We’re Crushing: On Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel

What happens when you’re really, really ridiculously good looking and your helmet gets knocked off during a football play? If you’re Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel…this.

Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel with the sexiest football photo ever. (Photo: Getty/Jonathan Daniel)

Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel with the sexiest football photo ever.
(Photo: Getty/Jonathan Daniel)

McDaniel, a junior, rushed for a career high 92 yards during the Irish’s win over the USC Trojans last weekend. But it wasn’t until this shot went viral that he became an instant internet star.

There’s just something about the way he’s breaking tackles, gently cradling the ball, and doing so while staring deep into your soul…with chiseled features, perfectly mussed hair, and sexy smirk to boot.

Usually when a football player loses his helmet, he looks like he lost a few marbles with it. Lately, every time I see the Texans’ J.J. Watt, he’s bleeding profusely from some opening on his face…either organic or man made.

But Cam McDaniel makes football look easy, sexy, and stylish.

If the NFL thing doesn’t work out, the boy’s already got a guaranteed backup plan as a male model.

But this weekend, it’s all about game day and McDaniel will be focused on beating Air Force Academy.

And I’m hoping “Blue Steel” is in his playbook.


Surefire signs you’re being “Catfished”

(Photo: Wold Fishing Network)

(Photo: Wold Fishing Network)

The latest revelations in the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax are that the alleged mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (a male), was the voice of Lennay Kekua all along. In an effort to save future gullible males from suffering a similar fate, I have put together a list of warning signs for those in an online relationship.

Fellas, keep your eyes open for these red flags!

10 Surefire signs you’re being “Catfished”:

10)  Her profile picture is a pair of hooters. From Hooters.

9)  She’s constantly clearing her voice.

8) She tells you she shaved today…and specifies her legs.

7) She can only FaceTime at night…from her basement.

6) She never got into Twilight because sexy vampires “just aren’t her thing.”

5) She tells you about the practical jokes she loves to play on her friends.

4) Said friends affectionately refer to her as “Douche Bag.”

3) Tells you her parents always wanted a daughter…I mean, a son.

2) She says she’s going to Target. And she’ll call you back in five minutes. She does.

1) She thinks “BJ Week” is a real thing.

The Curious Case of Manti Te’o

Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o (Sports Illustrated)

I can see where my grandmother is coming from when she says she doesn’t understand the world we live in. Truth be told, I recognize it less all the time. And I took a big step backwards on Wednesday when Deadspin broke the bizarre story of Manti Te’o.

I have sent virtual invitations, attended a virtual meeting, even interacted with a virtual assistant. But a virtual girlfriend? For three years? Come on. Yet that is exactly what the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy says he engaged in. A virtual relationship with a woman who died of leukemia…or in a car accident (maybe on the way to leukemia treatment? I’m still not clear) only she never existed in the first place.

I will not even pretend to understand how this could happen. Apparently, there is a movie about this called Catfish (which spawned a TV show). I may have to watch it now.

The only thing that was clear was that the woman, Lennay Kekua, never existed. That is, until Reagan Mauia, an ex player for the Arizona Cardinals, came out to ESPN with his version of “I had her before he had her.”

“This was before her and Manti. I don’t think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was — I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off.”

-Former Cardinals Fullback Reagan Mauia

Wait, guys…we are talking about a fictitious woman here, correct? Because…I’m confused.

Here’s what I do know…as the world continues to change around us, one thing has not. Anybody can be anything they want to be online. So may we all learn something from the death of Manti Te’o’s virtual girlfriend.

You don’t have to be perfect. But you do have to be real.

Rest in peace, Lennay Kekua.



On College Saturday | Why it matters to me…and why it should matter to you

LSU’s Tiger Stadium “Death Valley”

I have always been a fan of the NFL.  My Sundays have been about football for as long as I can remember.  But, as the football bug has taken over, I now find that Saturdays hold a significance to me that they never used to.

Take last Saturday…

An unbeaten Notre Dame, struggling to keep its place in the rankings and reclaim college football glory.  The Irish fight through three overtimes and “play like champions” to beat Pittsburgh 29-26.

The heartfelt and emotional performance by Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron to bring the Crimson Tide back to defeat LSU 21-17 in “Death Valley.”

The SEC has particular appeal to me, even though I’m right in the heart of Big Ten Country.  Maybe because it’s geographically close to Indiana.  Maybe because our former quarterback, Peyton Manning, came from Tennessee.  Maybe it’s because I lived in Birmingham for a time and traveled throughout Tennessee and Alabama every week.  I fell in love with the people and saw firsthand the passion they have for their football.  It truly is a religion and a way of life.  And if you’ve never been to a college football game in the south, it is something to experience.  Put it on your bucket list.

While my NFL teams are few…the Colts, the Mannings, and the Vikings (in that order).  My college teams are many…the Golden Gophers (my home state), the Orange (my alma mater), Alabama (my brief but beloved once home), and the big three Indiana teams: Indiana, Notre Dame, and Purdue.  I know…I’m breaking the rules.  I’m supposed to pick one and hate the other two.  But I didn’t grow up here, didn’t go to college here, and choose to cheer for all three.  If that makes me a bandwagon fan…so be it.  I’ve been called worse.

Today’s college teams run an NFL style offense and complicated defense.  As a result, the players are drafted to play.  And play they are.  This year, a record five rookie quarterbacks are starting on NFL teams.  And with strong, inspiring performances each week.  Just look at Sunday’s matchup between Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Miami Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M).  Luck won this shootout, but the two are a sure to face each other in epic battles for years to come.

The future of football is being written today.  Listen up, Chiefs fans.  And for that matter, all NFL fans.  A bright future awaits.  It is on the field.  As we speak.  In places like Tuscaloosa, Alabama…South Bend, Indiana…and Eugene, Oregon.

Tune in on Saturdays…and watch it unfold.