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GoZags
03-27-2017, 10:27 AM
It dawned on me while the Zags' Final Four achievement is a "miracle" to have happened in my lifetime ..... there are many, many others who are enjoying this "ride" from a much better vantage point than mine.

Here's my starting 5 of great Zags who didn't get to experience it in "this" lifetime (and you're welcome to add yours).

Jim Solan --- older brother to my close high school friend. It was a joy when Jim came home to Aberdeen from Gonzaga ... especially at Christmas. Jim is the reason I chose Gonzaga and I clearly recall getting the stuffing hugged out of me by Jim on the concourse of KeyArena after the Stanford victory in '99. This is a "once in a lifetime" experience we said to each other. We were wrong. Jim was a Senior when I was a freshman at Gonzaga .... and then he went to GU Law School .... so he was a GREAT sounding board for me (and probably the best guy I've ever met). Jim left us waaaaaay too soon.

Father Tony Lehman --- can you imagine folks bumping in to Father Tony these days? He's been at his new place for 15 years now and I'm positive that EVERY day, he greets somebody by name who walks away shaking their heads. After all, they'd only met him once and it was over a decade ago. "To be continued ....."

Dick Shomburg -- El Voce ... the "Voice of Reason" ---- he's the other guy who hugged the stuffing out of me after a key Zag victory .... in this case after the improbable run that kept the "streak" alive --- our win over Santa Clara in the WCC Championship game at Chiles in '07 (after the Heytvelt situation/suspension). You are deeply missed, Dick .... and to this day we frequently need your "Voice of Reason" on this board.

David Robinson -- I never met Mr. Robinson, but his contributions to Gonzaga and the Spokane community are meaningful to this day and his legacy lives within his children and grandchildren ..... all GREAT Zags

Sam Cozza -- my classmate and huge Zag fan .... known around these parts as Zag77. I hope the guys are listening this week to Sam's advice ... "Make your $)^%@ free throws"

And my 6th man is hopefully "non" controversial ... Fitz. He laid the foundation ....... and the guys he brought in certainly built upon that foundation.

This is a special time .... and I'm just grateful to be around for it. And as I said earlier ..... I KNOW there are countless others who are also cherishing this special, special time.... so .... feel free to add yours .... and if you can .... please share with us a little "tidbit" or two about them.

GoZags

TexasZagFan
03-27-2017, 10:33 AM
This thread is on the fast track to the HOF.

ETA: Fr. Tony knew everyone by name on campus. Simply an incredible man, whom I miss greatly after all these years.

Rangerzag
03-27-2017, 10:47 AM
Lest we forget, Frank Burgess.

Also I would like to add Greg Sten just because he was my vintage and a great Zag.



edited to add:

Great thread GZ!


GoZags!!!

Section 116
03-27-2017, 10:47 AM
Good job GoZags! I actually thought about El Voce after the game on Saturday. Dick was a longtime friend of mine and I just know he is a happy camper, as his beloved Zags finally made the "Final Four". In addition I had a long career of my own in the Spokane County Courthouse, as did my wife, and we both knew Sam Cozza very well. I suspect all those you mentioned and a host of others are joyously celebrating!

Bing
03-27-2017, 11:13 AM
I know that Father Arthur Dussault is enjoying Gonzaga success.

laszagas
03-27-2017, 11:28 AM
I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)

former1dog
03-27-2017, 11:32 AM
I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)

Small world, my uncle was one of your Grandpa's players! 😀

Zag87
03-27-2017, 11:33 AM
Dwan Hurt.....Big Daddy "D" needs to be part of this thread.

laszagas
03-27-2017, 11:38 AM
Small world, my uncle was one of your Grandpa's players! ��

If you knew him, you'd know the smell of his sweet tobacco pipe. Pretty sure he smoked it in the dugout and possibly in the classroom. He was never without it...

Zag_Dad
03-27-2017, 11:45 AM
This thread is on the fast track to the HOF.

ETA: Fr. Tony knew everyone by name on campus. Simply an incredible man, whom I miss greatly after all these years.

You know Fr. Tony is cheering from the Heavens. His seat at the end of the row on the court gave him the best view of the games until he was called home to Heaven where he watches the games with the rest of the members mentioned in this post.

Fr Tony was a legend at GU and I had the privilege of getting to know him well when he was the resident Jesuit at Cushing Hall the year I was an RA for that dorm.

Love this thread. GO ZAGS

FuManShoes
03-27-2017, 11:59 AM
I was just thinking about this. Thanks or the post. Definitely hoisting one for all the fans, board members and benefactors who aren't around to see it. But really, they've got the best seat in the house. Go Zags.

NJZag
03-27-2017, 12:06 PM
On the shoulders of giants ...

"[Fitzgerald] he told me about his first coaching job, handling the JVs at a Catholic high school in L.A. One day, the opposing coach was sick, replaced by a nun in full habit. “You gotta be kiddin’ me,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve got about 12 pages of notes and every offense known to mankind.” The nun won.

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/pac-12/dan-fitzgerald-the-wisecracking-coach-who-built-gonzagas-foundation-dies/

"The diagnosis of brain cancer caught us all off guard, but his courage, optimism and the ability to try to enjoy each day inspired all who knew him.... He felt strongly about helping those less fortunate and sat on a number of community boards. After a trip to Kenya he made lifelong friends with a Masai community and helped them to establish their first school. Jim will always be remembered for his vitality and joy of life. His charisma, smile, laugh, and the ability to tell an Irish joke will not soon be forgotten."

Although faltering, Jim didn't miss a St. Patrick's gathering with Fr. Frank Costello and other alumni just a few months before his passing. RIP.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/jun/21/obituary-solan-james-thomas/

And the Padre ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZt6pstfZTM

gozagswoohoo
03-27-2017, 12:19 PM
Oh wow. Got a little misty-eyed reading the OP by GoZags. Great call on this thread...ugh...(I also second the nomination that this ends up directly in the HoF).


Like Section116, I immediately thought of my good friend ElVoce. I only met him ONCE, but was in contact with him often over the course of the last year or so of his life. WHAT A ZAG!! He was special, and I couldn't help but think how elated he would have been when that buzzer sounded after walloping Xavier.

RIP my friend!!


And you mentioned some other great zags too. Had many great email conversations with the honorable Sam Cozza (one of the reasons I LOVE putting together the Schedule of Destiny every season).

Zags11
03-27-2017, 12:43 PM
Great thread!

ZaggyStardust
03-27-2017, 01:21 PM
I'd like to add my mom Ellen. She loved going to Zag games with me and would climb to the top of the Kennel where my seats are even though she would have to stop a couple of times to catch her breath. When she couldn't make it up the stairs any longer I would trade in my tickets for ADA seats when she would go with. She passed in 2012 and I miss her every day but especially on game days. She would love this!!!

FuManShoes
03-27-2017, 01:26 PM
I'd like to add my mom Ellen. She loved going to Zag games with me and would climb to the top of the Kennel where my seats are even though she would have to stop a couple of times to catch her breath. When she couldn't make it up the stairs any longer I would trade in my tickets for ADA seats when she would go with. She passed in 2012 and I miss her every day but especially on game days. She would love this!!!

Nice story. I'll add my mom, Beverly, as well. She got her master's in organizational leadership (same as NWG) in the spring of '91 and was killed in a car accident a few weeks later, so never got a chance to see the program grow into a regional power, let alone a national power or title contender. She was good friends with Steve Hertz, and his wife was one of my teachers. Great people, all, who introduced me to the Zag way. This Final Four's for you, ma.

jazzdelmar
03-27-2017, 01:37 PM
Amen, GZ. A hole in one....on a par 4. :D

jazzdelmar
03-27-2017, 01:42 PM
From Mr S:

Here's to the winners - lift up the glasses .
Here's to the glory still to be.
Here's to the battle, whatever it's for,
To ask the best of ourselves, then give much more.

Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
Here's to the miracles they make us see.
Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
Here's to the winners all of us can be.

Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
Here's to the miracles they make us see.
Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
Here's to the winners all of us can be.

Birddog
03-27-2017, 01:45 PM
I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)

I remember your grandpa from when I was a neighborhood urchin exploring around the campus and sitting along the first base line at Mulligan Field waiting for a broken bat. I think it might have been him that "caught" a couple of us messing around with the Link trainer a holdover from WW2 that was in Dillon Hall. I also remember the ever present pipe and his last year as GU Coach which was my first Spring as a student.

kdaleb
03-27-2017, 01:50 PM
Great thread!

+1

I was just telling my wife about El Voce on Sunday. So many folks put a lot of human capital building Gonzaga into a special place with special people. I know there were a lot of folks on my mind as I sat there crying Saturday evening.

zagmantis2001
03-27-2017, 03:47 PM
+1

I was just telling my wife about El Voce on Sunday. So many folks put a lot of human capital building Gonzaga into a special place with special people. I know there were a lot of folks on my mind as I sat there crying Saturday evening.


El Voce. Never met him, but reading his stuff on this board, he sounded like a great individual.

I'll add Sam Cozza as well. I was in his courtroom from time to time as an attorney. Whether I saw him out in public or on the bench, he was the same guy. Always interested in how you were doing, very proud of his kids, and ALWAYS willing (and eager) to talk Zag basketball. He was just a wonderful human.

SunDevilGolfZag
03-27-2017, 03:49 PM
Can't forget superfan Emma Wasson

TheZagPhish
03-27-2017, 03:53 PM
To El Voce, who brought me into the fold. No better tour guide, ever.

Birddog
03-27-2017, 04:00 PM
Can't forget superfan Emma Wasson

Of "miss it!" fame?

zagzilla
03-27-2017, 04:23 PM
I know that Father Arthur Dussault is enjoying Gonzaga success.

Fr Dussault was also one of the first people I thought of. Choking up as I type this. He is smiling today.
Also remembering Fr Morissette a friend to all and Zag fan
Wish longtime scoreboard operator John Oakley had lived just a little longer so he could see this day


Go Zags!

ZZ

ZagMan in Philly
03-27-2017, 05:04 PM
I still remember seeing Father Lehman at a game in Pepperdine in the late 90's when I was living in L.A.
He was a special man with a big smile all the time. Rest in Peace Father Lehman. Your Zags are still Zig Zagging.

SunDevilGolfZag
03-27-2017, 05:43 PM
Of "miss it!" fame?

Yes, among other yells. Emma sat right by the scorer's table in K2 and was a gem.

RenoZag
03-27-2017, 05:44 PM
Father Frank Costello, SJ. and my late wife, Lisa.

She was my most frequent companion for Zags telecasts. Watched a fair number of the January and February Thursday night games in bed, cuddled up against a chilly winter night, our space often shared with the four legged family members joining in. She used to give me hell when I would yell at Pargo through the TV screen. . ."He's someone's little boy. You should be kinder to your Zags."

Frank left his mark on hundreds ( thousands?) of Zags over his long career at GU, including several on this internet forum.

As the countdown happened on Saturday night and tears of joy filled my eyes, there were memories that ran down my cheeks too.

jazzdelmar
03-27-2017, 05:48 PM
Father Frank Costello, SJ. and my late wife, Lisa.

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x375/RenoZag/Father%20Frank_zpsipfwynra.jpg (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/RenoZag/media/Father%20Frank_zpsipfwynra.jpg.html)

She was my most frequent companion for Zags telecasts. Watched a fair number of the January and February Thursday night games in bed, cuddled up against a chilly winter night, our space often shared with the four legged family members joining in. She used to give me hell when I would yell at Pargo through the TV screen. . ."He's someone's little boy. You should be kinder to your Zags."

Frank left his mark on hundreds ( thousands?) of Zags over his long career at GU, including several on this internet forum.

As the countdown happened on Saturday night and tears of joy filled my eyes, there were memories that ran down my cheeks too, memories of the two in the photo above.

Now you got me bawling, Reen. God bless both of them.....and you.

Hoopaholic
03-27-2017, 05:52 PM
Father Frank Costello, SJ. and my late wife, Lisa.

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x375/RenoZag/Father%20Frank_zpsipfwynra.jpg (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/RenoZag/media/Father%20Frank_zpsipfwynra.jpg.html)

She was my most frequent companion for Zags telecasts. Watched a fair number of the January and February Thursday night games in bed, cuddled up against a chilly winter night, our space often shared with the four legged family members joining in. She used to give me hell when I would yell at Pargo through the TV screen. . ."He's someone's little boy. You should be kinder to your Zags."

Frank left his mark on hundreds ( thousands?) of Zags over his long career at GU, including several on this internet forum.

As the countdown happened on Saturday night and tears of joy filled my eyes, there were memories that ran down my cheeks too, memories of the two in the photo above.

She was looking right over your shoulder and is smiling as this amazing run occurs

freejoe69
03-27-2017, 07:01 PM
"Pop" Schomburg--roommate for several years and best friend for more than that.

StocktonZag
03-27-2017, 07:05 PM
Fitz, Tony, Emma, Fr. Frank....wow, it was my privilege to know them all, and I could wax eloquent (or otherwise tell some pretty tall tales about all of them!) but, let me just add Black Dan to the list. As a wet behind the ear Soph in my first Brajcich class (having survived Billy Loeffler), one of the first things he said was, .... by the end of the week there won't be the half of you in here (and there wasn't), and... if any of you play basketball, you may as well leave now, because (and I'm paraphrasing here) there is no way your gonna be able to do both... I was still having fun with the JV squad (part of the Fitz memories as he was around on his first stint with ABC). I was hiding in plain sight because I believed him.... so I never said anything, nor discussed basketball anywhere near his class. Mid-season we (the JV squad) took a road trip to Missoula. We arrive at the hotel / motel, and who was in the lobby....Black Dan (having traveled with the booster club). He gave me this Black Dan look, and no words were exchanged. I thought I was toast, and dreaded showing up to the following Monday's 8:00 am class. He never said a word one way or the other, and neither did I for the rest of my classes with him...and I had all my accounting classes with him for 3 years... I grew to really admire that man and his ability to reach us, challenge us, and grow us into adults. I would love to have a conversation with him today about that evening in Montana, and his apparent love for GU basketball, and what he really felt behind that Black Dan facade...

zags97
03-27-2017, 07:19 PM
Before we were fortunate enough to get to watch the Zags on TV every game, I enjoyed listening to Dick Wright call the games on the radio.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1998/feb/17/after-a-long-battle-wright-succumbs-to-cancer/

GrizZAG
03-27-2017, 08:48 PM
A man I had the pleasure of working with Patrick Casey. Pat was the one who predicted the Zags would ascend to the level we are at today nearly 20 years ago and convinced me to invest in following them. Pat was a die hard Zag fan and brought me as his guest to a game or two a year from about 2001 to 2010.

Angelo Roncalli
03-27-2017, 08:59 PM
I would add Pat Craigen to the list.

http://www.gonzaga.edu/campus-resources/offices-and-services-a-z/university-relations/giving/Scholarships/Scholarship-Stories/Craigen.asp

Cavebear33
03-27-2017, 09:29 PM
A great post. I also knew Dick Schomburg (El Voce), first, for many years, as a workmate at the courthouse. He eventually became one of my best friends. He was Zag Nation personified, and as we all know, the Voice of Reason on this board. I was fortunate to attend a number of men's games with him, and the women's season tickets I still hold were chosen because they were next to where he and Section 116 sat. The Zag's trip to the final four is a fitting tribute to El Voce and all those others, now gone, who were always there for the team down through the years.

hondo
03-27-2017, 10:07 PM
The voice of reason in these unreasonable times. I'll never forget him. I went on several road trips with my pal. When sharing a room the very first thing Voice would do after entering the room was to turn the thermostat up as high as it would go. As soon as he left the room I would turn the furnace off and the AC on. It was a constant fight.

RainierZag
03-28-2017, 05:51 AM
He may not have been a huge GU Basketball fan but Bing Crosby aka "Uncle Bing" sure deserved to have this happen for Gonzaga. The Crosby Loan program helped me and my fellow students from time to time when we were "short" of cash.

Great thread ....

gozagswoohoo
03-28-2017, 06:36 AM
There's no doubt that El Voce will be 'calling' this game over the loud speakers just beyond the pearly gates.


http://i.imgur.com/Hk57TFb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fmBVu16.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/36m0w4N.jpg

basketballzag
03-28-2017, 06:45 AM
Don't forget the late great Professor Vern Davidson who was a stalwart at the GU games in the 80-90s. Although I don't think he enjoyed watching basketball as much as watching the players on the court.

HRZag
03-28-2017, 06:48 AM
Reading through this thread, there are some very fine people mentioned throughout. Thanks for the pictures of El Voce Woohoo. It was really nice to see Black Dan Brajcich mentioned above. He was probably the most important lay person from my Gonzaga journey. One other person I would like to mention, who I am sure is sitting there with Fr. Tony, is Fr. Pat Carroll. He was a living saint, who sported a big red beard before Przem, dressed in a flannel shirt and climbing boots. Go Zags. For all of them, for all of us.

gozagswoohoo
03-28-2017, 07:02 AM
One thing I think is maybe worth mentioning about the late (and honorable) Judge Sam Cozza. He would request a schedule every season, for the last 5-6 years. He would often engage me in a convo about the zags, and we had some good ones. Very nice and courteous person.

I thought it was interesting that in all those years, he never mentioned that he was a judge. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I know a couple of judge's here in Missouri (one of them was a client), and they were quick to let me know or remind me that they were a court judge. It would sometimes come with a bit of an attitude. Judge Cozza was as genuine and nice as they come, and was 'just another zag'.

Bing
03-29-2017, 05:45 AM
He may not have been a huge GU Basketball fan but Bing Crosby aka "Uncle Bing" sure deserved to have this happen for Gonzaga. The Crosby Loan program helped me and my fellow students from time to time when we were "short" of cash.

Great thread ....


I will agree with "Uncle" Bing, Fr. Costello, Fr. Tony, Dwan Hurt and thousands more ....

Club Prez
03-29-2017, 05:56 AM
As I was shooting hoops on Monday afternoon before reading this thread, having taken the day off to recuperate from my San Jose adventure, I thought of Fitz and wondered if he was smiling up in the heavens. I never met El Voce, but from reading his posts and all that others have posted about him, I know he was an awesome man and is definitely grinning from ear to ear now. I heard from a very reliable source that Dan Bracjich loved Gonzaga basketball, he to is enjoying this moment. Frs. Pat Carroll and Art Dussault are also having a dandy time. As is my first advisor, Fr. Frank Costello.

For me personally, I know that one of best friends and fellow Club member, Eric Leonard, is looking down from above and whooping it up for what in our day was an impossible dream. The Club will be thinking about you this weekend Eric, wishing you were here to lead the charge and enjoy it with us together.

TexasZagFan
03-29-2017, 06:09 AM
As I was shooting hoops on Monday afternoon before reading this thread, having taken the day off to recuperate from my San Jose adventure, I thought of Fitz and wondered if he was smiling up in the heavens. I never met El Voce, but from reading his posts and all that others have posted about him, I know he was an awesome man and is definitely grinning from ear to ear now. I heard from a very reliable source that Dan Bracjich loved Gonzaga basketball, he to is enjoying this moment. Frs. Pat Carroll and Art Dussault are also having a dandy time. As is my first advisor, Fr. Frank Costello.

For me personally, I know that one of best friends and fellow Club member, Eric Leonard, is looking down from above and whooping it up for what in our day was an impossible dream. The Club will be thinking about you this weekend Eric, wishing you were here to lead the charge and enjoy it with us together.

Thanks for the mention of "Black Dan". I have so many stories to tell about his mentorship and teaching, they still burn brightly after 40+ years.

When I've been asked, "what was Gonzaga like?" by those unfamiliar with the school, mostly went to a mega-state school, Dr. Brajcich figures prominently in my recollections, as does Dr. Graue and Fr. Gerry Kohls. Nowadays, it's unheard of to have the same professor for over 30 semester hours. As a sophomore, I feared him. As a junior, I warmed up to him. As a senior (and beyond), I loved the man. It was through his style of teaching that I passed the CPA fifteen years after graduating from GU (I did not return to the accounting field for nearly 15 years after graduation) : all of his tests were essay, and I'm convinced that my performance on the essay questions got me over the top.

After a couple of my stories, the usual response I get is, "damn, my college experience was nothing like that."

gu03alum
03-29-2017, 06:17 AM
Fr Dussault was also one of the first people I thought of. Choking up as I type this. He is smiling today.
Also remembering Fr Morissette a friend to all and Zag fan
Wish longtime scoreboard operator John Oakley had lived just a little longer so he could see this day


Go Zags!

ZZ

I'm glad you mentioned Father Al.

Zagcity
03-29-2017, 06:18 AM
Sam Cozza -- my classmate and huge Zag fan .... known around these parts as Zag77. I hope the guys are listening this week to Sam's advice ... "Make your $)^%@ free throws"GoZags

All the Zags discussion's I had with Sammy and I never new he was Zag77, wow. He was here for a good part of the ride and is sorely missed. I'm sure he's rooting from above. Here's to Sammy!

GoZags
03-29-2017, 01:33 PM
From Mr S:

Here's to the winners - lift up the glasses .
Here's to the glory still to be.
Here's to the battle, whatever it's for,
To ask the best of ourselves, then give much more.

Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
Here's to the miracles they make us see.
Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
Here's to the winners all of us can be.

Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
Here's to the miracles they make us see.
Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
Here's to the winners all of us can be.

Nicely done Jazz. I'll tell you .... I have enjoyed learning about Zags who I hadn't known before and fondly remembering those that I knew (or knew of). Here's the YouTube link to the lyrics you've posted above. Truer words have never been spoken (or sung) GoZags
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8GsvmXLebGw

zag67
03-29-2017, 01:42 PM
I would also like to add my mom. But John Brodski and Denny Freuen and I would talk a lot about the zags of today. I have followed them since mid to late 50s and have to say it has been a GREAT journey and I like how we got here (not 1 and done).

77Zag
03-29-2017, 02:18 PM
It dawned on me while the Zags' Final Four achievement is a "miracle" to have happened in my lifetime ..... there are many, many others who are enjoying this "ride" from a much better vantage point than mine.

Here's my starting 5 of great Zags who didn't get to experience it in "this" lifetime (and you're welcome to add yours).

Jim Solan --- older brother to my close high school friend. It was a joy when Jim came home to Aberdeen from Gonzaga ... especially at Christmas. Jim is the reason I chose Gonzaga and I clearly recall getting the stuffing hugged out of me by Jim on the concourse of KeyArena after the Stanford victory in '99. This is a "once in a lifetime" experience we said to each other. We were wrong. Jim was a Senior when I was a freshman at Gonzaga .... and then he went to GU Law School .... so he was a GREAT sounding board for me (and probably the best guy I've ever met). Jim left us waaaaaay too soon.

Father Tony Lehman --- can you imagine folks bumping in to Father Tony these days? He's been at his new place for 15 years now and I'm positive that EVERY day, he greets somebody by name who walks away shaking their heads. After all, they'd only met him once and it was over a decade ago. "To be continued ....."

Dick Shomburg -- El Voce ... the "Voice of Reason" ---- he's the other guy who hugged the stuffing out of me after a key Zag victory .... in this case after the improbable run that kept the "streak" alive --- our win over Santa Clara in the WCC Championship game at Chiles in '07 (after the Heytvelt situation/suspension). You are deeply missed, Dick .... and to this day we frequently need your "Voice of Reason" on this board.

David Robinson -- I never met Mr. Robinson, but his contributions to Gonzaga and the Spokane community are meaningful to this day and his legacy lives within his children and grandchildren ..... all GREAT Zags

Sam Cozza -- my classmate and huge Zag fan .... known around these parts as Zag77. I hope the guys are listening this week to Sam's advice ... "Make your $)^%@ free throws"

And my 6th man is hopefully "non" controversial ... Fitz. He laid the foundation ....... and the guys he brought in certainly built upon that foundation.

This is a special time .... and I'm just grateful to be around for it. And as I said earlier ..... I KNOW there are countless others who are also cherishing this special, special time.... so .... feel free to add yours .... and if you can .... please share with us a little "tidbit" or two about them.

GoZags

So glad you posted this...so many waited to see this happen and were stripped of the moment too early. Keep in mind, they have a very comfortable sky box to overlook this "miracle". Something tells me we have some huge fans watching from above. Special shout out to my Dad, Mel "Big Elmo" Micheletti- he became the biggest Zag fan ever, wish he was still here to chat about the squad and our games. Side note, he was at USF with Bill Russell - God Bless

Go Zags - Beat the Game Cocks!

77Zag
03-29-2017, 02:18 PM
All the Zags discussion's I had with Sammy and I never new he was Zag77, wow. He was here for a good part of the ride and is sorely missed. I'm sure he's rooting from above. Here's to Sammy!

Cheers!

RainierZag
03-31-2017, 07:38 AM
Mary McCann, who left us a few short months ago deserves to be mentioned in this thread. Her husband Jack is "carrying on" but the entire Gonzaga family misses Mary.

Bowser
03-31-2017, 08:45 PM
Without intending to be part of a Hallelujah chorus, my shout out is to my classmate at two institutions of higher learning, Zag77, Sam Cozza. It would be fitting that perfection at the foul line would be the key to a Bulldog victory. Because I prize my anonymity, Sam never knew who Bowser "really" was [who does?], even though I used to make snide remarks about garbanzo beans and pasta in replies to some of his posts, hoping he would guess. A perfect straight man for any comedy routine with a nice chuckle to boot. Its too bad he isn't here for us to see his reaction to a GU Final Four. I saw a thread about him about the time he passed. I got some stories to tell, but it didn't feel right to share them. Still doesn't.

cjm720
04-01-2017, 06:58 AM
I too miss Father Tony, which leads me to my post. He presided over the wedding of my god sister and her father, and my god father, Edmund Ganley, would be so proud of this team and Coach Few. Originally from
New Jersey, followed by a long career in LA, he moved up to Spokane and put all three daughters through Gonzaga. He's the best man I've ever known-just a fine human being-who was taken from us way too soon. I miss him but am so grateful knowing he's proud of his Zags! I'll be cheering with you, Ed.

GlacierZag
04-01-2017, 09:35 AM
Without intending to be part of a Hallelujah chorus, my shout out is to my classmate at two institutions of higher learning, Zag77, Sam Cozza. It would be fitting that perfection at the foul line would be the key to a Bulldog victory. Because I prize my anonymity, Sam never knew who Bowser "really" was [who does?], even though I used to make snide remarks about garbanzo beans and pasta in replies to some of his posts, hoping he would guess. A perfect straight man for any comedy routine with a nice chuckle to boot. Its too bad he isn't here for us to see his reaction to a GU Final Four. I saw a thread about him about the time he passed. I got some stories to tell, but it didn't feel right to share them. Still doesn't.

I got to know Sam over the last 4 or 5 years .... he was a true Zag through and through.

UberZagFan
04-01-2017, 10:10 AM
Great comments GZ!