Milwaukee loves its hometown boy Rick Majerus, and he's always loved it back. And, always, in a big way.
Full of life, knowledge and basketball, Majerus, 64, was poised to take a legitimate Top 25 team in St. Louis deep into the tournament this season. He won't, though, as he's again battling health and heart issues.
I don't claim to know Majerus well, but have had a few conversations with him. A regular at the Milwaukee Public Market, I'd see him there with countless news publications, basketball tabloids and books sprawled over a table filled with treats and sweets from the market. I'd say hi, and he was always kind and welcoming.
On the air, as a basketball analyst or commentator, he's pure gold. Even his book, "My Life On a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin' Utes," is a fun, insightful read.
Read this post from Bernie Miklasz on stltoday.com. It's moving and really captures Coach Majerus' personality.
Coach, Milwaukee's pulling for you and please know that our prayers and well wishes are with you always.
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