January 2001 entries
Name: Sheila Murphy Graber
City/State: Valparaiso, Indiana
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 09:10:26
As a freshman coed in 1976-77, I revelled in college life, but nothing
prepared me for the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament. When
Al said he was going to retire, did any of us ever think he would leave
coaching in such a magnificent way winning the national championship!
On a more personal level, that night, my 19th birthday, March 28, 1977,
was a double thrill. It really made for a great celebration. What a miserable
birthday if the team had lost. Thanks Al for always doing it your way.
You will truly be missed.
City/State: Shrewsbury, NJ
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 09:17:35
Al McGuire had a flare and a love for the game that just came out of him.
You were able to see that when he called a game. He made you want to watch
the game he was doing, even if it was a 7th and 8th grade basketball game.
Name: Brian Heath
City/State: Bremerton, Washington
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 09:26:51
Al McGuire's death Friday was an irreplacable loss not only to the college
basketball community and the broadcasting community; but also a loss of
a terrific human being. He arguably was unequaled as a college basketball
analyst. A game broadcast by Coach McGuire was bound not only to be a
well-covered game but also just plain fun to watch. He'll be missed by
many people. In Coach McGuire's memory, I have created a photo montage
which can be used as a desktop background/wallpaper image. It's available
for download at: http://www.geocities.com/heathbar66/misc/al_mcguire_montage.jpg
My prayers and thoughts are with Coach McGuire's family -- and the Marquette
University community -- at this time of loss. Brian Heath Bremerton, Washington
Name: David Gordon
City/State: Wichita, KS
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 09:40:30
I was deeply saddened yesterday to hear that Coach McGuire had gone to
that great "tap city" in the sky. I feel that I learned more about college
basketball and the rules of the game by listening to Al's always insightful
and colorful commentary on NBC and later CBS. He was a unique character
who will be deeply missed by all fans of the great game of college basketball.
May God bless and comfort his family at this hour of loss.
Name: mark cronin class of 82
City/State: orland park, il. 60462
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 10:27:47
good bye coach, we all loved you and will miss you. you were the most
popular figure ever to come out of marquette and you brought the school
it's greatest moments.
Name: Dede Snyder, Jour-'71
City/State: Syracuse, New York
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 10:30:58
My college years at Marquette were immeasurably brightened by the presence
of Al McGuire. Not only was the basketball exciting (starting in my freshman
year watching Brute Force George and Brian Brunkhorst), but the example
of his quest for excellence and zest for life had a real impact on me,
as a human being. Following basketball with Al McGuire was such a gas,
that I have never really been able to duplicate that experience since
leaving Milwaukee, not even with the Syracuse Orange in my own hometown.
When you've followed Al McGuire and the Marquette Warriors passionately,
everything else seems to be small potatoes.
Coach had a restaurant in downtown Milwaukee called "Time Out" and a
bunch of us would sneak down there to drink after a game, just hoping
to catch a view of the Coach. I remember seeing Digger Phelps there when
he was coaching at Fordham. He had huge, poster-size photos of his teams...and
some of himself...on the walls, which gave several of us "good old Catholic
school girls" an idea. Andy Daley, Maryann Flynn and I were able to take
down the big photo of Al coaching at the sidelines, in a dark suit, with
his finger up to his mouth...and sneak it into the bathroom. Then, we
maneuvered it outside and rotated it from dorm room to dorm room for two
more years. I ended up taking it home and it was permanently displayed
in my father's rec room until the day he died in 1995. My brother (who
also went to MU) has it now. Today, he's going to get it out of storage
and hang it up as a tribute to the man.
Two more quick stories that I think tell alot about Al McGuire. Several
years after I had graduated and come back to Syracuse, Al was going to
be the featured speaker at a Syracuse basketball dinner, probably around
'75 or '76. My brother and I went to the dinner, took the poster-size
photo for him to autograph...and he laughed like hell when he saw it.
He recognized it from Time Out and was pretty impressed with our ingenuity.
I think he said something like, "I thought I paid security enough to at
least keep things on the walls." His autograph said, "Happiness! Al McGuire."
A couple of years later he came back to Syracuse to speak at another
SU basketball dinner, and this time my brother, Dad and I took a cousin
who had been paralyzed from birth. We positioned Buddy's wheelchair so
that he could see Al coming into the ballroom in this grand procession
of Chancellor, coaches, players and Al. Towards the back of the room where
we were, Al stopped the procession dead in its tracks when he saw Buddy
in his wheelchair. Very few people could tell where he was because there
was such a huge crowd and we were not in the dining room proper. Al walked
over to Buddy, got down on his knees and spoke to him for what seemed
like 5 minutes. Al had tears in his eyes when he got up and we were finished
for the night emotionally. When Coach finally left to go up on the stage,
people around us started clapping for Buddy...which was probably the most
attention he had ever received in his life. Coach did not do that for
effect; very few people knew where he was. He did it because that's the
kind of man he was. Buddy died a couple of years later and we were so
pleased that he had that wonderful experience.
Name: brian casiello
City/State: milwaukee, WI
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 10:43:22
I am not a warrior by class. I am a golden eagle by class. But that is
only by class. I am a Warrior at heart. I did not know Al McGuire, in
fact, i wasn't even born when MU won the National Title. But i know tradition,
heart, and soul. And Al McGuire embodied all of those things. As a member
of the Marquette band, we try to live up to those same standards everytime
we play at a game. the Coach used to come up to the band and talk to us
at EVERY game he coached or commentated. Just the sound of the crowd when
they knew Coach was calling the game was unforgettable. I didn't know
him, but i feel like i did and i will try my hardest to live up to his
Name: Jack C. Feldman
City/State: Evanston, IL
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 10:56:35
My sincere condolences to the personal family of former Marquette University
coach Al McGuire and to the entire Marquette University community. I have
been reminded in the last day of stories about Coach McGuire how much
college basketball and sports in general have changed in the last 30 years.
In the heydey of Coach McGuire, which was also the era of UCLA coach John
Wooden and the ascendency to prominence of college basketball in America,
it was not about money or agents or contracts or any of the other undesirable
elements of current sporting society, but it was about the pure thrill
and excitement of the game of basketball. Mr. McGuire lived life to the
fullest every day and wore a smile on his face that will be remembered
by those who enjoyed and appreciated his presence. Some Irish "leprechaun"
Name: John Dye
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11:06:09
Al Mcquire enriched the life of hundreds of Marquette students in his
eleven years. I was fortunate to be one beginning in 1965. I remember
the 1965 "scrambled eggs" offense, that resulted in total confusion for
the competition and a lot of fun for the spectators. Al will be missed
enormously, but he left an indelible mark on Marquette, basketball and
thousands of admirers. John Dye '70
Name: Mike W.
City/State: Philadelphia, Pa
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11:28:18
I had the privilege of attending MU during the real glory years, '68-'72.
Al ruled! As did the Marquette Warriors! Memories of Al, Dean the Dream,
George Thompson, Gary Brell, Rick Cobb, Little Allie, etc. never fade.
And neither will the memories of Al McGuire. There was a wonderful column
in the Philadelphia Inquirer today by Bill Lyon, who took time from his
Super Bowl duties to remember Al. I'm sure he won't mind me repeating
McGuire could not abide pretense.
A straight shooter, on court, in booth
TAMPA, Fla. - The National Football League, as bloated as a feeding
tick, was about to indulge in its annual self-serving, self-congratulating
state-of-the-game commissioner's address when you heard what you had known
was coming but still dreaded:
And then the Super Bowl, our national homage to excess, seemed even
less important and more frivolous than usual.
If football had been his sport, Al McGuire would have avoided the Super
He had a standard derogatory phrase for such things: "French pastry."
He meant things that were puffed up with air and chiffon and meringue.
They look fancy enough, but when you bite into them there's nothing there.
Nothing on which to chew. Nothing to sustain you.
Though Al McGuire believed French pastry was fine in a bakery, he had
no use for it in life or on the basketball court.
He was open and quick-to-the-point. He believed in substance over style,
values over vanity.
Al was 72 when he finally gave in yesterday to whatever it was that
had been working at him for the better part of a year. His family did
not release a cause of death; he had been in a hospice since the summer.
His family was with him at the end. If they'd let in everyone who wanted
to come see him, they'd have had to double Yankee Stadium.
In a statement only hours before his death, one of his sons, Al, said:
"Our family has marveled at his inner strength and enthusiasm to live
each day to the fullest. Even as illness wreaked havoc on his body, he
remained resolute in mind."
It is a good word for Al, resolute.
He came from the streets of New York, and in many ways he was exactly
like those streets - gritty and frenetic and vibrant, loud and defiant
and full of purposeful energy.
He was a gym rat before that term had been invented. Basketball beat
in his blood. He played at St. John's, and then for a while, with determination
and pluck and modest distinction, with the Knicks and with the Baltimore
Al understood the game better than he played it. And he loved it even
better than he understood it.
So you knew he would be a natural as a coach.
He started at tiny Belmont Abbey, which sounds like it belongs maybe
in the Swiss Alps but is actually tucked away in North Carolina. Al loved
it there, said he did his teething there, and always spoke fondly of the
Abbey after he had made it in the big time.
It was at Marquette where he blossomed. In 13 seasons his teams went
295-80. He won the NIT, and then in 1977 he won the NCAA championship,
beating Dean Smith and North Carolina.
The image that endures from that game is Al on the bench, head in his
hands, weeping. He was a man hopelessly overcome by the moment. He had
already decided he wouldn't coach after this, so the finality of it, the
conflicting mix of jubilation and melancholy all were tearing at him.
He spent the last couple of minutes of the game sobbing openly, and
it was hard to watch. It's hard to type through tears.
Though he had the machine-gun speech pattern of a street corner con
man, Al played it straight and without pretense. What you really liked
about him was how he always gave his assistants credit. So many of the
peacocks want us to believe they have reinvented the wheel all by themselves.
But Al would deflect praise and say of his assistants: "I just put on
the cocktail dress and go to the parties. They're the ones who do the
He went to TV and took to it, as easily, as naturally as he had gone
to coaching. He didn't try to be slick. He'd make a mistake and then,
before anyone could call him on it, would catch himself: "Oh, wait, that's
wrong . . ."
It was so refreshing compared to the others.
He punctured pomposity at every opportunity. He had no use for pretense
and hypocrisy, and he had no tolerance for sham. He delighted in contradicting
Billy Packer when they would get into it during a telecast.
The game would be close and getting to the end and Al's voice would
rise with excitement and the coach in him would take over, reflexively,
and he would be shouting what each team wasn't doing and should be doing.
It wasn't the usual mindless blather. Al always had a feel for a game's
rhythm and could see ahead, often with remarkable clarity and prescience.
Besides French pastry, he sprinkled his analysis with hip hoop terms
from his city-game vocabulary, including "tap city", a phrase of inevitable
finality known all too well to craps shooters and gamblers.
To emphasize the importance of a big man, he turned to the Navy. A center,
especially a large and dominant one, was "an aircraft carrier."
But of all his phrases, the most delightful was this one: "Seashells
When life was especially good and times were especially fat, that was
the phrase he would use. It was perfect. It conjured up beach and sun,
children squealing with joy, sand between your toes, and no weight upon
your shoulders, or upon your soul.
It was the way to go.
So, seashells and balloons, Al, seashells and balloons . . .
Name: Mike '72
City/State: Philadelphia, Pa.
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11:34:47
I had the privilege of attending MU during the real glory years, '68-'72.
Al ruled! As did the Marquette Warriors! Memories of Al, Dean the Dream,
George Thompson, Gary Brell, Rick Cobb, Little Allie, Jimmy Chones, et
al never fade. And neither will the memories of Al McGuire, nor the lessons
he taught all of us! There was a wonderful column in the Philadelphia
Inquirer today by Bill Lyon, who took time from his Super Bowl duties
to remember Al. You can read it at: http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/01/27/sports/LYON27.htm
Name: Nelson Hawkins, Jr.
City/State: Milwaukee, WI
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 12:35:03
I do attend Marquette University,I am a native of New Orleans, Louisiana,
and I am not the most savvy person on Marquette University's sports history.
However, to hear that a man who did such great things, and caused so much
joy for the Marquette community and everyone around him has died still
touches me greatly. Therefore, for what it is worth, I send my condolences
out to Mr. McGuire's family and friends. I may not have ever had the opportunity
to meet such a man, but I still have respect for someone who has done
so many great things. Nelson Hawkins, Jr.
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 12:35:13
Over the last 20 years, almost every summer, I've enjoyed Summerfest along
the lake shore in Milwaukee: the city Al said he lived in by choice; not
because he had to. In 1987, my then girlfriend, now wife, said it "might
be fun" to try Al's Run. I thought, at the very least, it would be interesting
to see Al McGuire in person. So I ran in my first 5 mile run ever with
at least 25,000 other people. (I've been doing it every late September
ever since.) Not being a runner, I was wearing high-top basketball shoes
that day. As I slowly jogged by the starting platform, Al looked right
at me, smiled, and said, "Pick it up, High-tops". His enthusiasm was infectious.
After the race, at the Summerfest grounds, Al said he started the yearly
fall run to give back to the community. Even though it's called the Brigg's
Run now, I still think of it as Al's: one of his lasting gifts to his
Name: Dennis C. Perrine, Class of 1971
City/State: Montgomery Township, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 13:49:37
I will never forget my four years at Marquette and all of those games
at the Arena--never an empty seat!! College basketball as it should be.
Al: May you rest in peace!
Name: Justin Jurasz
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 16:50:49
I think that Coach McGuire is truely a Marquette icon. Whenever I tell
people that I goto Marquette, Coach McGuire's name always comes up. People
would say that he made Milwaukee the "place to be". I express my condolences
for his family, friends, players, and fans.
Name: Karen Gaines
City/State: Chicago, Illinois
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 17:24:40
I would first like to express my condolences to the McGuire family. Coach
McGuire was a wonderful person. Even though my heart is heavy with sadness.
I have great memories of Marquette Basketball and of course Al McGuire.
I attended MU from 1973 to 1977. I was lucky enough to have tickets for
every home game during those four years and did not miss one game. I am
so proud to have been a part of the the greatest season MU had culminating
in the NCAA Championship! I will never forget the exictement generated
by Al McGuire and the team that year. Even as a broadcaster, I enjoyed
Al. I will really miss his spirit.
Name: Colleen C. Casey
City/State: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 17:24:57
As an alumnus who attended M.U. during Al McGuire's final years as the
Warrior's coach and participated in the NCAA championship celebration
in 1977, I too feel a deep sense of loss on learning of Al's passing.
Al was a legend on campus and off-campus, even after he retired from coaching.
He will always be remembered with warmth, affection and gratitude by the
Marquette community. Thanks to Al, Marquette men's basketball was "put
on the map," in my opinion. My prayers are with Al's family and friends,
as well as the Marquette community. May you find comfort in your memories
and may God bless you all.
Name: Gary G. Connelly
City/State: Medford, NJ
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 18:43:58
I will miss that familiar voice commentating on a Saturday afternoon,
remembering the excitement and pride he brought to my undergrad years.
Class of the NCAA champs!
Name: Charles A.Battenberg
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 19:16:26
His joy for live and passion for game were truly inspirational.
Name: Marianne K
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 20:14:04
I used to park cars in a valet lot across from Mitchell Field and Al was
one of our regular customers. He never said much, and as outgoing and
witty as he often was, it was obvious he liked to be alone in his thoughts.
The "Al-isms" that appeared in today's paper reflected a life where things
mattered, yes, but he never forgot where he came from, and summed up life
as "sea shells and balloons". Rest in Peace, Al, and I just know you lived
up to that Irish expression: May you be in heaven a half hour before the
devil knows you're dead.
Name: Jeff Groh
City/State: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 20:43:56
As a young boy growing up in the city of Milwaukee Al McGuire was one
of my boyhood heroes. I also had the pleasure of attending Marquette University
during Al's last years as a coach at Marquette. The 1977 season when the
team won the NCAA tournament will always be special to me. I had the opportunity
to hear Al talk several times during those years. He once gave a talk
at the old Varsity Theatre where he said two things that I have always
remembered since then. One was "Go for the banana" which referred to Al's
"Go for it all in everything you do" approach to life. The other was "Proper
planning prevents poor performance". I am grateful to have been in the
vicinity of this wonderful man and sincerely wish his family my most heartfelt
Name: Elissa Abatemarco & John Ruffino '74
City/State: falls church, va
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 21:18:02
our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Coach McGuire's family at this
difficult time. during our four years at Marquette ('70-'74), Coach Al's
teams never fell from the top ten national rankings. one of my fondest
memories will always be from March 1974 when six of us drove to Greensboro
for the Final Four. "Give 'em hell, Al." Rest in Peace.
Name: John Kretschmann
City/State: Boscobel, WI
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 21:35:44
I'll keep it short: Thank you Al. I will always treasure the memories
of your fine basketball teams and the wonderful NCAA tournament win of
'77. My sincere condolences to Al's family, friends, and all whose lives
were touched by this wonderful man. He will live on in our hearts. Goodbye
and God bless. John K
Name: John Yurko
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 09:29:47
So what's a Domer(ND '71) doing here? Paying tribute to a wonderful man
and a great competitor. ND played in the old Fieldhouse my early years,
a wonderful old barn where the students were literally on top of the court.
Many teams would not schedule ND for the obvious home advantage. Not Al.
He loved it there. He'd come out, josh with the students and give as good
as he got, and, back then, usually leave South Bend with a "W." When freshmen
couldn't play varsity (I told you I was old), one year you had the Dream,
and we had Augie (Austin) Carr. The freshmen played before the varsity.
The fieldhouse was packed, and as I recall, it was a close game with ND
winning. Near the end of the game, I saw Al standing in the back, smiling.
A packed house, a tight game, and the possibilies of young men who could,
and would, be great. It was basketball, pure and simple. I'll never forget
that moment, when I got a chance to see what made a good man smile. All
of us will miss you, Al.
Name: Ray Badua BSEE '82
City/State: Washington, DC
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 15:02:08
I was deeply saddened when I heard of the passing of Coach McGuire. My
condolences go out to his immediate family and his Marquette family and
friends. In a way, he influenced my decision to attend Marquette. I decided
to attended Marquette during the Marquette WARRIORS' march to the NCAA
championship. Although I attended Marquette after Al McGuire's tenure
as coach ended, his influence was always felt on campus and at the MECCA.
He will be missed. To me, he was and always will be Marquette.
Name: Adam Thorson
City/State: Eau Claire, WI
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 23:01:33
I am only a freshman here at Marquette. But growing up, i followed ncaa
basketball very closely. I went to the 1992 NCAA championship in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. There i bought a book that had a summary of all the past championships.
I read that book in and out for the next 3 years or so. I can still remember
reading about the 1977 championship game. There i was first introduced
to Al McGuire. It may sound cheesy, but in reading about that Marquette
team and about Al McGuire, i felt like i had learned of something great,
knowledge that would stick with me for the rest of my life. And i can
still remember watching and listening closely to McGuire's broadcasts
of college basketball games. I really enjoyed listening to what he had
to say. I thank him for creating something in me that would remember him
for the rest of my life. Even though i did not know Al McGuire, i quickly
learned of what he had done for Marquette, college basketball and people
Name: Jumping Jesuit, Arts '92, Law 97
City/State: Bowie, Maryland
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 08:24:45
Coach, you'll be happy to hear that even Georgetown and Notre Dame paid
tribute to you at their game on Sat. I was proud to wear my M.U. sweatshirt
to the game. LETS GO WARRIORS!!!, LETS GO WARRIORS!!!, LETS GO WARRIORS!!
Name: James Antunes
City/State: Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 08:54:19
It was 1974 and Marquette made it to the Final Four. Myself and four of
my buddies camped out for tickets. Tickets were scheduled to be sold at
9:00 AM. It was 9:35 and the ticket office still hadn't opened. Everyone
was cold, tired and anxious. People were upset and local. Just then, Al
poked his head out, like an Irish leprechaun, and asked us to be just
a little more patient. He was working with the NCAA to get a higher ticket
allocation. It was like the voice of God had spoken. The crowd calmed
down, no one complained and the ticket office opened a sshort time later.
Our reward for staying out in the Milwaukee cold - for $36.00 we saw some
great games sitting 8 rows off the floor on the free throw line. Give
'em hell, Al and thanks for the memories. James Antunes Bus. Ad. '76
Name: John Casper
City/State: Milwaukee, WI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 09:08:22
As a reporter for the Marquette Tribune, I had the great fortune of helping
put together the special tribute section passed out at Saturday's basketball
game. Being a lifetime Marquette fan, working on that paper was real special
for me. I always listened to stories my parents would tell about Al and
the days at the Arena. Every time either of them talked about coach, it
would always be with a big smile on their face. It was a great honor for
me to attend the various press conferences on Friday. Hearing Bill Cords,
Tom Crean and Rick Majerus speak about coach made my eyes water, but also
made me laugh at the same time. I never had the great fortune to meet
coach, but after working on that tribute issue, I feel as though I have
just lost my grandpa. And in many ways, being a member of the Marquette
family, I have......
Name: Larry Scalf
City/State: Arlington, Texas
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 10:33:28
I would like to express my sympathy to Coach McGuire's family and all
of those whose lives were touched by the man. In spite of the fact that
some of his coaching moves and activities drove me crazy at times, he
was truly a great man and one of the best bench coaches ever in college
basketball. I did the following poem in tribute to Al, and I hope this
can be shared with the widest number of friends and fans of Marquette
Tribute to Al McGuire
heroes of the
boys from the
what a 'hood
You planted roses
You made us
the bumble-bee uniforms,
The give 'em hell Al,
senior star systems.
all the more
for the madness.
one final, tearful
zest for life.
of your impact
doing it your way.
the Man upstairs
And we know
us mortal cynics
And your prospects
seashells and balloons.
- Larry Scalf
Class of 1976
Name: Joanna Gelinas
City/State: Laguna Niguel, CA
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 11:03:41
My family and I have been fans of Coach McGuire for years. We are deeply
saddened by his loss. Please send our condolences to his family. I'm sure
he and Jimmy V are having one heck of a game right now!
Name: Kyeshia Brakes
City/State: Marquette 1996-2001
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 11:57:03
Over the past 4+ years I have been given the honor to be affiliated with
the Marquette basketball program. And even though I was not an athlete,
I must say that I too was touched by Al McGuire and the impact that he
has on people. Even though I am only a student worker, he never made me
feel like I was any less important to the program than the head man in
charge. He always had a smile for everyone and the one thing that I will
remember most is how he used to come into the media room and people would
just flock to him, trying to receive at least half of the glow that he
emitted as a person. So to his family, his friends, HIS university, and
all those who he has touched....stay strong and keep smiling...Al wouldn't
have it any other way.
Name: jason baribeau
City/State: green bay, wi
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 12:14:14
I remember the first time I met coach. I was working out with the men's
team during the summer of 97. He would just sit in the corner of the old
gym with sweats and his hair everywhere like he had just got up. He was
most likely there to watch his grandson AJ who was also there. But just
his presence in the gym was something phenomenal. I always marvelled at
how the guy could be so powerful and meaningful and yet so simple and
basic. Thanks coach.
Name: John Fons
City/State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 12:24:06
I literally grew up watching Coach McGuire and was at the Omni in '77.
But he was so much more. He put Marquette on the map. Today's athletes
could learn a lot from him. Whenever a Marquette player puts on a basketball
uniform, he/she Coach will be there.
Name: Lorene Duero Mozinski
City/State: Manitowoc, WI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 12:54:21
Thanks for all the great memories, Al! Loved selling programs during my
college years. (Grad. 76)
Name: Gene Roman
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 13:01:51
The first NCAA championship series I remember watching as a kid growing
up in NYC was the year Marquette came out of nowhere to win the National
Championship. I was touched by the fact that Coach McGuire broke down
in tears. One of my favorite memories is watching him interview the winning
team after an NCAA final game as he joined the players in a funky dance
right on camera! He never lost that NY attitude. God bless him and rest
in peace Coach.
Name: Jerry Sullivan
City/State: Des Moines, Iowa
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 14:34:32
Al we will miss you a lot. You were a real true Irishman and you never
forgot where you came from. I used your advice and spent time in the Army
and bartended (Sully's Irish Pub) and drove a lot of people around before
I went out into the world. I have learned a great deal from that very
important advice and have never forgot the night you took time out of
a busy schedule to give it to me. Thanks COACH JERRY SULLIVAN
Name: kevin s calabria
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 15:26:44
I graduated from Notre Dame in 1974. I played hoops in high school but
not at ND, but I never missed a home game. I did not know Al McGuire was
famous at the time or about to become a household name, but I just remember
him being wild and crazy on the sideline and usually picking up at least
one tecnical foul per visit to Notre Dame. After one particularly boisterous
game by Al I happened to stop by the Marquette locker room where he was
surrounded by a lot of reporters. I listened in. I was astonished to hear
a low key, philosophical Coach McGuire who I listened to until the interview
was finished. I will never forget that day. I always liked him since that
Name: Dan Silvestri
City/State: Chicago, IL
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 15:31:30
I was at MU when Al won it all - he brought pride to Marquette with everything
he did, and with his get-it-done attitude. All his time at Marquette was
"seashells and balloons" for us, who watched. He was magic. A year or
so ago, I bought a 1977 copy of Sports Illustated with our victorious
Marquette Warriors on the cover (Butch Lee) and I sent it to Al and asked
if he would give me the honor of signing it. Of course, he did, and it
has become a treasure for me. Let's build on Al's tradition of honor and
winning; let's build a super team he'll be proud to watch, and if we know
Coach at all, he'll pull a few strings for us, to help us along the way.
We will always miss you, Coach.
Name: Dave Rosanova
City/State: Batavia, IL
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 15:38:07
Al was a great roll model for all of us. A true example of Magis.
Name: John K. Moore
City/State: Taylor, MI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 16:54:23
Ever since Mr. McGuire turned heads when he was head coach at Marquette,
even though I was, still am a big Indiana and Purdue fan, Mr. McGure will
always be at the top of my lists as a Great Motivator and Teacher of the
game. When he started with broadcasting in 1977, I watched him with admiration
and loyalty...he was then and will always be the best to me......I remember
growing up in the '70's and being afraid that one of the Indiana schools
would have to play Mr. McGwires teams! I wish I had the chance of knowing
him more. I send condolences and my memories of a great coach/broadcaster
to the McGwire family...Fare Winds and Following Seas! Mr. McGwire John
Name: Michael Steinberg
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 17:26:19
My favorite memory of Coach Al was in Atlanta at the '77' Final's. At
the Peachtree Hotel there was a Sporting Good's show for the college coaches
on Saturday. Coach was by himself when he walked into a small room where
I was. I had on my Marquette shirt and Coach came over and sat right next
to me. He than asked what I thought our chances are? I said really good,He
said "I think so too" We won,I did too! A couple year's later I saw Coach
McGuire at a reception when we met again in an elevator,before I could
say anything, Coach looked at me and said, "you said we would win in Atlanta"
Coach Al remembered me!,and I'll always remember Coach AL, Thanks Coach,Give
'em hell Al!!
Name: Lois Kuligowski O'Brien/Lib Arts '77
City/State: Milwaukee, WI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 19:13:53
It's been raining gently in Milwaukee all day; it was raining gently the
night Al McGuire and the 1977 Warriors won the NCAA Tournament. I keep
hearing the refrain to the song THOSE WERE THE DAYS: "Those were the days
my friend, we thought they'd never end, We'd sing and dance forever and
a day, We'd live the lives we choose, we'd fight and never lose, for we
were young and sure to have our way." Those were the days... it's 1974,
I'm a freshmen at Marquette, many of us are crowded around a television
in the TV lounge in the old union (Brooks); we are smoking cigars, then
we lose the big game, but everyone is in a celebratory mood anyway; we
are all part of, and along for, the ride. Fast forward to March 1977,
I am a senior, my friends and I save tables in the "Grille" at Brooks
all day (taking turns between classes) so we have good seats to watch
the game. The game begins, Our Lady of Victory and Al McGuire have taken
us to the summit of college basketball; we pour out onto Wisconsin Ave.,
the church bells our ringing, and it is gently raining... Thanks Al for
some of my most cherished memories of Marquette and that time in my life.
Blessings to the McGuire family. "Those were the days..." WE ARE MARQUETTE
Name: Craig Dolezal (Bus Ad, 84)
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 20:28:16
I came to Marquette two years too late...but Al's presence was still felt
on campus, and his prominence on TV allowed us to still hear Marquette's
name on the airwaves (even when it was only when he was introduced) He
made us laugh and think and, most of all, made us proud to be a Warrior.
It truly is an end of an era.
Name: michael Rubinoff-myers
City/State: South Portland, MaineI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 20:31:31
I watched coach mcguire as a coach and a tv analist. I admired him as
for his excitement for the game and the young who played it.I loved his
forth right and honesty.All other basketball people should aspire to measure
up to coach Mcguire...you are missed by all
Name: mike troy
City/State: eau claire, wi
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 21:03:32
let's see...lmy runing partner and i have spent endless runs trying to
rememebr the names of the ncaa championship team. i remember some, he
remembers some...we both remember al crying..the semi final win over unc-charlette
_the hyphen tema, to get to the chapionship....and what year were the
bumble bee uniforms worn anyway???? loved al...loved milwaukee, loves
Name: Ed Niemi
City/State: Milwaukee WI
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 at 23:18:01
Al was an inspiration to me as a Postal Manager. I did my best to improve
the image of the USPS in Milwaukee rather than to relocate myself to one
of the many smaller communities in the Milwaukee area where my job would
have been easier. God be with you, Al.
Name: Thomas R. Doyle
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 00:11:29
Though it is said Al McGuire wasn't a fan of funerals, he packed the house
once more for his own funeral at Gesu Church. His son Allie said a few
words of thanks at the end of the Mass. He also shared with us some moments
of his Dad's last days. As you may know, the University of Wisconsin must
make a decision at the end the season to hire a permanent basketball coach.
Well, as Al was lying on his bed speaking to Allie, that unmistakable
twinkle appeared in his dad's eye. Allie asked what's up Dad? Al responded,
"Allie, I want you to call the Athletic Director of Wisconsin and tell
him to take me off that short list of coaching canidates." Another time,
Al's grandson was helping him to the chapel at the hospice. Al was going
to Confession and he had arranged for a particular priest to hear his
confession. Allie told his Dad that if the priest wasn't there Allie could
get a priest from Marquette. Al said, don't worry everything is arranged.
By his answer, Allie could tell his Dad had once again something up his
sleeve. Upon his return to his hospice room Al told his son, "Allie, that
priest has better hearing than I remembered." Even to the end Al shared
his joy of life. Thanks! "Give 'em Hell, Al!" (Tom Doyle class of '77)
Name: Jim Van Etten
City/State: Brooklyn, NY
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 03:57:43
Does anyone remember the "Scrambled Eggs"? a bunch of second-stringers
that Al would throw out at points in the game, all of whom were willing
to die to do something good on the court -- and oftentimes they did, bewildering
the opposition. One of them had a noticeable pot belly, unusual in college
basketball. Al made Marquette the hottest ticket in town. I'll miss him
Name: Norm Christoffersen
City/State: Columbus, OH
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 07:08:46
Growing up in Milwaukee, WI was a great experience. Specifically because
of Marquette basketball. As I kid I would watch every game that I could
and followed the mighty Warriors. In the early 70's I had the great opportunity
to attend a couple of Al McGuire's Basketball Camps. What an experience!
Just having the chance to meet and talk with the master himself was an
unbelievable experience. Al brought Hank Ramonds, Rick Majarus and several
players to the camp. What an experience for a youngster growing up in
Milwaukee. I remember him talking with us about the importance of teamwork
and one of the biggest problem he had was getting all of the egos playing
together without any desention on the team. He was the type of individual
that always left you with something to remember! He was certainly one
of my heros growing up! Thanks for the all of the wonderful memories!
You are a legend and you will be missed!
Name: Steve Pischke
City/State: Custer, SD
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 07:41:54
The reason I enjoy watching college basketball is because of Al McGuire.
Growing up in Wis, for some reason I started watching Marquette basketball
back in the 60's and have been hooked on it ever since. We all agree that
he was one of the best play by play announcers to come along and really
put a fresh twist on the game. If they have roundball in heaven he'll
be a part of it.
Name: Dave Culver (Lib Arts 67)
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 08:39:08
It is with a great deal of sadness that I read of the death of Al McGuire.
My sincerest condolences to his family. I attended Marquette just as the
McGuire era was getting under way. Even then you could tell something
special was developing. There were SRO crowds in the old Milwaukee Arena
even then. I came as much to see Al coach as I did to see the team play.
Later, after moving back to Minneapolis, there were all those marvelous
games between the Warriors and the Gophers. It didn't make any difference
what the teams' records were or how they were playing that year, it was
always a helluva game. And with all those Marquette fans in the barn (Williams
Arena) it always felt like the Arena. My favorite Al McGuire story is
of the time he retired and turned the team over to Hank Raymonds. He said
then not to worry about the team's future; Raymonds, Al said, had been
the coach all along. Al said he was just the chairman of the entertainment
committee. Some committee! Some chairman!
Name: David Jacobus
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 13:00:44
I remember when I was little the first real celebrity I met was Al McGuire.
My dad had arranged some sort of business meeting with him and he brought
me along. I was so awestruck as I met the man in person, and the signed
photograph he gave me I kept in my drawer of favorite possessions for
years to come. Little did I know I would end up going to Marquette and
see this great man away. Thanks Al
Name: Michael Grimaldi, J '71
City/State: Kansas City, Missouri
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 13:36:06
One of the most enduring memories of my college experience was the privilege
of attending the 1970 NIT as a photographer for the Marquette Tribune
and watching Al McGuire in his element. It was a treat to see him as the
"local boy made good," playing to the crowd and playing the media like
an Irish harp. I'll never forget the image of Al going one on one with
Howard Cosell during a pre-game news conference. One can only imagine
how that conversation is going today. Most importantly, Al was perhaps
one of the best philosophy teachers at Marquette. He wasn't on the Liberal
Arts faculty, but Al touched every student's outlook on life in a way
-- a Christian way, a Jesuit way and a human way -- that few ever have
or ever will.
Name: Dave Paul
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 15:25:58
Having grown up in Oshkosh in the 1980s and '90s and being an avid sports
fan, I somehow became aware of Al McGuire's legacy at Marquette over the
years. I did not realize until recently how much he meant to so many people
in Wisconsin and across the country. I have spent countless hours in the
last several days reading articles from around the nation. To read all
of the stories about this man and how he touched so many lives has been
overwhelming. He must truly be a saint. I went to a Marquette-Minnesota
game at the Bradley Center soon after it opened and saw the 1977 championship
banner hanging from the ceiling. I was only five years old in 1977 and
lived in Madison, but I don't recall that happy time. Fortunately for
those like me that arrived a gereration too late, ESPN Classic is replaying
Marquette's Final Four games on Thursday, February 1 at 9 p.m. ET. I will
surely be watching. CBS published an article on its web site on January
16 about Al and his broadcasting relationship with Dick Enberg. I believe
it is worth reading for those who haven't done so (http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/ce/multi/0,1329,3367005_55,00.html).
Although I never met Al, I have a distinct memory of him when I was a
freshman at the University of Wisconsin. Al was providing commentary for
Verne Lundquist on CBS for the NCAA tournament games at the Bradley Center
in 1992. Wake Forest won on a last-second three-pointer by Rodney Rodgers
and Al went berserk. I can still hear him now: "OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!
HOLY MACKEREL! HOLY MACKEREL! HOLY MACKEREL!" That sound bite was used
by CBS for years on its into to college basketball telecasts and it still
sends shivers up my spine thinking about it. He will be missed. My condolences
to his family and friends.
Name: Thomas Hecker
City/State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 16:48:35
I had the great fortune to work with Coach twice as a stage manager for
CBS during the NCAA Mens Basketball....once prior to the Wisconsin - Indiana
game in January of 1997, Coach and I were alone in the media room at the
Kohl Center. Coach was going through the lineups for both teams and was
having a real hard time remembering the players on the Indiana squad,
especially A.J. Guyton and Luke Recker....well after about 10 minutes
of trying to explain to Coach the differences in the two players and what
each strength's and weaknesses are, Coach still was having trouble....so
I leaned over in a whisper because I wasn't sure who was around and if
this would offend anyone, but I softly said "Coach, A.J. is black, Luke
is white" Coach sat straight up with a laugh and just yelled 'Okay, now
I've got it" To me that summed all that is special about Coach, race was
didn't mean a thing to him, he couldn't remember any names anyway, and
basketball players were just that basketball players, and let's just go
out there and have a great time. Thanks Coach!
Name: Michael Hudzinski
City/State: Hillsborough, NC
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 18:23:50
To the Family of Al McGuire and Marquette University.....We are deeply
saddened by the physical loss of AL, but you know that he's smiling and
looking down on us right now....I know he'll be standing at the gates
of heaven and telling us....."Feathercity that a way>>>>>"... My dad(76)is
a Marquette grad and a grew up at 34th and Lincoln in Milwaukee..I have
printed out over 60 pages of tributes to Al off the internet for him to
read and treasure... I'm thankful that during my time on earth, I had
the chance to share it with Al McGuire.....May God Bless you all... Mike
and Kathy Hudzinski Hillsborough, NC
Name: John J Reardon
City/State: Boston, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 20:12:28
The Coach will be missed. I remember when all the McGuires were around
and active.....good radio reception in Boston at night when I was supposed
to be doing homework. I hope the Coach got one good last ride on his bike.
And I hope he won't show anyone he's tired by pulling at his socks .