DVC, no less!) and Loyola was the runner-up in 2011. (Maybe they have a point.) And everyone knows that the kids in the Catholic League are just plain tougher and hit harder than those "pansies" in the public schools.
At any rate, here's a "synthetic" 2013 football schedule for all of you who, when asked the question, "Where did you grow up?" answer not with your town or neighborhood, but with the name of your parish.
Aug. 30 Brother Rice @ Shepard
Providence @ Joliet Academy
Aug. 31 Marquette (Milwaukee) @ Loyola
One of the added benefits of the Catholic League: Loyola plays its home games on Saturdays.
Sept. 1 St. Rita vs. Marist @ Soldier Field
Mount Carmel vs. St. Patrick, also @ Soldier Field
Three days of football in a row? Why not?
Sept. 6 Brother Rice @ Marist
Morgan Park @ Mount Carmel
Go with the first game; the Crusaders and the RedHawks are archrivals.
Sept. 7 Loyola @ O'Fallon
Too far to drive? Shut yer mouth! (The Panthers were 9-3 last year.)
Sept. 13 Mount Carmel @ Bishop McNamara
Fenwick @ Brother Rice
De La Salle @ Providence
Fenwick may be one of the teams to watch in 2013 after a much-improved 2012. And De La Salle has OT Jamarco Jones and Vanderbilt-bound running back Mikale Wilbon. The Meteors may surprise some people this year!
Sept. 20 Brother Rice @ Mount Carmel
Classic South Side matchup.
Sept. 21 Providence @ Loyola
Sept. 27 Loyola @ Brother Rice
Mount Carmel @ St. Rita
Many of the kids on Mount Carmel and St. Rita went to grammar school together. Many of their fathers went to grammar school together. Many of their grandfathers...
Oct. 4 St. Rita @ Providence
Oct. 5 Mount Carmel @ Loyola
Always a contender for Game of the Year.
Oct. 11 Loyola @ De La Salle
Brother Rice @ Bishop McNamara
Oct. 12 Providence @ Fenwick
Oct. 18 Providence @ Mount Carmel
St. Rita @ Brother Rice
Here we go with the grammar school thing again...
Oct. 25 Loyola @ St. Rita
Brother Rice @ Providence
There; that should keep you busy this Fall. Go to a game near you!