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.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.