Jim Calhoun learned that he’ll have none of the nun support that followed him and his Huskies to Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2004. Mother Shaun Vergauwan and Sister Mary Richards won’t be making this week’s trip to Detriot, and just when we thought they were getting into a habit. From NBC Connecticut:
The sisters gave Calhoun a jar of bubblegum almost 10 years ago. As a thank you for the gift, he offered them a trip to the Final Four whenever UConn made it.
But despite being invited again by Coach Calhoun, the Meriden nuns won’t be making the trip to Detroit this year.[…]
The pair are a part of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, and they will be receiving a special visitor from the Vatican this weekend, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, according to the Meriden Record Journal.
The nuns admitted that the team lost a couple of games that they had attended earlier in the year, but it was in a real wink-wink, CIA sort of God really does care about sports sort of way. Everyone knows that God hated the Buffalo Bills, loves the Patriots, and ALWAYS bets the over. They call it a Hail Mary for a reason…but I don’t know what that reason is.