March 18, 1988 |
Charlie Conley, the attorney from Havertown, has been passing out postage stamps like he was the postmaster general. But why not? The stamp Charles Aloysius Conley has been passing around is the new Knute Rockne commemorative stamp, issued this month to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Notre Dame football coach. And a Knute Rockne commemorative stamp is a dream that Charlie Conley, Notre Dame '33 has been riding since the day Knute Rockne died in a flaming plane crash in a farm field in Kansas in 1931.
March 10, 1988 |
In a trip laden with nostalgia, President Reagan yesterday told Notre Dame students, "Win just one for the Gipper. " Then he threw a perfect pass into the crowd to wide receiver Tim Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner, and brought down the house. The President had journeyed to Notre Dame to dedicate a 22-cent postage stamp honoring the university's legendary football coach Knute Rockne, played by Pat O'Brien in the 1940 movie Knute Rockne, All American. Before the President showed up in the university field house, the audience watched scenes from the film in which actor Ronald Reagan gave a 59-second deathbed performance as famed Fighting Irish running back George Gipp.
June 3, 2015 |
The 20-pound bust is of an older man, his hair combed back and parted sharply, sideburns pronounced, brow furrowed. But police in Ventnor, N.J., don't know whom the bust depicts and to whom it belongs. Since November, when an officer found it sitting along the Boardwalk, no one has claimed it or reported it missing. Now, with beachgoers returning to their summer homes, police hope that will change. "It's a beautiful piece," Capt. Douglas Biagi said. "It's amazing. " The bust, more than a foot tall, offers few clues other than the word HILDA written next to the number 72. Investigators have been unable to determine the meaning of either.
November 18, 1988 |
Some people grow up believing that God is on Notre Dame's side, and that this is why the Fighting Irish are the nation's winningest college football team of all time. Some people believe that God lets Notre Dame lose just often enough to keep everybody here humble. But the miracles - and there have been enough at Notre Dame to fill a book - make up for the losses, some people believe. Anyhow, whether it's an act of God that makes it happen, or whether it's the ghost of Knute Rockne (he's buried a few miles from the campus)
November 11, 2014 |
TODD GURLEY was back with the first-team offense as Georgia held its first practice for Saturday's game against Auburn. Gurley is returning from a four-game NCAA suspension for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over 2 years. Any uncertainty about Gurley's status on No. 16 Georgia's deep list of tailbacks ended when the junior was the starter on the updated depth chart released yesterday for the game against No. 9 Auburn. The depth chart can change during the practice week schedule, but Gurley appears set as the starter.
February 19, 2013 |
A JUDGE GAVE Philip Bonner, his friend Joe Collins and other teenage boys who had been brought before him after a neighborhood scuffle a choice: Go to jail or enlist in the Army. It was 1943, and World War II was raging. But the boys chose the Army. Philip, better known in his Southwest Philly neighborhood as "Knute," was involved in the heavy fighting through Europe, culminating in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in the early winter of 1944. Joe Collins was killed in the battle.
February 6, 1999 |
Spurning an advance that many other schools would die for, the University of Notre Dame's board of trustees voted unanimously yesterday to turn down an offer to join the Big Ten Conference in football and other sports. The vote - taken in London because the Indiana school's 55 trustees were here to dedicate a new academic center - backed the wishes of Notre Dame officials, students, alumni and teachers back home in South Bend. Instead, the Fighting Irish will remain independent in football and affiliated with the Big East Conference in most other sports.
September 6, 2014 |
Chip Kelly was born 30 years after Knute Rockne died and 15 months before Amos Alonzo Stagg's death, so Kelly never entered a room with either of the famed football coaches. Kelly likes to say that unless a coach sat with Rockne or Stagg, he's just stealing someone else's ideas. But just like Kelly's offense, it's more complicated than he makes it seem. Invention begets innovation, and Kelly's concepts were introduced to the NFL with an up-tempo offense that scored more points and accumulated more yards than any other Eagles team in franchise history.
November 7, 1991 |
You've heard coaches talk about games that neither team deserved to lose. Well, according to Notre Dame's Lou Holtz and Tennessee's Johnny Majors tell it, Saturday's nationally televised game (Channel 3, 1:50 p.m.) from South Bend, Ind., is one neither team is capable of winning. "Unless we play a perfect game against them, we have no chance," said Holtz, who, like the late Bear Bryant at Alabama, is prone to breaking out the crying towel even when his team is heavily favored.
September 7, 1997 |
Touchdown Jesus looked over Bob Davie's shoulder when the 42-year-old Pennsylvanian sprinted from the end-zone tunnel for the first time as Notre Dame's head coach yesterday. TJ, the paint-and-plaster patron of Irish football, wasn't alone. More than 300 beefy former Irish players, who formed a nostalgic pregame gauntlet for Davie and his team, were waiting to see whether the school's 12th head coach since Knute Rockne could wake up the echoes. And a record crowd of 80,225, filling rebuilt Notre Dame Stadium on its dedication day, thundered its lofty expectations.