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Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna talk about the college program that you either love to love or love to hate. With a combined 25 years + of experience on the Notre Dame beat, this twice weekly podcast takes you inside the Fighting Irish program.

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    Notre Dame is Gator Bowl bound! Who will be the Irish's new QB1?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 50:54


    Selection Sunday revealed Notre Dame's bowl matchup, South Carolina, in the Gator Bowl on December 30th. Pete and Matt take an early look at the Irish's bowl game and some of its wide-ranging implications, such as: who will start for ND at QB after Drew Pyne entered the transfer portal? Will Tyler Buchner be healthy enough to go? Can Shane Beamer and Spencer Rattler ride their recent wave of success to a 'W'? Plus, the guys share their CFP predictions. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Irish lose their regular season finale to #6 USC, 38-27

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 51:13


    Pete and Matt report live from Memorial Coliseum after Notre Dame's 38-27 loss to USC. The guys discuss the Irish's offense, Caleb William's dominance, ND's run in November, and more. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can Notre Dame slow down Caleb Williams & spoil USC's playoff hopes? w/ Antonio Morales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 53:24


    Antonio Morales, The Athletic's USC beat writer, joins the show to preview the Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh between Notre Dame and USC. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioCMorales Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame steamrolls Boston College, 44-0 + seniors' last home game & bowl projections

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 38:06


    The Irish bulldozed Boston College and earned a 44-point win. Pete and Matt discuss if this is a watershed moment for the Irish in reestablishing their consistent outings against beatable teams. The pair also chat about ND's seniors and bowl projections. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame looks for win #8 against Boston College on Senior Day w/ Ryan Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 25:28


    Former Fighting Irish OL and current Notre Dame color analyst Ryan Harris joins Pete and Matt in previewing Saturday's matchup against Boston College on Senior Day. What have been the locker room vibes heading into contests against lesser opponents? Will ND play down to their competition again this week? What bowl games could the Irish qualify for?  Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Ryan on Twitter: @salaams_from_68 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame escapes Navy's 4th quarter comeback bid, 35-32

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 44:36


    After a cathartic and season-defining win in Marcus Freeman's first year last week versus Clemson, the Irish slid back and narrowly avoided an upset to Navy, winning 35-32. Pete and Matt zero in on the Irish's inconsistent play and their inclination to perform to the level of their competition. The duo also discusses the rushing game's lack of production, and what Freeman can do to help elevate his team against programs of lesser talent. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame-Clemson biggest takeaway, Marcus Freeman's foundational win & ACC temp check w/ Eric Mac Lain

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 41:27


    ACC Network analyst and former Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain joins the show to dissect Notre Dame's win over the Tigers, to talk ACC football as a whole, and to look ahead to what awaits Marcus Freeman and the Irish after a signature win. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricMacLain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame CRUSHES #4 Clemson; the Irish are bowl bound!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 43:12


    Notre Dame orchestrated an exceptional 35-14 win over #4 Clemson in South Bend. Pete and Matt react to Marcus Freeman's signature win, and what this victory over the Tigers means for the program moving forward. Plus, the Irish are bowl eligible! Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can Notre Dame spoil Clemson's CFP bid & are the Tigers a legit title contender w/ Grace Raynor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 52:20


    The Athletic's Grace Raynor joins the show to preview Notre Dame's game against Clemson, talk about the Tigers' recruiting philosophies and make sense of where the program stands ahead of its primetime showdown in South Bend. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Grace on Twitter: @gmraynor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame runs all over Syracuse, 41-24

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 36:13


    The Irish's backfield logged over 200 yards rushing and greeted the endzone three times in a drubbing of #16 Syracuse, 41-24. Matt and Pete chat about the success of the running game, and the not-as-desirous outcome in the passing game. Can Drew Pyne ratchet up his game in ND's meeting with Clemson? The guys also discuss another great special teams performance as well as briefly look ahead to next week's date with the Tigers. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame-Syracuse preview, Irish-ACC relationship & Clemson QB controversy? w/ David Hale

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 46:40


    ESPN's David Hale joins the show to preview Notre Dame's trip to Syracuse. Plus, a discussion about the ACC's relationship with the Irish, Clemson's potential quarterback issues ahead of its South Bend visit, and much more. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow David on Twitter: @ADavidHaleJoint Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame stomps UNLV, 44-21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 46:44


    Pete and Matt examine the Irish's 23-point win over UNLV in South Bend to climb over the .500 mark. The offense clicked, especially in the opening quarter where ND scored 23 points. The special teams unit shined by forcing some turnovers to aid in that 23-point 1st quarter. Although Notre Dame poured it on, there's still yet another gear that the team can achieve. The guys weigh the talent in the program versus its production. Plus, looking at the bright spots and improvements through eight weeks. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jess Smetana chats Notre Dame fandom, Marcus Freeman's inconsistencies & reflecting on Stanford

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 45:26


    Notre Dame alumna and podcaster extraordinaire Jess Smetana joins The Shamrock to find meaning in Marcus Freeman's inconsistent start as Irish head coach, get to the origin of her fandom and look ahead to what's coming next for the program. We also talk a little Stanford and relive her Clemson-to-Notre Dame transfer as a student. (See! Notre Dame takes transfers!) Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Jess on Twitter: @jessica_smetana Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame falls to Stanford, 16-14 w/ Paul Burmeister

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 48:27


    Pete welcomes Paul Burmeister, the voice of Notre Dame football, on to discuss the Irish's 16-14 loss to Stanford. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Paul on Twitter: @PaulWBurmeister Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Stanford Cardinal preview & Brent Musburger chats Notre Dame-BYU & most memorable Irish calls

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 47:54


    VSiN host Brent Musburger joins The Shamrock to discuss Notre Dame's recent trip to Las Vegas, his favorite Irish calls from years past, and how his friends in the desert have influenced his legendary career. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Victory in Vegas! Fighting Irish beat BYU 28-20

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 40:02


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna discuss Notre Dame's win in the Shamrock Series vs. BYU in Vegas. The offensive and defensive lines sealed the win late in what felt like the most complete performance of the season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Vegas insight in Shamrock Series & Irish future lines w/ VSiN's Tim Murray

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 73:16


    VSiN host and Notre Dame fanatic Tim Murray joins the show to go down memory lane, to offer a look ahead to late-season Irish game odds, and to give ND fans the lay of the land for when they travel to Las Vegas this weekend to face BYU in the Shamrock Series. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What we've learned about Marcus Freeman through four games & Notre Dame's early-season MVPs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 64:37


    In this bye-week edition of The Shamrock, Pete and Matt take a step back to glance a full look at the Irish's season so far. What have we learned about Marcus Freeman through the first four games of the year? What do we expect to learn in the remaining eight matchups? Pete and Matt share their offensive, defensive, and special teams MVPs at the quarter mark. Plus, the pair forecast how ND will fare in their final eight contests. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame beats UNC, 45-32, as Irish's offense, Drew Pyne impress

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 44:37


    Marcus Freeman earned his first road win as the Irish's head coach, and the club progressed to .500 as Notre Dame poured on 45 points versus UNC. Pete and Matt converse about how Saturday's performance was reminiscent of a Brian Kelly-era beatdown. The offense's productivity, both through the air and on the ground, was in no small part to Tommy Rees' play calling. The Irish scribes delve into Drew Pyne, Chris Tyree, Michael Mayer, and Audric Estime's contributions. The defensive line impressed yet again, recording back-to-back multi-sack games. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Practicing patience with Notre Dame & Marcus Freeman w/ Chris Zorich

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 52:27


    Former Notre Dame All-American Chris Zorich joined The Shamrock to talk about Notre Dame's slow start and the patience necessary for first-time head coach Marcus Freeman. Are there any parallels to the early Lou Holtz days? We also talked kilts on national television as Zorich also explained his look in pregame before Marshall. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Chris on Twitter: @chris_zorich Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marcus Freeman earns first career win as Irish top California, 24-17!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 42:58


    Notre Dame's inauspicious start to the season finally turned a corner, as the Irish dodged a pesky Cal team, 24-17. Pete and Matt react to Marcus Freeman's first career win, Tommy Rees' play-calling with Drew Pyne at the helm, Pyne's performance itself, Chris Tyree's playmaking as well as his postgame comments. The guys also key in on a dominant six-sack outing by ND's defensive line. Plus, would the Irish stand a chance against UNC, Clemson, Syracuse, and other notable opponents on their schedule, based on today's win? Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame vs. California preview & Drew Pyne's first start w/ Ty Hildenbrandt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 53:07


    Ty Hildenbrandt of The Solid Verbal joins Pete and Matt as the triumvirate previews Saturday's matchup versus the California Golden Bears. With Tyler Buchner out at QB, and Drew Pyne in, what can Irish fans expect from the offense? What might Tommy Rees do to help Pyne's transition to starting QB? Which position group needs to step up, and why is it the WRs? After the Marshall loss, can the Irish afford to underestimate any more opponents? And, of course, will this be Marcus Freeman's first win? Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Ty on Twitter: @tyhildenbrandt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Irish stunned by Marshall in Marcus Freeman's home debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 42:00


    Notre Dame loses to Marshall at home. Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna give their instant reaction and try to make sense of the stunning result. Marcus Freeman is the first Notre Dame Head Coach to start his career with 3 losses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mike Golic Jr. chats Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame, o-line vs. Ohio State & 12-team CFP impact on the Irish

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 58:25


    Mike Golic Jr., one half of the GoJo podcast and former Notre Dame offensive lineman, joins Pete and Matt to discuss the Marcus Freeman era at ND, the Fighting Irish's o-line versus Ohio State, and Tommy Rees and the offense. Mike also pulls back the curtain on Notre Dame's 'Hangover' inspired uniform reveal that he acted in. Before all of this greatness, the guys catch up on CFB news, namely, the expanded CFP. Does a 12-team format help the Irish? Check out the GoJo podcast: https://apple.co/3cRUpLB Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikegolicjr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame loses to Ohio State, 21-10, biggest takeaways from Irish's season opener

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 39:48


    The Fighting Irish dropped their season opener in Columbus to Ohio State, 21-10. Pete and Matt react to Notre Dame's first game of 2022, and they discuss what stood out to them the most versus the Buckeyes, such as: the defensive line shortcomings, surprising secondary, Tyler Buchner's outing, the biggest revolution, and more. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jack Swarbrick on conference realignment & Notre Dame beats Ohio State if...w/ Ralph Russo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 43:34


    Ralph Russo of the Associated Press joins Pete in previewing Saturday's rumble versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. Before the pair dive into the weekend's matchup, Ralph details his conversation with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick, who discussed conference realignment and the Fighting Irish's place in it all. The duo also chat about Columbus' atmosphere, the pressure on Ryan Day, Marcus Freeman, and Notre Dame's keys to victory. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Ralph on Twitter: @ralphDrussoAP Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can Marcus Freeman lead Notre Dame over Ohio State for his first win?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 81:10


    The kickoff to the Irish's season is just a few days away! Fans will see if Marcus Freeman used the Ohio State spread as motivation, as Notre Dame rolls into Columbus on Saturday. Pete, Matt, and The Athletic's Ari Wasserman preview the showdown. Was 2021 a disappointing season for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes? Are they more motivated now than ever? How can the Irish slow down C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and co.? How is Freeman perceived by OSU? Plus, the trio discuss the future of Notre Dame recruiting and more. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Byron Spruell on Marcus Freeman, Ohio State & the evolution of Notre Dame football

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 50:06


    Pete and Matt welcome Notre Dame football alum and NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell to the show! The ND trustee talks about new Head Coach Marcus Freeman, the opening weekend matchup vs. Ohio State & how the Fighting Irish program has evolved over the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame vs. Ohio State preview & Irish, CFB 2022 over-unders w/ Stanford Steve

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 69:26


    Stanford Steve joins the Shamrock to preview Notre Dame's opener in Columbus versus Ohio State, to talk some preseason over/unders and to look at some potential darkhorses for the 2022 season. Plus, Matt and Pete go over some injury news and discuss the Manti Te'o documentary. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Follow Stanford Steve on Twitter: @StanfordSteve82 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bruce Feldman on Notre Dame, Marcus Freeman & the "Freaks List"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 52:30


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna welcome Bruce Feldman to the show to discuss his annual "Freaks List". Plus, Bruce gives his take on new Head Coach Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame's 2022 season outlook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame training camp underway

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 57:49


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna are back to discuss everything Notre Dame for the 2022 season. Camp is underway and storylines are beginning to build. Who will play QB for new Head Coach Marcus Freeman. What does the new Big Ten rights deal mean for Notre Dame's independence. Plus, 'The Shamrock Bump'! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Will Notre Dame finally join a conference?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 38:20


    With USC and UCLA heading to the Big Ten, we are one step closer to super-conferences. Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna discuss whether Notre Dame is on the verge of finally joining a conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The College World Series experience with Mike Monaco

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 35:35


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna are joined by Notre Dame alum Mike Monaco to discuss what it was like broadcasting the Men's College World Series for ESPN. Plus, Mike gives his thoughts on the future of the Notre Dame football broadcasting booth for NBC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame football fan survey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 47:42


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna discuss the Notre Dame fan survey, weighing in on Marcus Freeman and what could be coming for the Irish program. Plus, how would fans sum up the Brian Kelly era? And, can Notre Dame recruit well enough to win a national championship? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    5-star QB CJ Carr commits to Notre Dame

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 53:44


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna react to the news of 5-star QB CJ Carr committing to Notre Dame? How big of a commitment for Marcus Freeman? Is this a sign of things to come for the Irish? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame: State of the Program

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 42:23


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna discuss the current state of the Notre Dame football program, including playoff hopes and the new faces in the Marcus Freeman era. Plus, they talk about Pete's story on how first-time head coaches learn on the job in the Power 5. And, of course, the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher war of words. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Future of Sports Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 20:11


    In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Future of Sports Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 22:28


    In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A one-on-one with Mike Brey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 49:12


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna recap Marcus Freeman's alumni event. Plus, Matt gets a chance to sit down with men's basketball head coach Mike Brey at ACC spring meetings to discuss his first one-and-done, recruiting and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame's 2022 spring game recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 49:05


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna break down what they saw and took away from Marcus Freeman's first spring game as Irish head coach. Plus, the guys look at the NFL Draft and where some Notre Dame players could get selected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Notre Dame draft prospects with Dane Brugler

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 61:41


    Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna are joined by The Athletic's NFL Draft guru Dane Brugler to get all the info on Notre Dame's draft prospects, including his thoughts on Kyle Hamilton. Plus, Dane answers why Kyren Williams has a place on an NFL roster. And, Pete and Matt discuss Brady Quinn's NIL efforts for Irish athletes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    All things Irish with Jordan Cornette

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 31:55


    Matt Fortuna is joined by former Irish men's basketball star and current ESPN talent Jordan Cornette to discuss his thoughts on Marcus Freeman and the vibe around the Notre Dame program. Plus, the expectations for ND men's hoops in the 2022-23 season. And, Jordan's experience at the epic Duke-UNC Final Four showdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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