Chicago Lions 1969

Not many people know but the Chicago Lions had an “alternative” team called the School Street Fat Cats, a “fat boy” 7s and 10s team.

Named after the old clubhouse/bar street address, some say it started as a drinking club with a rugby problem. Comprised of Milwaukee and Lions players from the mid-90’s, the first event they played was a 7s tournament in Chicago.

Fat Cats

Two original Fat Cats at Aspen 2017

Rumor has it that was started by Vinnie Lapiana, Andy Rubin and Mike Palmer. Actually, they were very good 10s team, even winning a South Side Irish Irish 10s tournament!

You had to be 200+ to play on the team. The legends live on…

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