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Steven C. WelshSteven C. Welsh

Steven C. Welsh is a Notre Dame alumnus dividing his time between the Washington, D.C., area and the Midwest.
Steve has background as a Notre Dame football commentator, national security analyst, attorney, and web developer.

When he was a Notre Dame student, Steve lived through two losing seasons, a coaching change, listening to games overseas on Armed Forces Radio, and watching the Fighting Irish win what was most likely the most recent definitive consensus national championship by any team. It was during Steve's senior year that the Notre Dame team which had losing records his first two years played and beat essentially the entire top six. The Irish had gone 5-6, 5-6 with a new coach, 8-4 with a blowout loss in a bowl, then 12-0 and a bowl victory that was one of the games that helped the Fiesta Bowl become a major bowl.

Have times changed in the interim?

Steve was surprised to learn that, for at least some recent graduates, there is some confusion about the monumental sculpture of Moses by Ivan Mestrovic that stands next to Hesburgh Memorial Library, in which Moses is pointing his forefinger forcefully towards the sky. Apparently for some, that sculpture is now known as "First Down Moses."

In fact, the sculpture has always been, and always will be, known as "We're #1 Moses."

Sights from the Notre Dame Campus

For those interested, from left to right, the images at the top of the page include:

:: the Golden Dome at twilight
:: the Irish Guard
:: the House that Rockne Built
:: Notre Dame defense in action
:: Moses, next to the Hesburgh Library ("'We're #1 Moses")
:: Hesburgh Library, Word of Life Mural, Stone Mosaic (dubbed by some "Touchdown Jesus")
:: Washington Hall
:: Sculpture of Father Corby giving Final Absolution to New York's Irish Brigade at Gettysburg (also known as "Fair-Catch Corby" ... but after seeing the replica on the Gettysburg battlefield, placed there by the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia on the actual rock Father Corby stood upon, that takes precedence)
:: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
:: Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome
:: Golden Dome in the afternoon

God Bless and Go Irish!

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Leprechaun Express Headlines

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:: Notre Dame Football NewsWatch – updated Tuesday 6.4.13
:: NEWSLINK: Parseghian feels defense will carry Irish with Golson suspended
:: Notre Dame 2013 Schedule Tough, National, Diverse
:: (UPDATE 3) NEWSLINKS: Notre Dame confirms starting QB Everett Golson no longer enrolled
:: Brian Kelly Moves into Top-8 Among Notre Dame Head Football Coaches; Can Move into Top-5 with a 13-0 record in 2013
:: NFL Prospects: Entire Group of Notre Dame Pro Day Participants Get Chance in NFL
:: Notre Dame Football finishes in top-3/top-4 of major polls with 12-1 record, #1 in recognized computer poll; highest final ranking since 1993, best record since 1989

:: Notre Dame Football Recruiting Hub 2013

:: Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is Coach of the Year

:: Notre Dame's seven Heisman Trophy winners more than any other school

:: #1 Notre Dame beats Southern Cal 22-13, rises to 12-0 for first time since 1988 National Championship season, continues path to 2012 National Championship

:: Notre Dame routs Wake Forest 38-0; Irish rise to 11-0 for first time since 1989, are rightful #1 and rightful national championship front-runner

:: Notre Dame tops rival Boston College 21-6; in command the whole way against hard-playing Eagles, Irish stay undefeated, with rightful claim to #1 ranking

:: Notre Dame refuses to be denied, fights for 29-26 triple-overtime win over tough Pitt team; Irish remain undefeated at 9-0, maintain claim on national championship

:: Notre Dame routs Miami 41-3, stays undefeated at 5-0

:: Brian Kelly has never stayed longer than three years in Div. I-A/FBS

:: Notre Dame wins thriller in closing seconds over Purdue, 20-17 off Brindza FG capping Rees-led final drive; Golson steady, defense intense most of game, Irish bring home dramatic win in old Notre Dame style

:: Fighting Irish sink Navy in Dublin; Notre Dame rolls over Midshipmen 50-10

:: Fighting Irish Lore: Knute Rockne
:: Fighting Irish Lore: Frank Leahy
:: Frank Leahy: Legendary Notre Dame coach also set the bar at Boston College

Notre Dame Football NewsWatch

:: New Leprechaun Express Site: click here
:: Notre Dame Football NewsWatch – updated Tuesday 6.4.13

:: Notre Dame Football Signing Day 2013 - und.com
:: Fighting Irish Add 24 Names to 2013 Football Roster Brian Kelly; announces the student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent - und.com 2.6.13
:: TRANSCRIPT: Brian Kelly Press Conference - Signing Day 2.6.13

:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - Blue & Gold Illustrated/247sports
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - scout.com
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - ESPN
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - yahoo/rivals.com
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - maxpreps

:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - Blue & Gold Illustrated/247sports
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - scout.com
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - ESPN
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - yahoo/rivals.com
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - maxpreps

:: ESPN recruiting database

:: Notre Dame Football statistical rankings/results - NCAA
:: Notre Dame Football official site

:: Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Dean Brown dies at age 44 - AP/NCAA 12.1.12
:: Notre Dame AD considers proposing 2013 'test run' playoff committee - CBS 12.3.12
:: Notre Dame Scores a First: No. 1 in Football and in Graduating Its Players - Players - The Chronicle of Higher Education
:: Notre Dame No. 1 In BCS and Graduation Success Rate - BGI
:: Brian Kelly showing Notre Dame can compete for national titles and graduate players - yahoo

More Links

:: 1977 National Championship Team: The Right Combination - und.com
:: Where Are They Now? Ryan Leahy - nocoastbias.com/ scout.com
:: Echoes: Who Knew? The New Lou - Notre Dame Magazine
:: Wounded Veteran, ND Alum Rocky Bleier never gave up on NFL dream
:: Echoes: As ND as football, Mother's Day and community service (Notre Dame Player/Coach Frank Hering)
:: "May I Have Your Attention Please" excerpt