The Anti-Preview: Notre Dame vs Temple

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OH MY GOD WE ARE FINALLY READY FOR THE 2013 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SEASON!!! Finally after the offseason that just would not die, we can finally put most of that mess behind us and play some real, actual football. 

The Irish are looking to get off to a good start, and in all honesty, they want to bury the last 7 months 6 feet deep right next to these so called "Owls" of Temple. 


Temple has got all sorts of firsts going on this Saturday. First ever game against Notre Dame, first game starting for quarterback Conor Reilly, first game as a head coach for Matt Rhule, first ass whooping of the season… you get the point.

Look, Temple was a 4-8 football team last year, and looks to be the same type of team this year. I'm not going to sit here and sugarcoat it or pile it on. Thanks for the cupcake- now let's party.

What Should You Be Drinking?

The Force 

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 AKA @InTheBleachers. This is what we do for home openers- we kick it with, "The Force." Yep- it's called tradition.

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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.

What Should You Be Eating?

It's a school from Philadelphia, so there really is only one choice… Cheese Steak. However… you bastards are going to have to do this like I am going to have to do this, thanks to the Empress Kiki. 

Chicken Philly Cheesesteak


  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp light butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices reduced fat provolone cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 6 small rolls (I used Trader Joe’s Artisan Rolls)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Slice chicken into thin strips. Toss in a bowl with salt, pepper, and steak seasoning. Place butter in crock pot. Place onions and green peppers on top, then add in the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Divide chicken, onions and peppers evenly amongst rolls. Top with a slice of provolone cheese and place in toaster oven for about 2 minutes on toast setting to melt cheese. Serve immediately.

What Should You Be Wearing? 

After taking a couple of years off, I'm bringing this back to set your swag game right. This is all about a resurrection. If you haven't got one of these by now (and there are many different styles) you should head to the Subway Domer T Shirt Store NOW. 

Irish Stew

Not only are we riding the REESUS train, but we are Ruff Rydin' till we die with Touchdown Tommy.


This is usually reserved for the best tweet or two from the ND players. And so we have it…

But we also have this:

Something Else

If you are traveling to the game, live in the South Bend area, or plan on being in South Bend on a gameday Saturday… You need to know this (or so I'm told).

Offensive MVP

No other than Tommy Rees. Sure, George Atkinson III or Amir Carlilse, or Greg Bryant or someone else could and should have a stat heavy day on the ground, but Tommy will be the one directing traffic. I expect a clean and efficient game from Reesus. Probably completes 70% of his passes for 220 yards and a couple of TD's. GO TOMMY.

Defensive MVP

Flip a coin for Tuitt or Nix. Go ahead, and do it. My flip gave me Tuitt. So… Stephon Tuitt is your defensive MVP. Once the irish get up a couple of scores and Temple is forced to start dropping back and throwing the ball- RUT ROH RAGGY! Stephon Tuitt is eating young owl for dinner. After an offseason of people questioning his physical shape, Tuitt unleashes his massive frame and fury on Conor Reilly- or whoever comes in for him, after… you know… hurtness.

At the End Of The Day

Notre Dame is just too much for Temple. This will be the game that we see a lot of the freshmen that have been talked about during fall camp and we will get some idea about how Notre Dame plans to use the Pistol formation. BLOOD ALL OVER THE MUMS! IRISH WIN: 45-3. (How does this affect our relevance?)

(image via @verypiratey)

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