March 16, 2011
March Madness reached a fever pitch at St. John’s this week when
The McDonald and Tierney Radio Show of ESPN 1050 broadcast live
from the D’Angelo Center.
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St. John’s was selected to host the show after it won McDonald
and Tierney’s Campus Bracket Madness competition, beating out a
field of 64 other schools based on a popular vote via text
Broadcasting live from the D’Angelo Center living room, Brandon
Tierney and Jody McDonald – the hosts of the show – spoke
extensively about the Red Storm. A huge crowd of students, faculty
and administrators gathered to watch, and the St. John’s Pep Band,
Cheer Squad and Dance Team performed during commercial breaks.
“St. John’s hasn’t felt like this in a long time,” Tierney
The audience went nuts when McDonald and Tierney welcomed the
Red Storm’s senior swingman D.J. Kennedy to their set. Although he
will be sidelined throughout the NCAA Tournament due to a recent
injury, Kennedy remains a vocal leader. He spoke about what it’s
been like to play in front of a revitalized St. John’s fan
“It’s what you look forward to as a freshman getting recruited,”
he said. “Now we’ve got that opportunity to go out and capture our
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Lavin also appeared on the
show, discussing how prepared his Johnnies are for the first round
of the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re tested, we’re experienced and we present challenges to
any team,” Lavin said. “What we have to do is persevere, adapt and
do it as a group, collectively across the board.”
Even the Red Storm’s all-time leading scorer, Chris Mullin
’98CBA, got in on the action, calling into the show to share his
thoughts on his alma mater.
“I think these guys are ready for it,” Mullin said, “and I’m
really happy for St. John’s, for Coach Lavin and all of these
When asked if he’d be wearing any St. John’s gear as he watched
the game on Thursday, Mullin laughed.
“I’ve got St. John’s gear all over my house,” he said. “You know
I’ll be tuned in.”