The Standard: Life Outside the Bubble


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

As quarantine has been in effect for about eight weeks now, I’ve started to reminisce of the things I miss most about normal life. Topping my list is the Mount Greenwood Rec League.

My four friends and I have been participating in a basketball league since early January and were the #1 seed in the playoffs when the disastrous virus struck.

Nick Reidy was at the Palos Rec Center when he received the text.

“Guys you’re not going to believe this,” Nick said. “Coach Jay has suspended the league indefinitely.”

As all of our faces dropped, we looked to the TV screen […]

The Standard: Life Outside the Bubble2020-05-06T18:53:49-05:00

The Standard: Quarantine and Chill – “Step Brothers”


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

A two week stay-at-home order from Governor Pritzker.

Some high school seniors would be devastated not being able to spend their last few months where they’ve practically matured. Not me. I’ve been able to make the most out of my time and watch some classics on Netflix. My personal favorite, “Step Brothers”, has been streamed at least three times a week in my house.

“Being at home kind of stinks,” said my brother Dan. “These streaming platforms have really helped me escape complete boredom.”

“Step Brothers” is a great movie featuring Will Ferrell and Brother Rice legend John C. Reilly. I […]

The Standard: Quarantine and Chill – “Step Brothers”2020-03-27T22:05:28-05:00

The Standard: Respiratory Illness Plagues Southside Grammar School


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

All little kids get sick.

But have you ever heard of over 130 students getting sick in one school? The parish of St. Barnabas went on indefinite quarantine because of an unknown respiratory disease ravaging through the school.

As an active member of the neighboring parish, St. John Fisher, I’ve been able to get to know many kids from this parish. Some have siblings currently enrolled, like my close friend Henry Barsch.

“My family dusted and set up hand sanitizer around the house. Hopefully my little brother Danny stays healthy,” said Henry

The youngest Barsch has been luckier than most of his […]

The Standard: Respiratory Illness Plagues Southside Grammar School2020-02-29T13:16:45-06:00

The Standard: Hometown Players Participate in the Pro Bowl


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

Unfortunately, the NFL season left Bears fans devastated throughout Chicagoland. After finishing a measly 8-8, Chicago didn’t have much to look forward to for the rest of the season. However, four Bears players were selected to participate in the Pro Bowl.

The game, played a week before the Super Bowl, highlights the star players from around the league. Our hometown Bears were represented by standout linebacker Khalil Mack and Safety Eddie Jackson on defense. Kyle Fuller snuck in as a replacement and Cordarrelle Paterson was selected as a specialist.

Grant Gierhahn seemed well-informed on the game and looked forward to […]

The Standard: Hometown Players Participate in the Pro Bowl2020-02-01T01:19:03-06:00

The Standard: The Family Turkey Bowl


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

Ancient artifacts like my dad and uncles are always looking for a way to get back on the football field. A good portion of my family lives and dies by football.

So Thanksgiving poses as the perfect time to do so alongside none other than your sons and nephews. While the parents try to prove they still got it, the kids want to take the bragging rights until next year.

My brother Joe, being in Minnesota since August, couldn’t wait for the game.

“Thanksgiving always makes me forget about the distance,” he said, “It’s one day where the family is all […]

The Standard: The Family Turkey Bowl2019-12-18T22:11:17-06:00

The Standard: The Mud Bowl


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

As kids, football players grew up watching legendary games like the ‘ice bowl’ or the ‘fog bowl’. The atmosphere and adversities that come with extreme weather just puts the cherry on top of epic football matchups.

In the first round of the playoffs, our very own Crusaders got to indulge on this childhood dream. On Friday, the Crusaders played the Bartlett Hawks in a self-proclaimed “mud bowl” where it snowed and temperatures reached below freezing.

Senior defensive end Alex Roche was waiting for this game.

“I saw the forecast at the start of the week,” Roche said. “Seeing all the snow […]

The Standard: The Mud Bowl2019-11-26T10:53:01-06:00

The Standard: The Hidden Gem of Beverly Mexican Food


By Charlie Fitzgerald ‘20

In a diverse neighborhood like Beverly, there’s a little bit of everything. With generic Mexican places on what seems like every corner, El Gallo doesn’t really seem authentic to the blind eye. But if you give the family owned establishment a go, you won’t be sorry.

Of course, before I tried one of my favorite Mexican places for this review, I implored the opinion of three dear friends, Hugh “Newts” Sullivan, Ryan Adasiak and Caitlin Richter. They gave some great insight on the dinner choices.

First, let’s start with Newts and Ryan. Now Newts is no stranger to the El […]

The Standard: The Hidden Gem of Beverly Mexican Food2019-10-10T16:53:08-05:00


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