I read your page about your Gonzaga fanship. I believe that you are not in fact a lifelong Gonzaga fan but in fact jumped on the bandwagon and then claimed you were there before the bandwagon. Real basketball fans like myself do not like snotty Connecticut yuppies who try to be cool by being dishonest and sullying one of the greatest sports in the world, basketball. I am especially disgusted by your mockery of college basketball, one of the last citadels of honesty and sportsmanship in a corrupt and depressing world.
You can believe whatever you want. I’ve been a Gonzaga fan for precisely as long as I claim I’ve been a Gonzaga fan, since 1995.
As for the USC and Notre Dame thing (which you referenced on your blog), I’ve explained that a million times, but here goes again: I went to USC for undergrad. I now go to Notre Dame for law school. As such, I root for both schools except when they play each other, in which case I root for USC, because as my undergrad alma mater, they have my first loyalty. This is by no means an uncommon situation. At Notre Dame Law School, there are Irish Trojans, Irish Wolverines, Irish Eagles, et cetera. Sane, rational people don’t decide which grad school to attend on the basis of athletic rivalries.
Anyway… I love college basketball. You’re the only person here making a “mockery” of anything. Namely yourself.
As you can see I have responded to you in my comments section. To save you the trouble, I will reproduce the same:
I will only believe your excuses if you can offer some photographic evidence of your fanship predating Gonzaga’s long run of luck [which of course was created when the president of Gonzaga sold his soul to the devil and his son to michael jackson].
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One thing I noticed is you said Gonzaga is having an off year. I realize that they were better in years past, but I’m kind of surprised you said that. I think Raivio is amazing and he’s probably the first player I’ve ever liked on Gonzaga. What’s the deal?
Since this is a substantive comment, I’ll respond. :) Raivio is very good, but can be inconsistent. The whole team, though, has been inconsistent. Most of their losses have been forgivable, but the blowout at Virginia was horrible. Some nights they look awesome (e.g., against UNC, Texas, UW), other nights they just don’t show up to play (including some of their too-close wins against weaker teams). As a fan, it’s frustrating.
But don’t get me wrong, they are still a good team. And this is a rebuilding year, so it’s not like their record is horrible — we Zag fans were spoiled by the early wins, but overall this is about what we should have expected for this season (so far). My point was simply that, if I’m nothing but a bandwagoner who hitches his wagon to the nearest Cinderella story, you’d think I’d be claiming to be a diehard Butler or Air Force or Nevada fan this year. When in reality, I’ve been cheering for the Zags for over a decade, both in the awesome years and the not-so-awesome years, and continue to cheer for them whether they’re a #3 seed or a bubble team. That was my only point.
P.S. Of course, I do love to cheer for pretty much any Cinderella story, and I will be rooting for Butler, Air Force and Nevada come tourney time! Just like I rooted for George Mason last year, and Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl earlier this month. I love underdogs. But the point is, I won’t claim to be a “lifelong fan” of any of those teams, or claim that I was on the bandwagon before it existed, because that’s just not the case. Whereas with Gonzaga, it is the case.
Couldn’t one make the argument that the win over UNC this year was more impressive than any win last year? I don’t think the Washington game was as big-time (though they were good) and didn’t they lose to St. Mary’s worse last year than they did this year, as well as San Fran? I think their schedule is much harder this year.
PS I just want to point out, in light of some of your readers’ unpleasant reactions, that my blog is not for profit; My consternation arose from my State of the Storm report [about the St. Johns Red Storm, which as I am sure you know were the victim of a program-disemboweling loss to your Zags], which I wrote this morning. Over the course of my research for that blog, I cam across your blogpedia (?) entry and it brought back many bad memories. Grammatically questionable and rude as I may be I resent the freeloader designation.
Proof he loved Gonzaga for, like, ever? How about an eyewitness account from middle school? (Can’t hide that Kellogg Pride.) Including a reference to the way he always yelled, “GonnnnZAAAGA!” in a way that was somehow both annoying and endearing at the same time.
A Yankee fan? Ha! I’ve liked the Red Sox since I was a little kid. The Yankess are one team I will never root for. Well, them, Duke and UCLA.
Anyway, apology accepted. To answer your question, yes, “the win over UNC this year was more impressive than any win last year.” However, you’re wrong about St. Mary’s. The Zags were undefeated in WCC play last year. Also last year, they won at Maryland, beat Michigan State in a triple-overtime instant classic on a neutral court, then came within a buzzer shot of beating UConn the very next night, lost by 4 points at Washington and by 11 points at Memphis. They also beat Wazzu, Oklahoma State, Virginia, and Stanford. Is their schedule a bit tougher this year? Yeah, I’d say probably so. But at the same time, 3 losses all season versus 7 losses and counting, one of them an absolute blowout, something last year’s team never suffered… it’s clear last year’s team was better overall, at least in the regular season. We’ll see what happens in the tourney. The Zags tend to be better in the postseason when they’re a sleeper team rather than a high seed, and this team is capable of being very good (as proven by the UNC win) if they put it all together. But will they? That’s the big question.
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