A few weeks ago we had the chance to sit down and chat with Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and because it was such a deeply rewarding experience, we decided to do just that again as we head into an exciting afternoon where the Irish play host to Stanford and of course the accompanying nerdy fireworks.
Here's what transpired in our latest Q&A with
The Sports Hernia: So what has the temperament of the locker room been like after hearing Cardinal offensive tackle Chris Marinelli's comments about your Irish?
Jimmy Clausen: Jimmy likes a little trash talk, and you wanna know why? Because Jimmy loves that extra incentive. Jimmy thinks it sure is a shame Marinelli doesn't play defense because Jimmy would definitely enjoy juking him out of his cleats.
TSH: Right. We're noticing you've cut your hair, any particular reason for that? Perhaps because you looked like a disturbing real-life version of horror flick star, Chucky?
JC: Well as you know already, Jimmy likes the buzz of the big game, so Jimmy decided to buzz his hair. Pretty simple, Jimmy likes simple.
TSH: Precisely. You really had a great week against Purdue last Saturday, going for three touchdowns. Any reason you can't go for four today?
JC: Jimmy did play pretty great, didn't he? But Jimmy always shoots for the stars, so even with four this week, Jimmy won't be satisfied. Jimmy just wishes every day could be Saturday.
TSH: Naturally. Anybody on the roster surprising you thus far that you didn't expect to?
JC: As a matter of fact, Jimmy's gettin' pretty sweet on Jimmy Aldridge. Jimmy thinks Jimmy is making some wonderful strides. I'm pretty sure Jimmy's primed for greatness.
TSH: You mean James Aldridge, right? The running back?
JC: Yeah, Jimmy!
TSH: It's James, not Jimmy, and we know you only like him because it gives you an excuse to say Jimmy, Jimmy. Moving on...
TSH: What has coach Weis been emphasizing to you guys this week about today's game?
JC: Ya know, Jimmy has a short attention span so Jimmy's not quite sure what coach Weis said. In fact, Jimmy doesn't know what in the hairy hell he's been talking about. But Jimmy does know one key to the game. You see, the key is.. Don'..(interrupted)
TSH: Yeah, we know, we know. The key is, Don't, Touch, Jimmy.
JC: Yes! Don't touch Jimmy! See, Jimmy likes that you're picking up on things. Looks like Jimmy's made a new friend in town!
Hernia's first sitdown with Jimmy Clausen: