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The Best of 2012: Notre Dame Style

[Photo: Notre Dame and Stanford squared off in 2012 in a battle that will not soon be forgotten. Photo courtesy of Troy Breidenbach Photography.]

It has been a quite a year for Notre Dame fans. From a preseason team that showed a fair amount of potential to a Cinderella year that has the Irish sitting pretty at 12-0 and headed to the national title game, here are the Top 10 Notre Dame stories brought to you by NoCoastBias in 2012.

10. 2012 Notre Dame Football Predictions

The captains have been chosen, the game plan has been set, and the Fighting Irish will take the field in just three short days. What does the 2012 football season have in store for the Notre Dame faithful? Here are my thoughts and predictions.

9. Notre Dame – Stanford Photo Journal

I must be the luckiest girl ever. First I get sent back to Notre Dame through the “Biggest Fan of the Big East” contest to watch the Notre Dame Men’s basketball team upset undefeated Syracuse University. Then, I get the opportunity to do a special project and land myself in the press box for the Notre Dame-Stanford football game, the most exciting win that I’ve seen at Notre Dame in a very long time. Here are some highlights of my epic weekend on Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend.

8. Tweet Like A Champion Today

Social media sites, such as Twitter, really do make the world a much smaller and more intimate place. This is highly beneficial for Notre Dame Football fans that truly stretch from coast to coast and even country to country. Fans are able to communicate with one another and follow accounts of players, coaches, athletic department employees, and bloggers that offer varying and unique points of view on everything Notre Dame Football. With so many Notre Dame affiliated accounts, it’s easy for some to slip under the radar. The following is a compilation of Twitter accounts that every true Fighting Irish fan needs to follow.

7. Notre Dame Sports Illustrated Cover

We all knew it was coming. Notre Dame is back! On the SI cover that is. The Fighting Irish play USC this weekend during rivalry week and a victory locks up a BCS National Title game berth. The cover looks cool and all but my question is: does the jinx still apply if there isn’t a particular player on the cover?

6. Shamrock Series Uniform

The University of Notre Dame, after teasing us with swatches from the uniform for days, released the alternate uniform that will be worn for the 2012 Shamrock Series game. The Shamrock Series game will feature the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the University of Miami Hurricanes at Soldier field in Chicago.

5. How to be a Better Fan

Greetings readers of No Coast Bias! I, of course, am your Warlord and Soverign Emperor of the (Notre Dame) Subway Alumni; The Subway Domer.

OK, that’s enough pomp and circumstance. Lisa asked me to stop by and chat with y’all, and I promised to behave.

What I want to talk with you today may be a bit out of the normal from what you would think about just weeks away from the season, and you may beat your head into a wall even more violently if you have read Subway Domer or have followed me on Twitter. What I want to discuss, is how to be a better fan. Correction: How to be a better fan of The Fighting Irish.

4. ESPN’s Frank Broyles Award Winner Mishap

Notre Dame’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco won the Frank Broyles Award on Tuesday of this week. The photo of him receiving his award last night, however, was actually that of Notre Dame Football Media Relations director, Brian Hardin.

This error quickly went viral on twitter with the Notre Dame masses hoping that any teams pursuing Bob Diaco will now pursue Brian Hardin instead.

3. Notre Dame Football 2012

Five days … it’s a mere five days until the return of college football, and the Fighting Irish are slated to kick off their season in Dublin, Ireland versus the Midshipman of Navy.

I will have my 2012 Notre Dame Football preview ready shortly, but in the mean time, here is the schedule so that you can mull over the potential  win/loss column stats yourself.

2. Auburn Students Create War Irish T-Shirts for National Championship Game

An Auburn fan, Griff Smith has created a WAR IRISH t-shirt for the National Championship matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their in-state rival Alabama Crimson Tide.  It seems that whenever an SEC team gets into the National Championship game, the other schools in the SEC forget that they hated that team all year and start this ridiculous  ”SEC! SEC! SEC!” stuff so I am happy that the Auburn students got creative and will cheer against their bitter rivals.

And the number one Notre Dame post of 2012 …

1. Manti vs Manziel

For several months leading up to the season, the Heisman trophy was Matt Barkley’s to lose … then he played Stanford…

A new stallion took over when Geno Smith put up video game-esque numbers … the clear-cut Heisman leader then lost 5 straight games.

Collin Klein, of Kansas State, outdueled Geno Smith in their matchup and quickly marched to the top of the Heisman race … then lost to a 4-win Baylor team.

With these quarterbacks, there has been a horde of other players to inch near the top this season, only to be tackled 1 yard shy of collegiate stardom. Read more …

With just a week left until the national title game which matches up a 12-0 Notre Dame team against a 12-1 Alabama, Notre Dame nation is ready to put a wonderful 2012 behind them and greet 2013 with open arms.



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