMBLOR.
Yes, the Cotton Bowl was awful. Shane and I dive into the mess with a very active chat.
However the highlight, in my opinion at least, was absolutely the interviews that I conducted during the HLS tailgate. Jessica Smetana from Sports Illustrated, and former ND O-linemen, and current ESPN personality, Mike Golic Jr. take top billing. However, don't sleep on an ND fan attending his first game, the HLS OGs, NDEddieMac, and some of my fellow Otters.
The New Year's Six is finally upon us. This means that it's time to round out the bowl picks, and finally talk some Notre Dame vs Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.
Make sure to join in on the fun via herloyalsons.com/pickem for your chance at some free HLS swag. Enjoy the show. Go Irish. #HAILGAMBLOR
It's been far too long since we've been able to deliver the most accurate of all college football preview methods: The NCAA '14 Sim.
Shane and I took advantage of an unexpected bowl cancellation to deliver a sim of Notre Dame vs Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. Did this turn into a complete disaster or has virtual BK used the break to finally coach normally?
...if you've seen or heard any of these sims, you already know the answer. However, I can promise that this sim absolutely delivers on every entertainment level!
The podcast may be a day late, but damn near everyone is .500 or above, so we're definitely not a dollar short!
Make sure to join in on the fun via herloyalsons.com/pickem to have your chance at a free piece of merch from the HLS store. Only eight games are down and going on heater can easily win this thing. Oh, and we have all the bowl games available to pick because we know the holidays are here.
We cover all the bowl games up to Thursday, December 27 in this episode, so make sure you join us again live over at twitch.tv/herloyalsons at 9:00 p.m. CT/10:00 p.m. ET next week for the remaining bowl picks.
The HLS Bowl Pick 'Em has returned!
Apologies for the delay, but Yahoo decided to can their pick 'em game so I had to create one from scratch. That, plus being in home repair/renovation hell caused this to be delayed. But no matter, Eddie and I are here for the first week of glorious bowl picks and you can join in on the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem as always.
This time, it's winner-take-all in the bowl season for a piece of merch from the HLS Store.
So come join us in the picks because, before you know it, the games will be gone.
We knew it would happen last week, but now it's officially official. Notre Dame is in the playoffs and, years later, will have their chance to avenge a loss to Clemson on a gigantic stage.
Thankfully, no hurricanes will be involved this time.
Shane and I give our initial reactions to the news as well as a quick recap of the conference championship games around college football.
It's time to enjoy the best kind of bye week. While we kick back and have Thanksgiving round two with cheeseburgers, it's time to watch everyone else sweat it out to play in their conference's cash grabs--I mean, conference title games.
Eddie and I pick every single one from the Sun Belt to the SEC. Oh, and by the way, only a single game separates Eddie and I in our Extra Life donation bet.
To quote Eddie, let's goooooooo baby!
The title says it all.
The recap of the world of college football focuses in on the playoff picture as Notre Dame has practically punched their own ticket. Plus, we take a look into Notre Dame capping off their perfect season against Southern Cal and how they overcame a sluggish first half.
It's time to enjoy the ultimate bye week while everyone else plays in a conference title game that doesn't really matter. Start your cheeseburger party with us.
Happy Turkey Day, y'all!
Here at HLS, I know what you really need to get through your turkey-induced naps and that uncomfortable moment when your uncle decides it's time to start talking politics: degenerate gambling picks.
Fresh off my Vegas trip, we bring you the glory that is rivalry week with 14 (!!) games. Be sure to join in on the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem for your chance at free HLS swag.
With the combination of a long weekend in Vegas and the Thanksgiving holidays, we figured it would make a lot more sense to just cook up one big 'ol feast of an episode. We have the recap of week 12, Notre Dame's victory over Syracuse, and of course the ever-popular NCAA sim between Notre Dame and Southern Cal.
Enjoy the holidays and this perfect excuse to escape from your family and/or drown out the eventual and uncomfortable politics discussion at the dinner table.
Between damn near every team in college football trying to take a week off with a terrible matchup and Notre Dame/Syracuse trying to blind us all with poor uniform choices, week 12 will likely not be a treat for the eyes.
However, college football is college football and we will miss it dearly when it is gone. And so we press on, eager for another Saturday and another NCAA Sim which may also make you blind.
This weekend, I will kneeling at the altar of GAMBLOR in Las Vegas. I can think of no better way to prepare than with another round of picks with Eddie. Sure, the national slate for this week is meh, but when you are a degenerate, there are no weeks off.
Don't forget to join in on the fun by visiting herloyalsons.com/pickem.
Week 11 was a week of chalk around college football, but there's still lots to cover as the conference and playoff pictures continue to come into focus.
Of course, we also talk a lot of Notre Dame crushing Florida Sate as we wonder if we can can put the "green jersey curse" to rest and...should we start talking more about comparisons to Clemson rather than Michigan?
The Irish are now #3 in the nation, controlling their own playoff destiny. With week 11 bringing interesting, yet not-quite-overly-epic matchups, the Notre Dame hosts hapless Florida State in the blistering cold on Senior Day.
As we do every week, we use the most accurate preview method in all of college football, NCAA '14, to sim this home finale.
Senior day. Snow. Green jerseys. Brandon Wimbush.
What could possibly go wrong?
The end is near. Well, at least the home season for the Irish is.
Week 11 is full of loads of interesting games that could shake up the playoff and conference championship picture. Eddie and I do our level best to find the best twelve to pick as November rolls on.
Don't forget to head over to herloyalsons.com/pickem to come join in on the fun!
With week 10 now in the books, the majority of the playoff picture is coming into focus. Unless you are in the Pac 12 or Big 12, in which case, things are still insane.
Speaking of, anyone want to win the Pac 12 South? How about the ACC Coastal?
Meanwhile, Notre Dame, even after a terrible Navy-hangover of a first half, dispatches Northwestern by seven more points than some other school up north while never trailing.
It was a big week of football and there's lot to talk about. Come join us!
Yes, I'm aware Northwestern is in Evanston and Notre Dame is in South Bend, but like a ND band director, I'm going to shoehorn Chicago in here. There's a ton of news (hi, Maryland!) and playoff-picture worthy games to discuss.
Oh, and of course, the most accurate preview method in all of sports: the NCAA sim between Notre Dame and Northwestern.
Notre Dame is in the playoff hunt and week 10 looks to be the start of a major shakeup within the playoff rankings. Join Eddie and Ryan as they try to continue their winning ways on another twelve-pack of games.
Shane dubbed this week "Shit the Bed Saturday" and if you were a top 25 team on the road, you likely did. Lots of upsets to discuss plus Notre Dame's blowout win over Navy. Went a little bit longer in this one talking about the future of the ND/Navy series as well as the upcoming initial college football playoff rankings.
The bye week is done and Notre Dame football is back and that means it's time for the most accurate prediction and preview method in sports today: the NCAA sim. Yes, folks, the sim is back as are Shane and Ryan as they preview a week in college football that could get a little spooky.
It's hilarious that a week in which a top-five team goes and another top-25 is upset is a little boring in comparison to last week. Such is college football in which the "boring" is still awesome.
Come check out the recap of the major headlines around college football while Notre Dame feasted on cheeseburgers.
The bye week insanity is back and in place once again. The Elite makes its evolution into the Golden Elite for a very special bye week episode that covers...well, whatever we all felt like.
Winning is hard. This week, that was all too true as multiple teams in the top ten teams tasted defeat this week. Join Shane and Ryan as they examine the bodies and talk about Notre Dame surviving a similar fate against Pitt.
What could possibly ruin a wonderful season of Notre Dame football? Perhaps a game against Pittsburgh who always seems to play spoiler. Or maybe it's an internet rumor running wild.
Well, both of those are on the table this week in the midst of an impressive slate of college football games.
Week 6 was an absolute bloodbath for everyone involved. Bad beats were everywhere, but sometimes you have to make a sacrifice to GAMBLOR and keep going.
We're back for 13 more picks in week 7. Come join the fun by heading to herloyalsons.com/pickem. Get a perfect week, get free swag (releasing after the bye week--I hope...).
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In a week in which multiple top ten teams fell, Notre Dame came into Blacksburg and silenced Lane Stadium in a very convincing 45-23 win. Shane and Ryan bask in the morning glory of another victory as well as breaking down where other top teams around the nation stumbled.
Once again, the Irish are under the lights in a nationally televised game. The last time this happened, things did not end well. But will Blacksburg be different than South Beach? Come find out with the most unique and most accurate preview method on the internet: the NCAA '14 sim.
Eddie and Ryan are back with your weekly college football picks. This week we are coming out with a lucky thirteen games, including Notre Dame's visit to Lane Stadium against Virignia Tech.
Plus, it wouldn't truly be a season without Eddie and Ryan having some kind of head-to-head wager. This time, the wager is unique and there probably really isn't a loser in this one.
Be sure to join in on the fun via herloyalsons.com/pickem. Slowly but surely the released standings are becoming more robust as well, so be sure to check out herloyalsons.com for the latest!
Notre Dame's victory over Stanford was the very definition of a statement win. Shane and Ryan recap the week that was in college football with a focused discussion on the utter domination in South Bend and how things currently are laid out for the Irish for--dare we say--a playoff run?!
Week 4 was the classic, under-the-radar choas week, but week 5 is chock full of top 25 on top 25 violence with two top ten matchups to boot. Oh, and Notre Dame just happens to be one of them.
Come check out the picks and be sure to join the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem
Repeat after me: there is never a boring college football week. Notre Dame promotes QB2 to QB1, effectively throwing the Book at Wake Forest on the road. Upsets were the name of the game around the top 25. Teams blew leads. Teams made stupid mistakes. This week had everything.
Yes, the week 4 slate isn't one that just jumps out on paper, but it's still college football and there are still some great games going on around the nation. As for Notre Dame...is that Ian Book's music?!
Yes, the week four slate isn't great on paper, but we've all learned our lesson by now that we shouldn't sleep on these games, right?! Join Eddie and Tex for a full slate of picks and join in on the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem and get a chance to win some (soon to be released) HLS swag!
We're probably going to sound like a repeat of The Rakes Report, but that's not just the theme for Notre Dame, but college football as a whole. Join us as we take a look at the biggest storylines from around college football and our breakdown of Notre Dame vs Vanderbilt.
Episode artwork courtesy of NDMSPaint who whipped this up during our recording.
Come join Shane and Ryan in their weekly preview of the college football world plus a sim of Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt that can only be described as all too real.
The only safe bet this week this week is that a lot of games will be cancelled or greatly affected by storms (stay safe out there, y'all). For everything else, Eddie and Ryan are here to deliver the picks.
Notre Dame may be 2-0 and still #8 in both polls, but week 2 is something all Irish fans would rather forget. So after you finish listening to this show, be aware we will never speak of this again. Some other college football happened too. That was more fun to talk about.
There's loads of podcasts out there, many of which are saying roughly the same thing in their previews. So Shane and Ryan decided to take a little bit different route this year. After covering the latest headlines and games on their radar, they turn their attention to Notre Dame vs. Ball State via the magic of updated 2018 rosters on NCAA '14. If it's in the game, it's in the game...including far too many passes in the rain...
If you want to check out the video, be sure to head over to twitch.tv/herloyalsons.
Come step into the HLS Sports Book as Eddie and Ryan pick another slate of games for week 2. Come join in on the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem. There will be prizes...they are TBD, but there will be prizes.
Also, be sure to join us live and see the degeneracy unfold in video over at twitch.tv/herloyalsons.
To be honest, there's very little talk of the rest of the world of college football in this one. The combination of a rather calm week one slate and BEATING MICHIGAN, means we get through the big headlines quick and get to the pure joy of Notre Dame's victory.
Podcasting is always more fun like this. Come along for the ride and be sure to check out the video version at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/305684399 and give us a follow while you're there.
Ryan may be playing hurt and coughing up a lung but that doesn't stop him and Shane from bringing you the latest headlines heading into the 2018 college football season. Week one may be a little light, but we welcome football back with open arms. Oh, and Notre Dame has a big game as well.
Catch the video version of the show over at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/303589538
Y'all, actual football is happening tomorrow so Eddie and Ryan step into the HLS Sports Book to throw out some futures predictions for conference champions, Notre Dame's win total, Heisman Winner, Playoffs, National Champion, and Week 0 picks because degeneracy can't stop and won't stop.
Catch the video version of this on Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/videos/300752734
Are you starving for football, we're definitely starving for football. Ryan dusted off his old copy of NCAA '14, downloaded some updated rosters, turned the game commentary down to zero and takes over with Shane. If it's in the game, it's in the game...including every bit of Irish angst that you'd expect. Want to see the video of the sim? Be sure to check out twitch.tv/herloyalsons and give us a follow while you're there!
Douglas Farmer from NBC's Inside the Irish joins Shane and Ryan to break down the annual ranking of the top 25 players on the Irish roster. HLS goes into detail with their picks and opinions as Douglas gives his insights on the collection of all polls received in the countdown.
We're back! After a long hiatus, Shane and Ryan return with Tyler James of ND Insider and the South Bend Tribune to talk ND Football as well as some of the wonderful things in the ND Insider Preview magazine (which you should absolutely buy). Plus, Shane and Ryan reveal an idea that's sure to get everyone ready for Notre Dame vs. Michigan under the lights.
It's been far too long so Shane and Ryan use the Blue/Gold scrimmage to get back in to the podcasting game while catching up on some major ND related news. Be sure to catch future live recordings on twitch.tv/herloyalsons!
Vacation is supposed to be that thing in which you get some quality R&R--unless you are the NCAA and that term means stripping wins for no damned good reason. Enough news happened since our last podcast, so here we all talking NCAA punishing ND for punishing their own as well some other headlines that caught our eye over the last month.
Oh, and we're going to start streaming this thing on Twitch as well. Head over to twitch.tv/herloyalsons and give us a follow if you like some visuals with your audio.
HLS trying new technology...what could possibly go wrong?!
Folks, the 2017 has officially concluded. In true fashion, the podcast is delayed a day which, of course, brings some of the worst possible news for Notre Dame fans. Plus, winners are announced for the HLS Pick 'Em. We will take a bit of a break after this episode--mostly to avoid bringing any further terrible news for at least a little while.
Podcasting is a fun medium; however, when using it to cover a sport that can go zero to stupid at the drop of the hat things get weird. With no plans to talk about Notre Dame at all in this episode, Shane and Ryan recorded early, blissfully unaware that Mike Elko would hold a job in College Station the following day. So, as sweet summer children, they do nothing but preview the National Championship between Georgia and Alabama (while attempting to crown UCF as CFB's true champion).
Through the magic of podcasting time travel, Eddie and Ryan are able to chat about the earth-shattering development that rocked Notre Dame fans by recording later after the news broke.
So...yeah, this episode is a little interesting and this is all either the result of Brian Kelly's halftime blood sacrifice to win the Citrus Bowl, an attempt to divide by zero, or the end result of having two SEC teams in the title game.
Ryan and Shane could use every last bit of vitamin C from the Citrus Bowl trophy as they are both under the weather to break down Notre Dame's victory over LSU. It's like a drunkcast, only more sober and painful on the vocal chords.
The cold open returns as does Notre Dame football! Shane and Ryan take an in-depth look at the upcoming Citrus Bowl between the Fighting Irish and LSU. Plus, picks for the rest of the bowl games with Eddie. This is the final episode of 2017 and, when next your ears meet our voices, we will have only one college football game remaining.
With the weirdness that is the early signing day, we at HLS are proud to bring you an exclusive interview to cover both the early signing period, as well as the recent shoplifting suspensions as only we can.
Eddie and I are clearly out of practice because the Saturday bowl slate did not end well for us. As we approach Christmas, it's time for us to get back on track after putting our first postseason ball in the water. After all, this is the season of giving and we simply decided to give everyone else in the pick 'em a head start on us.
With the Extra Life stream in the books, it's time to get back to football. Eddie and I officially open the bowl pick 'em (herloyalsons.com/pickem) by picking the small slate of five games this Saturday. Yes, it's probably bad football, but it's football and there's spreads and an Amazon gift card is on the line! Come join in the fun and prepare yourself for the joyous bowl season with us.
Chris, aka, Rakes of the Rakes Report, joins Tex once again, but this time for a live interview on the stream. Talk centers around (of course) Notre Dame Football, but also this crazy thing called Notre Dame Basketball!
Kaleb Schweiss, one of the hosts of the Ultima Final Fantasy podcast, joins a sleep deprived Tex to talk...well, Final Fantasy (surprise!). Also a hearty hat tip to UFF for their generous donation to the cause. I enjoyed the grind.
Find UFF at: http://www.ultimafinalfantasy.geekdomentertainment.com/
Ty Hildenbrant from The Solid Verbal joins the Extra Life effort to talk college football, Notre Dame football, 90's retro sports gaming, and we engage in a fun coach-speak bit. I also want to thank Dan & Ty for their generous donation to the Extra Life effort as well. Stay solid, y'all.
As we mentioned on the last football-related HLS podcast episode, THE ELITE would do a post-show. The topic 100% devolved into stupid drunk jokes and pro wrestling. We apologize in advance, but you knew this was going to happen, right?
We kick off the Extra Life interview series with the podcast that inspired me to take this crazy journey: Limit Break Radio. Nate, Robbie, and Nika joined me to discuss Extra Life, their shows (yes, plural, they also do Final Encounter Cast and a nationally syndicated gaming and eSports show, Checkpoint Radio), Final Fantasy, and gaming.
Be sure to check them out!
Loyal listeners, the podcast feed is going to take a short five episode detour (not including this one). As you've heard throughout the past few shows, I have participated in an event called Extra Life to benefit the Children's Miracle Network in memory of a young man named Aven. I did multiple interviews for my 24-plus hour marathon and wanted to share them with you in case you missed them.
Donations are still open via herloyalsons.com/extralife and you can check out the entire archived event at twitch.tv/ndtex.
Jack and Eddie return for another ELITE podcast. We have coaching moves, championship weekend recaps, bowl selection thoughts, Notre Dame takes, and kicking Jack repeatedly in the junk for Florida State's terrible 6-6 campaign. Oh, and we have a mystery Army/Navy pick thrown in. This is the only episode of the week so get on it!
It's conference championship week, but the insanity of the silly season of coaching searches has been doing its damnedest to take the spotlight, especially if you're Tennessee or Arizona State. We have picks and previews for all the biggest games this weekend, including Florida State's desperate attempt to keep their bowl streak alive, plus the latest (at least at the time of recording) coaching news and rumors.
The silly season of coaching hires and fires is underway now that the regular season has ended. With Notre Dame having a disappointing loss to Stanford, many ND fans would happily jump into that fray. After looking at the national picture, Tex fields live questions from the HLS Discord chat to talk through just where to go from here.
Kick off your Thanksgiving week with all the picks. Eddie joins Tex for a full episode of previewing the biggest (and some of the not so biggest) games of the week including Notre Dame vs. Stanford. #HAILGAMBLOR
Well, this week of college football was certainly a thing that happened. Notre Dame decided to give all Irish fans a heart attack in a rain-soaked senior day while most teams around the nation took a break from playing football teams with a pulse. But hey, it's football and there are things to discuss. Come join us.
Well, it's not exactly the best slate of games that we've seen in the 2017 season, but if one thing has held constant, it's that none of them have been boring. Although we seem to be very willing to test it with the onslaught of bad matchups and FCS tours. Quite a few of the top teams in the nation are looking to bounce back from some bad losses and Notre Dame finds themselves in that group.
There's only a couple of weeks left in the regular season. Let's enjoy them while they last.
Well...that happened. Notre Dame may just need to avoid South Beach for a long time because Miami gave every Irish fan Alabama flashbacks. ND, however, wasn't the only playoff contender downed in brutal fashion this past weekend. There's a lot to breakdown from this Saturday, including a discussion of the bigger picture of where the Irish go from here.
The cold open returns as does Shane. The Irish also make a return of their own, heading down to Miami for the first time since that fateful BCS Championship game that abruptly ended 2012's magical run to take part in one of three top-ten matchups in Saturday. This is one of the most jam-packed weeks of top-tier college football in some time.
Come join us and get yourself ready for one hell of a ride.
A win's a win, even if Notre Dame didn't put the usual choke-hold on their opponent. Still, a 700+ yard performance and a double-digit win falling in the sloppy category seems like a decent place to be in. It's certainly a spot a few other teams around college football would love to be in as well after a couple of major upsets. Let's dig in to the potential playoff implications and get some predictions for tomorrow's playoff rankings in this recap episode.
Shane is unfortunately still out, but the preview episode will keep truckin' on. There is a ton of scoreboard watching for Irish fans this week as there are many games that could greatly affect Notre Dame's playoff aspirations. Of course, the Irish still have a lot of control over their own destiny as Wake Forest comes into town. There are no weeks off anymore, so come on in and get ready for another great weekend of college football!
Shane, unfortunately, had something that he needed to attend to last minute; however, the loyal listeners need their picks and we intend to deliver. So enjoy a special episode devoted to nothing but degeneracy and stay tuned for the normal preview podcast tomorrow.
Happy Halloween, loyal listeners! This week, we break down a week in college football that had all kinds of major implications on the college football playoff picture. And dare we say it: Notre Dame is right in the thick of it all on the heels of yet another three possession victory against another top 15 team.
With Notre Dame's big win against Southern Cal, the Irish have found themselves right in the middle of the (early) playoff conversation. This week, the path gets no easier with another top 15 matchup against North Carolina State. This week, the rest of the college football world also has a few big games that could greatly affect the playoff picture as well.
It's getting quite fun and the Irish are right in the thick of it all.
This week in picks, Eddie and I try to build on one hell of a start to the second half. Make sure to come join the fun at herloyalsons.com/pickem!
Well, it actually happened: the Irish beat a ranked Southern Cal team for the first time since 1995. Multiple folks from the HLS staff come and chime in on this simply GLORIOUS podcast. Enjoy this one folks, we've been waiting for over 20 years for this one!
After taking a bye week himself, Shane returns to his rightful co-hosting spot on the podcast. While this week isn't full of marquee matchups, we still have a few games on up on our radar. However, there is no doubt that all Irish eyes are centered on Notre Dame vs Southern Cal this weekend.
With a hellacious second half about to kick off for the Irish, come out of your bye week hangover with us!
Also, be sure to stick around for a much more sober Eddie with picks, find out who won the first half prize in the pick 'em, and get in on the second half! herloyalsons.com/pickem
Friend of the podcast, Jack Jorgensen, had an idea about both him and Eddie coming on for the same episode. On the heels of an insane bye week for ND, and Shane still out, this happens and it's just too sweeeeeeeeeet...granted Eddie doesn't join the show from his drunken stupor until a full hour in, but hey, it still happened!
Be Elite. Listen to the whole thing. Be a loyal listener f-f-f-f-for life.
...we apologize in advance.
Notre Dame is on a bye and there are no huge top-25-on-top-25 matchups, but that doesn't mean there aren't some games that shouldn't be on your radar (plus, we all know crazy never takes a week off in college football). Tex rolls solo again to detail six games that you should pay attention to, plus some follow ups on Gary Andersen walking away from buyout life & the FBI fraud investigation in college basketball. Plus, the first segment of our pick 'em comes to an end this week. Eddie and I take our final stabs before our first half victor is declared.
No Shane in this episode, but Tex picks himself by the bootstraps up after a long wedding weekend to roll solo. Frankly, that's more than some teams can say this week as there were some seismic upsets *cough*OklahomaAndMichigan*cough* this weekend. Mike Valenti gets some redemption in today's cold open, but you should go check out his full soapbox speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfVmlg4u1KY
Oh, and Notre Dame had another three possession victory on the road. Ho hum.
It only seems fitting that there's a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf that will eventually find its way towards the Carolinas as the Irish prepare for their annual road trip into the Carolinas. Thankfully, this one is both weak and scheduled to arrive well after the Irish depart. Third time's a charm! Anyways, come on in for a preview of week 6 in the world of college football, ND/UNC, picks with Eddie and a reminder to not get married in the fall.
We are becoming fans of this whole "blow out the opponent by three plus possessions" thing. Lots to talk about in this podcast, not just from the Notre Dame side, but a crazy week of college football that saw a top-five team *cough*SouthernCal*cough* crash and burn and another ranked team finds themselves embrassed at their own homecoming.
The title will make plenty of sense during the cold open. Tex is a wee bit punchdrunk from a long week of work and little sleep and did it ever show. Thank the good lord for the ability to edit in this medium. Anyways, it's time to preview week 5 which features three top 25 matchups and Notre Dame vs. Miami (OH). As always Eddie joins in for picks of the week and you can come join in on the fun via herloyalsons.com/pickem.
No cold open this time around, but we make up for it on the backend in this episode as Mr. PUCKER PUCKER PUCKER himself, Mike Valenti was at it again. You can find his (much shorter) newer rant that we had loads of fun with here: https://omny.fm/shows/the-valenti-show/mike-valenti-reacts-to-notre-dame-beating-msu
But that's at the end of the show. Before that bit of audio joy, we have a whole week of college football to recap, including Notre Dame's victory out in East Lansing.
After being treated to an unexpectedly crazy week 3, we take a look at what week 4 has to offer. The cupcakes have given way to conference matchups for most of college football. It's like moving day in golf. We should get a better idea of what many of the top teams in the nation are made of, leading to quite a few games landing on our radar to both preview and pick. Of course, Notre Dame has a large test looming themselves with a true road game in a hostile enviornment under the lights against Michigan State.
Get your football weekend started early with us!
515 yards on the ground. That. Happened. A lot of other insanity happened around in this projected "down" week of college football as well. I don't believe we've ever talked about so many games in a single sitting. Buckle up and start your week with us. Loads to talk about around the world of college football, plus discussing just what this Beantown Beatdown means going forward.
Irma is long gone and Shane has returned to the show! It's a little longer than usual as we catch up on news held over from earlier in the week. Plus, Shane is able to give his toughts on ND/Georgia while Tex talks a bit more about changes inside the stadium. Oh, and there's a ND game against some school outside of Boston.
It's time to get this show, and the season, back on track.
Also, have you joined the HLS Pick 'Em yet? If not, you should. Prizes available for each half of the season so it's not too late to join.
Well, the first loss came sooner than anyone wanted it to. Even worse, Shane is unable to join this episode thanks to Hurricane Irma. So Tex rolls solo recapping the week that was in college football and the rough ND loss against Georgia.
With Irma barrelling towards Shane's home of Florida, we did everything we could to get the preview episode out. Come hear our breakdown of some of the biggest games of the week, including Notre Dame vs. Georgia. Plus, picks with Eddie and y'all should really come pick against us in our pool. We will split the season up into segments so don't worry if you missed week one, come on in!
Needless to say, we were rather excited to see Notre Dame coast to an easy blowout victory. Come join us as we recap the week that was in college football and discuss the Irish's cathartic win over Temple.
College football is finally upon us! Welcome to our new day for our preview episodes. Be sure to join us every Thursday during the season as we preview the upcoming week of college football, including, of course Notre Dame. This year, we hope that you also join Eddie and I in our picks. So see if you can do better than us, head over here to join our pool for free.