Wow, I’m really comfortable, warm, and relaxed in my tent right now…said no Zag ever. Or at least not this week. Welcome to National Gonzaga Day (week), the most exciting time of the year complete with a countless number of GU firsts. Most pressingly, the news we just received word from Gonzaga Campus Security that no one will be allowed to sleep in their tents tonight due to the sub 15 degree weather. The thought of KC t-shirt clad human icicles is where the administration is drawing the line, putting the health and safety of students above the frozen fellowship of Zag fans in their natural habitat. #Understandable. But this cold weather Tent City advisory is only the tip of the iceberg, if you catch my drift, followed by another first, the mid-night mass in Tent City at 11pm on Wednesday night.
The real question is HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL GONZAGA DAY?!
– By sending selfie snapchats to your non-Zag friends, showcasing your best #duckface complimented by the beautiful GU campus in the background?
– By flying a Gonzaga Flag out of your window in Desmet while blasting T-Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble?
– Or treating yourself to a brisk morning dip in Lake Arthur? #OneWithNature
– Maybe by answering every question in class with a quote from Bing Crosby’s White Christmas?
– You could eat a COG cookie while sitting on top of the Bronze Bulldog.
– What if you wore a lock of Kelly’s magic hair around your neck?
Whatever you are doing, make sure that your attention does not waiver from the task ahead: #BeatBYU
As you sit in your tent, the optimism in your decision to camp might be hard to see because your eyelids are frozen shut, but we promise the chilly, shiver-ridden wait to see the Zags take on BYU is going to be more than worth the toes lost to frostbite. If you have those smart phone friendly texting gloves, be sure to take a second and scroll down through this #DIRT we’ve dug up on the BYU Cougars. If you don’t have the gloves, Zag UP, tuff it out, and read this anyway. We can’t have any uninformed fans on Thursday night. Its National Gonzaga Day, for Pete’s sake.
|2012-13 BRIGHAM YOUNG COUGARS|
|0||Brandon Davies||F||6-9||235||SR||Provo, UT|
|1||Raul Delgado||G||6-2||195||JR||Chihuahua, Mexico|
|2||Craig Cusick||G||6-2||185||SR||Orem, UT|
|3||Tyler Haws||G||6-5||200||SO||Alpine, UT|
|5||Agustin Ambrosino||F||6-8||225||JR||Cordoba, Argentina|
|10||Matt Carlino||G||6-2||175||SO||Scottsdale, AZ|
|12||Josh Sharp||F||6-7||185||SO||Highland, UT|
|13||Brock Zylstra||G||6-6||210||SR||La Verne, CA|
|20||Anson Winder||G||6-3||195||SO||Las Vegas, NV|
|23||Cory Calvert||G||6-3||185||FR||Parker, CO|
|30||Cooper Ainge||G||6-0||175||FR||Wellesley, MA|
|33||Nate Austin||F||6-10||230||SO||Alpine, UT|
|42||Ian Harward||C||6-11||215||FR||Orem, UT|
|44||Bronson Kaufusi||F||6-7||260||FR||Provo, UT|
As a relatively new WCC opponent, let’s just reorient ourselves with the Brigham Young University Cougars. This year they have a 15-5 record with notable losses to both Baylor and St. Mary’s, which are both teams we have beaten.
#03 Tyler Haws averaging 21.6 pts
#0 Brandon Davies averaging 18.0 pts
#10 Matt Carlino averaging 9.9 pts
Although this is only their second season in the West Coast Conference, apparently they feel as though they have been seriously affected by the low quality of competition and challenge our beloved conference has to offer. On Jan 15th an article from KSL, a Salt Lake City news source, said:
“Nearly halfway through the college basketball season, BYU is squarely positioned on the fence for getting into the NCAA tournament. Will the Cougars make it for the seventh consecutive season? Not if the West Coast Conference can help it. The WCC, where most BYU sports were dumped when the football program became independent, is a bad basketball conference. Simple as that. Too harsh, you say? Try to name another time in its history when BYU was 14-4 and 4-0 in conference and not almost certain to make the Big Dance. Can’t do it.”
Now, usually I’d exert an extra effort to help the “new kid” feel at home, but this makes it seem like the Cougars don’t want any part of our WCC hospitality. What they did want, just a few months ago was Jabari Parker, the National Men’s Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year and a senior in high school from Chicago. Because of various reasons, including family ties in Utah, this elite recruit was strongly considering BYU in his college decision. Cougar fans, as any decent fans should have been, were almost as excited by the prospect of Jabari dawning a BYU uniform as the coaching staff. Their elation was so intense that a few of them created a music video to send directly to Jabari, pleading that he commit to BYU. The vid got national attention from ESPN, blogs, and news broadcasts alike, however all Cougar dreams were CRUSHED on Dec 20th, when Jabari announced that he would be taking his talents to Durham, NC. Coach K is no doubt still chuckling about this one, but I give you “We Need Parker Style”, outdated, irrelevant, semi-embarrassing, yet still highly entertaining.
Brandon Davies is a name you can’t help but recognize if you have followed college basketball drama at all over the last few seasons. All rumors, violatio
ns, and suspensions aside, Brandon is fully back in action this year, and force to be reckoned with. However, his latest attempt to mimic the less than successful TV show, Shaq Versus, and challenge the BYU Women’s soccer team to a shootout ended much how we expect Thursday’s game to, with Brandon sickened in defeat. All I’m saying is that we should ask Brandy if he would help with the Thomas Hammer T-shirt toss. He could probably drop kick a tee all the way into the hands of an unexpecting top row dweller, no problem.
Fortunate for us, the Cougars and Zags will be competing tomorrow in a basketball game, not a kitchen cooking challenge. BYU Guards Matt Carlino and Anson Winder are featured here on a BYU Christmas Cooking Show, competing for the title of Chocolate Peppermint Pie Master. I’m intrigued by the different cooking styles these two Cougars chose. Matt going with a cow-pie themed frosting arrangement, and Anson staying committed to 1) a larger pie to frosting ratio 2) his girlish figure. Merry Christmas, Cougar fans.
The last and final thing to know about BYU basketball has to do with Rusty the Janitor. I’m am still not confident that anyone, including the people who created this video series or the poor soul who was forced into wearing that sick beard and playing “Rusty”, really have a clear motive in creating the sketch. However, as pointless, frightening, and absurd everything about “Rusty the Janitor” is, its sure to be a prime subject of Kennel Heckling. There are literally 16 episodes. I’ve chosen to include the three that were most entertaining. Feel free to use your time in Tent City to watch the rest. Also, just note that if you don’t get what’s going on, its not your fault. No one actually gets it.
Rusty the Janitor – Episode 02 – Peanuts
Rusty the Janitor – Episode 04 – The Jersey
Rusty the Janitor – Episode 11 – Merry Christmas!
With that, get pumped. On Thursday there will be a couple of half time announcements and activities, so be sure to stay in your seat when the first half of the game ends. Don’t panic, there will be ample time to get Ben & Jerry’s and/or use the restroom after the first 5 mins of halftime. This will surely be a game worth remembering, on a day devoted entirely to our gem of a campus, school, and community. Keep it classy, Zags and #BeatBYU.