March 16, 2010

Canucks get ready for March Madness

Did you know that there are four Canadians playing on the Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team headed for March Madness? We didn't, until reading the Globe and Mail today. We're guessing it's not big news outside of Spokane, Washington...which happens to be where Kish's brother Mick and his family live. And, ironically, Gonzaga is also the alma mater of Kish's youngest brother John.

Even though these players are from the western part of the country, we give them credit for choosing basketball over hockey...that's tough in Canada. Sort of like if you lived in Texas and your kid chose badminton over football.  Apparently they each chose Gonzaga because of the "atmosphere." Kish's brother will attest to that atmosphere...he had a lot of "fun" at Gonzaga playing rugby and various other activities. One of our family's favorite stories about Kish's Dad, Don, was when he went to Gonzaga one weekend to visit John and had a chance to see the "house" where John lived with several roommates. Always a classic for one liners, Don said "Jesus, this place is like termites holding hands." Oh to be back in college.

The Pisani family will be cheering on Marquette, as usual. However, as it turns out Marquette will be playing University of Washington, Mick's alma mater, in the first round. And because we are temporary Canucks, we'll also cheer on Gonzaga. It's better for family harmony.

For a link to the entire Globe and Mail article click here

Bol Kong Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk and Manny Arop are Gonzaga University's four Canadian players in Spokane, Wash.Bol Kong Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk and Manny Arop are Gonzaga Unive

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