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- Sister Jean is the breakout star of the NCAA Tournament, cheering on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers through their Cinderella run to the Final Four.
- When asked about her newfound status as a “national sensation,” Sister Jean was quick to correct the reporter and say that her fame was in fact, international.
- The Ramblers will attempt to keep their unlikely tournament run going when they face Michigan in the national semifinal.
In 2018 it’s tough to find somebody with universal approval, but Sister Jean, the team chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers basketball team, is likely as close as you’ll get to finding a character that’s beloved by 100% the internet.
At 98 years old, Sister Jean became an overnight sensation in the basketball world after she was featured in a segment on TruTV ahead of Loyola-Chicago’s first-round game. Fans learned of Sister Jean’s love of brackets, and the fact that the NCAA absurdly kept her from entering any brackets into pool’s due to their overzealous rules regarding gambling.
Now, with the Ramblers in the Final Four – which she correctly predicted in her bracket – Sister Jean is correcting reporters on the degree of her fame.
Sister Jean on becoming a national sensation: “Really, if I can correct you, international.” pic.twitter.com/JQP2Rj0P8S
— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) March 18, 2018
It’s true – Sister Jean is now beloved the world over.
Her words of inspiration have helped the Ramblers all year, and recently, she once again led the team in prayer before their game against the No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2018
The Ramblers will face Michigan on Saturday with a spot in the championship game on the line. While Sister Jean didn’t have her team advancing past the Sweet 16 in her main bracket, she did have them heading all the way to the national title game in her “Cinderella Dream” bracket.
Regardless of the outcome, international sensation Sister Jean will be there, cheering for her Ramblers.