Bill Murray is having quite the year. It’s always a good time to be the iconic 66-year-old ‘Ghostbusters’ actor, but it turns out that this is a pretty good time to be a fan of his favorite sports teams, too.
The Chicago-area native was front and center for his beloved Cubs’ first World Series victory in 108 years – singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game;” appearing on ‘Saturday Night Live’ with team members; calling for Mayor Emanuel to cancel school; and even making one fan’s dream come true.
He crashed postgame interviews, victory celebrations and even a White House press briefing, all for the love of his Cubbies. Now Murray has his sights set on March Madness, and his support of bracket-busting Xavier University has led some to speculate that perhaps there’s a little something more to his diehard fandom.
The Musketeers came into the NCAA tournament as the 11 seed in the West Region, but those long odds didn’t stop them from winning three major upsets in a row. After taking out six-seed Maryland and three-seed Florida State in the first two rounds, Xavier toppled two-seed Arizona on Friday to head to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008.
In the stands to see it happen was, of course, Bill Murray, whose son is an assistant coach of the Xavier men’s basketball team. While the proud father’s reaction to Xavier’s shocking exit from the 2016 NCAA tournament quickly went viral, this year has so far been a very different story.
Bill Murray is elated pic.twitter.com/GK5O0BOSKF
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 24, 2017
More Bill Murray, this one celebrating X’s victory pic.twitter.com/hUi9ocgMlO
— John Marshall (@jmarshallap) March 24, 2017
A notoriously raucous sports fan, Murray’s hair-tousling joy could put a smile on just about anyone’s face – and it did not go unnoticed.
What a year for Bill Murray.
– 11-seed Xavier defeats 2-seed Arizona to go to Elite 8.
– Cubs win the World Series pic.twitter.com/rOTzpxSQzQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2017
Bill Murray is a god:
Beat the Monsters w/ Toon Squad
Rallied the Cubs back from a 3-1 deficit in the WS
Now he’s carrying Xavier in March
— Matty Walt Simmons™ (@simmons103) March 24, 2017
Bill Murray’s having a year, man. Whoever his favorite hockey team is just became the Stanley Cup favorite
— Andrew Green (@andruwgreen) March 24, 2017
When your team is in doubt, bring Bill Murray out pic.twitter.com/QZUYbz2Jl9
— G-Rod (@GrantSinnfor3) March 24, 2017
Bill Murray rolling into the #EliteEight like… pic.twitter.com/NwK8TROHtI
— Jen Tulicki (@kindafunnygirl) March 24, 2017
@SInow first @Cubs win World Series, now @XavierMBB 1 win away from #FinalFour
Bill Murray’s bucket list seems to be getting shorter.
— Kory Klotz (@koryklotz) March 24, 2017
All bets on Bill Murray pic.twitter.com/xYTXHkhTy9
— becoming Michael Cox (@IndiGOneKID) March 25, 2017
“Entourage” actor Jerry Ferrara even tweeted that “tons of credit” goes to Murray, while sidelined Bulls star Dwyane Wade himself was in awe of Murray’s “power.”
Gritty Xavier win! Great game the whole way. Tons of credit to Bill Murray.
— Jerry Ferrara (@jerryferrara) March 24, 2017
The power of Bill Murray… This is his year in sports….. As a fan ofcourse
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 24, 2017
That power even led some fans to change their allegiance—or hope that Murray could lend them a helping hand.
At this point, I’m just going to root for whatever team Bill Murray roots for.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) March 24, 2017
I guess the team I’ll start cheering for is Xavier and Bill Murray.
— #GoPackGo (@GBPackers_Diva) March 25, 2017
I hope Bill Murray decides to be a Notre Dame fan this Fall. He’s a winner. #USARyderCup#Cubs#Xavier ������
— Kolby (@KolbyWells) March 25, 2017
BREAKING: We’ve reached a deal to make Bill Murray a Dartmouth hockey fan.
— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) March 25, 2017
@ZachMyersNews if you have any pull with @BillMurray for today State Championship games pic.twitter.com/XlRfrhbnDa
— DT KIRBYS (@dtkirbys) March 25, 2017
Whether there’s some sort of magic to Murray’s support remains to be seen, as Xavier is set to face their toughest test yet. The Musketeers take on one-seed Gonzaga Saturday evening, with both teams looking to secure a trip to their first-ever Final Four.
Published at 11:54 AM CDT on Mar 25, 2017 | Updated at 12:41 PM CDT on Mar 25, 2017