Blue and Gold Illustrated

May 2016 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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quarterback Joe Montana at the throttle, while All‑Americans Ross Browner (end), Bob Golic (line‑ backer/middle guard) and Luther Bradley (cornerback) propelled the defense. The 23‑8 basketball program had eight future NBA players on its roster and advanced to its first and still lone Final Four. It was placed at No. 6 in the final AP poll. 7. 1978‑79: ENCORE PERFORMANCE An unbelievable 35‑34 comeback win over Houston in the Cotton Bowl enabled the 9‑3 football team to fin‑ ish No. 7 in the AP poll (and No. 6 in the coaches poll) while playing the nation's No. 1‑ranked schedule. The basketball program, led by Kelly Tripucka, placed No. 4 at the end of the regular season before los‑ ing to Earvin "Magic" Johnson's na‑ tional champion Michigan State out‑ fit in the Elite Eight. 8. 1980‑81: THE LAST HURRAH, FOR NOW The 9‑2‑1 Irish finished No. 9 af‑ ter falling to No. 1 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl (17‑10). Brigham Young stunned the No. 7 basketball team at the horn on Danny Ainge's full‑court drive in the round of 16. It's been 35 years since top‑10 fin‑ ishes by both have been achieved. Since the 1993‑94 school year, Notre Dame has had as many AP top‑10 finishes in football (2005 and 2012) as it has in men's basketball (2011 and 2015). ✦ Authentic Notre Dame Helmets by Authentic "Speed" Full-Size Display Helmets Riddell's ND "Speed" helmet features a large-size shell, special-order facemask worn by most of the star players who choose to wear the Speed, internal padding reflective of the "Speed Classic" design, and 4-pt. chinstrap. Official ND gold color. "Irish" bumper on front and back. Approx. 10" tall. Acrylic base attached for display purpose. $299 Helmets are made-to-order and dropshipped direct from the manufacturer. Please allow up to 48 hours to process your order. FREE S&H within Continental U.S. VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE Back View Front View Style Item #6640-Gold or Style Item #6640-Shamrock

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