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The [Monday] Papers

On December 6th, the Loyola Ramblers upset the nation's No. 5-rated team, Florida, in Gainesville, 65-59.

At least it was deemed an upset then; now we know better as the Ramblers are one of four teams left vying for a national championship.

"None of Loyola's current players were alive the last time the Ramblers upset a top-5 team,"'s Andy Wittry wrote then. "That was in 1984, when Loyola (IL) beat No. 4 Illinois 63-62 in a season in which the Ramblers advanced to the Sweet 16, where they fell to No. 1 seed and national runner-up Georgetown."

In fact, Wittry led with that.

He ended with this:

"Don't look now but Loyola is now 9-1 with just two games left before the start of conference play."

Four days later, the Beachwood Sports Department first took note of the season the Ramblers were having at the 45:08 mark of The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #178.

If I recall correctly, I opened the segment by asking Jim: "Is Loyola good?"

We've been covering the Ramblers ever since, to the best of our little operation's ability - meaning mostly on our sports podcast and in Jim Coffman's SportsMonday columns, though I've added a few observations of my own in this space and on social media.

My favorite entry in our Ramblers archive is probably The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #192: Let's Go Hobos!, when we bemusedly discussed the origin of the Ramblers mascot - he was a hobo - and posited Jonah Hill as the new Bo Rambler. I also noted that by then I was already tired of the Sister Jean storyline; just chill, people. My god, nobody knows how to ruin a good thing like the thirsty, ravenous, bigfoot media. Sometimes just a wink is all you need.

Me and Jim also ended up spending the first 51:15 of our latest sports podcast, The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #193: The Suddenly Charming Loyola Brand, talking about the Ramblers.

"Don't expect a campus windfall no matter what ill-informed journos tell you," I wrote in the Show Notes, to tease a significant part of the discussion. See the links there supporting that case.

Now we've got a seemingly interminable wait until the Hobos play again - we're interchangeably calling them the Hobos, because it's just so great, though also offensive, though not as offensive as the Redskins - as Jim notes in his column today. That's plenty of time to catch up with our Ramblers archive, presented here in chronological order.

December 10, 2017: Segment: The Loyola Ramblers Exist!

December 22: Segment: Can Loyola Ramble To The Dance?

January 5: Segment: Loyola Was A Mirage.

February 9: Segment: Help Us, Loyola, You're Our Only Hope.

February 15: Segment: Ramblers On A Roll.

February 28: Segment: Loyola's To Lose.

March 5: Ramblers 'R' Us.

March 9: Points Of Origin: Your Loyola Ramblers.

March 12: Loyola Living The Dream.

March 16: Let's Go Hobos!

March 19: Sweet Seeds.

March 21: Take Loyola.

March 22: Make. It. Stop.

March 23: The Suddenly Charming Loyola Brand.

Today: And Now We Wait.


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