Mississippi State Wins One

by Michael December 2, 2013
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Sunday Mississippi State beat Loyola Chicago in an overtime squeaker, 65-64. It was the Bulldogs’ first win in a rivalry that spans 51 years. Loyola leads the series 2-1. Last year the Ramblers won in Chicago, 59-51, in the first of two home-and-home games played to commemorate the last time the teams met, in the Mideast […]

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Hall of Famers, 2

by Michael November 27, 2013
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Here are a couple of photos from Sunday’s induction celebration at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. (See previous post.)

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Hall of Famers

by Michael November 20, 2013
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This Sunday, November 24, the 1963 Loyola Ramblers will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. They’re the first team in history to go in as a group.

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

by Michael July 11, 2013
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President Barack Obama greets members of the 1963 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers NCAA Championship men’s basketball team in the Oval Office, July 11, 2013. Players from left: Jerry Harkness, Dan Connaughton, Les Hunter, Ron Miller. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

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Ramblers in the White House

by Michael July 11, 2013
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The Basketball Fan-in-Chief will honor the 1963 Loyola Ramblers in the Oval Office today at 12:10 eastern time, according to the schedule. It’s closed to the press, but afterward there will doubtless be interviews and photos, so watch the news. Please, somebody hand him a copy of Ramblers and take a picture! Take it on […]

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My Mistake

by Michael June 24, 2013
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Dean Smith, center, with his North Carolina team in 1967 after beating Duke for the ACC title. In chapter 24 of Ramblers, George Ireland’s son Mike tells a story about the 1963 final four. It was Thursday, March 21. The Ramblers had just flown in to Louisville and were ensconced in their hotel. Tomorrow night […]

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Printer’s Row Lit Fest

by Michael June 5, 2013
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I’ll be appearing at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest this Saturday, June 8, 1:45 in the Park/Fountain Room at University Center, 525 S. State (Big Red Arrow on the map).  Here’s the official notice.

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The Perfect Thing for Father’s Day!

by Michael June 3, 2013
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Is your dad a basketball fan? A Loyola alum? Did he ever send large checks to Loyola in your behalf? Chances are he’d love a copy of Ramblers for Father’s Day–especially if it’s a signed copy personally inscribed to your dad by the author himself! You can order one from my neighborhood indie bookstore, the Book […]

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Mother knows best

by Michael May 13, 2013
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Loyola coach George Ireland was the maestro of the kitchen table. He didn’t recruit players, he recruited moms. In this excerpt, guard Ron Miller describes how Ireland snatched him away from the University of Dayton: “He walked in like he was in charge.

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Chicago Tonight

by Michael April 8, 2013
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Tonight I’m appearing with Jack Egan and Rich Rochelle on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce. 7-8 PM, just before the NCAA final. Here’s some video from their preview page, which also offers an excerpt from Ramblers, a photo gallery, and WTTW’s excellent 2003 feature on the team. That feature, produced by Jay Smith, is one […]

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