Sister Jeanne, 101 years old, sits next to the Loyola bench every game and prays for their success. If the outcome depended on prayer alone, she’d be indispensable. But she probably makes a difference on chancy plays. Who can tell, other than the coach?
She’s retired, of course. But you never know; those superiors in the religious orders sometimes demand their pound of work. People don’t join the religious life for a vacation.
The Loyola team has assurance in these Covid times that regardless of their performance, they’ll always have one fan. And that can spark a team. I don’t doubt her prayers are answered in a way she’d prefer.