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Commiseration and Celebration

Free Ira Brown Bids Adieu to Another Beloved Team

NCAA Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament-Gonzaga vs BYU Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Through all the frustration and pain and tears; through all the rage and alibi hours and beers, it’s important to keep perspective. It’s important to not let one game ruin the whole season.

Except, that’s what the NCAA Tournament does, right? It builds you up, it gives you hope, only to have your (and 66 other) seasons come to a sudden, crashing halt. The excitement and enthusiasm of a(nother) Sweet 16 appearance dissipates into regret and hand-wringing, students and alums alike becoming vessels of dull, empty fandom.

And yet…through the darkness, a light flickers. From deep in the void now within all our hearts, our heroes stir. There’s one final podcast left, one final time for us to rise above the heartache, soar past the missed free throws and open 3-pointers to bring to you, dear FIBbers, a season-ending podcast worthy of our highest of standards.

The loss to Florida State may be a few days old now, but the sting is still fresh and our heroes break everything down. From the unexpected absence of Killian Tillie (please don’t be his last appearance at GU, please don’t be his last appearance at GU, please don’t be his last…) to the size and length of the Seminoles (phrasing) to us struggling at everything from the free throw line in (and the free throw line out, for that matter), we examine it all.

Those stories, plus: Chris has a predictably weird beer, we look ahead to what’s next for the 2018-19 season, examine whether the Mountain West Conference makes sense for Gonzaga, Jill Barta surprises the women’s team and we throw around a few stats worth knowing.

And finally, the final Top 3 of the season has us looking ahead to the off-season. Reluctantly. Because baseball will surely fill the void in our hearts. Ugh.

Anyway, all that and more is on the season finale of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come have one last drink with us, won’t you?