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Senior Harrison Smith and junior Manti T'Eo say that Brian Kelly has instilled a new perspective in them about the difference between winning and losing a close game.
Smith stated that getting the right result is "kind of like life or death when it comes to winning" for the 1-3 Irish.
Wins over the New England Patriots and now the Miami Dolphins leave them sitting pretty in their division and with key corner back Darrelle Revis set to come back next week Ryan may have the best defense in the NFL.
The win over Miami was a true Ryan special, his team was emotionally up for the game and he showed brilliant play calling on the final drive when Miami seemed certain to score when they got to the seven yard line with four downs to play.
Have you noticed that the Kansas City Chiefs have started 3-0 , their best record in decades and that the quarterback Matt Cassell is burning up the NFL?
Have you noticed that the offensive co-ordinator is someone called Charlie Weis and that he formerly coached a college team called Notre Dame.
Notre Dame are 1-3 last time I looked and some are starting to look at the Weis years as the golden ones.
Unless they run the table which is extremely unlikely there will be no bowl game for the Irish.
Will the Irish turn the season around and stop the rot at 2-2?
I'm pretty confident they will.
The fight all Irish Americans want to see is likely to take place in Madison Square Garden on December 4th.
John Duddy and fellow Irishman Andy Lee are likely to clash on that date according to Lee's legendary manager Emmanuel Steward
He says he has agreed a date with Duddy’s manager Craig Hamilton for the fight and December 4 is the proposed date.
The last occasion Notre Dame played abroad was also in Dublin in 1996 at Croke Park and I was there.
Notre Dame won 54-27 in a blow out and the Irish love affair with Notre Dame dates from that game.
Let's not panic about coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.
Don't forget Lou Holtz went 5-6 his first season too at Notre Dame.
Cork finally won an overdue All Ireland title when they defeated Down by one point, 0-16 to 0-15 on Sunday.
Over 81,000 attended the game at Croke Park on a wet day that cleared up for the game itself.
Cork were deserving of the victory. They have proved throughout the championship that they are a second half team and they tore into Down in the second half to erase the half time deficit of three points.
Notre Dame’s overtime loss to Michigan State when they perfectly executed a fake field goal in the last second of overtime was hard to believe.
“The Ryder Cup could be the pinnacle of his year, like it could be for me," said Harrington of his fellow wild card pick.
“He will be in a fighting mood for the week, in a mood to perform.”
Can Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist last the four quarters against Michigan State Saturday night?
If he does he will be the difference between success and defeat.
Last week's concussion and double vision sent a shudder through the entire Notre Dame season. Brian Kelly has only one quarterback who can play his system.
Down were 80/1 to win the All Ireland football title, arguably the greatest prize in Irish sport, after they were defeated in the Ulster Championship earlier this year.
Despite that the men from the Mountains of Mourne will be in Croke Park on Sunday to face a hotly fancied Cork team who were close to favorites all year to occupy a final spot.
Cork lost to Kerry in last year's All Ireland final giving a bitterly disappointing display in the process.They will be all out to make amends this year.
Is Rex Ryan all blow and no go?
After Monday night's pathetic offensive performance against the Ravens it may well be so.
Ryan made his name as a defensive genius, the reality is that he is an offensive idiot.
"I can tell you it doesn't feel good. I'm sure this mood won't change until we get a chance to win again," said Kelly who now faces a road trip to Michigan State.
"There won't be any smiling faces around here until we get another win."
As the game wound down in the second half Notre Dame at the Michigan 27 would only have needed a field goal to win,
Instead they needed a hail Mary and Dayne Crist almost hit Touchdown Jesus instead with a high pass that Wilt Chamberlain would not have caught.