Sons of Saturday-Irish: Written Edition
When Woj and I decided to start releasing Sons of Saturday-Irish to the public, we were praying for a Notre Dame season that would provide us with interesting moments to talk about. Actually, now that I think about it, we were really just praying for a season, period. Amidst all the uncertainty of COVID-19, the 2020 Irish campaign delivered and then some.
The 2020 season saw breakout performers in Kyren “Franchise” Williams and Michael “Baby Gronk” Mayer and veterans reaching new heights in Ian Book and Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah. There was a COVID pause, an epic victory over a top ranked team, another playoff bid, and even a conference championship game appearance. As I struggled to come to grips with going a season without attending a game, our podcasts turned into a necessary coping tool. Talking about CJs with Mike McGlinchey? Laughing about moms at Club Fever with Mike Golic Jr.? Recapping the Clemson win with Stanford Freakin’ Steve? Are you kidding me? The joy this new outlet brought us, and the feedback we received made this season more enjoyable than we ever could have imagined.
As for dealing with not being in attendance for any games, that turned out to be an issue for another year. A season that started with a frustrated viewing of the Duke game on the Broken Barrel patio ended with an up-close-and-personal seat for Najee Harris’s hurdle over Nick McCloud in the Rose Bowl at Jerry World. Somehow, I managed to make four other games in-person, including the best night of my life, November 7th. Through it all, I realized that I was more obsessed with Notre Dame football than I ever have been in my life. So, as I sit here on a snowy Chicago day in a mostly empty Loop area, that’s why we’re expanding Sons of Saturday-Irish even further.
We’re adding a written feature to our platform, and we’re pleased to announce that we already have some fantastic people onboard to help us in Ashton Pollard and Mike McDaniel. Ashton is a 2018 Penn grad currently pursuing her masters at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism (ever heard of it?) specializing in sports media. Mike is a 2015 Virginia Tech grad who has previously written for Gobbler Country on the SB Nation network, Fighting Gobbler for Fansided, InsideTheACC.com, The Tech Lunch Pail, and most recently for Sports Illustrated's All Hokies, where he served as lead publisher. We’re very excited to have Ashton and Mike as we expand of coverage of Notre Dame football. Woj and I will also be making a foray into writing, and I’m sure we’ll struggle to live up to the standards set by two people who are much more qualified than we are.
The 2021 season has a lot of storylines, from the quarterback position, to the evolution of Tommy Rees as a playcaller, to the impact of Marcus Freeman on the other side of the ball, and to Notre Dame’s recruiting, among others. I’m sure that every outlet is going to have a different opinion on all of these, but at least we can all agree that above all, 2021 is going to be the Season of Kyle. We’ll be talking about all of that and more as we continue to grow our written platform. Don’t you worry, we won’t forget to talk about what’s most important at Notre Dame-resolving the parking issue. For now, we just wanted to let everyone know how excited we are about this expansion, and we can’t wait to get it going. Go Irish.