The Gongaga T-Shirt

I have this great Gonzaga Bulldogs t-shirt that Kelly got for me a while back. It is a soft, comfortable t-shirt and I wear it fairly frequently because I like it a lot.


The thing about the t-shirt is that is a natural magnet for questions, the first of which always seems to be “Did you go to Gonzaga?” No, I didn’t.

The next question, naturally, is “Are you a fan?” Yes, I am. The thing is, I could not name a single player on Gonzaga or tell you how they are ranked or what their record is. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single game.

I am a fan of Gonzaga because it is the alma mater of Bing Crosby, of whom I am also a very big fan. I’m a baseball fan and I don’t follow the NBA, let alone college basketball, but when the subject comes up, I always offer that I am a Gonzaga fan to avoid killing the conversation. I sometimes have to explain why I am a fan, and now I have a post to which I can point people.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

1 thought on “The Gongaga T-Shirt

  1. Sounds like a good reason to be a “fan” to me 😀 then again I hale from NC – I have strong opinions about college basketball even when I haven’t watched a game or known rankings or scores or anything in years… But your story is more interesting… My final solution to people trying to turn me into a fan of some team is explaining that the few teams I like never do well (even more so if I watch so I don’t anymore) so no they really don’t want to turn me into a fan of their team after all!

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