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Ann Arbor bank plans Final Four billboard aimed at Loyola's Sister Jean

Date: March 28, 2018

Summary:
Bank of Ann Arbor plans to celebrate the Michigan men's basketball team's trip to the Final Four with a series of billboards across the Ann Arbor area.

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Bank of Ann Arbor has announced a series of billboards which will go up around the Ann Arbor area to celebrate the Final Four.



Bank of Ann Arbor plans to celebrate the Michigan men's basketball team's trip to the Final Four with a series of billboards across the Ann Arbor area.

One billboard, however, could stir up some controversy.

The bank tweeted the morning of Wednesday, March 28, a digital photo of a billboard it plans to put up that reads: "Sister Jean will soon know the difference between heaven and hail."

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, known as Sister Jean, is a chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team. She's become famous during the team's run to the Final Four. 

The Ramblers face the Wolverines Saturday, March 31, in San Antonio, Texas. The winner plays in Monday's national championship game.

Bank of Ann Arbor CEO Tim Marshall said the billboard - which will be put up along westbound M-14 at Pontiac Trail - is part of a series of nine billboards going up around the area Wednesday and Thursday. 

Marshall said the billboard about Sister Jean is not meant to be derogatory and hopes Michigan fans will appreciate it. Hail Michigan is part of the Michigan fight song.

"I think it brings a smile to people's face," he said. "Some people tend to read a little bit more into it, but we're just trying to bring some levity and by no means offend anyone. It's all about heaven and hail for 'Go Blue.'"

Marshall said Bank of Ann Arbor will have posters and possibly billboards around San Antonio, Texas, as well this weekend. Bank of Ann Arbor is known for quirky billboard messages in Ann Arbor. 

The bank's tweet of the planned billboard, sent out shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, has become a talking point on Twitter, with both supporters and opponents sharing it and replying to it.

John U. Bacon, a notable author who has written several books about Michigan football over the years, said the planned billboard shows the magnitude of the game. 

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