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OFD BOOKCAST: The brutal nature of a Notre Dame football loss

The Bookcast returns for the “L”

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Ara Parseghian;John Ray
John Ray and Ara Parseghian
Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

After many months, we kickstart the OFD Bookcast to finally finish “Notre Dame’s Greatest Coaches” by Stephen Singular and Moose Krause. Seeing as how there has been a giant stretch of time between the last Bookcast episode and this one, a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Maybe go back and listen to the 6 previous installments if this is new to you.
  • My dog (Bo Bowower) made things a little difficult at times.
  • It’s been almost as lo since I did a solo recording, and there are a few pauses to get my ducks in a row.

So now that we have that out of the way, here’s some of the things discussed from Chapters 15 and 16:

  • Moose was comically giddy to see practice after a loss.
  • Joe Moore was talked about quite a bit - but not nearly enough.
  • A brief clapback at Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” and Singular’s usage of it in this book.
  • The end of Ara Parseghian.
  • The physical toll of coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
  • How Ara just forced Johnny Ray to coach in South Bend.
  • A Frank Leahy impression just for Brendan’s sweet ears.
  • Ara’s obsession with detail.
  • Messing with Digger Phelps.
  • Dave Casper just wanted Ara to leave him alone.

And plenty more weaved in and out of the show... and Bo trying to bust out of the office.

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