In a new twist to an old tale, the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrated their latest bauble with a hike among their flock roaring hosannas at the Orleans Arena. Sure, past champions have gone into the stands before to celebrate with their peeps. But these Zags climbed all the way to the top.
Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1. The Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 66-48 in its first — and so far only — game as the nation's top-ranked team. They will look to win the West Coast Conference title Monday night.
Now the walls bow from the babel and the floor trembles from the stomping feet of students getting their tuition's worth on a Saturday night.
But in the earliest days of The Kennel - long before it was ever called that - you could have heard a bone snap.
Really, it's the first sound anyone did hear.
John Stockton has a ready explanation as to why no player at Gonzaga University has been issued jersey number 12 since he graduated in 1984.
And it isn't that the keeper of the uniforms kept it in a drawer - a pocket veto, if you will.
"I don't think anybody asked for it," he joked, the self-deprecation needle going into the red.
Hmm. Could be something to that. It's never easy to be the guy who follows The Guy, even if such an unlucky soul was never expected to come along at Gonzaga.
On the eve of Gonzaga's 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the Rev. Robert Spitzer, the school's president, sat down with Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette for an hour-long Q-and-A. What follows is the long version of the interview that appears in Thursday's paper.