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Catching Up With Jimmy Clausen

Jimmy Seinfeld Last year we had the chance to sit down and chat with Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, but after a quick start to the 2009 season and some early Heisman hype, we were forced to take a number on our follow-up request. 

Fortunately for us, that hype has since died like a flailing, wounded Notre Dame extra point, and we were once again granted a few minutes with the affable future star.

Here's what transpired:

6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-pi The Sports Hernia: According to our stats here, you've been sacked or knocked down an average of 37 times per game.  How much does that suck, and why didn't you turn pro at halftime against Pitt?

Jimmy Clausen Jimmy Clausen: As you know, we always end our huddles with a chant of "Don't touch Jimmy."  And I'm always reminding the guys that Jimmy must not go down.  But when Sam Young isn't holding, Jimmy isn't standing.  Jimmy's not mad at Sam though, because Sam tries to help Jimmy even though Sam's not very good at helping Jimmy.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: You didn't answer the question about turning pro.  Did Charlie Weis advise you to ignore that topic until the season's over?

Jimmy ClausenJC: Oh, Jimmy's time is coming, but Jimmy really likes surprises, so he can't answer.  But that Jimmy's gonna make a fine, fine pro.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Speaking of Charlie, what are your thoughts on his play-calling and his embarrassing record against top 25 teams?  Additionally, would you mind wiping off his disgusting frozen booger crust?

Jimmy ClausenJC: Coach Weis gives Jimmy the ball every Saturday.  Jimmy loves balls.  Dayne Crist can wipe off coach's boogers though.  Jimmy's afraid of boogers.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Right.  Now Jimmy, we know this was a few weeks ago, but what exactly happened at the end of the B.C. game?  Do you normally do the shove-and-run when someone's talking smack?  And more importantly, did you learn that move on the mean streets of Thousand Oaks, California?

Jimmy ClausenJC: Listen, Jimmy doesn't back down from anybody.  Jimmy's tough.  But Jimmy's also a winner, and winners know when to walk away.  Jimmy walked, because Jimmy won.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Yes, a true "The More You Know" moment.  So have you considered going back to that irresistible Chucky-meets-Thor look

Jimmy ClausenJC: Jimmy thought he looked more like Hulk Hogan.  And the Hulkster rules, just like Jimmy.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Quite naturally.  So now that you're 22 years old, do you find yourself struggling with Notre Dame's strict "lights out at 10pm" rule?

Jimmy ClausenJC: Jimmy's sneaky.  Lights out doesn't affect Jimmy because Jimmy has two lava lamps.  But when the lights really do go out, it's Jimmy time.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Thank you for that wonderful image.  Ok, last question.  When you lose to UConn this Saturday, will you finally admit that Notre Dame football blows?

Jimmy ClausenJC: That's impossible for Jimmy to say.  You know why?  Because Jimmy ain't dinkin' and Jimmy ain't dunkin'.  Jimmy's gettin' sweet on Tate, goin' deep to Floyd and jumpin' for Jimmy joy.


6a00d83451b84f69e201053701f8fd970c-piTSH: Of course.  Well best of luck in the Domino's Bread Bowl, Jimmy.

Jimmy ClausenJC: Jimmy hates bread bowls, too many carbs.  Jimmy stays mean and lean on PB&J guy with the crusts cut off.

Past interviews with Jimmy:

Clausen: "Jimmy loves that extra incentive" — 10/4/08

Clausen: "Jimmy likes the buzz of the big game" — 9/13/08


  1. Orion Q. Pickletickle

    November 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This is roflsauce. I had no idea he was being mentored by Rickey Henderson.

  2. BrianBridgePro

    November 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm


  3. fee

    November 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I guess the photo from Seinfeld went right over your head….. the references to Jimmy talking about Jimmy in the third person is a joke from Seinfeld, not about Ricky Henderson.

  4. Orion Q. Pickletickle

    November 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Yep, I missed it. Never watched much Seinfeld because… uh… I didn’t find it that funny.

    Is that okay? Do I need to leave now?

  5. Bob Dole

    November 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Hey, fuck you guys!

  6. BoomerSooner

    November 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

    This one is making Jimmy mad, jimmy’s getting upset!

  7. Shane McMayonnaise

    November 17, 2009 at 12:21 am

    “Hey look. Hank’s got a new boyfriend. Jimmy’s not threatened by Hanks sexuality … Jimmy’s happy for Hank.”

  8. TheSportsHernia

    November 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jimmy’s gotta concentrate on not screwing Jimmy out of a TD in the red zone.

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