Over the past two weeks, John Joseph Albarran's life has focused on two questions: When is the next Loyola basketball game and where will he see it?
How many people grew up in Naperville in the 1970s In the 1980s, the Batavia man was implicated in the March Madness and Loyola University Chicago by the March NCAA basketball tournament March Porte Moser of Naperville.
The name Moser commemorates Naperville because the family contributed to it
Porter Moser's father, James Moser, directed Moser Lumber and Moser Enterprises and was a leader in the creation of the Naperville Riverwalk. A statue on the north side of the DuPage River in Naperville depicts his image.
James Moser's name is also associated with Safety Town, the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement, and the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville. And the generosity and legacy of the older Moser continued after his death in 1
Watching Porter Moser nationally as the Loyola team he plays in the Final Four this weekend seems to suit only those who grew up with him or have a connection. 19659002] Albarran and Moser attended elementary school and played basketball together in the St. Catholic School of Peter and Paul in Naperville. It is a fact that he likes to acknowledge when watching the game in a public place.
"I'll say: & # 39; I played with this guy & # 39 ;," he said, adding that people are skeptical until he shares details about his fame
Albarran, whose friends him now Naming JJ describes his former teammate as a great team leader.
"He was always a classmate," said Albarran. "I always looked for Porter, he was our best friend in our team."
The intensity on his face when swinging a camera at Moser during a game is the same passion he brought to the game as a kid, Albarran said. "He was so on the court," he said.
This intensity comes in handy when the players are the same
After elementary school in Naperville, Moser went to the Benet Academy in Lisle, while Albarran attended the rival St. Francis High School in Wheaton. The two stood in the square against each other.
"I think (his success) is phenomenal," said Albarran. "I followed his career and when he was in Illinois State (University as a coach) I saw him fighting."
Albarran said he was Youth sports coach for 20 years, "not even nearly as high as Porter."  Frank Glowaty, retired Rector of St. Peters and Pauls, said he was impressed with Moser's coaching style and the value system that Moser teaches his players related to his Catholic education.
"He always talks about how he's a Catholic kid from Chicago," Glowaty said. "That's satisfying for me, they're good kids, they play well together."
Such a value during his elementary years was responsible for his own action. "The director recalled that Moser in the week before a basketball Allstar match for the Catholic League and (19659002) The incident in no way affected the way the school community looked at him  "He was a real man" and a good student respected by students and teachers, Glowaty
Moser's success gives Loyola fans such as the Connelly family hope: State Sen. Michael Connelly graduated in political science as a student in Loyola and his father and son also attended school.
Connelly and his son are so infected with the Rambler fever that the couple went to Grand Rapids, Michiga last weekend n, drove to grab the last two places on a plane to Atlanta to watch her team overtake the Kansas State Wildcats in a 78-62 win. While Connelly att finished the St. Cletus School at La Grange, he played basketball against Porter Moser's brother Matt, who was also in Naperville's St.s. Peter and Paul
"I knew about Porter when I was in college and saw him playing. I followed his career path through Little Rock and ISU," Connelly said. "When he got the Loyola job, I visited my son in Rogers Park and I said, let's see the new coach."
Connelly sat and talked to Moser while visiting the Loyola campus that day and remembers something Moser said about Loyola
"He said," This school is a sleeping giant. There's so much alum that if we can get this thing anywhere like Gonzaga, there's no limit to what we can do in this school, "said Connelly
while Connelly and his son after the Kansas State game When he was near the court, he called Porter's name and reminded him of the sleeping giant comment Moser liked to remember the remark, Connelly said.
"It's just a great story; he's a kid of St. Peter, Paul, and Benet, "Connelly said," I have my Loyola flag high out of my house. "
Tip for the final four match in San Antonio between the Ramblers and the Michigan Wolverines is scheduled for 5:09 pm Saturday