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Loyola diehard fans Bob Haselsteiner and Joe Dlugosz share their decades-long love for Rambler basketball
Bob Haselsteiner is a Loyola University Chicago diehard, and he remembers it all. He went to his first men’s basketball game as a Loyola Academy student, nearly 75 years ago. The leading scorer on that team was Jack Kerris, a center whose running hook shots banged off the backboard and always fell through. Haselsteiner remembers taking his eventual wife to a game on their first date. He remembers the double- and triple-headers at Chicago Stadium. The postgame dinner and confab in the 1980s with then-Ramblers head coach Gene Sullivan. The charter flight to San Antonio for the Final Four appearance, three decades later.
Most intensely, Haselsteiner remembers that magical night in 1963—he’s in his den, watching Loyola play for the NCAA men’s basketball title on a slight television delay, his wife listening live to the radio feed in their kitchen. There she was, shrieking with excitement as their beloved team erased Cincinnati’s 15-point second-half lead—unbeknownst to her tape-delayed husband. He coaxed her back to the couch, where “together we watched Loyola win in thrilling style.”
Joe Dlugosz “caught the bug” during his sophomore year at Loyola, in 1996. Dlugosz and a half-dozen of his buddies would pile into Gentile Arena, coordinating their t-shirts and doing their best impression of Duke’s Cameron Crazies. To cap it all off, he bought a display case to house the Rambler memorabilia he’s collected over the years. It’s filled to the brim, with plenty of other knick-knacks still boxed away. (Take a look at some of Dlugosz's collection below.)