2013 Newman Cup: Crusading Croziers v. Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Crusading Croziers reached the Newman Cup for the second straight season, defeating the Amazing Acolytes 28.5 to 12.75, and are poised to defend their title against the insanely popular Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Fighting Saints knocked off the 2012 Western Conference champion Rocky Mountain Hierarchs in a 17-5 drubbing.

The showdown has all the makings of a classic: the high-powered offense of the Crusaders, led by Bishop Coyne, against the populist fan favorite Fighting Saints, led by a balanced attack featuring a combination of tweets, posts and radio broadcasts.

Crozier manager LarryD likes his chances, though, and is confident of a convincing victory and retention of the Newman Cup.

“We have a secret weapon – I call it our “nuclear option” – that all but guarantees the win,” he told AoftheA Sports. “Mind you, we’re going into the contest with eyes wide open. The Fighting Saints put up a lot of points. They actually had the highest score in the regular season, but only because I had one “DNP”. So they’re good, and we have to be ready and on top of our game.”

The Fighting Saints manager, Al Italia, couldn’t be reached for comment, as he was negotiating merchandise licensing deals with intelligent life he discovered on the Saturn moon, Titan.


Another Cool Cat Comes Out for the Fighting Saints

As the Fighting Saints prepare to take on the Croziers for the championship, I am happy to announce that another cool cat has come out in support of the Fighting Saints.

Garfield has even posed for a poster.




However, all is not well at the Arbuckle residence. It turns out Odie is a Croziers fan:




Naturally Garfield has dealt with this in the only way possible:



A sign of the outcome for the championship I hope.



Western Division Championship (v Hierarchs)

I’m playing Bishops Malloy, Morlino & NIckless.

Total points – 17

Bishop Malloy – 11 points

12 August – WROK radio program – 3 points

15 August – Installation  Mass for Fr. Parker as Pastor @ St. Mary’s, Batavia – 3 points

5 Top o the Morning videos – 5 points

Bishop Morlino – 6 points

15 August _ Mass for Bishop O’Connor Pastoral Center (not that it earns any extra points, but it was in the Extraordinary form) – 3 points

2 Facebook posts – 2 points

15 August – Bishop’s column – 1 point

Bishop Nickless – 0 points As Fighting Saints fever continues to grow across the solar system, I am happy to announce that Grumpy Cat has signed on as our official spokescat.

Here is his 1st poster supporting the team:


What a lot of people may not be aware of is that Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) has a brother named Pokey. He has agreed to help his brother promote the Fighting Saints.


It is a good feeling to have 2 of the coolest cats out there supporting the Fighting Saints.



As We Head Into the Playoffs “Fighting Saints” Fever Grows

After a week’s rest my team is ready & raring to go.

Meanwhile, I can say that I now have proof that not only that my fans are out of this world, but that there is intelligent life on Mars.

As you may know, the Curiosity Rover on Mars is now heading toward Mount Sharp. While on route, it recently took this picture of the “Twin Cairns”:


Here is a close up of the cairn.


Imagine the surprize at finding a Dubuque Fighting Saints logo on the side of the right cairn. Obviously there must be intelligent life on Mars for that to have been placed there. The fact that they are cheering on the Saints is obviously evidence that they highly intelligent as well.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Week 13 ( V Zealous Zuchettos)

Well, here we are at the end of the regular season. For the last match-up I played Archbishop Jackels, Bishop Malloy & Bishop Nickless. Bishop Malloy was off.

The team put in a good effort for the final week.

Total points – 22

Archbishop Jackels – 3 points

1 August 2013 – Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Address the sisters & meet & greet – 3 points

Bishop Nickless – 2 points

29 July 2013 – Statement Publicly correcting Congressman Steve King for some of his statements on immigrants that counter Church teaching (including facebook post)

1 additional Facebook post – 1 point

Bishop Malloy – 17 points 



29 July 2013 – WROK radio sprogram – 3 points

31 July 2013 – Diocesan Vocation Retreat, Main celebrant of retreat Mass, Bishop Lane retreat Center – 3 points

3 August 2013 – Main celebrant for Escuela de Formacion Mass, Carpentersville, IL – 3 points

3 August 2013 – Mass of Thanksgiving honoring James Cardinal Harvey, Cathederal of St. John the Evangelist, Millwaukee, WI – 3 points

5 Top o the Morning videos – 5 points


As I promised last week, I have gotten photographic evidence that Fighting Saints fever is spreading throughout the Railroad industry. Here it is.

This is a picture of a CSX locomotive. CSX operates in the Northern half of the Eastern part of the USA as well as Mexico.  Here we have one of their locomotives rolling down the rails showing their support of my team.


The other Class I railroad that operates in the Eastarn part of the USA is Norfolk Southern. Here is a shot of one of their locomotives with the Fighting Saints logo:


Next up we have one of my fans who has boldly gone where no fan has gone before, the International Space Station. As most people know, my paisan Luca Parmintano is from Italy. Recently on a spacewalk, he had some problems with water getting into his helmet.  The pictures just showed him from the side or back. So people didn’t get to see the front of the suit. Here is a shot of him taken in the suit, sans helmet, before heading out to space. Yes, there among the other patches on it is one with the Fighting Saints.


Speaking of space, I am sure most people are aware that Kate Mulgrew played Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. People may also remember her start in 1975 on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope as Mary Ryan. A few may even remember that she played St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton in a TV biopic. But most people are not aware that Kate Mulgrew was born & raised in Dubuque, IA. So she naturally supports her hometown team. Here is a publicity shot from last May. & yes, there is the Fighting Saints logo on her top.


Finally, as Doctor Who fans know, the BBC announced the actor who will play the 12th incarnation of the Doctor, Pter Capaldi, another of my paisans. As you can see from this publicity photo releases by the BBC, he is also a Fighting Saints fan. (Note: Yes I know his mother is Scottish, but his father’s family came Picinisco in Italia.  As Mother Angelica once so rightly said “There is no such thing as a half Italian!“.)


So, as you can see, Fighting Saints fans are found not only internationally but throughout time & space.


As the Season Winds Down

With just this week to go, it looks like the Hierarchs have the Western Conference clinched. So I want to offer my congratulations on your win.

The Western Conference definitely was the more difficult one.


Still, I am proud of how my guys played. At this point they have the highest score. That tells me they gave it their best effort & the vagaries of a specific match-up. I couldn’t have asked any more from them (except maybe from Bishop Morlino when it comes to the Sinsinawa Dominicans & excommunicating a few of them).

I recently found out who 1 of  my biggest fans is. I received a fan letter from him earlier this week with the following picture enclosed.


It was postmarked from Vatican City & written a couple weeks ago. His cat is also a fan. The picture was taken after he added his paw print & was cleaning the soy based ink off of it. Papa emeritus Benedetto did drop a few hints about where Papa Francesco’s loyalties lie. He said that he knew I would understand why Papa Francesco had to publicly remain neutral.

Of course he ended the letter with a papal emeritus blessing followed by his signature. It went:

Benedictus etc.



Dubuque Fighting Saints Week 12 (v Acolytes)





This week I played Archbishop Jackels & Bishops Nickless & Morlino. Bishop Malloy had the week off.

Next week Bishop Morlino will have the week off.

Things were a little slow because of World Youth Day.  Not wanting to distract from what was going on down there & what Papa Francesco was doing my team kept it low key.

Total points – 9

Archbishop Jackels – 5 points

24 July, Interview, Voices of the Tri-States – 3 points

2 Facebook posts – 2 points

Bishop Nickless – 4 points

Review Board – 3 points

1 Facebook post 1 point

Bishop Morlino – 0 points

Things were pretty uneventful this week.


As I promised last week, if I found evidence that BNSF & Canadian Pacific which run through Dubuque were jumping on the Fighting Saints bandwagon I would share it. Well when I was out getting some new pictures for my Trains album on Facebook I got the confirmation I needed.

The other day when I taking some pictures in the Chicago Central (CN) yards a BNSF coal train pulled in. Here is a picture of 1 of the locomotives.


This picture was taken later that same day in the BNSF yards in E Dubuque, IL.


The other railroad that has a presence in DBQ in a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific (CP, the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern (ICE). ICE is a subsidiary of Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DME). DME is a subsidiary of the Soo Line. Here is a picture of 1 of their locomotives in the ICE yards.


Here is a picture of a CP locomotive recently taken in the CN yards where it was picking up some cars.


Finally here is a picture of 1 of the ICE locomotives taken recently in the ICE yards here in DBQ.



The latest rumor is that other Railroads are also on board has been confirmed & I will share those pictures next week. All I will say is Fighting Saints fever has gone spread across the USA & Canada & even into Mexico.