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This most wonderful photo taken by Dan Pelle, just after GU's heartbreaking loss Saturday, reminded me once again how grieving the loss of sports games is a preparation for deeper griefs in life.
Especially this reality: When it's over, it's over.
In hospitals, after someone has died, and the family has had its time to cry and reflect and make phone calls, the room clears. Within hours, after the deceased person has been removed, the room is flled with another patient.
Life is for the living.
And so the Big Dance goes on without the Zags.
Like a funeral, there will likely be warm welcoming and memory sharing on the GU campus this week, I hope.
And then, back to business as usual.
This happens in death, too. The person dies. The family grieves. Services are held and then, it's back to daily living.
What Pelle's photo catches is the first shock of realizing it's over. All that work, all that struggle, all that hope.
The eyes in this photo — coaches and players — are sad. But they encircle their arms around one another. And they go on, because that's what you do.
(S-R photo by Dan Pelle)
S-R photojournalists Colin Mulvany and Dan Pelle are in Salt Lake City covering the Zags against Wichita State. Check out a big picture gallery of their photos.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the GU women's game against Iowa State. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle shot this photo in GU's locker room, Friday of Gonzaga team manager Colin Stevens, left, and player David Stockton giving teammate Sam Dower some good-natured ribbing during press conference time at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. The Zags are preparing to play Wichita State on Saturday evening.
S-R photojournalists Dan Pelle and Colin Mulvany are in Salt Lake City covering GU's game against Southern. Check out a big picture gallery of their photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU win over Saint Mary's. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU women's victory over San Diego. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU victory over LMU to advance to the finals of the WCC. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered GU's home win against Portland. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU home game against San Diego. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Gonzaga Bulldogs defeat of Santa Clara 85-42, in a blowout home game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home win against Loyola Marymount. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's win over San Francisco. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
Top-seeded Stanford pulled away from 11th-seeded Gonzaga in the second half 83-60 in the Spokane Regional final Monday in front of 11,646 at the Arena, ending the most successful season in the Bulldogs’ history.
Top-seeded Stanford pulled away from 11th-seeded Gonzaga in the second half 83-60 in the Spokane Regional final Monday in front of 11,646 at the Arena, ending the most successful season in the Bulldogs’ history. Greg Lee's SR story here. And: ESPN boxscore here.
Gonzaga women defeat Louisville 76-69 to move on to the Elite Eight on Saturday, March 26, 2011, in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament regional semifinal in Spokane, Wash. Game story here. Gonzaga will face No. 1 seed Stanford at the Spokane Arena Monday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Stanford beat North Carolina 72-65 in Spokane Saturday night. Stanford-North Carolina game story here.
Gonzaga rallied past the eighth-ranked UCLA Bruins, pulling away to an 89-75 win in an NCAA women’s basketball tournament game on Monday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
11th-seeded Gonzaga edged six-seeded Iowa 92-86 Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball Tournament before sellout crowd of 5,632 delirious fans at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga wrapped up the regular season with a 96-49 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. The Bulldogs (22-9,11-3 WCC) won their seventh straight game.
Robert Sacre and Sam Dower scored 16 points apiece as Gonzaga cruised to a 96-49 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Monday night in its regular season finale.Mathis Monninghoff had 12 points for the Bulldogs (22-9) and Elias Harris added 10. Gonzaga's lone senior and leading scorer, Steven Gray, was held to nine points on senior night.Donavan Bragg led the Roadrunners (9-18) with 17 points, and Rashad Savage added 10. The Roadrunners shot just 25.9 percent in the second half and were held to 18 points/Associated Press. ESPN/AP game story and boxscore here.
Question: How will Gonzaga fare in the West Coast Conference tournament next weekend?
The 23rd-ranked Gonzaga women dispatched San Diego 80-58 Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2011, as 6,000 fans paid homage to the most successful class in program history.
Jan and Bill Vandersloot — proud parents of Gonzaga women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot — took charge of the trophy ball Courtney was presented Thursday night at McCarthey Athletic Center before the Zags game with St. Mary's.
And nobody was able to take it away from them, either.
The trophy commemorates the senior point guard's college career milestone of 1,000 assists achieved during the Feb. 12 game against Pepperdine. Vandersloot joins the elite group of just three other women and three men who have done so at the Division I level.
And she hasn't stopped there. In Thursday's route of WCC second place St. Mary's, Vandersloot added another 13 assists along with 22 points, six rebounds, six steals and no turnovers.
Zags beat Xavier 64-54 Wednesday night in McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga’s impressive first half was enough to stave off Florida State on Friday. Gonzaga (27-6) will face No. 1-seeded and fourth-ranked
Click on the link to read the game story and Vince Grippi’s column.
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Last evening St. Mary’s upset favored Gonzaga from the opening tip-off. Although the final score was 81-62, Gonzaga only held a narrow lead for a short time, toward the end of the second half then St. Mary’s lead began increasing steadily.
I’ll leave it to the sports analysts to tell us why the Zags lost this game so vital to winning the title. I’m sure they will have a cogent reason for what originally seemed like a nearly sure-fire chance for Gonzaga to attend the “big dance” this year, a chance that petered out by the middle of the second quarter of the game.
I can only imagine the trip home from Las Vegas will be somber, subdued and very reflective of a long exciting season that went down in smoke.
Austin Daye had a conversation with the Associated Press writer in Charlotte, N.C. and appears to be leaning toward skipping his final two seasons at Gonzaga. Read the AP story here.
This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated includes six regional covers featuring teams advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA men’s basketball championship: Gonzaga, Jeremy Pargo; Michigan State, Kalin Lucas; North Carolina, Ty Lawson; Oklahoma, Blake Griffin; Pittsburgh, Levance Fields; and Syracuse, Jonny Flynn, are featured on the covers, with the billing Let’s Get It On.
Gonzaga’s slide continued Wednesday night as the Bulldogs missed two shots in the closing seconds and fell to Utah 66-65 in Salt Lake City.
The Bulldogs have dropped three straight and four of five as they head into what could be their toughest matchup of the regular season. No. 14 Tennessee (8-2) will be looking to avenge an 83-74 defeat to GU five weeks ago in the Old Spice Classic championship when the Bulldogs visit Knoxville on Wednesday.The Vols have a 37-game home winning streak and they’re 28-0 in non-conference home games under coach Bruce Pearl. UT’s last home loss was in the final game of the 2005-06 season (Kentucky 80, UT 78).
GU-Utah game stories and Mark Few quotes below.
A roundup of Gonzaga items, including a third member of the 2009 recruiting class. The Bulldogs bid goodbye to 2008 tonight against Utah in Salt Lake City.