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    Default Favorite Zags Item ?

    Curious what is everyone's one favorite piece of Zags memorabilia or item they possess?

    I am really not a collector - but i would have to say mine is my Zags 1999 Phoenix Regional t-shirt because of such sentimental value for me.

    Not only was that my favorite Zag memory ("The Tip-in"), but it was the first basketball game I ever attended with my wife (new girlfriend at the time) and she bought me the shirt.

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    My mom passed away in March of last year of brain cancer, but before she died the entire team signed a poster for her, and the coaches sent her a card saying that they were praying for her.

    The poster is framed in my dad's house, and will always be our favorite piece of memorabilia.


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    I don't have anything as great as that of Tobyzag, but I do have a "Final B Tournament 2006" program signed by David Pendergraph, who was attending with Derek Raivio.

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    1960-1961 Gonzaga Men's hoops media guide. (Frank Burgess's senior year). Burgess is on the cover.
    Last edited by 229SintoZag; 02-26-2007 at 07:36 AM.

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    I'm a bit of an autograph lover, so whenever I have the chance to get something signed--I'm on it. (I've been known to go to GU volleyball games, basketball teeshirt/fresh Sharpie stuffed in my bag...but only because I've seen players at the times I've played/practiced and been to vball related activities at Martin. ) Because of this my favorite GU memorabilia would have to be one of my 3 teeshirts from the past 3 out of 4 seasons (2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2006-2007). I have nearly everyones from those seasons, excluding Adam Morrison (bah!! and to think I sat next to him on TWO occasions but was too scared to ask for him to sign my shirt...) and Micah Downs.

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    My stub from the USF game in January... my first in the new Kennel.
    Oh, and my videotape of The Season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobizag View Post
    My mom passed away in March of last year of brain cancer, but before she died the entire team signed a poster for her, and the coaches sent her a card saying that they were praying for her.

    The poster is framed in my dad's house, and will always be our favorite piece of memorabilia.
    That is a treasure. How wonderful for your mom as well as your family. I'm sure that warmed her heart. Makes me teary.

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    Fitz gave me a shirt that said, "Intramurals Director". He then said, "Don't piss off the undergrads too much and this
    position isn't in the budget until way after you are finished with Law School."

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    I have a letter (if they count) from Fr Tim O"Leary . It was after my freshman year of playing ball and my grades showed it. In it he told me " I have a better chance of getting into medical school than you.....and I'm not even applying".
    My mom kept it. We''ve had such unforgettabe people at GU. In some ways, it's been like living in a movie......

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    My Ronny Turiaf #1 jersey... I'd say my Zag hats... but my kids keep stealing them. My last one I brought back from Spokane, my daughter stole it out of my suitcase and took it to school with her... So... I currently don't OWN an Zag hat... going to have to rectify that soon.
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    I've never been a big autograph or memorabilia guy. I'm a running geek, so I did get Jim Ryun's autograph when I went to the AAU junior olympics a long time ago.

    I did decide last year that I ought to have the SI issue with Adam on the cover for my son, so I bought that. Maybe Saramo can get it autographed for me?

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    I have my downstairs decorated with Zag memorabilia. Framed autographed jerseys of Adam Morrison and Ronny Turiaf, unsigned Jersey of Tony Canadeo, autographed photos of Stockton, Turiaf, Pargo, and LG.
    But my most unusual item is a framed photo of John Stockton, purchased from the Disney Foundation when they were remodeling, that shows John with a large line of kids and John is autographing everything in sight. Quite an unusual pic!

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    Only have a few things...but my #35 turiaf jersey takes it for now. Wear it on gamedays over here in Florence

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    Since our family of five boys grew up on campus, we all had enough "stuff" over the years to fill a small museum.

    As a batboy, I got all the broken bats, dozens of balls (a foul ball into the lumber yard was considered sunken treasure), plus those dented, water soaked, threads broken etc. Plus old uniforms (I had 2-3, but they were so big I wasn't that interested); mitts, caps, you name it. Imagine a locker room at the end of a season and you get some idea.

    Same with basketball. Whenever a team would get new uniforms, there were all those old ones. Mostly tops. Bottoms were there but were way too big (imagine that being a problem today!)

    Then there was all those football uniforms, helmets and shoes that Gonzaga High School inherited from the GU program when it was stopped with WW II. Fr. Harry Jahn, equipment mgr., Gonzaga High school (located roughly where welch hall is today) gave us kids all the helmets and uniforms we wanted.

    And shoes. with rubber cleats. the helmets were all leather, no lining and seemed to weigh about 10 pounds apiece. no face masks. The pants looked and felt like canvas and the jerseys were wool, tattered, moth eaten and way to big. We didn't care. We put everything on and played football on the oval now located between the cog and the Crosby Library year round.

    It used to have wooden stands and a giant scoreboard about where the front of the Foley Library now protrudes.

    We thought we owned the world. And we did. After all, we played on the field where, back in the day, legend and history will tell you, Mike Pecarovich helped develop the forward pass. Ray Flaherty, who went on to become the Washington Redskins' coach who won the first Superbowl (not called that then), coached there. All American Tony Canadeo played there, too. And Ray Hare & Herm Brass and Peter Patrick Higgins and Seaton Daly. the list goes on. and on.

    For all I know, we owned some of their gear. We definitely imitated their game in primitive equipment, on their turf.

    The sad part is I can't think of a single article any of us kept. It was junk to Fr. Jahn and GU when they gave it to us. It was at least third hand, maybe fourth. We gave it life for several more years and gave it away or threw the old equipment away whenever "newer" equipment became available from fr. Jahn. At that was generally at the end of each season.

    Seems like a million years ago. Until I write about it. then it seems like yesterday. I can still see & hear Puggy Hunton and Bill Frazier yelling at a bunch of GHS fb players whenever i visit that site.

    and I still remember when Paul Redmond trampled me as I attempted to run alongside him, on the field, during practice, one time. He gave me a taste of his cleats, which sank into my back. He kept going until he reached the endzone. I as five or six.

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    I still have my old annuals from 67-70. It's really a fun time to pull them out and REMEMBER the good ol days. I also have my scrapbook with newspaper articles written about the basketball team back in the good 'ol day. Those are fun too.

    The Bulldog item I probably value the most is a "classic" Gonzaga Bulldog Tshirt that my nephew gave me. He was over at GU at the end of his Senior year for a tennis match with GU (he played for Seattle U) He bought a Classic T-Shirt while there and he then gave it to me....Mmmm maybe 10 years ago. It now has about 4 nice holes in it, but I still where it often around the house only, or under another shirt.

    My son often gets me Bulldog sweatshirts, T-shirts caps ect for Christmas. My favorite, and I wear them during all games I watch on TV, is a long sleeve blue Gonzaga (picture of a Bulldog) basketball sweatshirt....no hood. Over that I wear a grey and red Gonzaga Bulldog T-Shirt. I just started wearing this outfit maybe a month ago, and it's been doing well. I forgot to put the grey T-shirt over the blue sweatshirt the day we lost to Santa Clara, so I really DO not forget to put that on now.

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    Autographed Stockton shirt or the inaugural towel from McCarthy's first game.

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    What a great post, Gamagin! I graduated in the 80s, but have a real fascination with the GU football program. I collect GU football programs from the 20s, 30s and 40s, one of which has a picture of Puggy Hunton on its cover, signed by . . . . Tony Canadeo. Thanks for describing those memories -- it really brings that era alive.

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    I have 2 of Jeremy Eaton's rings. The 1997 conference championship ring and the Elite 8 ring of 1999.

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    Default Zag favoritesThanks.

    Peninsula dog wrote: What a great post, Gamagin! I graduated in the 80s, but have a real fascination with the GU football program. I collect GU football programs from the 20s, 30s and 40s, one of which has a picture of Puggy Hunton on its cover, signed by . . . . Tony Canadeo. Thanks for describing those memories -- it really brings that era alive.
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    You are welcome. fmi, how did you happen to start collecting those old programs and where did you find them. How many, etc ? Somewhere in somebody's closet are a bunch of old GU yearbooks. We beat them up as kids, too, but I think some exist. My dad was in the SATC and was a classmate of der Bingle. His brother played fb at GU. One of my bros played bb there. All of us attended GU. So there's a pile of memorabilia somewhere. but you seem to have acquired a particularly fragile and rare collection. Do you have any programs with qb Houston Stockton on them? He was to GU what the great Hugh McIlhenney (sp?) was to UW in his day. He was John's grandpa.

    best regards

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    Default A piece of the conference championship net!!

    When Rillie went off at Santa Clara & the conference title belonged to the Zags, I had my boys (10 and 8 then) on the court milling around & watching the net cutting ceremony (like you could do THAT today!!). I noticed that a 3'' to 4'' piece of the net remained on the rim and the crowd was drifting away, so I hoisted my son up & "obtained a piece of Zag history!!" My son is 26 now and still has the memorabilia on his dresser. Little did we know at the time... Even had Fr. Tony bless it (LOL).
    Remember then, they had to move everybody to the lower section of the old Toso Pavilion so the TV coverage looked like a good crowd. Good luck getting a ticket today (and good luck ever again getting a piece of the net!!)

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    An old Gonzaga practice jersey that one of the players gave me.

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    Default zags items and memories

    Thanks for sharing everyone, some truly remarkable stories.

    GO ZAGS - let's win the WCC!!

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    The bad thing about these Monday games is the 5 day break between games. So here's one random topic to pass the time. What is your favorite piece of GU memorabilia?

    I'll start off with my Adam Morrison signed basketball. My Dad got it for me for Christmas two years ago. It says "Go Zags signed Adam Morrison 3".
    "There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best."--Joe DiMaggio

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    This week it's even worse - no saturday game, so we have to wait until next Monday @ Portland.

    I like those red, long-sleeved warm-up shirts that the guys wear.

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    Easy question for me. My #1 Ronny jersey beer holder. Got it in 02 or 03. They came our with a #3 a few years later, but they sold out quick from the bookstore. I don't know if the bookstore still sells them since I don't live in Spokane anymore. At any rate, they are not on the online bookstore site. I have not seen one made like that since. I would love a #2 though as mine, which are only used during games, are getting old. The lame thing is that I wrote my last name on the back.

    BTW Carolinazag, I grew up near you in the huge city of Rocky Mount, NC.

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