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    Quote Originally Posted by jayray View Post
    Me too. Crazy that was 20 years ago.
    We had bad seats in the upper section, so we snuck down to the top of the student section. What memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hegotit! View Post
    We had bad seats in the upper section, so we snuck down to the top of the student section. What memories!
    remember the bar "Jacksons" across the street from arena....had life-size cardboard Dick Vitale. Great party after

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagceo View Post
    America West Arena
    Yupp, I was there as well, for the entire weekend. I refuse to call it Talking Stick Arena; when I use the old name, most people can tell I am a native Arizonan. That was the day I became a Zag fan, even though I knew beforehand that the college existed. The 90's were all about the Pac-10, boy how times have changed.
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    We were at Thors Pizza at Schweitzer Mt. Told my wife she had to see this game after I had seen the prior one. Her first Zag experience. I think she's is a bigger addict than me now.

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    Like others on here, this game more than any one game, made me the Zag fan I am today. I was watching with my family in Idaho. Jumped right on that bandwagon and never got off.

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    Reading this thread and the other one about Adam Morrison's article has prompted me to expand a little on what Gonzaga has meant to me and how GUBoards, in its various iterations over the years has vastly improved my relationship with Gonzaga generally and old friends specifically.

    As a result of those late 90's teams, I eventually found the Gonzaga Basketball Message boards around the same time and I reconnected to Gonzaga in that way. I was a student athlete at Gonzaga, but like most 20 somethings trying to find their way in the world, I quickly forgot how important it was to me and the bonds I had made their with friends and especially teammates who were also friends. I struggled a bit in my early and mid 20's career wise and personally and like the knucklehead I was I didn't maintain those relationships.

    Fast forward to the 2000's and all the success with the Basketball team, I had built "relationships" with my online brethren here at GUBoards and had reconnected to Gonzaga in a very meaningful way(for me). I started to appreciate even more the experiences and old friendships I had had when I was a student mostly as a result of following the basketball team so closely and my time here on the message boards.

    Well, about 5 or 6 years ago, mostly because of my fanatical following of all things Gonzaga I got a chance to reconnect with my old teammates from Gonzaga in an important and profound way. The relationships are now fully reformed and truthfully stronger and better than they ever were in the past. My Gonzaga brothers are a big part of my life now and its been a hugely rewarding chapter in my life. I owe that to Gonzaga basketball indirectly and the GU Boards even more directly.

    Thanks!

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    In the Peace Corps in Slovakia. Another PC volunteer from Boston who followed college basketball asked me about Gonzaga. I was a Sonics fan and didn't follow college basketball. It blew my mind that someone outside of Spokane knew that Gonzaga existed. I was nomadic at that time, and was out of the country for the following two Sweet 16's. I came back to Spokane and watched my first college basketball game when GU lost in double OT to Arizona. I ended up going to grad school at GU and have barely watched an NBA game since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagar View Post
    I haven't posted in a long while (maybe a decade?) but this one drew me out.

    I was in Florence, Italy. I and some friends spent much of the night wandering the city for a place to watch the game, but no luck. When I woke the next morning I rushed downstairs and fired up the dial-up internet connection in our pensione. It took me some minutes to get to yahoo sports, and the headline wasn't all that clear. It was probably paragraph three of the news report when I realized we had actually pulled it off. I immediately ran into the empty streets of Florence to the other pensione and woke my friends with the news. I can still remember the feeling of wonderment as I ran down the street.

    A week or two later someone's parents sent VHS tapes of the games and we all gathered in Fr. Bruno's studio to watch. Some of my favorite GU-in-Florence memories.
    I am thrilled that this thread drew you out.

    You are always welcome here, and I'd love to see more posts from you.

    This board only benefits from an infusion of fresh views.

    Glad you stopped by, hope you do so more often. Really cool post.
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    I was at the now-defunct Green Lake Ale House in Seattle. Was in my third year as a UW law student at the time, living near Green Lake with two roommates who were also GU grads. Was a memory I will never forget as several alums in the area joined us for the relatively early tip (I seem to recall about 4 pm pacific). We had all gone to the prior two rounds in Key Arena the week before. Once Calvary hit that tip and we survived, the place was pure pandemonium. We stayed for a good bit after enjoying libations and revelry.

    I was not in Phoenix because I had a final exam the next morning. Thankfully, UW's law school at the time did not have grades and was just Pass/Fail basically and we lived by the motto "Ps get JDs," so I passed despite perhaps not the best evening of preparation.

    I was hellbent to get to Phoenix for the UCONN game. My folks were already there for spring training and had a hotel suite. All I had to do was get flights. Not an easy task for a guy on a law student budget at the eleventh hour, considering that Phoenix was hosting the games not just during spring training in baseball, but also for what was spring break for a ton of schools. I ended up booking a flight on a now defunct airline to Reno, and then standing by there on a Southwest flight to LAX (no guaranty I'd get on, but was told Reno was a good place to stand by with high turnover). I made it to LAX at 10 pm on Friday before the UCONN game and was prepared to rent a car overnight and drive to Phoenix, but tried to stand by on the last Southwest flight to Phoenix just in case. I made it with only two seats left. Arrived in the hotel in Phoenix around 2 am and went to the UCONN game the next day, capping an epic two weekends where I caught three of four of the Zags games in person, but unfortunately missed the Calvary tip in person because of a final exam.

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    2 rows behind the Bulldog bench!!

    Go Zags!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 229SintoZag View Post
    . Thankfully, UW's law school at the time did not have grades and was just Pass/Fail basically and we lived by the motto "Ps get JDs," so I passed despite perhaps not the best evening of preparation.
    This might've been great to know before I headed down to Cal.

    Sounds like a very cool story. I wish I saw it with a ton of alums in a place going nuts. But, alas, in my living room. This was prior to email at home, so calls to my former roommate like every 5 minutes had to do.
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    Vegas-MGM Sportsbook

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoZarth View Post
    2 rows behind the Bulldog bench!!

    Go Zags!!!!
    Oops! I guesss I was two rows behind the bench, not ten.

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    Falling in love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagsfanforlife View Post
    I was there with my dad. On that day and in that moment, we were hooked on gonzaga basketball.
    Priceless, Life. My dad passed a few months later.

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    I love reading all these responses, but they sure make me feel old.

    I was 50 then.
    It's not funny.

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    what a great thread

    Tiburon at my buddy's house jumping up and down, "Shannon, from the cornerrrr...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    Falling in love.
    Great post. What a great memory. Priceless.
    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    I'm the sentimental type. I believe in history, and I believe real stories that touch my heart. This thread needs to be put into archives. I should have known it has been 20 years, but am too "caught up" in the NOW. And this team. But I love all of the stories from you all, and some of the most touching have been written by fans with less than 100 posts here, Thank you for posting your thoughts.

    I was visiting a friend in Omak. I was staying in a motel there. I went down to watch the game. I was by myself but there were about ten people in the bar and we quickly became "family." When Calvary tipped that missed shot in, that was one of my better feelings in my life. I felt for a moment that I was in a dream world. It was like a dream come true....And when I saw the team dive into a pile together at the game's end, I had that feeling that I knew how they felt, even if just for a brief moment, and even if only a tiny bit. I suddenly remembered that day when I too wore a Gonzaga uniform, and I felt the feeling that I'm sure every one who has ever played for Gonzaga felt...the purest of joys.

    I also remember watching the coverage of the tournament. There was a segment on Gonzaga and the reporters were filming an interview with students and camera shots of student on campus going crazy. I remember seeing a few male students hanging from a couple of trees upside down and acting like monkeys......hahahahahaha I laughed my arse off with pride, and I could feel them in my heart....I felt a flashback of being on campus and I knew exactly where those students were being filmed. It was quite amazing really.

    20 years ago I had lost that special Gonzaga feeling in my heart. I had had little contact with Gonzaga since leaving Spokane in 1971. I hadn't seen a single game in all those years. In many ways I had tried to bury the feelings and memories of once playing for Gonzaga and all the pride it brought to my family and friends. Gonzaga was a world I seldom thought of. My senior year at Gonzaga I quit the team along with two other Zags. Two of us were starters and the 3rd a very promising guard who was a Sophomore who came in off the bench. As the years passed I really did try to bury the memories of playing at Gonzaga: so I seldom thought about it.

    By 1999 I was divorced and living alone and recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. There on that night in that bar in Omak, Washington something happened inside of me. It was a feeling of being Reborn as a Zag. And I have enjoyed this life as a Zag ever since. I have this new feeling of a special pride, grown out of the soil of humility, and I carry it wherever I go. That feeling that I once had when I proudly wore the Gonzaga uniform and played with our band of brothers on the hardwood floors of Kennedy Pavilion (Later named the Kennel) has returned. I have a sense of pride of being a Gonzaga graduate that I never had when I went to school there.
    So when it came time to choose a name here on GUboard, I am proud to say that I chose the name Reborn.

    Thanks for starting this thread/

    Go Zags!!!

    Reborn,
    This is a GREAT post...you sharing a very personal side of you that most are unaware! I hope one day to meet you! Fingers are crossed that happens...


    I had seen many games before on Saturdays in Sacramento in the 60's/70's but was in Alexandria, LA watching at home on TV and was just caught up in the moment...jumping and hollering, when the wife comes in and tells me to be quite as she was on a phone call...needless to say her call was the least of my concerns...the Zags and I were on top of the world!

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    As usual, Reborn retires the trophy. Congrats, 'Bornie. Stay strong.

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    Working at the long since completed WSU science building on the Riverfront campus in Spokane and listening to the game on the radio.

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    Attending a food technology conference in Sun Valley Idaho standing around a bar in the sun valley lodge watching this unfold on about a 20" TV mounted up high above the bar. People were gathering and getting excited so I went to see what the hub bub was all about. That was the day that Gonzaga became something in my mind completely different than the team my Montana Griz team used to play and compete with. A lot of people started paying attention that day and here we are 20 years later still smitten with a journey like no other. The impact of that day was monumental. I had no idea it was a gift that would keep giving so much for so long.
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