Berg, a member of the Grand Haven High School Class of 1966, sat among the Buccaneers’ students at Saturday’s Class A state championship game.
Those around him participated in the “White Out,” while Berg wore a vintage green-and-white Michigan State basketball jersey overtop of a white T-shirt. On his head was a fedora-style hat with a paper cutout of a skull-and-crossbones pinned to the front.
“I hang with them,” he said with a smile, waving his hand toward the Bucs’ students. “I support them. I’m there with them 100 percent, 110 percent.”
While he may be a bit long in the tooth, Berg is certainly young at heart.
“This is what we live for,” Berg said at halftime of Saturday’s game.
He was confident Grand Haven could come back from their big deficit.
“We’ve got to start playing and shuck these jitters,” he said.
Berg was at one time a basketball coach, but his true legacy is on the railroads. He worked for Grand Truck Railroad for 43 years. His dad worked for the same company for 41 years, and his grandfather for 52 years.
“All three of us were bridge tenders next to the highway bridge,” Berg said. “Then it became automated, so I followed the work up to Bay City.”
Now retired, Berg avidly follows the Buccaneers’ boys and girls basketball teams.
He doesn’t always make the road games, but as he puts it, “If they’re home, I’m there.”