View Full Version : Another Pleasant Read

04-25-2017, 07:46 AM
This is a nice summary:


Maybe a moderator would be kind enough to edit my poor spelling in the title. Thanks in advance.

PPS Thanks, GZ!

04-25-2017, 08:00 AM
awesome read...thanks

Go!! Zags!!!

04-25-2017, 08:02 AM
awesome read...thanks

Go!! Zags!!!

With GREAT pics ....

04-25-2017, 08:04 AM
Thank you for sharing.

04-25-2017, 08:29 AM
Wow. Just wow. Really great read.

04-25-2017, 08:52 AM
So well written with great pics. Second the wow

04-25-2017, 09:13 AM
And for some reason, now that weíre here, I feel like Iím going to miss it. All of it. Iíll miss the jubilation the heartbreak. Iíll miss those woeful porch conversations about our demise, texts with my Dad about this ďfinally being the year,Ē and even the ridicule from my grade school peers.


04-25-2017, 09:41 AM

04-25-2017, 10:16 AM
With GREAT pics ....

Seriously, that picture of Silas is one of the best sports pictures I've ever seen.

04-25-2017, 10:17 AM
That might of been the best read I've ever had......and here I was thinking I was done weeping. That was near perfect!

04-25-2017, 10:22 AM
Terrific job James Francis.

That is just really good writing. Don't stop.

04-25-2017, 10:50 AM
Lump in throat ... that was UNBELIEVABLE. It is so hard to sum up what it is to be a GU fan but this guy nailed it!

04-25-2017, 10:52 AM
Seriously, that picture of Silas is one of the best sports pictures I've ever seen.

love it....great read...tears

04-25-2017, 11:01 AM
This is a "must" read. Captures so well what it means to be a Zag and what we've all felt being part of the Zag family. The journey. And the "to be continued . . . "

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04-25-2017, 02:53 PM

Wow, I think reading that article just put this whole magical season and my passion for Gonzaga hoops into crystal clear focus. Closure. Now, about the 17-18 rotation...

04-25-2017, 03:08 PM
Wonderful read, thanks for sharing.

04-25-2017, 03:47 PM
We truly have been blessed to have the success we've had over the past 20 years. Such a terrific program to get behind. We all crave Zag basketball and I can't wait to see what 2017-2018 brings us.

04-25-2017, 04:43 PM
LOVED it. But, for the record, we do still have one more rather meaningful goal to pursue. There is still one celebration in front of us that we have not yet experienced.

San Antonio would be a lovely city to have that party.

04-25-2017, 04:50 PM
Excellent writing - he did an incredible job of capturing the emotion and passion that goes into being a Zag fan.

04-25-2017, 05:44 PM
wow. that was a powerful read.

04-26-2017, 12:29 AM
I'd say that Mr. James Francis may just have a future in writing. Wonderful piece!

04-26-2017, 01:48 AM
Stunningly beautiful writing. Catches the spirit of this wonderful place.

04-26-2017, 07:00 AM
Excellent story. Found myself seeing through Mr. James Francis' eyes and riding the emotional roller coaster.
Keep writing, you have a gift.

04-26-2017, 10:03 AM
Every comment above resonates with me. Truly a beautiful insight into this magical season and clarity on how it all was made possible this year!

Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for penning this James Francis.

04-26-2017, 10:53 AM
Mr. Frances is a writer....terrific job...

ZagMan in Philly
04-26-2017, 11:20 AM
Thank You for your effort in writing this wonderful story Mr. Frances, it was brilliant, and brought back so many memories I had at Gonzaga, especially in Desmet Hall and the COG food.

04-26-2017, 12:02 PM
I put it up on my Facebook... had a non-Zag friend that I worked at St. John's with respond with "Wow... just wow". Says a ton about how good that article is.

04-26-2017, 06:40 PM
Wow! Great piece. Well spoken. I love GU. I love Spokane. Go Zags!

And I can hardly wait for next season!

04-26-2017, 06:55 PM
THANKS! When I entered Gonzaga, it was easy to do so without being a college hoops fan, and no more difficult to leave. If you became a fan, it just had to be for a different team! LOL.
Now I live across the country in a state without a D-1 program, pay outrageous fees so I don't miss a game (thou they did not broadcast the exhibition game), travel 3+ hours to an airport if i can wrangle tickets to a Zags away game once or twice a year, etc.

The Zags saga is thrilling, and awakens nostalgia. Mark Few, his assistants and an always changing, but seemingly never ending band of talented and (mostly) unselfish young men have become a major focus of my life, worth every moment of lost sleep following them on eastern time (so many nights of all revved up and nowhere to go a 2 a.m.), and every penny I've spent trying to see them live on occasion. You mean a lot to me also for what you have done for Gonzaga and Spokane. It is no longer rare (tho' still not common) to hear folks back here pronounce one or both names correctly!

This year showed me how quickly our aspirations change. Last fall, we all thought making the Final Four at last would be nirvana. As our fellow Jesuit University' squad left the floor, our maps showed a new location for nirvana! That will be a permanent change . . .until achieved! Astonishing that this program can simultaneously increase our love foe the past and hope for the future.

Keep going Zags! (somehow)