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Post 7 – Humphrey’s Featured in STL Publication

Congrats to Jan Mangelsdorf, proprietor of SLU’s favorite haunt, Humphrey’s. I spent many a night there – as a patron and employee, having worked as a barback, bouncer and bartender there. Most SLU alums will always have a story about “Humps,” whether it be after a huge SLU basketball win or a random Wednesday night in December.

Click over to the great feature on the popular college bar in this month’s St. Louis magazine.


Post 6 – Welcome, Class of 2014

There were about 15 incoming freshmen at last night’s annual Summer Send-Off, and about ten alumni on hand to answer any questions these students might have. It was an¬†outstanding¬†turnout and the alumni club in Dallas- Ft. Worth (over 1200 alumni in the area) is expanding along with the DFW Metroplex (6.2 million strong).

I was asked to be the Marketing Chair on the DFW Club board, to which I graciously accepted. It will be a challenging post, but with a good number of young alumni in the area that are plugged into social and new media channels, I think we can make some great strides together.

On Tuesday, the Board met for happy hour at The Quarter Bar in Uptown for a brainstorming session on how we can improve member turnout and get our young alums involved. So to all my fellow SLU alums, I welcome your suggestions. I think we can have as strong of an alumni corps as Texas and Notre Dame, which have an incredible alumni following nationwide. Hope to hear from all of you!

Go Bills!


Post 5 – Want to Boost Your RPI? Got 75k?

Dallas –

Last night at the annual SLU Summer Send-off held at Glen Eagles Country Club in Plano, the C.E.O. of GenBand, Charlie Vogt (’86), told me that SLU paid Duke University $75k to play one game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Sure, it’s an RPI booster when you play the defending national champions (who will be loaded again in 2010-2011), but there’s no return game and we have a very young team.

Fr. Biondi made this public to the staff at GenBand in his remarks made after blessing the newest GenBand office building here in North Texas.

Good luck to the Bills, and hopefully we’ll find the 1.5 students at SLU who’s tuition went to directly to the Cherokee Parks Scholarship Fund.


Post 4 – Billikenroy’s Birthday Post

I’ve only been a SLU fan since October 2000. That was my first campus trip as a senior in high school and it’s been a love affair ever since with my alma mater. But for Billikenroy, it’s an obsession. He’s one of the most intriguing, genuine and true sports fans you will ever meet. Whether it’s talking about SLU sports or all things Belleville, Ill., Roy is a fountain of knowledge.

Today is his birthday, so on behalf of the entire Billiken Beat staff, we want to extend our best wishes to Billikenroy.

Happy Birthday, Roy!


Post 3 – The Fight Song Post

While many people associated with the Saint Louis University basketball team like to think of “When the Saints Go Marching In” as our “fight song,” let me be the first to say you need to be slapped upside the head with a ThunderStix.

This is a generic fight song used by several Catholic universities (Saint Joseph’s, Providence) as well as the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

According to several sources within the athletic dept., SLU has had several songs used to rally fans, students and teams alike since the early 1900s. In fact, we have even found lyrics to the “Varsity Song:”

Sons of a royal name, dear Varsity, For aye our faith and love We pledge to thee. Guardian of truth and light Our fathers knew Thou whom the years have crowned St. Louis U.

All hail, St.Louis U., valiant and strong Noble Old Varsity, hark to our song, Proudly our colors fly, Brave white and blue Loud let the chorus swell, St.Louis U.

We are the oldest university west of the Mississippi (1818, for all you history majors out there) — let’s start acting our age and bring back the traditions of yore.


Post 2 – the Duke Post

On Dec. 11, 2010, the Billikens will play defending national champion Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

For some odd reason, I see the Billikens hanging in there against the Dookies, but eventually the depth, experience (and hell, they’re Duke) and the home-floor advantage will dance with the Blue Devils.

The fact that Horizon League power Butler took Duke within an inch or two of pulling off one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports (see Appalachian State – Michigan for my all-time favorite) gives Billiken fans reason to believe that maybe we can go into Krzyzewskiville and knock-off Duke, but it will be tough to do so in Durham.

I hope to see as many Billiken fans as possible for our “Durham in December” road trip. Let’s shock the world.

Go Bills.


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Our staff will work to provide you, the fan, with the most comprehensive Billiken athletic coverage on the Internet. We will be the main source of Saint Louis men’s and women’s soccer in the fall and men’s basketball in the winter. With Mike McGinty arriving from UVa. to take the helm of the storied men’s soccer program, it will be an exciting fall from Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

Of course, everyone is looking forward to having all five starters back on Rick Majerus’ young Billiken basketball squad. As practice starts in mid-October, we will be there, providing analysis and updates from Chaifetz Arena.

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