Louis to watch — and pray — as Loyola won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.“I promised God a lot of stuff,” she said of her nonstop prayers during the final.“So I had to take care of that before I went to sleep that night.”On Sunday evening, she was back with her team at Loyola’s watch party, wearing an oversize Loyola varsity jacket and a maroon and gold scarf.About 4,200 people have signed up on a waitlist to use it, 70 percent of whom are Canadians.
And she said she looks forward to meeting Mary Belle Hicks -- a die-hard Michigan fan and 100-year-old grandmother of former Wolverines star Jalen Rose -- who predicted the end of Loyola-Chicago's run when the Ramblers face Michigan on Saturday."I saw her on Facebook the other day," Sister Jean said. More than 10,000 Sister Jean bobbleheads have been sold, crushing the record previously established by a Clemson football bobblehead in 2016, according to Phil Sklar, co-founder of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, the company that produced the item for Loyola-Chicago.
Sklar's company has made enough money to take a long vacation, Sister Jean said."I'm not saying this in a proud fashion," she said.
tournament-bound basketball team, really finds her voice. She asks for the referees to call fouls “justly.” She asks that the Ramblers execute the plays the way they were intended. tournament this week, the program’s first appearance in the field in 33 years.
But it is the words painted on another wall outside of Gentile Arena — a quote from St. On his first day, he arrived at his new office and found a manila folder on his desk.
She typically makes her way around campus in a pair of custom maroon basketball sneakers with her name stitched in gold thread on the back.
When she was forced to miss eight home games this season after surgery to repair her hip, Sister Jean followed the play-by-play of Ramblers games on her i Pad, envisioning each play without the luxury of a video feed.
"I think to myself, 'Oh my, don't let it go to your head,'" she said. The team, those young men, are very humble."The 98-year-old nun, international icon and Loyola-Chicago chaplain held a news conference at the Final Four on Good Friday that was so packed, officials had to clear a path for her to enter.
Outlets from around the country filled every seat, dozens of cameras were posted in the back of the room, and reporters lined the walls as she spoke. She talked about the interviews she has done from the Chicago campus that have been broadcast around the world and discussed the swell of new fans and the media frenzy. Somebody said, 'Maybe you need a pair of boxing gloves.' And I said, 'Well, we'll see what happens.' I hope we see each other. I love to meet people."Sister Jean is also aware of her impact in this moment.
And despite her absence, the prayers, the emails and the scouting reports never missed a beat.
Restricted to a wheelchair, she even made her way to St.
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