Page 1 of 7 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 158

Thread: RIP: Our Board's Founding Father, BobZag, Has Passed Away

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    13,296

    Default RIP: Our Board's Founding Father, BobZag, Has Passed Away

    This past weekend the Gonzaga family lost not only one of its greatest basketball fans and alumni, but also one of the greatest friends I have ever had in this board's admin, BobZag. BZ died peacefully at his home after suffering from a number of medical ailments that such a courageous and kind person should never have to endure. As always, he handled these things with bravery and dignity.

    I will never forget first meeting BobZag. It was back around 2003 or so when the scout.com Gonzaga basketball message board was gaining traction. The scout.com board admin, BobZag, immediately noticed that I had come out of nowhere to post about the games, the staff, the players, my love for the WCC, and my deep love of U.S. college basketball and my continued belief that, flaws and all, is still the best developmental tool in the world for developing basketball talent.

    Before long he asked me to give him a call. I tend to be an introverted person, so I was initially hesitant, but I thought, "What the heck."

    It ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    From the moment we first started talking, the conversation just flowed. We not only loved our Zags and college basketball in general, but we also discovered that we shared a love of rock music (we dug many of the same bands and artists), had a similar sense of humor, and a love of writing. As some of you may know, Bob was a very talented screen writer with a deep love of films. We had so much in common, and yet enough differences to keep things interesting.

    Eventually he asked me to write articles for the scout.com site as the company were asking for more and more content from him. Unfortunately, scout.com had no idea of the hardships in BZ's life that made it hard for him to keep up with its demand for articles. I was glad to help out, but eventually a number of us decided that this wasn't a job for middle aged men who had jobs, spouses, kids, and other things to do in life.

    Through a number of connections Bob was able to get things moved over to this site where we didn't have to produce content and where we also were better able to keep the dang Washington Husky trolls away (ending the series for a time got rid of many of those idiots as well). Several other people stepped up to the plate to be co-admins and moderators as the message board got bigger than it ever did at scout.com.

    It is my belief that BobZag's work on both message boards did a great deal to expand the popularity of Gonzaga basketball not only nationally, but even globally as Coach Lloyd assumed more and more of a roll in bringing international talent into the program. Another key thing that BZ did was bring great attention and enthusiasm to the Lady Zags, which I know that Coach Graves and so many others really appreciated. Like the men, they too have become one of the finest basketball programs in the west.

    However, what I will miss most about BZ was the fact that I sat next to him at the Kennel for countless games. Always grabbing an extra chair from the Kennel staff so that I could sit more closely to him to actually hear him (we all know how loud the place can get when it's really rocking), I felt we had the best seats in the house. Just behind the backboard to the left. We could see all the plays develop on both ends - especially in the 2nd half when we could see the work of Coach Few's magical offensive schemes come alive.

    The truth is, BobZag now REALLY has the best seat in the house. He'll be standing right above the court of every Zag game from here until the end of time. It is sad that the GU men didn't win a national title before he passed, but he was able to see the team make its first final four - something that was unimaginable in the early 90's when GU was arguably a true low major basketball team. However, whether it's this year or some year in the near future, I am confident that Coach Few and his men will hang a banner at the Kennel one day, and BZ will be there to witness it all.

    I ask all of you to think of BZ and his family in the coming days. They are honestly some of the nicest people I have ever met. The work Bob did on the two message boards, and the lives he touched will not be forgotten.

    It's been a rough three weeks for me. Two of my very best friends have died (the other a long time high school basketball coach to a sudden stroke who, although a UCLA man, admired Gonzaga basketball greatly). These things happen in life, but we must move on and think of all the positive things these people have brought to our lives. And for so many on this board, that's what BobZag brought: a whole lot of positive, and a whole lot of inspiration. He was and still is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Thanks big guy for all that you did for me and for being my friend.

    ----CDC84

    P.S. - we are looking into possibly "renaming" this board and the women's board after BZ, but some things need to be worked out first. Much like we renamed the GU sports forum after El Voce.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    7,355

    Default

    Thank you for sharing.

    I only knew BZ from this forum, but he will be missed.
    It's not funny.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    University Place, WA (aka Chambers Bay)
    Posts
    5,088

    Default

    Rest in Peace Bob .... you will always occupy a huge part of my heart.

    "To be continued ....."
    Father Tony Lehman, SJ

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Spokane Valley
    Posts
    8,577

    Default

    Rest in peace BobZag -- you will be missed.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    11,716

    Default

    Rest In Peace Bob, you were a good friend and I have always admired your patience and kindness. Heaven got a good one.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Irving, TX
    Posts
    9,120

    Default

    I never knew BZ personally, but I always considered him a friend. Rest in peace, BZ. Say hi to Father Tony for me.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    9,402

    Default

    RIP BobZag a true sense of humor and a great person ... will never be forgotten in this Zag fans heart
    Qualified for 22 Straight Big Dances

    11 Straight Round of 32s

    10 Sweet Sixteens (5 Straight)

    4 Elite Eights

    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chattaroy, WA
    Posts
    229

    Default

    Thank you Bob for all your encouraging conversations with me. God bless.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    12,303

    Default

    Rest in peace Bob...Thanks for all you did for the Gonzaga Basketball Community. I met Bob and talked to him at several Zag games. A great man with a kind, generous heart, imo. May Our Lord bring peace to all whom you have touched, especially your family and close friends.
    Last edited by Reborn; 01-20-2020 at 01:21 PM.
    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    2,063

    Default

    Sad to hear this. I loved his contributions and sense of humor. Several years ago, he was THE insider.

    Mostly, I enjoyed his presence in the larger Zag family. RIP, good sir.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    St. Clair, MO
    Posts
    9,392

    Default

    My heart sank when I got the news about BZ. He was one of a kind. I'm SO happy I was able to meet him in person back in 2010 when I made it up to Spokane.

    Rest in Peace Bob. You will TRULY be missed, more than you'll ever know.
    Allow myself to introduce....myself...

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    1,085

    Default

    RIP Bob. Thank you for the beautiful tribute, CDC84.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    On an island that is long
    Posts
    13,280

    Default

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family and will be saying a special prayer for Bob himself. Bob and I met in person a couple of times and talked on the phone quite a few times as well. He will be deeply missed. Grab a chair next to Fr. Tony, Bob, and enjoy the Zags! RIP and godspeed.
    "And Morrison? He did what All-Americans do. He shot daggers in the daylight and stole a win." - Steve Kelley (Seattle Times)

    "Gonzaga is a special place, with special people!" - Dan Dickau #21

    Foo me once shame on you, Foo me twice shame on me.

    2012 Foostrodamus - Foothsayer of Death

  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,867

    Default

    Oh my! RIP BobZag....

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    1,074

    Default

    RIP BobZag...Thank you for all you have done for the GU basketball family. I will miss his "doomed" post.
    2009 Foo Fantasy Football Champ
    2014 Foo Fantasy Football Toilet Bowl Champ

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    On an island that is long
    Posts
    13,280

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Salsageek View Post
    RIP BobZag...Thank you for all you have done for the GU basketball family. I will miss his "doomed" post.
    Yeah... I miss those too.
    "And Morrison? He did what All-Americans do. He shot daggers in the daylight and stole a win." - Steve Kelley (Seattle Times)

    "Gonzaga is a special place, with special people!" - Dan Dickau #21

    Foo me once shame on you, Foo me twice shame on me.

    2012 Foostrodamus - Foothsayer of Death

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,346

    Default

    dangit stuff like this is hard but the perspective is real. Thoughts and prayers for his friends and family. Always a standup man.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    PNWest
    Posts
    3,437

    Default

    For a long time BZ was the driving force here... Thank you BZ for everything you did to shine a bright light on our Zags... God Bless you...RIP...

    Go!! Zags!!!
    "Learn from the past, Plan for the future, Live in the Now!"

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Just north of I-80
    Posts
    47,540

    Default

    I met Bob on March 1, 2008.

    Thanks to him, I had a ticket to that evening's game vs. St. Mary's, which GU won 88-76, behind the scoring of Bouldin (21), Pargo(18), and Daye (14). Mills and Simpson were the stars for the Gaels. Samhan had six points that night. It was my first on-campus game since 1979 and the weekend included a lunch get together with Section 116, Hondo, El Voce, TheZagPhish, and others. It remains one of my fondest memories as a GU alum and it happened because of Bob.

    Bob was able to do the same favor for others:

    http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/...e-a-game-in-K2

    Condolences to his family, friends, and fans. He will be missed.

    Elvis has left the building. . .
    Last edited by RenoZag; 01-23-2020 at 08:48 AM.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Fort Bragg, NC
    Posts
    1,583

    Default

    Thanks CDC for the tribute.

    Rest in peace BobZag. Thank you for creating this wonderful community.
    GO ZAGS!!!

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Edmonds, WA
    Posts
    35

    Default

    How sad. My favorite person on this board. I always paid attention to his posts and his avatars. Man had good taste!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    460

    Default

    So very sad to hear this. Thanks CDC for your beautiful and heartfelt tribute. I remember seeing you always at his side when you attended a game. Bob was my special Friend and I will miss him greatly. Blessings to his family especially his mom. RIP Bob. This GU family won’t be the same without you.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Pleasanton, California
    Posts
    268

    Default

    Beautiful tribute CDC.
    R.I.P. BobZag... You will be missed.

    To be continued...

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Methow, WA (near a known Mark Few fishing hole)
    Posts
    758

    Default

    I had the privilege of meeting up with BobZag at the old Kennel in 2003. He set me up with a ticket and I watched Gonzaga throttle Pepperdine.

    I'm sorry to hear that he has passed away. I sure hope that the board can find a way to memorialize him by renaming the board after him. That would be fitting for all of the work he did in setting up the old message board and transitioning into the current one.

    R.I.P. BobZag

    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. - Steven Wright

    Beat everyone, and enjoy drinking from a chalice filled with their salty tears.
    Surfmonkey89

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    1,969

    Default

    I was truly sad to hear the news. Bob was a great guy and a very talented award-winning screenplay writer that was working on some great projects. Not only was he a great Zag fan but I work with him on his internet presence for his career. https://www.facebook.com/robertshillscreenwriting/
    He was such a courageous man.
    ----
    Why not try Love Poems. They work to prime the pump.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •