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Happy Birthday America

With all your flaws, you're still the best country in the world.
God bless America! 🇺🇸
Amen!
244 and counting

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SJU / Whitworth canceled: https://twitter.com/johnniefootball/status/1277263648944197637?s=21

Interesting.  I wonder how many more of these types of non-local,  non-conference games we'll see cancelled?
The North Star Athletic Association (NAIA) cancelled all its NC games which left 4 WIAC schools (Stout, EC, SP and LaX) looking for games on Sept. 19th. Don't know if there could be any schedule rearranging but a WIAC team would be a good way for SJU to fill out its schedule.
Johnnies and BlueDevils are less than 150 miles apart.
I doubt BDB would have a problem with that game.  :)

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57Johnnie

"Leinie Lodge" ❓

I've got to get off of this board. You guys have too much inside info!
Of course, I am old and I live in a closet.
(And I really like this board. The OAC board is almost non-existent.)
OK! Maybe I'll stick around for awhile. I appreciate your support. 🍻

Midwest57  ;D
MW57
Leinie Lodge is the hospitality house for Leinenkugel  Beer founded in Chippewa Falls, WI in 1867 which is also birthplace of this 57.
 :)

Born in a beer hall.  Who would have guessed?  ;D :o
...... and weaned on the original. Of course, back then, they didn't have that namby pamby summer shandy.  :D

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57Johnnie

"Leinie Lodge" ❓

I've got to get off of this board. You guys have too much inside info!
Of course, I am old and I live in a closet.
(And I really like this board. The OAC board is almost non-existent.)
OK! Maybe I'll stick around for awhile. I appreciate your support. 🍻

Midwest57  ;D
MW57
Leinie Lodge is the hospitality house for Leinenkugel  Beer founded in Chippewa Falls, WI in 1867 which is also birthplace of this 57.
 :)

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NEWS FLASH!

Leinie Lodge has reopened.  :)

**grabbing truck keys**
Have one for me.  :D

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NEWS FLASH!

Leinie Lodge has reopened.  :)

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Oz,
Yalumba!

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Things are starting to come back!
After 9 weeks it is Catfish Friday.   :D

57West

Catfish Friday❓ 🎣

Midwest57
One of my favorite restaurants has catfish on the menu (about the best there is) and I'm old enough to remember fish on Friday so that's when I go there. Some time ago Duffman said he didn't think it was possible to OD on catfish. I keep trying.  :)
Catfish57
BTW: your previous post about being from UMU and old just means you have wisdom which is not a prerequisite for web savvy.  :D

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Things are starting to come back!
After 9 weeks it is Catfish Friday.   :D

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Just saw that Frank Berres ‘57 passed away. Here’s the story from Frank Rajkowski:



A list of the most fervent fans of Saint John’s University athletics over the years would certainly take up a lot of space.
 
But near the top would have to be the name of Frank Berres ’57, who died Friday, June 5 at age 85.
 
The Escanaba, Michigan resident was a 1953 graduate of Le Sueur (Minnesota) High School who went on to enroll at SJU that fall.
 
During his time on campus, Berres founded a cheering section that would go on to become a legendary and colorful part of Johnnie lore and is still going strong today …
 
The Rat Pack.
 
“The fact that the Rat has survived 50 years at Saint John’s is really exciting to me,” Berres said in an article in the autumn 2004 edition of the SJU Magazine. “It appears to have enough momentum to survive the test of time.
 
“The Johnnie Rat began with me and I am proud of it.”
 
According to the article, Berres picked up the nickname “The Rat” because his room in Benet Hall was so messy it resembled a rat’s nest.
 
He was also a regular attendee at SJU athletic events, becoming a vocal supporter of the Johnnies – especially during basketball games in the Old Gym (Guild Hall).
 
“It was entertainment on the weekends, so students went to Johnnie basketball games,” he said.
 
The section where Berres and his friends sat – on the north end of the gym closest to the door – soon became known as the “Rat Section.” And Berres laid claim to being the original Rat.
 
Among the first to experience the Rats’ needling of the opposition was Evelyn Young, the wife of then-Gustavus coach Gus Young. She was known for cheering on her husband’s team loudly and waving her fur coat, sometimes even throwing it to the floor.
 
Berres began mimicking her actions with a coat of his own and a long tradition of trying to get under the skin of the opposing team and its followers was born.
 
The reputation of the Rats eventually began to spread, even beyond the MIAC. By the mid-1990s, Sports Illustrated named the group the zaniest cheering section in all of college sports.
 
“On behalf of Johnnie Rats everywhere, I’d like to express my sincere condolences to the Berres family,” said SJU athletic director Bob Alpers, a ‘proud Rat from the class of ’82.’

“I think every student that has attended a game and cheered for Saint John’s has been proud to be a member of the Rat Pack. I wish I had the chance to meet Frank and thank him for founding one of the greatest fan traditions in all of college sports. Rest in peace.”
 
According to his obituary, Berres and his wife Jean moved from Minnesota to Escanaba in the 1960s and raised five children there. He was employed as a social worker with the State of Michigan for 25 years before retiring in 1992. He then worked for Qwest Diagnostic.
 
He was also active in the community, starting a local softball league that grew as large as 50 teams. He was a prominent member of his Elks Lodge, earning Michigan’s Elk of the Year award in 2002-03.
 
His love for the local teams extended to Escanaba High School, where he became a regular presence at athletic events – especially football, basketball and softball games. He was named the Escanaba Fan Club’s “Fan of the Year” and to the Escanaba Quarterback Club’s “Wall of Fame.”
 
But his original love was the Johnnies, and he returned to watch SJU play numerous times over the years. That included being on hand to see John Gagliardi set the all-time collegiate victory record with a win over Bethel at Clemens Stadium in 2003, and a trip to Roanoke, Virginia to see the Johnnies beat Mount Union (Ohio) for the Division III national title that same year.

"It's just a thrill to be here and it's a thrill to be a Johnnie fan," he told the St. Cloud Times that day.

"It's awesome to be here, especially being married to the original Rat," added Jean Berres. "Forty-four years I've been following them around, and it's been great. This is unbelievable."

Berres was also on hand for Homecoming in 2007 – the 50th anniversary of his graduation.
 
It was on that afternoon that he visited that year’s Rat Pack in the north end zone and helped them cheer on the Johnnies to a 30-29 comeback win over St. Olaf.
 
“On the campus, the football game and seeing the Rat Pack members made it seem like it was just yesterday,” he wrote in a letter to The Record recounting his experience.
 
“The first half of the game between two outstanding teams was most intense. At the half, the Johnnies held the lead 17-16 over St. Olaf. Early in the third quarter, the Oles scored on a field goal to make the score 19-17.
 
“The Old Rat in me felt it was time to go to the North End Zone to help the ‘Rat Pack.’ Walking down the steps, the Johnnie crowd uttered some moans as the Oles forced a fumble off the Johnnie kickoff return. More gloom set in when the Oles scored again, making it 26-17. Got to the Pack and told them they just had pizza, but had not done anything yet. Did my only thing, asking them to give me a J-O-H-N-N-I-E-S. They were noisy.
 
“Soon we scored to make it Oles 26 and Johnnies 24. Another ‘JOHNNIE’ yell even noisier. We go ahead 30-26. Soon the Oles hit a field goal. Now Johnnies 30-Oles 29. After the Oles kickoff, decided it was time for a ‘JOHNNIE’ yell. Told “Rat Pack” it would be my last one at the 5:29 mark because it was time for my medications.
 
“At age 72, leading cheers for 20-year-olds is not easy!”

[story by Frank Rajkowski]
RIP Frank
From one of the originals.

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76 years ago?
Lest we forget.

57West

For a fellow your age, you have a great memory.
(Just a little octogenarian humor).
Stay well, my friend.

Midwest57  ;D 🍺
I had a boss that was on a cruiser at Pearl Harbor on 12/07/41 and later a frogman that swam in to blow up underwater obstacles just before dawn on DDay. As I recall, he said only 13 of 100 of them survived.

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76 years ago?
Lest we forget.

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************* Letter to Mount Union season ticket holders **********

Seating for the 2020 season will be based on models that account for appropriate social distancing at Mount Union Stadium.

Any seating adjustments made for the 2020 season will not impact your season ticket locations for the 2021 season.

The time for tickets to be ordered will be adjusted to allow time for social distancing guidelines from local, state, and national officials to provide a safe environment for fans while also maximizing attendance.

There! That clears that up!  ??? 

MUC are selling tickets?!?  This is the first true "game on" step I've seen yet.  Spectacular work for the Purple Raiders.

The aforementioned letter did NOT include an order form. Sorry, Oz!. We don't even know what the hell the letter means.
Go Football!   

No but it's a clear intent to sell.  That's progress, can't be denied.
OK Guys! Where is Professor Irwin Corey when we need him?  :D

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Our rec center reopened with a few restrictions. Another codger buddy of mine, originally from Nordeast, and I were the only two people in the cardio area. After about 3 months off, it took us at least 10 minutes to get up to speed  ;D
He went up to the weight area after cardio and said there was only one other fellow up there. We noted that all the pickleball courts were occupied. Truth!
Rec center update after a week.
Prior to lockdown we would average about 35 people (not counting swimmers or fitness class attendees) at our 5:30AM opening. This week my buddy and I were the only two in the cardio area at the 6AM opening. One person was in the weight area every day. We heard the rest of the day is not much better.

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Our rec center reopened with a few restrictions. Another codger buddy of mine, originally from Nordeast, and I were the only two people in the cardio area. After about 3 months off, it took us at least 10 minutes to get up to speed  ;D
He went up to the weight area after cardio and said there was only one other fellow up there. We noted that all the pickleball courts were occupied. Truth!

I don't know if you're a Seinfeld fan or not, 57, but this opportunity can't be resisted.


+k Oz

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