View Full Version : ZaGranny's Adventures in Zagland--Banquet Edition

03-11-2011, 10:51 PM
Just got back home from the Men's BB Banquet. As it was last year, the food was delicious, but the company was even better!!!

We talked to two couples one from Lewiston, one from Spokane, upstairs over appetizers and shared stories of games attended, and the tournament.

There were two Spokane couples (plus the 13 year old daughter of one couple) at our table and the conversation was lively as we all told how we became Zag fans.

It seems like every Zag fan we meet has great stories about being Zag fans.

But the best company were the 12 young men up on the dais. They had a different format this year--the team ate first and then the rest of tables went to the buffet. After the guys ate, they wandered around among the crowd and talked to people, had photos taken, and gave autographs.

Which meant, of course, that I didn't eat a lot---I kept hopping up to talk to one of the guys, have Mr. ID ZAG take my picture with them and get autographs of the guys I didn't catch on senior night and all of the coaches except Coach Giacoletti. We also had Steven and Mark Few, and Sacre and Mark Few sign the Spokesman-Reviews that had those two great pics (Steven on Senior night and Sacre after the championship game).

I got pictures with all the guys except Elias. Somehow missed him and they were sending us back to our tables to start the program. ) I'll post some of them in this post and the rest in another post tomorrow.

Had wonderful conversations with Steven, Kelly, and Robert, and shorter chats with David, Marquise, Meech and the rest of the gang.

The guys were all so gracious.

Mark's speech was similar to what he has been saying the last couple of weeks. How they fought through adversity and how proud he was of them,. Plus thank you's to the staff, and support crew, fans and team. He also told a funny story about the two managers. Apparently they were washing the practice uni's in a laundromat in LA, and the neighborhood was a little seedy. So they called back to the hotel that they needed some reinforcements, because some tough characters were approaching them.

Father Hightower's address was really interesting. He talked about the team being warriors, and then he talked about the first graduate of Gonzaga College--John Robert Monaghan in 1891, as a true warrior. He then went to the Naval Academy, and then on to a ship and the conflict in Samoa, where he was killed because he would not abandon his wounded superior officer. A ship has been named after him, the citizens of Spokane donated silver to make the Monaghan cup which is awarded to the best and most prepared ship in the U.S. fleet each year.

Loved Steven's speech. He said that when he visited Gonzaga and decided to go there at the age of 16, he couldn't even drive, yet he could make that huge decision. That if asked why he chose Gonzaga, he would have to answer "I don't have a clue" but that it really worked out well. He included the usual thank you's to family, staff, and team, but included a dig at Sacre for saying that he could replace Steven--just get another dog and name him Steven. Steven said--"OK, if you said you were going to name your first born child after me, but not a dog, no."

Steven received a standing ovation both before and after his speech from the crowd, and I thought it was really nice that Kelly led the team in standing and clapping both times.

Throughout the evening, great videos of highlights of the team in general and Steven in particular were shown. Afterwards, while the team was signing more autographs, videos were shown--most of them were videos of the team talking about Steven.





It was a wonderful evening!!


03-11-2011, 10:58 PM
Can only post 4 images in a post, so here goes:






03-11-2011, 11:04 PM
These last three have red eye--I'll try to fix that tomorrow and repost.

Red eye fixed in photobucket, but it didn't change in the post. Oh, well. Oops--just noticed it did fix. Go figure.





03-11-2011, 11:07 PM
holy lol's manny.

03-12-2011, 12:01 AM
Thanks, ZaGranny! I enjoyed your report!

03-12-2011, 03:12 AM
What a wonderful post ZaGranny. Really enjoyed the read and pictures!

03-12-2011, 03:51 AM
Nice report and pics. You really put those guys in perspective!

03-12-2011, 05:18 AM
So red is not the only color that is good to you ;^)

Thanks for all your reports! They are all interesting and an ease to read.

03-12-2011, 06:01 AM
Thank you for the great recap and photos. I wish I could have been there.

BTW- I can understand Sacre, Dower and others towering over you, but you even made DS look tall!

03-12-2011, 07:57 AM
Thanks for sharing!

03-12-2011, 08:28 AM
Thanks ZaGranny...

You've added a lot to this year's wonderful season so far...

We're not done yet!!!

03-12-2011, 08:40 AM
awesome....just awesome

03-12-2011, 09:20 AM
Thanks for all the kind words.

Quote: RangerZag "red is not the only color that is good to you ;^)"

Red hoodie, blue jeans, and pony tails is my game day and every day look; Sweater, dress slacks, and wavy hair is my dress-up, banquet look. :p

Quote: rijman "BTW- I can understand Sacre, Dower and others towering over you, but you even made DS look tall!"

At 5'2" and shrinking (It's hell getting old, but it sure beats the alternative! ;) ) everybody towers over me. I did tell David that it was nice not to be looking at his navel like I do with Sacre, Kelly, and Dower--slight hyperbole, but if they had been standing straight up, pretty close to the truth.

Mr. ID ZAGFAN deserves a lot of credit--I kept interrupting his dinner so he could follow me around and take the pics.