The DIRT on Thompson Rivers

Twas the night before tip off, and all through Spokane…
Not a student was sleeping – up all night they would plan
For the moment was here! For which they all yearn:
The moment when – finally – THE ZAGS RETURN! 

That’s right – it’s Tip Off Eve! (Halloween? What’s that? Also, a little spin on a Christmas story seems fitting since today feels just like Christmas Eve, and fall here lasts for like five days anyway.

So here we are – the first game of the season, which means the first DIRT of the season is here! Not sure what that means? You’re missing out. For a refresher, or a hint at what lies ahead, see this, this aaaaaand this. If you’re still looking for an idea for our Costumes in the Kennel night, hopefully this starts some creative juices flowing…. However, if you just wanted to use these finds to throw them all off their Eh-game (get it? Our very first Canada joke!), feel free to use them as you please.

WITH THAT… We proudly present to you…. THE DIRT ON THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY

TRU dreamy

Man, for a Media Guide cover, he’s looking pretty unfocused. He did know this wasn’t a modeling shoot, right? I mean if all else fails, he could have a contract with L’Oreal in the future.

First, the basics: Thompson Rivers University (TRU), home to just under 25.000 students, is situated in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia. TRU was founded in 1970 and originally known as Cariboo College, which sadly would have made this post a lot funnier overall if the name wasn’t changed. They’re rolling into the Kennel with a 4-2 record (not bad, not bad), but acknowledge that “this will be a very hard game”, but “they’re really looking forward to it”.

Now, some of you may have this itching thought in the back of your minds – Kamloops. Kamloops. Where have I heard of that before?! Oh yeah…

Second, family ties. A familiar name will be in the house. What one reason would most Zags have to recognize the word Kamloops? Well… It happens to be the hometown of our very own Kelly Olynyk (hi, Kelly!!!) However, Kelly isn’t the only Olynyk to be associated with TRU… Kelly’s dad Ken happens to be the Atheltic Director at Thompson Rivers, and very likely had a leading role in getting this game on the schedule.

Ken Olynyk

Ken Olynyk, who is very likely going to be in the Kennel tomorrow (so look for him and wave!), has his own proud basketball history – the former coach of the Canadian Men’s Junior National Team once cut Steve Nash from his squad. Oopsies.

Mr. Olynyk isn’t the only one who has a personal connection to the Zags, though – WolfPack forward Josh Wolfram is the older brother of our very own Emma Wolfram (who was also coached by Ken Olynyk in high school… Hmmm.) Emma’s played on numerous Canadian National Teams throughout her career and Josh played all through high school with KO, but I think it’s safe to say – we got the better Wolfram sibling.

With all the formal, boring introductions out of the way, lets move on to…

Third, the players themselves.

TRU team TRU roster

….we couldn’t find anything.

I’m kidding of course (never underestimate the power of Google!), but seriously, these guys never post anything on social media. Every combination of *player name* and weird, odd, bizarre, unique, crazy and creepy turned up nothing.

Well check their Twitter accounts! Their Instagrams, add them on Snapchat, DO EVERYTHING! 

We did.

We found seven of them on Twitter – they don’t follow each other. Only three of them have posted in the last year. Two have posted since this school year started.

Instagram – we found a couple more, but they have like 5 pictures. All old. I guess, by any aspect of the word, the dirt on these guys is just…that they’re incredibly boring.

HOWEVER. Never fear. Even the most empty social media accounts turn something good up now and again!

We’ve got #8 Luke Morris (on IG as “luke14_25”, King of the #ShamelessSelfie. Please note the captions – someone please get this kid an agent, someone who can talk to him about what should and shouldn’t go on the internet for everyone to see.

I CANNOT MAKE THIS UP THIS IS THE ACTUAL CAPTION FOR THIS PICTURE

I CANNOT MAKE THIS UP THIS IS THE ACTUAL CAPTION FOR THIS PICTURE

Also, not too worried about the level of his game, because the number of pictures of drinking games he posts is WAY too high. Is that all there is to do in Canada? Alchockey… Never heard of it, never want to again.

We move to Joe Davis, who’s pretty easy to describe: mirror selfies and starstruck fans.

Hanging with the boys

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See? Kelly! But dude, you’ve got a hole in your shirt. This isn’t Mean Girls, that look is never going to be fetch.

We’ve got Brett Rouault, who seems to have the same #brokecollegekidproblems as most of us:

Ummm how are you supposed to donate when your still a poor student? #stillbroke #givemeafewyears

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Sidenote: I feel this on a very personal level. Dear Gonzaga Telefund: STOP. CALLING. ME. As a current student, I already give plenty of money to the University. Seriously, I’ll think about donating after I get my degree and can have a job and income and a real life. Chill out until then.

Probably the most concerning is the social media of freshman guard, #6 Ismail Ibrahim. We’ve got several very clear obsessions coming through and THOUGH IT IS JUST AFTER HALLOWEEN, PLEASE DO NOT USE HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR COSTUME IDEAS.

We’ve got this lovely “eat or be eaten” post:

Nightmares. Thanks for that. We see a clear fascination with Miley Cyrus:

And, just to use his perennial #WCW as a segway into the other, scarier fascination… Ismail likes butts. And hashtags. To prove it:

TRU ismail cap 1

There’s a worse one, but because I don’t want to scar you all permanently, I’ll just put the glorious caption:  TRU ismail cap 2It’s accurate. It’s illuminating. Let’s just say the moon was very bright that night. Don’t believe me? Check his profile to find out for yourself: “thats_gray”. There’s a number of other puns I could put here, but I’ll just keep it simple. Goodnight Moon, hopefully we DON’T see you in the Kennel tomorrow!

Everyone sleep well, we’ll see you tomorrow when the season finally gets underway. Happy Halloween!

BRIEF UPDATE: Kraziness, Tickets and This Weekend

Happy Monday, Zags! Hope everyone is doing okay now that families have departed from a fun weekend, and that if you still have midterms this week (I feel ya), you’re prepared and go in and kill it.

Very brief update: with four main points:

1. Kraziness: WHAT A BLAST! Loved being back in the Kennel and watching our guys show off. Loved your energy and enthusiasm, we just need to push it to the next level now that the season is officially starting. This being us to…

2. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE GAME ON SATURDAY AGAINST THOMPSON RIVERS. Please come by the Ticket Office (located inside McCarthey, next to the doors near Coughlin) today to get your ticket for the game! It’s the first game of the year and we’d love to have everyone there! The ticket office will be open from 10 am to 5 pm today (Monday, Oct. 27) to get your ID activated!

3. The game against Thompson Rivers: DIRT on Thompson Rivers will be posted on Thursday evening – use this to your advantage (signs, costumes, etc.) because there’s some juicy stuff that we were able to dig up. Come dressed in your craziest costumes for Kostumes in the Kennel – there may or may not be a costume contest, you could have a chance to win some cool stuff!

4. What’s happening this weekend:

  • Men’s Soccer vs. San Diego: Friday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 pm – it’s Halloween so wear your costume!
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Thompson Rivers: Saturday Nov. 1 – doors open at 4:30 pm and the game starts at 6:00 pm.
  • Men’s Soccer takes on LMU on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:00pm at Luger Field
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 2 – doors open at 12:30 pm and the game starts at 2:00 pm

That’s it! Hope everyone has a good week, and see you back in the Kennel this weekend!

Soccer, Volleyball, the Kennel. . . Oh my!!

SUP KIDS! Can you believe that October is almost half over? With that being said, there’s a lot going on in the next few days, so bear with us…

FIRST UP: In the volleyball world, the Zags are taking on Saint Mary’s tomorrow (October 18) at noon in the Martin Center! The Zags have been on fire recently, so come on out and support! Also on Saturday, if you show your Kennel Card at Pita Pit, you’ll get buy one, get free on the entire menu!

NEXT: Saturday also marks the first chance you have this year to get into the Kennel! FanFest for the Women’s Basketball Team is Saturday – doors open at 3, and the event starts at 4. This is a great chance to get an early look at the Women’s team for the year, and is sure to be a blast!

THEN, next Friday (a week from today), the Women’s Soccer team is at home against LMU, their first home game in almost three weeks! Kickoff is at 3:00pm, so swing on by! Then on Sunday the 26th they take on Pepperdine at 1:00!

LAST, Men’s Soccer takes on San Diego on Halloween at 2:00 pm – if you’re not in class, come by and support – it’ll have been almost a month since they last played here at Gonzaga!

Now, take a deep breath…. For an intermission, here’s a couple things happening over the next few weeks that we think you should check out:

  • Thank you all for coming out to our distribution on Wednesday, and if you missed us and still need your gear: we will be having a distribution again on Saturday of Fall Family Weekend – that’s Saturday the 25th, and more details will be released later!
  • On Tuesday, October 21, we will be having a focus group to ask what YOU want to see from the Kennel Club this year – this is your chance to come give us your opinions on cheers, promos, or any other happenings that you would like to see this year! This will be in Jepson 018, from 7:00-8:30 pm, and there will be free Krispy Kreme donuts!
  • On Halloween, GSBA is putting on Gonzaga Scares Hunger – a food drive that will be used to support Campus Kitchens and provides food for hungry families in our area! This will be from 6:00-8:00 pm and begin with a rally on the steps of Crosby, then students will be bussed to surrounding neighborhoods to collect food. The average student can collect 30 pounds of food in an hour, which Campus Kitchens convert to between 60 and 90 meals! Click HERE for a link to more information, and we hope to see you there! It’s a great way to spend a few hours to help give back to our community!

Okay, ready for the second half? Here we go…

Fall Family Weekend is next weekend, which brings with it…. KRAZINESS IN THE KENNEL! That’s right, we’re only eight days away from Saturday the 25th, your first look at the Men’s Basketball team! Since this is over Family Weekend, and the event is open to the public, a few quick things:

  1. This event will be packed. Remember, the Kennel only seats 6000 people – after about 1200 students file in, that leaves 4800 spots for all of your family and friends as well as the public. Though the event starts at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon, doors open at 3:00, and we would recommend getting in line a bit early.
  2. It’s the first game back, so there’s going to be a brief session with some updates once you are inside the Kennel, just to throw some real quick info at you guys. We’ve been working on some cool ideas, and want to get you guys exposed to them soon so we can get them going for the rest of the season!
  3. Like stated above, if you still need to pick up your Kennel Club gear, we will be having a distribution that morning, so come grab it beforehand so you have everything before Kraziness begins!

After the parents leave on Sunday, and we try to rationalize that we will be able to finish all our homework in one night, we’re gonna throw another curveball in there…. Sunday, October 26th, is the FIRST TICKET DISTRIBUTION OF THE SEASON! It will start at 7:00 and be for the exhibition game against Thompson Rivers on November 1st. We will be hitting this hard in the days leading up to the distribution itself, but want to put it on your radar.

Which is a perfect lead in to the last update…

NOVEMBER FIRST. THOMPSON RIVERS. 6:00 PM. SEE YOU THERE. That’s two weeks from tomorrow, one week from Kraziness, only fifteen days away. It also means one very special thing…. It’s almost time for the Dirt to return. Trust me, we’ve been digging DEEP for some good stuff for you guys this year, and just because Thompson Rivers is an exhibition game doesn’t mean we’re going to go easy on them – and we don’t expect you to either.

….but, we could use a little help. At times this year, we will be asking YOU to help us get Dirt for certain games, and whoever finds the best dirt on our opponent will win a sweet prize! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this, and we’ll be excited to see what you guys dig up!

Whew. That was a lot. Got it all? Read it again, just to be sure.
SEE YOU SOON, ZAGS!

Weekly update: October 7

Hey again Zags – time for that weekly update!

First off, it was a HUGE week last week for your Zags – volleyball won two great matches at home, both soccer teams looked great, both golf teams received their highest rankings in program history, and basketball practices for the season officially started!

Sadly, there are no home matches this week, but still plenty of things to look forward to!

First off, OPUS IS ALMOST HERE! Hard to believe that next Thursday is the day someone will win a million bucks, but there’s still plenty of great things to do over the next ten days to get involved with all things Opus! Most importantly, if you have not gotten your FREE (aka, zero dollars) ticket to the Final Ceremony next Thursday night, there are less than 80 left at the Crosby Front Desk, so make sure to grab yours soon if you want one! Also with the Final Ceremony comes a week of events where you can get to know the finalists:

  • Tuesday October 14; there is a Community Panel Q&A with the Opus Finalists – 7:00 pm in Cataldo!
  • Wednesday October 15; an interfaith ceremony at 5:00 pm in the Student Chapel
  • all culminating in the Final Ceremony at 7:00 pm on Thursday October 16 at the Fox Theater, and free shuttle transportation will be provided!

This truly is a once in a lifetime experience as Zags, and we hope you make the most out of it!

Second, if you’re looking for ways to get involved with on-campus groups that work out in the community, we have a couple opportunities for you!

  1. GUSR is hosting an informational meeting about Special Olympics & Project Unify TONIGHT from 6-7 pm in Jepson 104. Unify is a program that allows high school students with mental disabilities to play for their schools and compete against other local schools in different sports. Check it out for more information, as well as seeing what else Proaject Unify is putting on in October!
  2. Zag Volunteer Corps has an event this Saturday, October 11, at Land’s Council! Land’s Council is a local grassroots organization that dedicates their work to protecting Spokane’s forests, water, and wildlife to increase the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. Check the link for more information if you’re interested! https://commerce.cashnet.com/zagvolunteercorps

These are great opportunities to get out and get involved with the community that supports us as Zags, and we hope you make the most of the opportunities you have!

Finally¸ just as a little bit of a tease, a few things we’ve got lined up for the next month…

  • FanFest is Saturday October 18, and is your first chance to get a look at the Women’s Basketball team for this year! They look really promising and have some great home games on the schedule, so get out there and check it out!
  • Kraziness in the Kennel is Fall Family Weekend, so we hope to see you all and your families packing the Kennel for the first look at the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball team! We’ve got a couple surprises up our sleeves for that game, so make sure you come to see what we’ve got in store…..
  • Shortly after that we have our FIRST TICKET DISTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR! Hard to believe it came up that quickly, but the season is almost upon us! And speaking of the season being almost upon us, that brings us to the last teaser….
  • We’ve already got tons of Dirt lined up for this year. Wondering what we have? You’ll have to stay tuned and see!

Well, that’s it for this week. Keep checking in, power through classes, and always remember to ZAG UP!