AHHHHH...... The Anti-Preview crawls out from underneath its Thai hookers and mushroom cloud haze to bring you the first Anti-Preview of the 2012 season. Yes, it's probably true that Notre Dame Football almost forced a hunger strike inside Subway Domer HQ after the Champs Sports Bowl loss to Florida State- but we are feeling much better. No, really we are feeling much better. (*SWALLOWS ALL THE PAXIL & XANAX*).
As is the case with most year with Spring football, injuries and a lack of freshmen, only give us a slight look at what is possible in the fall. We all know the dangers in believing the hype in Spring as Notre Dame fans have become accustomed to hearing about a player all spring- only to not hear about the player being 3rd on the depth chart. So... let's just try to have a little fun, and save the FITS OF STRENGTH for at least the Navy game.
And we begin...
Blue VS. Gold: The Spring game is always cause to remember that math is far more important than you ever gave it as freshman in Algebra 1. Here is the format:
What you should be drinking: It's called, "The Force." There really isn't much more to be said about its dominance with a name like that. The recipe comes from friend of Subway Domer (and a HUGE closet Notre Dame fan) Michael Felder of In The Bleachers. This is usually the tradition for season openers, but seeing as how the opener is in Ireland- this just wouldn't work out. It does for spring though, and if you follow the Drinking Game provided by Her Loyal Sons... you'll be calling for a National Title in 2012 within a few short hours.
Here's how it works:
THIS DRINK IS NOT FOR THE WEAK
We like to make ours in a Gatorade cooler, the type with the spout on the bottom so that there's no dippage, I'm a germaphobe.
- 24 cheap beers (Natural Light is our go to)
- 1 half gallon cheap vodka (Aristocrat will do)
- 1 19 oz Country Time Lemonade POWDER
- *optional is a fifth of everclear (not suitable for freshman)
- *suggested is frozen lemonade or fruit punch concentrate (ice without watering things down)
- Pour the case of beer into the cooler, add the vodka, stir in the lemonade powder.
- We like to put frozen blocks of ice in ziploc bags to keep it cold but strong.
I will warn you that everyone's first experience ends badly. I passed out for the first half of the UNC-Rutgers game in 2006, woke up, everyone was at the game and I was still at the house.
It is delicious though. I've seen it called Moose Juice and Summer Beer as well.
(Editor's Note: Usually, I would add a video... but I don't think you need to see the ugly side of this)
What you should be eating: Something simple.
- 1 lb ground hot sausage (bulk)
- 1 lb ground lean ground beef
- 12 ounces Velveeta Mexican cheese
- 8 large deli style dinner rolls
- Brown sausage and beef together and drain.
- Mix in cheese until melted.
- Split deli rolls and spread with mixture.
- Toast in oven until bread is warmed through.
Irish Stew: You will buy a The Shirt if you attend the game. I just know it. I only ask that you buy it IF YOU TRULY LIKE IT. Don't be that asshole who just buys it because, "IT'S THE SHIRT AND WE BUY ONE EVERY YEAR OMGZ I LOVE THAT THERE IS A QUOTE FROM JOE THEISMAN OMGZ I HAVE A THE SHIRT IN A DIFFERENT COLOR FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK OMGZ BRIAN KELLY SAYS IT'S COOL OMGZ THAT BISCUIT GUY IS A DOUCE OMGZ I LOVE THE SHIRT EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE CONSIDERED A VIRTUAL PIECE OF ****......."
Buy it if you want, but if it's ****** (or not green) just send a $10.00 check to the charity instead. Demand better.
What scares the **** out of me? Nothing really. Not for this game. Well... Manti blowing a knee out would suck- so maybe just that. GAME ON!
***Not making predictions on MVP's. Just saying 'who to watch'***
Offense MVP: DaVaris Daniels. Despite every other story line for the ND offense, I want to see Daniels in action. In fact, Daniels & (Daniel) Smith both. Notre Dame absolutely needs some real kick ass production from an edge receiver. Despite reports that Goodman is vastly improved, I am really curious to watch the Brothers Daniel(s) in action. Just want to see their speed, movement, feet, and other aspects. Can they pass my eyeball test?
Defense MVP: Bennett Jackson. I know there are a lot of questions at cornerback, and most of those have to do with who will be the corner starting opposite Jackson. But to be honest, I am curious as to what makes Jackson the top guy. Is it because of true skillz, or is it the skillz lacking in the others. If Bennett Jackson is going to be the "lockdown" corner, I want to see it. Much like the WR's, I'm just curious to see what we have heading out of spring, and into summer camp.
Something else to watch: Well it is as obvious as anything. The quarterback situation. I think we will learn next to nothing- yet say we ABSOLUTELY KNOW PLAYER "X" SHOULD BE THE STARTER. As pointless as this all is, it is what must be done. I've seen Hendrix & rees in real game action, and I am curious to see if there are any improvements made thus far. I've heard just about every report on Golson, and I want to make more of an informed opinion. Still, I know that this means almost nothing, and summer/fall camp is where it's at.
At the end of the day... Just enjoy it. Don't take the QB **** too seriously, and remember that this football stuff is only given to us on a few precious weekends in a year. Have fun. BTW- There will be an OPEN THREAD on the site for all of those that want to hang, talk, and break **** together.
We all win.
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