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gozagswoohoo
10-07-2009, 08:32 AM
We've all had a few of those moments where even though you know it isn't true, you secretly feel like you're affecting the game from your couch based on what you are doing.

Is there anything you do/don't do during games to 'help' the zags?

Any particular incidents?


I ALWAYS wear my Gonzaga jersey (it's a very nice jersey, and I had AMMO sewn on the back). On game days, even if I work that day, I wear the jersey under my dress shirt (kinda like Superman). If I don't wear it on a certain gameday, I feel like I have already put the zags at a disadvantage...

Also, I have to sit on the floor or on our coffee table during most games. Or, if I am NOT sitting on one of those two, and the zags start losing or doing bad, I will move to the floor or edge of the coffee table.

This last one is a little embarassing...haha. During REALLY REALLY close games, in the final moments of the game, I literally HIDE behind the coach, with just my eyes peeking out over the top so I can see.



I know I know...

gu03alum
10-07-2009, 08:34 AM
Home games - Drink beer at the Bulldog before the game.
Road games - Drink beer during the game at home or bar.

HOOTER
10-07-2009, 08:58 AM
I just wear a Zags shirt for every game. No biggy really but I have to do it every time or I just don't feel right. Other than that, I drink beer for every game and throw stuff when their not doing well but that's probably standard procedure for all Zag fans, right? :D

Nevtelen
10-07-2009, 09:14 AM
I have to wear my GU gear all day (under the dress shirt or nice sweater, usually, at work).

Other than that, I try to alternate swear words that I yell at the tv when things aren't going the team's way. :D Hmmm... the wife might not be so happy about that now that there's a baby in the house...

I also NEVER EVER talk about a win until it happens. EVER. NEVER. If I do, it usually means the Zags tend to overlook that opponent. I'm completely sure I'm directly responsible for this, so I really try and control it.

GU32
10-07-2009, 09:17 AM
I think enough time has passed to ask this question... What did you do after/during the 06 sweet 16 game. The only reason I ask is gozagswoohoo saying he watches close games from behind his couch triggered some sort of NAM like flashback.

I watched it at my friends house with a few other guys. We went from making plans to watch the elite 8 together to my friend asking us to leave maybe two seconds after JP missed the turn around. I really don’t remember the 20 minute ride home... The only thing I took away from that game is an extreme hatred for Gus Johnson/Len Elmore.

75Zag
10-07-2009, 09:22 AM
My secret strategy is that I never watch a GU game sober.

But come to think of it, my secret strategy is useful on all sorts of other activities as well. Blogging? Brushing my teeth? Cooking breakfast? Hmmmmm............

Go Bulldogs! Get Bigger!

CDC84
10-07-2009, 10:08 AM
On a semi-related note....

Who is the poster on here who celebrates Zag victories with a Victory Dog? I seem to recall that this mighty tasty post-game creation includes a hot dog, a bun, sauerkraut and the best hot sauce in the universe: Sriracha (aka "Rooster Sauce"):

http://culturewizard.rw-3llc.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/sriracha.jpg

gozagswoohoo
10-07-2009, 10:16 AM
Oh my gosh...I don't know that I've ever talked about the post-UCLA game events more than once or twice...it was horrible, horrible. Even thinking of it right now, I get this huge pit in my stomach, and start feeling as if I'm gonna throw up.

JohnOGU
10-07-2009, 10:16 AM
I normally don't watch a game sober unless i am with family... During the GU/WKU in last year's tourny, we played edward 40 hands. Perhaps i should continue that for every game... Maybe that's my lucky rabbit's foot?

dnj116
10-07-2009, 10:19 AM
NEVER EVER EVER watch a tournament game while at a ski hill...3 years running I watched our team lose while at a bar on a ski hill. I stay in the confines of a town or city bar for March.

Drew
10-07-2009, 10:26 AM
My secret strategy is that I never watch a GU game sober.

But come to think of it, my secret strategy is useful on all sorts of other activities as well. Blogging? Brushing my teeth? Cooking breakfast? Hmmmmm............

+1

Zageist
10-07-2009, 12:45 PM
Home games - Drink beer at the Bulldog before the game.
Road games - Drink beer during the game at home or bar.

ditto. Come to think of it, I do that for every game. Most soap operas too.

kyle dixon
10-07-2009, 01:03 PM
I remember a while back reading a similar thread about game days and someone wrote that they drew them self a bath, poured themself a glass of red and ate godiva chocolates prior to game time. I almost fell out of my chair laughing...

For home games tall boy Pabst Blue Ribbon, away games got to watch the games at home unless it is a tournament such as the Maui Invitational, Preseason NIT then it is fun to hit a bar downtown...

maynard g krebs
10-07-2009, 01:26 PM
We've all had a few of those moments where even though you know it isn't true, you secretly feel like you're affecting the game from your couch based on what you are doing.

At the risk of branding myself as a nutcase in the eyes of some, perhaps most: how do you know it isn't true? MD Larry Dossey's research on prayer shows that prayer has a healing effect in double blind studies where the person being prayed for doesn't know it. Ken Keyes' book "The Hundredth Monkey" , Louise Hay and Jose Silva's books on healing, Dr. Bruce Lipton's " The Biology of Belief", and current developments in quantum physics theory (which I don't pretend to begin to understand, but believe people smarter than me do), all show that we have the power to effect outcomes with our thoughts and beliefs. It's only the last few hundred years that science has been telling us this isn't true, and science is beginning to change its tune as more and more anomalies to this world view crop up (see Thomas Kuhn's book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" if interested).

I believe enough of us holding enough faith can even effect a ref prone to make a pro-duke call on a 50-50 charge/block call late in a close game at MSG. So Woohoo, stay behind that couch.

Before the game, I visualize flawless offensive execution and brilliant passing, and all the ft's going in.

cjm720
10-07-2009, 01:48 PM
I refuse to watch a game with non-Zag fans. As in, "sorry, Stacy (my wife) but your effing husky cousin is not coming over for the game."

I will not watch games at a bar (see above, see below)

I have to have dedicated sound.

I have to DVR because I'm too impatient for stinking commercials.

Go Zags!!!

gozagswoohoo
10-07-2009, 01:49 PM
Rubaddub (rest his soul...wherever it may be) told me once that he will defecate into a toilet, and then not flush it for the entire basketball game. Every timeout or pause in play, he will go into the bathroom to breathe the smell of hard work and persperation.

Odd...

mnzag24
10-07-2009, 06:56 PM
Rubaddub (rest his soul...wherever it may be) told me once that he will defecate into a toilet, and then not flush it for the entire basketball game. Every timeout or pause in play, he will go into the bathroom to breathe the smell of hard work and persperation.

Odd...

this might be the greatest thing i've ever heard.

i just stick to lots of beer, and Early Times whiskey for the big games

RenoZag
10-07-2009, 07:58 PM
I am superstitious about betting on them. When I first moved to Nevada, I laid a few bucks on them and cashed a few tickets. Nothing to really get worked up about, and no compelling need to go out of my way to visit the Sports Book either. From time to time, in the intervening years if I happened to be in the right place at the right time, I made a casual wager and as before won a few, lost a few.

The next to last time I wagered on the Zags was against Wyoming, Round one of the NCAA tourney ( Dickau's senior year ? )

The very last time I wagered on the Zags was Yew See El Lay .

So, I don't bet 'em any more. Clearly, I bring them bad karma. :)

TheZagPhish
10-07-2009, 08:35 PM
The beverage must be an excellent craft beer. Or world class martini.
I should not be on an airplane or in an airport boardroom. (I've got guilt here.)
It's gotta be the ultra-faded gray T. No matter how else goes the gameday ensemble, gray T is on.
If I absolutely have to watch from a hotel room, I call MoJoZag to share in realtime ref bashing. I think this helps... in a most infinitesimal and obscure way, naturally.

Tmac5360
10-07-2009, 08:36 PM
I don't have any pregame superstitions. But if things don't start well I will change tv's that I am viewing on and can not go back. If I start on the smaller (non hdtv) upstairs and the zags are doing well. I watch the entire thing there.
As for the UCLA game I cried like a second grader who just peed his pants on the playground!!

NotoriousZ
10-07-2009, 08:58 PM
When I was 12-15, I used to do some crazy stuff during a Seahawks game, chanting the same phrase over and over before a play started (watching the game alone of course), but now I've only got one little superstition for a Zags game. I've got a jacket with a zipper down the front that's got a giant Bulldog logo which is cut in half if the zipper is down. So if I'm wearing the jacket that day for the game it must be zipped up no matter how hot and sweaty I get. Sorry, I can't top the crap in the toilet bit.

pbriz
10-08-2009, 07:30 AM
NEVER EVER EVER watch a tournament game while at a ski hill...3 years running I watched our team lose while at a bar on a ski hill. I stay in the confines of a town or city bar for March.

so true.

NorthwestsFinest
10-08-2009, 08:08 AM
I don't have any real superstitions, But I WILL move from where I am watching a game if it isn't going well. last year against Akron, I had to move away from the High Def Plasma, and move to a 25 inch 90's Sanyo.. But they dominiated while I watched on the Sanyo.. So I stayed.

ZagsGoZags
10-08-2009, 11:14 AM
I get on the floor, on my knees, wringing my hands, and donate exhortations to the players and refs

willandi
10-08-2009, 11:30 AM
I agree with the drinking beer part, but almost always at home...no dui. I also start the drinking early. In April.:D

DoggieDogpound
10-08-2009, 11:46 AM
Rumor has it that woohoo pinches his nipple whenever a Zag is shooting a free throw, to help coax the ball in. Not sure if he alternates nipples or whether it depends on if it is a left or right handed shooter.

JohnOGU
10-08-2009, 12:11 PM
I'm glad that we all share a mutual love for boozing before/during/after (especially after a loss) the game. GO ZAGS!

gozagswoohoo
10-08-2009, 12:42 PM
Rumor has it that woohoo pinches his nipple whenever a Zag is shooting a free throw, to help coax the ball in. Not sure if he alternates nipples or whether it depends on if it is a left or right handed shooter.

I do switch nipples...especially after Raivio and then Daye's freshmen seasons...the ole nips would get quite raw cuz those guys never missed. Here I thought I was helping them...turns out they were just good freethrow shooters... :confused:

zagamatic
10-08-2009, 09:08 PM
Of course, I always wear one of my many Zags shirts, but never the white or black ones anymore. (never won when I've worn one of those) But when I think we need to have a change of tempo or get out of a shooting slump, I turn my hat to either the back or front and slap the ground like I'm digging in for defense. Oh, and I will not watch at someone else's house who's not into the Zags. It tends to go better when I can just stay home and YELL loudly!:drool: I am SO looking forward to doing that some more.

Das Zagger
10-09-2009, 10:59 AM
I am superstitious about betting on them. When I first moved to Nevada, I laid a few bucks on them and cashed a few tickets. Nothing to really get worked up about, and no compelling need to go out of my way to visit the Sports Book either. From time to time, in the intervening years if I happened to be in the right place at the right time, I made a casual wager and as before won a few, lost a few.

The next to last time I wagered on the Zags was against Wyoming, Round one of the NCAA tourney ( Dickau's senior year ? )

The very last time I wagered on the Zags was Yew See El Lay .

So, I don't bet 'em any more. Clearly, I bring them bad karma. :)

Not to tear open old wounds but they had to have covered that game.


Glass half full?