Archive for the ‘Fencing’ Category

Notre Dame Fencing on NPR

Thanks to a heads up from Jeff Hess, I had the opportunity to listen to a piece on NPR about Notre Dame Fencing. You can listen to it by clicking here. It is a RealPlayer proprietary format, but you can get around that by using Real Alternative. It’s a pretty accurate piece, no one knew […]

Notre Dame Invitational Day 2

Day 2 was the team event, which went much faster than the individual stuff. I was dressed slightly warmer and with more comfortable shoes and was this time complimented on both my corduroy blazer [2 sizes too small, for that ill-fitting euro-chic] and my shoes. There was a little bit of fuss from the Northwestern […]

Directing Dogs

After 10 hours on my feet directing epee fencers of all shapes, sizes and levels of attractiveness, my knees are small novas of pain. It is fascinating how much nicer fencers are when you’re a director. Especially the females. Today I was complimented on my scarf [mom-knitted!], my style [what!?], my pronunciation of Dumas [although […]

NCAA Fencing 2004

Today and tomorrow many of my teammates will be passing through Cleveland on a roadtrip out to Brandeis University for the NCAA Fencing Championships which are this weekend. Twice this week I have been invited to accompany my team out there. ‘Adam, we can pick you up early Friday and drop you back off on […]

Fencing Video

instead of writing one of my 4 papers, yesterday was spent logging, capturing, and editing my tribute to the 2002-2003 National Champions: The Notre Dame Fencing Team. Not only was it fun to get back behind an editing utility, i also got to be a bit nostalgic over the days in HS when i would […]

National Champions

last tuesday i left for Colorado Springs, CO to support my teammates at the NCAA fencing championships. it was quite the trip. Those who drove were 4: Steve, Mad Dog, Matty, and myself. the first 18 hours of our drive out there were fine; until we arrived in Colorado amid the aftermath of one of […]

Politricks and Fencing Championships

at 6 this evening i’m driving out to Colorado Springs, CO and the USAFA for the NCAA fencing championships. It is about a 19 hour drive and at the end of it i still might not be able to watch my team compete for the championship. i had to submit my social security number, driver’s […]

South Bend Fencing

i’m eradicating the friday mp3. i’m bored with it. tonight i went to a local fencing tournament and beat down. overall i placed third, but the only two bouts i lost the whole evening were against the same person, who won the tourny. he is ranked as an ‘A’ by USFA standards, while I, a […]

No More Notre Dame Fencing

the greatest thing in my college life is now finished. i’m no longer a varsity athlete. i’m now a varsity alumnus. to preface: there is this guy on our team, a pretty good ep eist, who could be so much better if he applied himself. unfortunately, he feels no need to come to practice or […]

Last Team Bout

The Midwest Championships were today and unfortunately ND came in 2nd. Alot of us fenced poorly. I only had one bout, but I won it. my last contribution to the team was a victory. I’m glad of that. Tomorrow is the Individuals, so I must fence for myself, which basically mean I won’t do as […]

Regular Season End

my regular season is over. i was 4-1 on the weekend, and finally got my act together. the men’s squad is now 82-0 over three years of fencing. and my time fencing as a part of the team is almost up. the drive back from East Lansing was quite an experience. the weather was awful. […]

The Ever-Victorious Army

ever victorious, the fencing team #2 in the nation – soon to be #1 later this week – swept the field again at Duke this weekend. i only fenced one bout. but when i got on the strip, the overall winner for men’s epee was still up for grabs. by the time i left the […]

Flight to North Carolina

i’m flying to Raleigh-Durham, N.C. today for the Duke University Duals. Its just the top four from each squad that travel when we fly. the guys leave today and the girls leave tomorrow. i’m excited to be traveling. i do, however, have the sniffles. last night i put on lots of clothing turned the heat […]

Fencing and Homework

what a damn long weekend that was. i was 2-0 today and my aunt and uncle got to see me win one of those bouts. it was a long trip for them for only a couple of minutes of fencing but i’m glad they came. they also gave me a gift certificate to the best […]

OSU Recap

The men are 6-0, the women 5-1. I was 3-2 over the weekend. Always could’ve done better. Got most of my homework done. must prepare for career fair. pictures.

Patron Saint

as you know, if you read this piece of dung with any semblance of regularity, i am crazy. i also fence. last night at mass instead of listening to the eucharistic prayer which i have heard probably around 2,000 times in my life i got to thinking. is there a patron saint for swords? so […]

Dueling With Guns

as i walked toward my first class of the day: Introduction to Archaeology, i couldn’t help but overhear i conversation in front of me. Girl #1: “…I mean, if they used guns it would be way too loud.” Girl #2: “Yeah, I guess so, but dueling with guns is so much cooler.” #1: “That’s the […]


i’m back! my performance was less than acceptable. bagels suck. ’twill not happen again. i’m not the type to do exceptionally in an individual competition anyway. if teammates are around i am more focused. overall the team did rather well, my captain won for men’s epe and Alicja won for women’s foil. most of the […]

Fencing Lesson

yeah, well i’m outta control. i’ve also got this embarassing personal problem that i’ve had for several weeks now. its uncomfortable and makes me very self-conscious. and i don;t know how to fix it apart from going to the doctor. and i don’t have time for that. the above was just filler until i could […]


back, from remenyik, could’ve done better, but did ok. ND is 7-0, next weekend vs. Florida State. i’m going home momentarily, no updates till next saturday. i love you all.


well, the redesign is up, but needs debugged in the various browsers. last night when i loaded this onto the site i accidentally deleted the DNS authentication…I hope it resets soon. Today and tomorrow I will be at the Remenyik Fencing Tournament on Northwestern’s campus in Evanston, Illinois. Men’s epeé takes so long that it […]

Stadium Steps

its a nice day out today, which means we will be running steps in the stadium. in past years that consists of running all the way ’round the stadium going up and down each set of steps. i do not know if it is going to be the same this year or not. i do […]

My Fencing Coach

Welcome to the world of Janusz Bednarski, fencing coach. What he says (thick Polish accent): Teoretikally, you all dzould be do-ink dee practiss ev-er-y day. What he means: Get off your lazy bums and show some initiative, damn kids. S: Ahh, dee at-letic office has written me zis letter (waves piece of paper) dat has […]

Fencing Conditioning

fencing conditioning is a rather interesting activity. sure we do lots of footwork, etc. but Zoltan our Euro assistant coach has his own unique methods which i believe are called the Idiotic Hungarian Jumping Drills. They are not idiotic because they are uneffective, on the contrary, they are good aerobically and muscularly. they are idiotic […]

Fencing Stuff

well i get about one meal a day right now. i’m definitely working on fixing that but it is rather difficult when you go for 8-10 hours at a stretch. i need the food because of practice and my insanely overactive metabolism. speaking of which, practice is going well despite my arthritic knee. i ice […]

Scared Shitless

i’m not afraid to admit it. i am scared shitless that every time i walk into the fencing gym i am going to dislocate my kneecap again. with just reason too. since the connective tissue holding it in place is pretty much shot, i have to rely on muscle strength alone to keep it in […]

End of the Year Banquet

5.1.02 INT. BRUNO’S PIZZERIA. 8:30pm NIGHT the banquet closing out the year for the fencing team was full of goodbyes, many seniors and our head coach will not be returning to the gym next year. a year from now i will be in the same position, standing up to give my farewell speech in front […]

Fucking 3rd Place

fucking 3rd place. lets see what happened…broke my glasses, almost got arrested, got caught in a snowstorm. time spent in a car traveling…22 hours. classes today…2. homework needs happening, and all i want is a backrub. i’m going to sleep now since i just got back and it is 3AM. today was quite possibly the […]