My wife and I spent the weekend at the University of Notre Dame for their big rivalry game against SOuthern California. We also were part of a special tribute honoring Tom Longo who played for Notre Dame in the 60`s. Tom lost his battle with cancer and we had a beautiful ceremony for one of the greatest guys I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He would have been so proud for this special event put on by his son Tomas. We had a great time with family and friends and being a part of this ceremony.
What a wild weekend in the NFL.
The early window saw three games go into overtime. The Falcons and Bengals remained undefeated, but it was not easy. Atlanta won on a pick six, Cincinnati rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Seattle. Cleveland, led by Josh McCown’s record passing day, won at Baltimore. The Ravens are now four games behind the Bengals.
The Packers and Patriots also rolled on and look like the best teams out there. Aaron Rodgers and tom Brady have their teams playing at such a high level. New England’s defense held the Cowboys to two field goals in Dallas.
Then the Sunday night game was intense. The Niners looked like a winner until Eli Manning and Shane Vereen rallied the Giants to a 30-27 win. Excitement galore, baby!
With the playoffs getting under way, it is time to look at my baseball award winners…
MVP: AL-Josh Donaldson, NL-Bryce Harper
Cy Young- AL-David Price, NL-Jake Arrieta
Manager- AL- Jeff Bannister, NL-Joe Maddon
We had a fantastic time at the Clemson/ Notre Dame game with some beautiful people who made it possible. I can’t thank Joanie and Rodney Williams enough for their kindness and sharing their suite at the Clemson game.
It was a great game with a very dramatic finish. The Irish put up a lot of heart but in the end came up short. Clemson won 24-22.
The people were so kind to my wife and I, and my friends, Annette and Jim Gardella, who have been a major help to me and the V FOundation.
I also had a great time at the Notre Dame Pep Rally where I was a guest speaker. The Notre Dame people are very energetic and fun.
Week 3 of the NFL is in the books and the Green Bay Packers were very impressive against the Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay led 31-7 en route to a victory.
Which team has been the best over the first three weeks? Here are the unbeatens left: Patriots, Panthers, Packers, Falcons, Cardinals, Broncos, Bengals. Seven unbeatens.
The Patriots, Packers, Falcons and Cardinals stand out to me. It is a long season, but these teams are off and running, baby!
It was just the third game of the season, but it felt like a must-win for the NY Giants.
Eli Manning led his team to a must early-season W! The Giants blew out a bumbling Washington team for its first win of season. Turnovers really killed the Redskins, and Tom Coughlin was smiling and relieved.
This should be another good weekend in the NFL. Can more of the 0-2 teams break through? Will the 2-0 squads keep building on their momentum?
If last weekend was any indication, college football will be wild and wacky all season long.
Ohio State beat Northern Illinois in Columbus by just seven points. Mississippi knocked off Alabama for the second straight season. Notre Dame, minus ts starting QB, RB and TE, defeated Georgia Tech. USC was upset by Stanford. UCLA rallied to beat BYU. Missouri struggled to beat Connecticut.
Early on, there have been many unpredictable results. There should be more fun this weekend.
My wife and I were treated like royalty by the executive staff at Sonic. Sonic is #1 in fast food, drive-in restaurant industry. They held their convention at the Kansas city Convention Center with over 3000 people. I shared a moment with suppliers and franchise owners, took pictures, signed autographs, and had a blast. I also spent some time with CEO, Cliff Hudson. I cant thank Tamara Stanley and the entire staff at Sonic enough. It was a great experience and we really enjoyed our time!
The NFL regular season kicks off in Foxboro this evening as the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the New England Patriots. I am excited for the season to start. How will Tom Brady fare in the season-opener after the summer of Deflategate?
The Steelers come into this one shorthanded. Running back LeVeon Bell, wide receiver Martavius Bryant and center Maurkice Pouncey (injured) are all out. Ben Roethlisberger will be fighting and scraping to get to the winner’s circle.
I cannot wait for the regular-season debut of Jameis Winston this weekend as he faces Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.
There is nothing like a college football weekend at South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame football is special, with such great tradition, passionate fans, an environment second to none. I love the pep rally on Friday night before the game, and this week, I got to be the guest speaker to motivate the crowd. There was such a buzz on campus.
Why is Notre Dame so special to me? My daughters both went there, my son-in-laws were athletes under the Golden Dome. The school gave me an honorary degree.
Last weekend, it was Texas and Notre Dame battling, two of the top three programs on the all-time win list. It turned out to be cupcake city as the Longhorns were no match. Irish 38, Texas 3. Malik Zaire was brilliant as Notre Dame capped off a great South Bend weekend.