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Café Guide: South Bend, Indiana

With Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish heating up the college football scene this season, many are flocking to South Bend, Indiana to catch one of the team’s historical games in all its glory. As visitors head to the city rich with history and a firm foodie milieu, South Bend’s cool café atmosphere is often overlooked.

Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of drip coffee, lattes, cappuccinos or espressos, with a bite to eat, don’t fumble through the city looking for fast food joints or a name brand coffee company. We’ve got a game plan best suited to kick off your coffee high and savvy brunch needs in what Livability called one of the best college towns of 2014.

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More Than Just a Game: “A Season with Notre Dame Football”

That nip in the air means only one thing—it’s that time of year again! The best season in sports is finally upon us with all its demonstrative glory and pride. As college football returns around the nation, one television network is granting unparalleled access to fans and audiences to one of the country’s best teams.

Last month Showtime announced it would chronicle the full season of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish in a documentary series with an unrivaled behind-the-scenes look at Coach Brian Kelly’s 2015 team as they play like champions to achieve greatness and fight for the national title.

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Peyton Manning: The Comeback Kid

If there’s one thing I’ve come to realize in my years of watching football, it’s that it’s a lot like life which is full of feelings and strategy. They both have us tackling our problems head-on while blocking out our fears in order to protect the dreams we cherish. With any chance we get, they both equally prove how important it is to seize an opportunity in order to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves when prioritizing our life. Someone who’s had to tackle his own problems head-on and block out fears in order to protect his dreams in these last two years was NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Arguably one of the best football players of our generation, Peyton Manning, joined the Indianapolis Colts back in 1998 fresh out of the University of Tennessee. Since then he has led the team to 11 playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl title in 2006 and claimed 4 MVP titles along with appearing at 11 Pro-Bowls. However, the fourteen year marriage between Manning and the Colts organization came to an end last March as Jim Irsay, owner of the esteemed organization announced they would be parting ways after Manning could not play for the whole 2011 season due to a neck injury. The four neck surgeries the once golden boy had to endure over the last two years made him more of a liability than an asset, creating only one option for the organization, the team and the fans.

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Touchdown! Indianapolis Welcomes Super Bowl XLVI

Excitement and fun are crawling around Indianapolis this week as the Circle City prepares to host thousands in anticipation for America’s favourite informal holiday, the Super Bowl. Taking place this Sunday February 5th, the championship game this year sees AFC and NFC title holders, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants battling it out again after four years of what some may consider the best finish in Super Bowl history, given the fact that neither team this time around has perfect records on the line. This matchup is bound to be tight and quite thrilling!

I’m not ashamed to say this but I will mention that I am an Indianapolis Colts fan. Yes, I bleed blue and after the crummy season we had, it’s not surprising to see some of us fell off the bandwagon but we did have two wins near the end so that’s alright with me. As a fan not just of the team but of the great state of Indiana, I am especially proud that the city gets to showcase itself and all that it’s about to a new audience that’s willing to take in and adore a city that isn’t just gorgeous architecturally, culturally and for reasons of sport but has a tremendous heart. I guess there’s redemption in there for the Colts and us fans; a renewal of fan-ship in some sense because call it what you will — perhaps it’s Hoosier hospitality, but these fine folks know how to throw a party and the days leading up to the Super Bowl are clearly proving it.

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And It’s A Touchdown!: Ten of the Best Football Movies

Superbowl Sunday is upon us and if you’re like me, the stakes are not too high tonight seeing as my team didn’t make it into the Superbowl this year but nevertheless, I still wear my Indianapolis Colts jersey with dignity and fragrance of chicken wings. Apparently the BBQ smell is hard to come out of clothes – who’d have thought?

Now, you might just enjoy football and all that it encompasses like me and enjoy watching some solid gridiron action or you might not. A few of my friends don’t understand the sport and at times find it nothing short of “boring”. Most times when I hear them utter such words, it’s almost blasphemy to me. Sports are sports; they’re meant to define and challenge organized competitions, embrace human contact and come together for a common goal with a tremendous heart. There is a beauty within any game in any sport and football has this sort of, “je ne sais quoi” regarding its attraction. However, not everyone needs to watch the Superbowl to see or understand football for more than its face value. Perhaps you’d prefer the more handsome, refined action from the green field with a heart-warming plot and a few laughs?

Instead of watching the Green Bay Packers fight it out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, tonight you might want to sit back and relax and watch a good old American film while still being in some sort of football mode.

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