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GoZags
02-28-2013, 01:21 PM
Yesterday I had a conversation with the Pontiff -- we were talking about the spine tingling feeling of joy that we both had when it became apparent that the '93/'94 Zags were going to be invited to the Post Season for the first time, ever. They'd finished 12-2 in the WCC (1st) but got knocked off in the 2nd round of the WCC tourney by USD. BUT, here they were -- invited to the NIT. It just didn't get any better than this. Angelo made it down to Maples to see the Zags win their first ever post season game, upsetting mighty Stanford before losing a heartbreaker in Manhattan (thanks birddog) to Kansas State.

Half a decade later I remember getting the life hugged out of me in the concourse of KeyArena by my good friend and mentor, the late Jim Solan. You see, Gonzaga had beaten Stanford again .... only this time to earn a berth in the Sweet 16. Yes -- the SWEET 16. This was a "once in a lifetime" type of deal. It just didn't get any better than this.

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision what was going to happen to my beloved Gonzaga. The school, and it's Men's Basketball program have been a source of immense pride -- win or lose.

Tonight, #2 Gonzaga will play in front of 21,000 screaming fans and a National Television audience that should be far greater than 11:00pm EST start times usually attract. They have a shot at doing something special .... very special. Something that's been debated on the ESPN.com nationwide poll. Something that's being talked about around the country.

As tonight's game tips off, I'll be thinking of Kenny Tyler, Jim Grady, Reed Schifferman, Willie Moss ..... they are among the guys who got me to fall in love with Gonzaga Basketball. I'll be thinking of the late Frank Burgess, the late Don Migliuri, Jerry Vermillion .... guys who I didn't meet until well after I began following Gonzaga Basketball. I'll be thinking of my classmates ... StoctonZag, 77Zag, Zag77, JayDee77 and a host of others. I'll be thinking of the more recognizable player names of the recent past ...... who've given their all for their team ...... and I'll be thinking of guys like hondo, BobZag, the late El Voce and a host of others that I've met through this board who've also cherished Gonzaga University and Gonzaga Basketball.

Win or lose tonight, I'll be proud of our guys .... proud of what they stand for and proud of what they've accomplished.

These are heady times for our beloved Zags.

But best of all? ..... it's "to be continued"

GoZags
aka Ken Devones - GU '77

DixieZag
02-28-2013, 01:36 PM
Nothing to add.

Well said.

gozagswoohoo
02-28-2013, 01:40 PM
This is what it's all about. Excellent post, and GO ZAGS.




R.I.P. El Voce

Angelo Roncalli
02-28-2013, 02:11 PM
R.I.P. El Voce

Speaking of El Voce, I was going through some old e-mails yesterday. This is one from 1/10/05. This was his response after I had passed along an invitation to the famous Kennel Club Board house party at which El Voce would have his date with destiny, I mean Jaegermeister, three days later:


Angelo--Let me know where and what time, and I shall attempt to be there. It's been many years since my last Kennel Club kegger.

El Voce would would love this year's Zags...

RIP good friend.

gamagin
02-28-2013, 02:27 PM
well said. thanks.

zag67
02-28-2013, 02:49 PM
GOZAGS, what about me??????? Just kidding.

Oregonzagnut
02-28-2013, 02:51 PM
Speaking of El Voce........

El Voce would would love this year's Zags...

RIP good friend.

IMO, he IS loving this year Zags. He and Father Tony sit front and center each game and they just have a great old time.

GoZags
02-28-2013, 02:52 PM
GOZAGS, what about me??????? Just kidding.

Tried to email you a couple weeks ago and it bounced back. Shoot me a PM please. Thanks.

jazzdelmar
02-28-2013, 02:55 PM
Nice work, Ken.

And may God bless El Voce.

ZagMan in Philly
02-28-2013, 03:06 PM
Well put GoZags :clap:
It has been an amazing journey, with many more great things to achieve in the days to come.
Go Zags!

Birddog
02-28-2013, 03:08 PM
Great post. I hate to be picky but it was Manhattan not Lawrence. I remember so well because I sat in my Jeep in my driveway in central Oklahoma to listen to the scratchy radio broadcast. It reminded me of when I was a kid listening to a crystal radio. I was pumped to hear a broadcast of my Zags.
It was a thrill back in the 90's to read the paper on Tuesday morning to see that every once in a while the Zags would be listed as "others receiving votes" in the polls. I thought we had climbed the mountain.

Go Zags, keep the Lenten vow intact.

CaliforniaZaggin'
02-28-2013, 03:10 PM
Cheers!

freejoe69
02-28-2013, 03:13 PM
Man, you guys start talking about Dick and I get sad all over again, especially since I lost a great spiritual mentor this afternoon when Father Van at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center passed away. Wish I were happier right now.

GoZags
02-28-2013, 03:13 PM
Nice work, Ken.

And may God bless El Voce.

You came oh so close to making the OP and while I didn't write it above I will tip my cap to my friends from around the country that found Gonzaga through the Basketball program and who I've come to know and respect through this message board and periodic cups of coffee. Guys like you. Guys like woohoo. And others.

Btw You didn't start out as the luvable jazzdelmar from my perspective (nor from Dick's for that matter). But we all gave each other a chance .... It was during Fr Tony's illness and passing when things starting turning for the better. And I am grateful and I know that Dick was grateful for your friendship.

But back to the matter at hand. Beat BYU.

Edited to add: not sure if I've ever apologized for the time (or times) I called you J-assdelmar on the old board. So..... sorry about that.

gamagin
02-28-2013, 03:16 PM
Nice work, Ken. And may God bless El Voce.

at Don Migliuri's funeral. Dick rode with me as we trailed the hearse from the church to the cemetery and then returned back to the parish where we spent a few hours at the reception.

Within a few short months, El Voce was called to heaven, too. Way too soon.

RIP, lads.

GoZags
02-28-2013, 03:23 PM
Great post. I hate to be picky but it was Manhattan not Lawrence. I remember so well because I sat in my Jeep in my driveway in central Oklahoma to listen to the scratchy radio broadcast. It reminded me of when I was a kid listening to a crystal radio. I was pumped to hear a broadcast of my Zags.
It was a thrill back in the 90's to read the paper on Tuesday morning to see that every once in a while the Zags would be listed as "others receiving votes" in the polls. I thought we had climbed the mountain.

Go Zags, keep the Lenten vow intact.

E6. Booted that one. Had a 50/50 chance. But where was the "forget it ...he's rolling" that Belushi got in Animal House?

GoZags
02-28-2013, 03:25 PM
Man, you guys start talking about Dick and I get sad all over again, especially since I lost a great spiritual mentor this afternoon when Father Van at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center passed away. Wish I were happier right now.

So sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Father Van.

jazzdelmar
02-28-2013, 03:26 PM
You came oh so close to making the OP and while I didn't write it above I will tip my cap to my friends from around the country that found Gonzaga through the Basketball program and who I've come to know and respect through this message board and periodic cups of coffee. Guys like you. Guys like woohoo. And others.

Btw You didn't start out as the luvable jazzdelmar from my perspective (nor from Dick's for that matter). But we all gave each other a chance .... It was during Fr Tony's illness and passing when things starting turning for the better. And I am grateful and I know that Dick was grateful for your friendship.

But back to the matter at hand. Beat BYU.

Edited to add: not sure if I've ever apologized for the time (or times) I called you J-assdelmar on the old board. So..... sorry about that.


Ken, your words just blew me away, my friend. I feel even closer to EV now. Miss him and most of all his words. Luvable may be stretching it, even now, but I hear you. As for the play on words, don't even think about it. I've been called worse. Here and just about everywhere else 😉. Joe

Bocco
02-28-2013, 03:49 PM
Win or lose tonight, I'll be proud of our guys .... proud of what they stand for and proud of what they've accomplished.

These are heady times for our beloved Zags.

But best of all? ..... it's "to be continued"

GoZags
aka Ken Devones - GU '77

GoZags - great post, this year's team is very special, and I share the memories you listed.

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the basketball program at little old Gonzaga to ever do more than the year they reached the E8. I suspect I was not the only one standing in the crowd gathered outside the Kennel in '99 to great that 98-99 team when they returned from the E8 run thinking it was a once in a life time experience.

Yes these are heady times and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

MickMick
02-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Excellent post GoZags.


I expect you will have even more glowing things to write in about a month or so.

DixieZag
02-28-2013, 04:57 PM
Someone please send this thread straight to the Hall of Fame - just in case something happens in a few weeks that defies nature and justice so that we all can be reminded what a wonderful ride the last season and the last 14 years have been.

jazzdelmar
02-28-2013, 04:59 PM
Someone please send this thread straight to the Hall of Fame - just in case something happens in a few weeks that defies nature and justice so that we all can be reminded what a wonderful ride the last season and the last 14 years have been.

Amen. Ken is already in the Hall of Fame so all his words are archived here, in the Library of Congress and the USGA in Bernardsville, NJ.

zagfan24
02-28-2013, 05:34 PM
Truly an amazing season thus far, with a wonderful coaching staff and an incredible group of young men that make me proud to be a Zag for life.

rawkmandale
02-28-2013, 09:44 PM
Very heady - like a good beer

BoZarth
02-28-2013, 09:59 PM
GoZags and Go Zags!!!!

Mantua
02-28-2013, 10:01 PM
Very cool post.

bballbeachbum
02-28-2013, 10:28 PM
very cool post

ZagsGoZags
02-28-2013, 11:56 PM
I nominate GoZags for the post of the season.
Thanks GoZags for the perspective. We have much to be thankful this year.

RainierZag
03-01-2013, 04:21 AM
Truly an amazing season thus far, with a wonderful coaching staff and an incredible group of young men that make me proud to be a Zag for life.

Me too. Proud to be a "Zag for life".

Excellent post Go Zags.

HRZag
03-01-2013, 05:59 AM
Great post GoZags. As usual.

Our kids showed great character last night, not just winning in that place with that crowd, but they never once lost their cool or composure when they were getting mugged time after time.

Yes, feeling very, very proud of our team, our school, our fans.

Go Zags.

77Zag
03-01-2013, 08:51 AM
Great job Go Zags --
I think the minds of 1977 think alike.

Go Zags -- Beat Portland!!