A conversation about Fighting Irish football and basketball. An audio supplement to the Rakes Report newsletter, available at https://rakesreport.substack.com/. Hosted by Chris Wilson.
2021 USC vs Notre Dame Preview
Our USC Insider Nick Tresnowski joins to talk Jaxson Dart, Drake London, the Trojan headspace heading into this game and the latest on the search to replace Clay Helton.
Instant Reaction: Bye Week
Jessica Smetana joins to discuss the happenings around the country during Notre Dame's bye week (including the win against Purdue looking a little better after the result in Iowa City) and take a look at the second half of the season for the Irish.
Instant Reaction: Virginia Tech
Greg Flammang from UHND.com joins in a futile but fun attempt to break down Notre Dame's 32-29 win in Blacksburg.
Cincinnati Review + College Football Industrial Complex
Jessica Smetana and The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach join to discuss Notre Dame's loss to Cincinnati, why so many teams are disappointing this season, when chanting goes wrong, the future of Fighting Irish independence, battling ESPN's monopoly, NIL and much more.
4-0 Notre Dame Advanced Stats Review
Michael Bryan of 18 Stripes and Sam Werner join to assess where the Irish are as the first trimester of the season concludes. What should we expect going forward, and who should the quarterback be?
Instant Reaction: Wisconsin
Jessica Smetana joins to recount her experience at Soldier Field for Notre Dame's 41-13 win over the Badgers.
Great pod, really knowledgeable guy
Not a douche either
Irish football pod of choice
Informative guests, respect for tradition, and 21st century stats and analysis, plus a healthy dose of realism. Chris asks really good questions while keeping it fun, because it’s, you know, a hobby for most of us.
Therapy session, haha
Stumbled across this in the wake of the ACC Championship game of all things. Nice to hear Chris and Jessica discuss, vent, commiserate, etc. things in more depth than even my most helpful family or friends group texts can. Was trying to temper expectations prior to game, but got fully sucked in after the INT in Clemson territory. Quickly went from adrenaline & optimism to “sports are dumb” mode.
Anyway, keep it up! If nothing else, this soul crushing loss was good for putting this on my radar. Looking forward to future ones (...and probably listening to the November Clemson game recap on loop)!
- an Irish fan in South Carolina