By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 06, 2021 at 8:28 AM

It's Giannis' birthday and the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is helping celebrate by naming its new Route 34 (Hopkins-Congress) line in his honor.

The route, which went into service on Sunday, is called the Giannis Line (note the number matches Antetokounmpo's jersey number).

According to MCTS, "The Giannis Line operates every 25-30 minutes all day, every day, making connections to dozens of MCTS routes across the county. Recently included as a new route in its system redesign project, MCTS NEXT, this route features new cross-county routing with expanded service connecting Congress Street and Hopkins Street with North 6th Street and Downtown Milwaukee.

"In addition, this route provides new travel and connection opportunities for residents, workers, and students and aligns with Milwaukee County’s vision to advance Racial Equity throughout the county."

The route, adds MCTS, is, "in recognition of the historic contributions Giannis has already given to the people of Milwaukee. In other words, this is MCTS’s birthday gift to the MVP ... for his important role on the team and in the community."

All aboard the Championship Express!

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.