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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|Tracking the Zags No. 8| 'Hey Gonzaga Guy'|
By Peter Tormey
It’s Saturday, Game Day, as the No. 3 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs make last-minute adjustments in preparation for their battle against the No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers at 5:10 p.m. (PST) in the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center at the University of Utah.
The routine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday has included daily media opportunities to hear from Bulldogs’ Coach Mark Few and the Zags. Things are much easier since Gonzaga’s Mike Hogan, associate athletic director, brought my laptop down from Spokane on Wednesday evening.
I picked up my laptop from Mike at the team hotel at about 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, a half-hour after I’d sent off the second story in this Tracking the Zags series.
I had to use the Business Center at the hotel to write and post the story. It was fine for this emergency but I knew, after paying the bill, that I had better find a more modestly priced alternative until the aforementioned laptop arrived.
As I arrived at the shopping mall-based facility, I quickly flagged the security guard tooling around the parking lot. She directed me to the second floor of the mall where I found my new writing spot and, I hoped, my Muse.
“But mom, Jeremy just got here and so there are two Jeremys here so I can’t leave yet,” one youth pleaded before hanging up and waxing profanely.
Back at the hotel, I found people to be affable. Feeling chilled, I threw on my long-sleeve Gonzaga shirt Friday morning to write my story in the hotel lobby. This was the media hotel for this NCAA Tournament site. I recognized the possibility that the Gonzaga shirt might blow my cover as an objective, unbiased reporter, but thought no one would actually call me on it.
I was wrong.
Two middle-aged guys heading for the plentiful world-class ski areas Friday morning spotted me in the couch by the fire, wearing my aforementioned Zag shirt. They walked over and asked if I was a reporter. I told them, “yes,” with the slight qualification, “kind of.” I told them I work for Gonzaga and am writing stories for our Web site and alumni publication. Hence forward, I became known to them as “Gonzaga Guy.”
“Hey, Gonzaga Guy,” one said. “Don’t you ever leave the lobby?”
“Look,” he said to his pal, “Gonzaga Guy is still here.”
This morning, the two were headed for more skiing at Snowbird.
“They had 20 inches of new snow last night up at Snowbird. Should be great skiing,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll see you here later, Gonzaga Guy, have a great day.”
A retired fellow from Salem, Ore., sat nearby me as two other guys from Arizona, whom I’d chatted up the day before, told me about their plans this morning to head to Cabela’s, which bills itself as “the world’s foremost outfitter” for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Mark Few, an avid fly fisherman, probably knows about that place.
Salem Guy, a former high school band director, said San Diego State had an incredible band and expressed his wish that the Aztecs were still in the tournament just to have the opportunity to her their band one more time.
A woman from Elko, Nev., borrowed my newspaper to double-check the weather. Elko Gal had heard that Salt Lake was to get up to 18 inches of snow today and worried about how that would affect travel plans for her relatives – already reeling from a big storm there earlier this week.
People are very friendly here.
Uh oh, checkout time is fast approaching at noon. The clouds are beginning to give way to blue skies and sunshine. It looks and feels like a win is approaching. So from all of us at Gonzaga University, this is Gonzaga Guy signing off for now and wishing you a great day and a most memorable Gonzaga VICTORY!