A Bit of Delicious ND Schadenfreude

Submitted by imdeng on September 25th, 2010 at 11:26 PM

There is all kinds of good stuff going on over at NDNation.com - the very best source of schadenfreud after an ND loss. Here is my favorite so far - it is an evaluation of Coach Kelly by an ND faithful:

What we have here, is a slim-fast, kindler, gentler Weis.

Ahh... miss you, big guy. xoxo. Thanks for sending us your slim-fast, kinder and most importantly, gentler version.

You can follow the evolution of the above thought at this link:




September 25th, 2010 at 11:30 PM ^

Kelly knows his stuff. If I had to bet on it, I'd say he gets things clicking around there in the next year or two. Looks like we'll find out if the ND fanbase is more or less patient than ours.

Love to watch them lose though. So much fun.


September 26th, 2010 at 1:00 AM ^

Is this really a big change for them?  They've gone from being a pass-first pro-style offense with lots of spread elements to a pass-first spread offense.  They have a QB suited to run this system, and plenty of other good players.  They aren't lacking for talent, like we clearly were two years ago.  Their problems are harder to pinpoint. 

Personally, if I didn't know any better, I'd think Weis was still coaching them.  I see a lot of the same weird game management.


September 26th, 2010 at 12:10 AM ^

Who expects Ezeh, middling 3-star recruit who has been average at best despite years and years of playing experience, to be good?  Te'o is not Ezeh.  Floyd and Rudolph are elite talents and Allen is solid.  Crist is a 5-star recruit in his third year on campus who obviously has the physical tools to succeed (and has thrown for a bunch of yards this year).

Watching that game today, ND had chance after chance and Kelly continued to squander those opportunities because he had no answer for Stanford's blitzing defense, he was horrible at clock management (gave Stanford 3 points right before the half to make it a ten point game), and dialed up some ridiculous play calls in critical third/fourth down scenarios.

That defense held Stanford to field goals and forced turnovers.  Kelly just couldn't generate any offense out of the considerable talent at his disposal.


September 25th, 2010 at 11:32 PM ^

There were a number of Michigan fans who felt the exact same way about Rodriguez after his first 3 games.  Kelly is taking his lumps, but I believe he will ultimately turn ND into a contender.


September 26th, 2010 at 9:34 AM ^

"Damn it, they really should build that wall on the border with Mexico. Oh, Mimsie! Bring me another martini, Love. Two olives this time. And add a splash of the juice. I simply love that they call it a 'dirty' martini. Makes me feel like a libertine, or something. I say, I seem to have dribbled on my cravat."


September 25th, 2010 at 11:33 PM ^

Kelly looks pretty crazy on the sidelines when the O (mainly Crist) does something wrong. I've seen the f-bomb flying out during 75% of Kelly sideline shots. Nevertheless, I enjoy any displeasure from ND Nation

Blue Bunny Friday

September 25th, 2010 at 11:33 PM ^

"Terrible display of football. Kelly has got his work cut out for him to win us over."

It's funny, but the same sh*t would/did end up here... my only hope (Obi-Wan) is that we can stay above the other team injury jokes and super cockiness.


September 26th, 2010 at 6:06 AM ^

I'm enjoying this as much as everyone else here, but it isn't like Michigan fans are any better.  The only difference I can see is we (at least most of us here) weren't surprised with this the first year.  Most ND fans I have spoken to thought they would crush everyone this year.  Another year, another "Return to Glory".


September 25th, 2010 at 11:34 PM ^

as much as the next guy, but honestly with ND's recruiting classes and Brian Kelly's proven track record, he's in a different league of coaching prowess than Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davey. 

That said, I agree 100%. Stanford curbed stomped them exactly how I dreamed.


September 25th, 2010 at 11:41 PM ^

I watched Stanford-ND game - and Stanford absolutely dominated ND - it was not even close. In the end, Stanford was running every down and getting 4-6 yards every time. The prevailing opinion at NDNation is that Kelly seems to be over his head.

Stanford had one guy play both offense and defense and score two touchdowns in 15 seconds - first a rush TD and second a pick-6. It was pretty amazing.

The fact that ND offense did so poorly, at home, when Kelly is known as an offense oriented coach, has to be very troubling for ND fans.

Webber's Pimp

September 25th, 2010 at 11:44 PM ^

This ND loss coupled with Uconn's loss to Temple last week really tarnishes our early season victories. We have a big test against IU this weekend. We barely won the game last year and I expect another difficult test next Saturday. I hope my fellow bloggers aren't overlooking the Hoosiers...


September 25th, 2010 at 11:44 PM ^

For those that watched the game: Was anyone else annoyed with the fact that Brian Kelly calls a HB direct snap (aka wildcat formation after the team that employed it successfully and often) the leprechaun formation?  That just seems, well, stupid.