For Coach

If you’re anything like me, when you look back at your youth a few people likely spring to mind that were there for you as came into your own. It could have been a teacher, a principal, a youth group leader, an older student…or a coach. Someone who was there to share some laughs, provide a big of guidance and help you navigate that high speed transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Someone who was there for your struggles, defeats and triumphs. For me, that person was Carl Favaro.

Coach passed away this week after battling brain cancer for more than a year. When I first saw the news in the Loyola Football Alumni Facebook Group, I couldn’t help but hang my head and shed a tear for the big man. Continue reading

My Best Day

One year ago to this day, I found myself kneeling before God praying that I wouldn’t pass out in front everyone I’ve ever known and the most beautiful girl in the world. I had made the unfortunate mistake of ordering a five-cheese omelette that morning at breakfast. The quintet of cheese was making monstrous noises in my stomach and the holy altar at St. Paul of the Cross was strangely hotter than hell…

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So I looked up to the giant wooden Jesus on the cross above and prayed that I could stay conscious long enough to make it through the ceremony. Although a sweaty groom who foolishly ingested 100 times his daily dairy intake was likely not #1 on God’s to-do list, I hoped he’d spare my wife the embarrassment of watching her soon-to-be-husband take a swan dive on the same altar where she received her first communion.

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Remembering the Big Man – Clarence Clemons

Rock and Roll lost a legend this weekend with the passing of saxophone demigod (DO I HAVE TO SAY HIS NAME? DO I HAVE TO SAY HIS NAAAAAAAME???) Clarence Clemons. For more than three decades, The Big Man who towered over the audience standing 6’5”, absolutely dwarfing his powerful tenor sax, served as the rhythmic and spiritual backbone of Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E. Street Band. Clemons died Saturday due to complications from a stroke. He was 69 years old.

Clarence Clemons

Clarence was a standout in a band populated entirely by rock stars.  His physical stature and the walls of sound emanating from his magical tenor elevated him above some of the most outstanding rockers of this or any generation. Continue reading

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