Lest you think I am jumping on your band wagon, I want you to know that Loyola was the first NCAA basketball team for whom I cheered back in 1963, when I was 11 years old. I listened to Red Rush call the game, rather uniquely, on the radio. Earlier today, I was chatting with lifetime friend Ed Coyne ’69 in Phoenix, and we were recalling how glued we were to that championship run.
I am sending this to 260 out of the approximately 500 Brother Rice Crusaders who went to Loyola and for whom we have email addresses. The Class of 1964 had 23 and 1963 had 22, but 2009 had the highest percentage (6.7%) of their class Rambled on, so you can see how long the affinity has lasted. Hopefully, this email will incite replies that improves the accuracy of our numbers.
A few of you are among Brother Rice’s strongest supporters, with four of you in both our Alumni Hall of Fame and in the School Hall of Fame.
And remember, Edmund Rice was educated by Jesuits and Augustinians, the founders of Loyola and Villanova, two schools with teams in the Final Four. I firmly believe that Brother Edmund Rice smiles brightly every time they show Sister Jean smiling at a game.
Yes, the Chicago Catholic connection is enough for everyone to jump on the bandwagon, but I am also proud of the Brother Rice connection with Loyola, and every Crusader I know is pulling for the Ramblers.
Go Ramblers! We are all happy for all of you! We are BR!
Jim Casey ’70