Note: This is a Crunch Time column I wrote for the March 30 issue of the Cheney Free Press.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 will go down in history for Gonzaga basketball fans as it was the day the Bulldogs earned their first trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament after they defeated Xavier.
While most of my friends were watching the game and cluttering social media with pictures and posts, celebrating the Bulldogs’ win, I was watching the Cheney High baseball team come back from a one-run deficit to defeat Lakeside, 3-2, then turnaround and beat Medical Lake, 5-4.
I get it. It’s March Madness and men’s college basketball is king, especially in a city like Spokane whose love for the Bulldogs knows no bounds.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a Gonzaga fan. I graduated from Eastern Washington University and I root for the Eagles. I’m also a Spokane Falls Community College graduate and I try and keep up with Community Colleges of Spokane athletics — which, no offense to Swoop and Spike the Bulldog, has one of the coolest mascots in college athletics: Skitch the Sasquatch.
Before you get on my case about being a “Zag hater,” I do want to give props to head coach Mark Few and his team for making it to the Final Four for the first time in the program’s history.
Yet what’s been grinding my gears lately is how the fans treat Gonzaga like they are the only great sports team in the area.
GU has had a successful program — making the NCAA tournament for 19 consecutive years. However, the Bulldogs are not the only successful team in Spokane County. There are a lot of good programs at different levels in the area, especially on the West Plains.
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