Thursday, October 29, 2015

Remember When?

Photo by: Lynne Gilbert

Well hello there! It's been a while since I've been here. I spend most of my time over at Her Loyal Sons talking football, so please come visit me over there and say "Hi!"

I've also been pretty consumed lately with writing the second volume of "Echoes From the End Zone: The Men We Became" which is due out in August of 2016. I've gathered 28 more stories about former Notre Dame football players and where their lives have taken them after football (including Terry Hanratty, John Huarte and Ken MacAfee) so please stay tuned!

But I'm not quite ready to get rid of ole' Bridget's just yet ... so hang tight. And as Arnold says, "I'll be back!"


Monday, March 9, 2015

Vote to Help the Ara Parseghian Foundation

Marcia, Christa and Michael Parseghian
It's NCAA Tourney Time and who doesn't love a good challenge? Especially one that benefits a charity that is near and dear to the Notre Dame family's heart!

Please direct your attention to The Infinity Coaches' Charity Challenge.

As a proud corporate partner of NCAA Men’s Basketball, Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each of the participating charities. The coach’s charity with the most votes will win the grand prize of $100,000. Here's how it works:
  • Support your coach by voting daily.
  • Coaches with the most votes advance to the next round and voting restarts.
  • Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each charity, and the winning charity receives $100,000.
  • The winner will be announced March 16.
  • Support your coach by sharing the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge with friends and family!
How does the Notre Dame family fit into this? The Purdue head basketball coach, Matt Painter, who represents the Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund, has pledged that if he wins the $100,000 prize, it will be donated to The Ara Parseghian Foundation.

Your vote would mean a great deal to Coach Parseghian and his entire family, and it will only take you just a minute. This is a chance for $100,000 to be donated to fight Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare childhood disease that took the lives of three of Coach Parseghian's grandchildren. The Ara Parseghian Foundation has made huge strides in research into NPC these past two decades and connections are being found to Alzheimer's and heart disease.

Please log on to the ESPN Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge and vote for Purdue head basketball coach, Matt Painter. Coach Painter has already made it to the Final Four Voting Round and is currently in second place. Voting will run from 3/2/2015 through 3/15/2015 ending at 11:59 am EST. Please vote daily and spread the word. Thank you!

The Parseghian family is forever grateful to you and your unending support!


Monday, February 16, 2015

More Good Works From Oscar McBride

Former Notre Dame tight end Oscar McBride has been very busy lately trying to create positive change in the lives of children. His Fit4Life Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded with the goal enhancing the physical, cognitive and social development of youth through sport, with an emphasis on combating childhood obesity. Fit4Life also aggressively stresses the importance of physical wellness, emotional well-being, character evolution and life skills development through sport, cultural and positive-life experiences. Fit4Life achieves its goal by offering various programs and activities to keep our children active, engaged, and living healthy lifestyles.

Want to help out Oscar's foundation AND have a chance to rub elbows with some former Notre Dame football greats? Oscar's foundation has an upcoming event that will allow you to do just that!

The inaugural Fit4Life Youth Foundation "Irish Gridiron Legends" Charitable Event has been set for Friday, February 20th in New York City at Jack Doyle's from 6-8pm.

Jack Doyle's, 240 W. 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

Your ticket to the event includes:

Complimentary Buffet and Drink Tickets
Rub elbows with former players including:
Former Irish Gridiron Legends: Oscar McBride, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Bobby Brown, Irv Smith and Oliver Gibson
Former NY Rangers Players: Stefan Matteau
Former NY Jets Players: Wesley Walker
Former NY Giants Players: Carl Banks
Signed Raffle Items
Grand Prize Drawing ---> Trip for Two (2) to Puerto Rico (Round Trip Airfare Included)

Tickets Available at the door as low as $50!

Don't miss this incredible event!

Can't make it to the event? You can buy your raffle tickets online for a chance to win the trip for two to Puerto Rico!

Simply donate $20 (max. 10 entries) for your chance to win an island paradise vacation!

*Trip includes:

Two Round Trip Tickets on Delta or American Airlines from JFK International Airport

Three Days at the beautiful Gran Melia Golf Resort & Spa

Travel Vouchers do not expire until 2016

*Travelers are responsible for all incidentals

The Resort:

Gran Meliá Golf Resort is a highly sophisticated architectural gem nestled on Puerto Rico's north-eastern coast in Coco Beach, Río Grande. Against the backdrop of El Yunque rainforest, the villas and pavilions of Gran Meliá rise from an oceanfront landscape of gardens, pathways and pools. Gran Meliá brings the privacy and exclusivity you deserve, and allows you the opportunity to escape from the rest of the world. From the moment you step inside this tropical oasis, you will be enveloped by the beauty and grandeur of its architecture and stunning views, and realize that this is the place to live the true resort experience in Puerto Rico.


Trump International Golf Club boasts Puerto Rico’s first course of legendary proportions, designed by PGA Tour Professional Tom Kite. Comprised of two 18-hole championship courses, the Championship and the International, the meticulously crafted fairways feature stellar scenery. Each course winds through lush tree groves and over waterways and lakes, amid tropical blooms and past scenic bluffs, delivering an unparalleled golfing experience to players of all levels. For non-golfers, you can lounge poolside or indulge in the renowned YHI Spa.

Dining Experiences:

A selection of extraordinary first-class restaurants and bars will brighten your palate. With alternating operating schedules, you will encounter from an Asian Bistro and Italian to the best in international and Puerto Rican cuisine, featuring magnificent creations from our chefs. From elegant, gourmet dining to casual light snacks and exotic tropical drinks, there’s something to satisfy every appetite and bring you a refreshing taste of the best of the Caribbean.

Purchase your raffle tickets here!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

And the Good Works Keep Coming

As a parent, the number one thing you want for your child is good health. But when faced with a child who fights daily against an incurable, life threatening disease, you find strength that you never thought you had. This is the story of former Notre Dame wide receiver Jack Snow's daughter, Stephanie Snow Gebel.

Jack Thomas Snow (January 25, 1943 – January 9, 2006) played wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame from 1962 through 1964 and with the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL from 1965 to 1975. During his senior year at Notre Dame, Snow was a consensus All-American and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1964 behind the winner, fellow teammate Notre Dame quarterback John Huarte. 1964 was coach Ara Parseghian's first season with Notre Dame, and Parseghian made several key position switches in 1964, including moving Snow from flanker to wide receiver. Snow lost 15 pounds to compete more effectively as a receiver. Notre Dame's passing offense in Parseghian's first season helped produce 27 team and individual records, including five set by Snow: receptions (60), receiving yards (1,114) and touchdown catches (9) in a season; receiving yards in a game (217, vs. Wisconsin); and career receiving yards (1,242). He scored 19 more receptions in one season than any previous Notre Dame player. Snow also averaged nearly 37 yards per kick as the 1964 team's punter.

Jack Snow's beautiful granddaughter Raquel
The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation (The Snow Foundation) was founded by J.T. Snow, former Six time MLB gold glove recipient and his sister, Stephanie Snow Gebel, the daughter of the late Jack Snow. Jack's granddaughter, Raquel Gebel was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of four years old with a rare form of diabetes, called Wolfram syndrome. J.T. and Stephanie decided to raise awareness and funding to find a drug therapy for this devastating form of diabetes.

Wolfram syndrome presents as Type 1 Diabetes and ultimately progresses to vision loss, hearing loss and cognitive decline. Tragically, 60% of patients affected by Wolfram syndrome die by their 30th birthday. The mission of The Snow Foundation is to make a difference in the future of medicine and of society by promoting and conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research on Wolfram syndrome and diabetes.

The Snow Foundation plays a central role in supporting research being conducted at Washington University School of Medicine located in St. Louis Missouri and supporting international collaborative research efforts. What is clear from this research is the strong link between Wolfram syndrome and diabetes, and it is their firm belief, and that of the renowned researchers with whom they are partnering with, that a cure for Wolfram syndrome will lead to treatments, if not a cure, for patients with diabetes. This would revolutionize healthcare, as we know it today.

This amazing foundation is primarily run by two women, Stephanie Snow Gebel and Anne Cordial Harkin, both mothers of four children who have made it their life's work to find a cure for this heartbreaking disease. I am constantly amazed at the work these two women have done in the face of such great diversity. Their work is near and dear to my heart not only as a mother, but also because my father and Stephanie's father were friends throughout college and their lives.

In order to reach their goal of getting a drug to these children, clinical trials must take place this year and they are in great need of financial support. It is my hope that the Notre Dame family and community will help The Snow Foundation reach their goal of raising One million dollars. Jack's granddaughter, Raquel should not have to lose her vision, hearing and brain development because of a lack of funding. Lets try to help her and the other children who are suffering from this insidious disease live a normal life they so deserve.

To learn more about The Snow Foundation, below is a video narrated by Notre Dame alum, Regis Philbin. you can also visit their website at If you should have any questions please email me at and I can get you in touch with Stephanie or Anne.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Little Thanksgiving Weekend Football

Looking for something to do with your family this weekend? How about a little Rams football AND a free concert!

The St. Louis Rams welcome the Oakland Raiders from the west coast on Sunday and as an extra bonus for the fans there will be a free concert following the game by country superstar Montgomery Gentry!

The Rams have a wide range of pricing options and fun Game Day events!

Looking for a way to make your kids a part of the action? Join the Rams Kids Club!

A membership to the Rams Kids Club is just $30.00 and includes:

Limited Edition Rams Kids Club Lunch Box
Rampage Pop-Up
Rams Lanyard
Rams Foam Football
Rams Head Coach Fisher Welcome Letter
Official Kids Club Member Certificate

As a part of their Rams Kids Club membership your kids will also get exclusive Kids Club Member Events:

Kids Club Holiday Party at the Magic House
Rampage’s Birthday Party
Kids Club Season Ending Party

See you on Sunday and LET'S GO RAMS!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Living the Suite Life

Today, as part of my new Lady #RamsFan partnership, I had the opportunity to watch the St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys football game from a VIP suite with my fellow lady bloggers. We also had a chance to taste some of the new food now available at Rams games this season. So here is the scoop on the new eats at the Dome for the next time you're there for a Rams game!

(Author's note: I did not try every food offering but I will post photos of everything even if I did not try it!) 

Our first tasting was beef and chicken tacos from Carneros Cantina. This was one of the items I did not try, but everyone who did try them said they were very tasty!

Then they brought in one of my favorites ... Strange Donuts! The flavors they brought us were: Gooey Butter, Maple Bacon, Camp Fire, Chicken n' waffle and 5th Down. The Gooey Butter is one of my favorites so of course I couldn't pass by a taste of that one! The Chicken n' Waffle donut looked very interesting. It actually had a chicken strip on top of the (waffle flavored?) donut, but I wasn't quite that adventurous today! And the Camp Fire donut had a marshmallow in the middle! Clever!!

Sugar Fire was the next vendor and they brought in Brisket Cheesesteak Sandwiches and Smoked Sausages. I tried the Brisket Cheesesteak Sandwich and it was amazing. I will definitely buy one of those at the next Rams game I attend!!

Are you sitting down? Crown Candy Kitchen brought in their famous BLT sandwich. I die. Since I had already eaten the Sugar Fire sandwich I just had a bite of Offspring #1's BLT ... but I'm telling you, this is must eat food at the Dome. Must. Eat. Food!!

Go for 2 Tavern (tell me again why we went for it on 4th and inches instead of taking the three points ... oh, I digress) brought by some hand rolled pretzels. One was a regular pretzel with a side of cheese sauce, and one was a pretzel covered in cinnamon sugar and both looked delicious ... but after Sugar Fire and some BLT I figured I should pass.

Finally, The Slice came bye with 18 Inch Pizza slices ... cheese and pepperoni, I really shouldn't have but I had half of a slice of pepperoni and it was quite good!!

For dessert, Bissinger's had two boxes of chocolate in the suite for it, and lets face it ... you can never go wrong with chocolate!

The only thing that could have possibly made today better would have been a Rams win, but I guess we can't have everything, can we?!

I'd like to thank Danielle Smith and the St. Louis Rams for this amazing partnership and I can't wait until the next event!

Until then ... cheers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Have the Best Rams Fan Experience

I am pleased to announce that a few weeks ago the St. Louis Rams invited me into a special partnership with them. In exchange for getting to participate in some of the various experiences offered to Rams Fans at the Edward Jones Dome, it will be my pleasure to report back to you on all of the opportunities that are available to football fans in St. Louis

My first such opportunity is this weekend when the St. Louis Rams face off against the Dallas Cowboys. As a Rams season ticket holder I know what it's like to enjoy the game from my current vantage point, but this weekend I will have a chance to view the game from a VIP Suite. I am very much looking forward to sampling a variety of food from the new restaurants opening up in the Dome this season.

I am also going to get to check out the Lady Ram program. The Lady Ram program is for women where "Football, Fashion and Fitness Meet."

Membership includes:

  • Unique Lady Rams Premium Item
  • Membership Packet
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Monthly drawings for autographed items, tickets and special experiences
  • Exclusive invitation to: Girls Night Out Fashion Show

The game on Sunday also happens to be the 5th Annual Green Game. As a part of the 5th annual Green Game, the Rams have: 
  • Offset 100% of the electricity used as the Edward Jones Dome for the game with Missouri wind energy credits from Ameren Missouri Pure Power.
  • Offset all fan travel to and from the Edward Jones Dome with carbon offsets.
  • Offset the Dallas Cowboys flight to and from St. Louis with carbon offsets.

Keep an eye out for in-game features throughout the game highlighting the importance of sustainability as well as the Rams Green Team, who will be picking up recyclable materials in the stands! 

Also this Sunday, be one of the first 1,000 Rams fans to receive a $10 food and beverage voucher by presenting your validated same-day Metro ticket at the Metro table during the Official Tailgate Party in Baer Park. 

Stay tuned for more of my upcoming experiences as a St. Louis #RamsFan.