Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lunardi reaches milestone

BALTIMORE -- If anybody bleeds the Crimson and gray of Saint Joseph’s University, it’s Joe Lunardi. While many know him as the ESPN Bracketologist, Lunard is among the most dedicated Saint Joseph’s fan.

Lunardi reaches milestone

Joe Lunardi has attended 900 St. Joe´s games. (Greg Carroccio/AP)
Joe Lunardi has attended 900 St. Joe's games. (Greg Carroccio/AP)

BALTIMORE -- If anybody bleeds the Crimson and gray of Saint Joseph’s University, it’s Joe Lunardi. While many know him as the ESPN Bracketologist, Lunard is among the most dedicated Saint Joseph’s fan.

He is a 1982 Saint Joseph’s graduate and current associate vice president for marketing and communications at the school. In addition to being the radio basketball analyst. Lunardi also serves as a college basketball analyst, doing selected games.

Saturday’s 70-60 win at Morgan State was the 900th St. Joe’s that Lunardi has attended.

He said 898 of them came after he became a student at St. Joseph’s.

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It shouldn’t surprise anybody that Lunardi keeps count. Each game has had special meaning.

“After all this time I can’t imagine not having done it,” Lunardi said while courtside, preparing for the game. “If there was no TV, radio and bracketology tomorrow, I would still go to every game.”

The next goal is to hit 1,000.

About this blog
Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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