End Of Season Standings

See? The two-week update was temporary – it just morphed into a three week update!


Week 11

Crusading Croziers 5.75, Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 14, Dubuque Fighting Saints 14

Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP), Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Week 12

Dubuque Fighting Saints 9, Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 12.5, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 27.25, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Week 13

Dubuque Fighting Saints 22, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 19.75, Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 6.5

Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP), Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)


10 2 0 20 257
3 7 2 8 98.5
ZUCCHETTOS 1 9 2 4 72.75
8 3 1 17 170.5
7 4 1 15 265
HUNTERS 3 7 2 8 76

DNP = Did Not Post
z – clinched Conference
x – clinched playoff spot


Eastern Conference Championship

Crusading Croziers v. Almighty Acolytes

Western Conference Championship

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs v. Dubuque Fighting Saints


Week Thirteen – Crusading Croziers


Week Thirteen opponent: The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Playing Bishop Coyne, Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Bishop Jenky)

Bishop Coyne – 14.50 pts

7/29 – 8/4 – 58 tweets (14.50 pts)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Cardinal Wuerl – 4.00 pnts

7/29 – blogpost – Is There A Right And A Wrong? (1 pt)
7/31 – blogpost – St Ignatius of Loyola and Pope Francis (1 pt)
8/1 – blogpost – Freedom From the Chains That Threaten the Church (1 pt)
8/4 – blogpost – St John Vianney and the Heart of a Priest (1 pt)

(to read Cardinal Wuerl’s Twitter feed, click here)

Archbishop Kurtz – 1.25 pts

7/29 – 8/4 – 1 tweet (1.25 pts)
7/31 – column in The Record Newspaper: Teaching Our Faith (1 pt)

(to read Archbishop Kurtz’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 19.75 points

Next opponent, in the Eastern Conference playoffs: The Almighty Acolytes – playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Jenky and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Cardinal Wuerl)

2013 Week 13: Rocky Mtn. Hierarchs v. Crusading Croziers

Abp. Chaput
One Facebook hoop-ti-do 1 point
Mass for Catholic Charities 1 point
Subtotal: 2 points

Abp. Aquila
Five tweets 1 1/4 points

Bp. Conley
National Catholic Register blog entry 1 point
One tweet 1/4 point
Subtotal 1 1/4 points

Total: 4 1/2 points

Next week’s lineup to start the post-season: Cdl. O’Malley, Abp. Chaput, Abp. Aquila with Bp. Conley on the bench

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.


Week Thirteen – Scores & Standings


Crusading Croziers 7, Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 3

Heresy Hunters 18, Almighty Acolytes 15.75

Mighty Mitres 0 (DNP), Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)


10 2 0 20 260.50
8 4 0 16 184.50
ZUCCHETTOS 1 8 3 5 56.75
7 4 1 15 74
HUNTERS z 6 5 1 13 166
MITRES 2 9 1 5 38

(x) – clinched Conference title

DNP = Did Not Post


Heresy Hunters v. Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Almighty Acolytes v. Crusading Croziers

Winners advance to the John Henry Cardinal Newman Cup Championship Game

Acolytes, week 13 (9/3 – 9/9)

Vs. Heresy Hunters – they had a great game last week, so this could go either way.

Total Score: 15.75

Cardinal Dolan: 5.75

1. 3 tweets (on 9/4, 9/5, and 9/6) (0.75 pts)

2. Benediction at the DNC, 9/6 (3 pts)

3. Homily from “Labor Mass” on 9/8 (1 pt)

4. Homily from Sunday, 9/9 (1 pt)

Archbishop Lori: 6

1. Announces $100M capital campaign for schools, parishes, and charities, 9/6 (1 pt)

2. Column on the Year of Faith, 9/6 (1 pt)

3. Statement regarding death of Art Modell, 9/6 (1 pt)

4. Benediction and official start of fund-raising “dragon boat races” in Batlimore Harbor, 9/8 (3 pts)

Bishop Etienne: 4

1. 9/7 column about “Thursday Night Life” young adult ministry (1 pt)

2. pastoral visit to St. Anthony’s, Cody, from 9/7-9/9 (3 pts)


Next week’s playoff match-up vs. the Croziers (“the power of the Tweet!”) is already set, I believe.  I’ll be playing this same line-up.  If Bishop Coyne loses his cell phone for a few days, so he can’t post 47 tweets a day, I’ll have a chance.  Is there a prayer to St. Anthony for that? 🙂
PS – How about the “Leonine Lavabo” for our trophy?

Week Thirteen – Crusading Croziers

Week Thirteen opponent: The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Playing Archbishop Carlson, Cardinal Wuerl & Bishop Sample (sitting Bishop Coyne)

Archbishop Carlson – 2.00 pts

Wed 9/5 – column in St Louis Review – 1 pt
Fri 9/7 – 1 FB entry – 1 pt

(to read Archbishop Carlson’s twitter feed – click here)

Cardinal Wuerl – 4.00 points

Tue 9/4 – 2 tweets – .50 pts
Tue 9/6 – 1 tweet – .25 pts
Fri 9/7 – 1 tweet – .25 pts
Sat 9/8 – addressed attendees of Synod Preparation Conference – 3 pts

(to read Cardinal Wuerl’s twitter feed – click here)

Bishop Sample – 1.00 point

Sat 9/8 – 1 FB entry – 1 pt

Total points: 7.00 points

Eastern Conference Championship, vs The Almighty Acolytes, playing Bishop Coyne, Archbishop Carlson & Cardinal Wuerl (sitting Bishop Sample)