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Thread: Today is the 20 year Anniversary - where were you?

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    I was there in America West Arena watching it all unfold in person. Remember it vividly.


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    Any tech savvy members (or young kids) know how to turn the audio of “.. the runner... slipper still fits ...” into a ringtone for an IPhone? I really want that going off on my phone, will turn up full blast during meetings, this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdaleb View Post
    I was at my then-girlfriend's house, and woke up her parents when I celebrated by running back and forth down the length of the house and jumping around the living room. They were happy for the Zags; not so happy with me.

    did then GF turn into WIFE? love these stories


    hahahahahahah

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    I knew it was 20 yyears but didn't know the exact date.

    That was the day I discovered the Zags. I was at the computer in my small home office (had a great job that let me work at home) with the Dance on my TV in the kitchen. Some team I had never heard of was beating Florida. I watched the end and hoped they could win another NCAA game. Also hoped that I would hear of them again....soon I was trying to find news about them on the internet, etc. etc., read everything I could on the internet (I was living in Illinois, then moved to NC, now thankfully back in Illinois) and finally some games began to be on TV. My basketball friends thought I was crazy until, even though we lost, the Steph Curry game.

    I still sometimes think OMG! when Mark Packer says that Mark Few will be joining the program in the next segment. I remember calling my best basketball friend the first time I heard that and literally screamed MARK FEW IS GOING TO BE ESPNU RADIO.

    Regardless of rankings, etc., they will always have a little bit of Cinderella for me.

    GO ZAGS!!!

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    Watched it with my family at my parents house. Gus johnson call is epic.
    Love the zags for life

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    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!!!
    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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    About ten rows behind the GU bench, after sneaking there from my seats in the upper level. The time from Casey tipping it in, to watching Florida race down court, to taking a relatively open three and having it rim out, is the single biggest roller coaster of emotions I've experienced in my life.

    I was fortunate enough to be able to watch them again in Phoenix, this time in a football stadium, two years ago. Seats weren't as good, but I was with the same group of guys as in '99.

    What a ride.

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    Hey Reborn, that's a great story. And congrats on making it to the other side.

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    Jumping up and down on my couch.

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    Tijuana. Caliente race track and sports casino. Played hooky, crossed the line in my work clothes, grey flannel slacks, light blue shirt, buttoned down collar, Navy sport coat. Late for the telecast because TJ cops pulled my sports car over for doing 30 kph in a "school zone" (no school in sight). Handed over a twenty and sped off. Met a GU buddy (Rich Pratt), put a token bet on GU --I think the spread was double digits, though not high enough to risk much. Really, I figured we had no shot. By the end of the game everybody in the joint, hardened horse players included, was screaming when Casey's tip rolled in. Gus Johnson was openly cheering ("time left for the Gators, don't want to foul now . . .") I remember him warning. When Florida's last shot bounced off the rim, some jerk next to me spilled most of his beer on me in celebration, so I couldn't go back to work even if I wanted to. Used my GU winnings to buy Tequila shots for da boyz. Sometime, later that night, don't know how or why, Customs guys let me go back across the line with the admonition, "Keep your eyes on the road!" I've tended to heed that advice ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfmonkey89 View Post
    Hey Reborn, that's a great story. And congrats on making it to the other side.
    thanks I appreciate it.
    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rennis View Post
    At a game watch in the Ad Building. The party that broke out on the quad by the Wall/DeSmet after is one of my favorite memories ever.
    Also at a game watch in the Ad Building and agree with the party after!

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    what a great thread

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    I actually don't remember where I was, or even the game time. I know I had to work that day. I had become a fan the year previous, due to having watched Ryan Floyd in the B Tournament at the Arena. The three wins were shocking, and delightful. I do recall that local radio replayed the Gonzaga games a few days after the tournament, and I tape recorded each one. I have those tapes stuck away somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagceo View Post
    America West Arena
    Me too. Crazy that was 20 years ago.

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    I was at home for that one. But had a brother and father at America West in Phoenix.

    For the Stanford game, 28 y/o, sitting with my family at the game, good seats. With :35 seconds left turned to my 22 y/o brother and said "Gonzaga University is going to the Sweet Sixteen" and he just threw his head back in awe. It seemed like the impossible dream.

    Oh, and every time I see the replay of "the Runner" when Florida gets the ball, and streaks down the floor ("Don't wanna foul"), the shot goes up, I expect it to go in every time. It looks perfect in the air.
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    I was at home making a ‘homemade Richie Frahm Gonzaga jersey’ using a plain white tee and black magic marker for me to wear to school (8th grade) the next day. Of course living in NC I got a lot of “what the hell is a Gonzaga” the following day, but it didn’t take them long to learn. Never could I imagine this program I used to stay up til 2 am so I could see them play would ascend to this level, but I’m so thankful that they have.

    It’s been since the Braves in 1995 that one of my favorite teams has won a championship. Time for the Zags to put that streak to an end!
    "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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    I was in Medicine Hat , Alberta during that weekend watching my friend win a National College Basketball Championship.

    For the Florida game, it started as me watching the game. Soon, the hotel room filled with many people...some faces I’ve never seen since that weekend.

    I watched the Zags for the first time the prior weekend at home prior to heading out on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB6er View Post
    Also at a game watch in the Ad Building and agree with the party after!
    High five!
    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Few
    We are not here as a #%$&%&! Courtesy!!!

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    Was at a local sport bar in L.A. Remember running around with my head cut off after the buzzer.

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    I was sitting in my parents' family room doing my 9th grade trigonometry homework.
    I can say that in the past twenty years, the only time I've ever "used" those postulates and theorems is when I recount my memory of watching the runner.

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    Justin Horgan's dorm room in CM southwest, we ended up sprinting over to the wall to celebrate with what seemed like everyone associated with GU. I remember the head of security standing on the roof of one Crosby just watching the pandemonium. There was plenty of alcohol being openly consumed, but I don't think he had any intention of doing anything about it, just making sure no one did anything exceedingly stupid.

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    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.

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    Home on Long Island... in complete awe at what I was watching. Back then, us east coast people didn't get to watch many games. We were relegated to seeing scores the next day in the newspaper... if you were lucky, you might have even gotten a box score... but that was rare. This generation, heck even myself, are spoiled at the availability of Zag games.
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    I was at a sales meeting in Eugene, Oregon. One fellow employee and I watched in a dive bar. When the clock finally hit zero, and the slipper still fit, I completely lost my mind. I was high-fiving and celebrating with a bunch of drunks who didn't really give a damn about the game but I think got a kick about how I was behaving. One of those memories that I'll take to my grave - and the reason I love sports and pity those who don't care.

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