Best Of 2017: Gonzaga

By: Jeffrey Newholm

Best Of 2017.

I would say Gonzaga finally breaking through to the Final Four, for two reasons. First, the Zags proved yet again that the NCAA tournament is idyllically egalitarian; every team in division 1 can play their way into the tournament, and if anyone wins four games, there you go, welcome to the Final Four. Also, it is testament to the power of perseverance because Gonzaga entered the tournament from every angle imaginable for 20 years only for something to always go wrong, but Mark Few kept at it, didn’t bolt to a bigger program for more money (seen all the time in college football, usually just for the coach to be canned three years later anyways), and finally led his school to the biggest stage in the sport.

Gonzaga players gather and bump fists before taking on Xavier in an NCAA Elite Eight game, Sat., March 25, 2017, in San Jose. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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