Three alumni/superfans, Marty, Chris and Adam discuss Gonzaga Basketball with previews, recaps and game analysis, all presented with good humour (spelled the English way because we're fancy).
There's nothing quite like a good off-season podcast, is there? No games to distract you, no sudden or breaking news to divert your attention. Just three hosts, three microphones and a blank canvas. And just like that, Free Ira Brown is back! Yes, dear FIBbers, we are back with our (slightly delayed) summer pod. We go thoughts on Gonzaga's schedule (at least what we know of it), we share our feelings on Duke and Coach K (we're super positive...!), we join in on the heat wave in the northwest by firing off some hot takes (OK, some medium-to-warm takes), we'll check in with where the Gonzaga players went in the draft and peak at some of the NBA summer league action. We'll also give a parting word to Mike Roth, the legendary Gonzaga athletic director who is retiring after this season. All this and more on the world-famous summer episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come have some summer fun with us, won't you?
We turn from the open sore of the Baylor loss to reflect on an unprecedented Gonzaga Basketball season before saying our goodbyes to those who won't return next year, especially newly-minted legends, Ayayi, Suggs and Kispert. Do raise a glass to lads with us! All that and more including, Do you believe in life after Lloyd? We close with some sports history shenanigans.
The Free Ira Brown Boys break down Gonzaga's demolition of another NCAA tournament team as they crushed the much ballyhooed upstart Trojans of USC. Turns out even Evan Mobley wasn't long enough to slow down this juggernaut of an offense. Congrats to Drew Timme on most outstanding player in the West Regional. We also take a look ahead to another PAC12 opponent in the UCLA Bruins, breaking down our expectations for the upcoming tilt. All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown! THE INDEPENDENT Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown patreon.com/freeirabrown
Dude! Sweet! Gonzaga crushes Creighton in a Sweet Sixteen match-up that turned forever sour for those other Jesuits. We celebrate the win and break down the bad-assery that was Gonzaga's latest victory. We also look ahead to an imposing defensive squad in the Trojans of USC. We'll let you know what to look out for, and what not too on this BONUS episode of Free Ira Brown! THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown patreon.com/freeirabrown
In the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, we celebrate the ongoing brilliance of the Bulldogs. A comfortable win over Suffolk Norfolk St. followed by an at-arm’s-length victory over Oklahoma (NOT gifted to GU by the refs, like many Sooners fans would have you believe) extends the nation’s longest Sweet 16 streak, and we have it all covered. Those stories, plus our thoughts on the NCAA Tournament in general, from the Pac-12’s dominance to the Big 10’s, uh, something less than dominance to the which matchups gave us the highest scoring on the Schadenfreude Meter. We also say hello to some of our friendly derps, check in with the Gonzaga women and the disappointment of their loss to Belmont, get prepared for Creighton and touch upon the USC/Oregon matchup. And finally, since most of our brackets are in shambles and we proved, once again, we aren’t any good at picking games, we decide to look into what world-class abilities we’d like to have. If we couldn’t make any money off it, where would we still like to shine? All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come share our sweet tooth with us, won’t you? @freeirabrown on twitter FreeIraBrown@gmail.com Support the Show! Patreon.com/freeirabrown
In the past year, we haven’t had a ton of good news as a society. The same has held true for the sports world. But now, finally, after two long years, the NCAA Tournament is back. And we here at Free Ira Brown couldn’t be happier. In our latest episode, we look at the #1 overall seed (spoilers: it’s Gonzaga…perhaps you’ve heard of them?) and the Bulldogs’ route to the Final 4. Did we like the bracket? How does Gonzaga’s bracket compare to the other #1 seeds? Do we HAVE to play the same teams again? Those stories, plus we look back at the conference tournaments, what stood out to us, what surprised us and who else we’re rooting for. And finally, it’s time for a little bracket fun of our own. We’ll take a trip down memory lane, discussing the 16 most memorable Gonzaga NCAA Tournament games, Sweet 16 style. Like many Gonzaga runs, there were upsets galore. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. For the first time in two years, do come review some brackets with us, won’t you?
Admit it: It’s a bit more fun when there are some nerves attached, right? If Gonzaga had just waltzed through things, blown BYU out of the water, of course it would have been fun and enjoyable. But having taken a punch, having withstood the best BYU had to offer, to come back and not just win, but win by double digits, THAT was a lot more fun. And we’re all about fun on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown. So much so, that we brought in Will Maupin, writer extraordinaire for The Inlander, to help us review what was maybe the biggest test Gonzaga has had all season and put all the fun numbers (26-0, 30 consecutive wins, 23 straight by double digits, etc.) in the proper perspective. Those stories, plus Gonzaga’s women take home the WCC Tournament title in about the most difficult way possible, Jill Townsend hitting a buzzer-beater to give the Bulldogs the crown. We’ll also get into a bit of point-counterpoint and look ahead to what matchups we’d like to see and avoid in the NCAA Tournament. And finally, we’re once again blessed to be visited by the great seer from the east, Karnoac the Zagnificent. All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come luxuriate in yet another WCC Tournament title, won’t you?
A perfect regular season. Twenty-four games, 24 wins. The first time in the 116-year history of Gonzaga basketball the Bulldogs have finished the regular season unbeaten. It’s not everything, obviously the goal is still a national title. But it’s certainly not nothing, and here at Free Ira Brown, our latest episode celebrates this weirdest of seasons. From Jalen Suggs’ first basket against Kansas to Corey Kispert’s 3-point barrage on Senior Night, we look back on a season most memorable. Those stories, plus don’t know if you heard, but Michigan got thumped by Illinois on Tuesday night. Luckily, Adam was on the front lines to send back missives for us. There are also some WCC awards to discuss, the WCC Tournament is starting shortly and the Gonzaga’s women reacted pretty well to the loss to BYU last week. And finally, we finish with some Crazy/Not Crazy looking ahead to the weekend’s games, the NCAA Tournament and who knows what else. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come celebrate with us, won’t you?
Do you remember when the Gales were actual rivals? Not really sure Gonzaga does, as the Bulldogs smacked around the artist formerly known as Saint Mary’s with ease, their 20th win in the past 24 matchups with SMC. Some rivalry. But that doesn’t stop us at Free Ira Brown from enjoying yet another Bennett bashing. It also won’t stop Adam from having a go at some of the Gonzaga haters across this great land. Those stories, plus we now know who Gonzaga plays the last week of the season, so we’ll look ahead to the matchups with Santa Clara and LMU (why even is LMU? What’s the point?). There’s also a check-in on the Gonzaga women’s team, some overall news and Chris has a belated Valentine’s Day gift for everyone. And finally, apropos of nothing at all, we finish by sharing some random sounds we enjoy and some we definitely do not. This one goes all over the place. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come join us in dismissing SMC out of hand, won’t you?
The Gonzaga Men's Basketball Team is MUCH better than San Francisco's. This much was made obvious by the dominating performance of one Drew Timme, who scored 28 points in 22 minutes of play. We look ahead to the *gasp* final two games of the season, and what may become of the WCC tournament. Finally, we'll close by discussing the top three individual single game performances in Gonzaga Basketball History. @freeirabrown patreon.com/freeirabrown email@example.com
We here at Free Ira Brown have long held belief in a theory: Not all conference games will be pretty. Some will be the no-doubt-about-it waltzes to victory, others will be slogs as teams give Gonzaga their best shot each and every week. See, for example, Gonzaga’s victory over Pacific last week. Slow, mucky, at times downright ugly. What was Pacific doing which caused so much angst? In our latest episode the FIB crew looks at that very question. What were the Tigers doing which took the Bulldogs out of their game for so long? Things got much better Monday…well, for the five minutes anyway. Gonzaga jumped out early over BYU in Provo, but the Cougars hung around until Jalen Suggs was actually allowed to play for a bit and turned in an outstanding second-half performance. That part, at least, was fun to re-live. Those stories, plus the Santa Clara game has been cancelled for the third time, leaving Gonzaga with only a weekend clash in San Francisco (as of the time of recording). We examine how the Bulldogs will handle Todd Golden and USF’s focus on the 3-point line. There is also a shoutout to the Gonzaga women’s team (who moved up in the polls despite not playing last week), Marty expresses his (relative) pessimism with the way Gonzaga’s offense has looked the past few weeks and what can the Bulldogs and/or the WCC do about the conference tournament? And finally, given the bummer of a Super Bowl last week, we look at title games which left us wanting. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do have fun at BYU’s expense with us, won’t you?
Now that we’re fully immersed in winter, it would stand to reason the car might occasionally take a few clicks to get going, right? And when it does finally start, it needs some time to warm up. Maybe other cars get out of the driveway a little earlier, maybe they get down the road a bit quicker to start before the car gets warm and blows by them. Maybe we’re torturing this analogy just a bit. Regardless, on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, the crew takes a look at whether we should, in fact, be worried about the slow starts (four out of the last five games!) or if it’s just a matter of needing to find a way to get engaged in the games before returning to full speed. When Gonzaga did finally get warmed up, San Diego and Pepperdine stood no chance as Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Cook and the usual performances from Corey and Timme helped the Bulldogs cruise to two more wins. Those stories, plus the Gonzaga women got a big win on Tuesday and we brought in the great Steven Karr to help us break it down. And since there are, at the time of recording, no games to preview this week, we discuss which teams we would LIKE to play, given our druthers. And finally, Steven sticks around to help us wrestle with one of the biggest questions ever asked: Who would win a Gonzaga-based Royal Rumble? It’s quite a journey. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come rumble with us, won’t you? @freeirabrown firstname.lastname@example.org Patreon.com/freeirabrown
The WCC doldrums are here folks! And we're hear to enjoy them as much as possible. We recap the thrashing of Pacific and preview the anticipated thrashing of USD and Pepperdine. What do we want to see? What DON'T we want to see? Do we see an undefeated future? We'll tell you on this episode of Free Ira Brown! THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown email@example.com patreon.com/freeirabrown
This week we welcome Slipper Still Fits personnel Peter Woodburn and Kieth Ybanez to talk slow halves, Corey's . . . ahem . . . "efficiencies", and stuff about sports that annoys us. We also look back on the week that was in Gonzaga Hoops and look ahead to the game of the week (there's only one) Pacific v. Gonzaga. @freeirabrown on twitter Patreon.com/freeirabrown to support the show!
Gonzaga dispatches two more WCC challengers, including BYU, who has been a thorn in the past, in two run away victories last week. We discuss the Joel Ayayi triple-double, what he means to this squad and we just can't stop gushing about this offense. After taking a look ahead to the next WCC lambs to the slaughter Marty serenades us once again. Stick around for shenanigans, in which we share our top three singing voices of all time. All that and more on this episode of Free Ira Brown! THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown firstname.lastname@example.org Support the Show! www.Patreon.com/freeirabrown
Corey Kispert is the lead object of our affection on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown. We break down the win over San Francisco, from our first-half struggles (curse you, Todd Bolden!) to the second-half surge. And since there’s no second game to review, we digress and have a little fun with a current recent Twitter trend, looking at our favorite players, the most underrated and more. Those stories, plus COVID is having another go at Gonzaga’s schedule, as Thursday’s opponent switches from Santa Clara to BYU. A better opponent, a higher-rated game, and yet another lesson to teach us not to record on Mondays. We look at what issues BYU presents Gonzaga and how we can keep out of Haarms’ way. Oh yeah, we play Portland, too. And finally, ever wanted to have a beer with a college coach? So did we. So we brought back the Top 3 to list who we would love and hate to have a beer with. All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. To come gawk at Corey with us, won’t you?
At some point, what do you say? Not that we’ve ever really found it hard to keep on talking here at Free Ira Brown, but sometimes you do worry about Gonzaga being so good saying anything becomes superfluous. So to break up the monotony of the FIB crew praising Gonzaga, we asked KREM2 Sports Director Brenna Greene to help us…uh…praise Gonzaga. We do start, of course, with the vanquishing of Virginia. What was billed as a clash of styles quickly became another notch on Gonzaga’s hit list as the Bulldogs outraced and outpaced the Cavaliers. After the Virginia game came the story which seemed to come out of nowhere prior to the Northern Arizona and Dixie State games: the injury to Jalen Suggs. We don’t know much more at the time of recording, but we ran through how the team did without their prized recruit (unsurprisingly, it was just fine). The turn of the calendar year, of course, means we can turn our attention to West Coast Conference play. How have the other teams done? (Meh) Anyone impress or disappoint? (Rooooooommmmaarrr) Will anyone give us any sort of challenge? (Not o n your life). And finally, with the new year comes another visit from the seer of all things: Karnoac the Zagnificent. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come ring in the new year with us, won’t you?
On this, a very special Christmas edition of Free Ira Brown! THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast, we discuss how Marty is directly responsible for GU's three point barrage on Iowa, the dangers of a feisty Deamon team and give out some Christmas presents. Also featuring, yet ANOTHER amazing holiday song from Mard and his worst guest ever. All that and much, much more on this episode of Free Ira Brown! Support the show at patreon.com/freeirabrown
What promised to be a busy, exciting week turned into about as quiet a week as could be: all four of Gonzaga’s games canceled and quite a hole left in the schedule. But if you feared we here at Free Ira Brown wouldn’t have anything to talk about, we both congratulate you on not having much to worry about in your life and also say: fret not! Gonzaga may not have played any of their four scheduled games last week, but that won’t stop us from reviewing them. Of course, we spend much of our time examining Gonzaga’s next major opponent, the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and their star center Luka Garza. Among the nation’s statistical leaders in several categories, the senior will be a nightmare to defend (and, if you’re Chris, pronounce). We’ll run through Gonzaga’s options on both ends of the floor (will Strawther and Harris be back?) and how we might go about slowing down the most productive player we’ve seen since Zion. And finally, before we have a little fun by re-casting some of the most well-known holiday TV and movie roles with WCC personalities, we are lucky enough to get a new holiday tune: A visit from the patron saint of Gonzaga Christmas. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come kill some time with us, won’t you?
We know what you were thinking. We thought the same thing. Less than 13 minutes into the first game of a Big 12 double-header, Gonzaga’s star recruit injures his…well…we weren’t really sure what Jalen Suggs injured, but we here at Free Ira Brown feared the same thing as everyone else. Which made the energy drop immediately after understandable and his return to play in the second half equal parts remarkable and terrifying (come to think of it, equal parts remarkable and terrifying is a pretty good tagline for the podcast. Not surprisingly, Suggs and his health dominated much of the conversation in our latest episode, but we still found time to discuss Nembhard’s brilliant performance (Nemb-V-P! Nemb-V-P!), Ayayi’s penchant for making just the right play at just the right time (#a11aboard!) and Timme now being required to play with a headband. Then we turn our attention to the other big story from the weekend: the Baylor game getting postponed after more positive tests in the Gonzaga program. We discuss when the game might get rescheduled and what it means for us going forward. We also take a brief look at the four games originally scheduled for this week (we recorded before it was announced the games were canceled). All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come breathe a sigh of relief with us, won’t you?
What a wild few days in the world of Gonzaga basketball. A comfortable win over Kansas -- where the Bulldogs casually dropped a 100(!) points – and a demolition of SEC stalwart Auburn highlight the positive while reports of positive tests for COVID-19 in and around the Gonzaga program raise questions about the school’s actions and whether two monster games this week should be played. Sound like a lot to get through? Don’t worry, Free Ira Brown is here to help navigate you through the tidal wave of information. In our latest episode, we’ll go deep into the swamps of Florida, where we’ll find incredible performances from Jalen Suggs (welcome to college basketball!), Drew Timme, Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi as the Bulldogs brush aside those pesky upstarts from Lawrence. We’ll also discuss the drubbing of Auburn and a weirdly bearded Bruce Pearl. Once we’ve finished exulting and not overreacting at all, we’ll turn our attentions to South Dakota, as the Gonzaga women fought valiantly against the nation’s top team in South Carolina. Then we’ll look toward Indianapolis (we think…we hope) as the men prepare for a huge game against Tennessee West Virginia before the titanic clash against No. 2 ranked Baylor. We’ll walk you through the Mountaineers and Bears match up. And finally, we’ll finish with some more positive thoughts: some things we’re looking forward to as the holiday season has officially begun. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do join in the roasted Jayhawk with us, won’t you?
It’s the time of year when we all give thanks: for family, friends, health, a comfy couch and a tryptophan-induced nap. This year, in the year to end all years, we get to give thanks not just for Gonzaga basketball, but while watching Gonzaga basketball. And what better way to prepare yourself for some mid-morning holiday hoops than the latest episode of Free Ira Brown? Yes, the FIB crew is back, and we thought given the excitement around the game with Kansas (Kansas!) we’d bring in someone smarter than us to lend a hand. Enter: Steven Karr from The Slipper Still Fits. Karr helps us break down how Gonzaga matched up with the Jayhawks and what we can expect from a team which lost two second-team All Americans and is still ranked in the top 5 (a note: we recorded this before the news broke about Tennessee and Andrew Nembhard). We’ll also turn our attention to a re-tooling Auburn team, Gonzaga’s second matchup in Fort Myers, and look ahead to the Gonzaga women taking on the nation’s top-ranked team, the South Carolina Gamecocks. And finally, we’ll share a few things we’re thankful for as we edge ever closer to piles of mashed potatoes, spoonfuls of gravy and hopefully some roasted Jayhawk. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come give thanks with us, won’t you?
It’s out with the old(er) players and with the new on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown. The guys are back to complete the season preview of Gonzaga’s players, focusing on player transfers and the incoming freshmen. Is Cook the latest in the long line of impact grad transfers? How much will Strawther play (please don’t be really hurt)? Will Dominick dominate? Who is Colby Brooks? We also got a chance to see real, honest-to-goodness basketball! Well, sort of: we had Kraziness in the Kennel, which gave us our first glimpse at the players, new and old alike. We’ll glean what we can from the first 16 minutes of the season and definitely not overreact in any way. And finally, we’ll have a little fun, setting up a 3-on-3, Hoopfest style draft with this year’s team and leave it to you to decide which team of four is best-suited to win a 3 v 3 tournament. Oh yeah, there’s the small matter of our schedule, too. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come quarantine with us, won’t you?
You ready for the best news you’ve heard in months? Something about which no one could possibly have any reservations? Marty’s back with a brand-new song. No, it’s true. And oh yeah, Free Ira Brown is back! That’s right, dear friends, after months of turmoil and frustration, indecision and uncertainty, claustrophobia and exasperation, the FIB crew is here to provide our normal dose of aural pleasure. And we’ll talk about basketball. A lot. No, really: actual, honest-to-goodness basketball. And Marty has a new song. And it’s great. We’ll touch on some other news here and there (uniforms, preseason award lists, and the like), but the heart of kick-off pod is a deep-dive into our returning players. Kispert, Timme, Ayayi, Watson, we spare no one (except in this abbreviated list here). Who is going to get major minutes? Who is going to have to make the most of their limited time? Can Ballo channel his inner Tsang Tsung? Oh yeah, did we mention Marty has his best song to date? And one more treat: in an attempt to reach out to our younger listeners, we bring in a group of mystical sages, magical seers, huge visionaries to help gather information and knowledge from around the college basketball world. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Let’s have some fun, shall we? @freeirabrown Support the show at patreon.com/freeirabrown!
In this, the longest of Summers, we here at Free Ira Brown masterly debated long and hard about when we should release our annual bundle of summertime love. Then Petrusev dropped his bomb and we realized Ayayi (who since announced his return) and Kispert's decisions were just around the corner. There is no time then, like the present (or the present as it was nearly a week ago when we recorded this, big whoop wanna fight about it?) for Adam, Chris and Marty to come together and regale you with our COVID summer tales. Who gained weight? Who lost it? Who looks like an extra on the "Boogie Nights" set? (it's Chris). The answers to all these questions and more await you on this episode of Free Ira Brown: THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast!
College basketball always has the most abrupt ends to its season, but this…this is something else entirely. One of the weirdest, gut-punching-est 24 hours in sports history culminated with the cancellation of the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments. The most fun weekend of the year, the weekend Free Ira Brown actually gets to see each other in person, the most fun annual sporting event just…gone. And thus, dear FIBber, the tone in our final episode of the season starts out expectantly somber. But with the help of each other, a little perspective and quite a large amount of alcohol, our heroes find the energy to discuss the first time (some of us) haven’t been in a bar watching games together in over a decade, give tribute to our seniors and whether this season finishes as a success. Those stories, plus we have a mailbag! You had questions! We had answers! Some of them even applied to the questions! Well…ish. It was late in the pod and we, uh, may have had a few. We also decided, since we simply couldn’t go without breaking down ANY bracket, to take Joe Lunardi’s final bracketology of the season and run our own foolproof simulation to determine who won the national title. You may be surprised who won (or you may not…yeah, you probably won’t be). And finally, since sports are all theoretical at this point, our final Top 3 of the season involves historical sports matchups we’d love to see. All this and more on Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come hang out with us one last time this season, won’t you? This one is . . .Very Long. So here are some (Approximate) landmarks: News: 15:00 Season Eulogy Montage: 19:07 Lamentations: 26:35 Senior Tribute: 47:20 Hypothetical Tourney: 1:05:28 Mailbag: 1:32:15 Song - The Day The Madness Died: 2:06:20 Top Three: 2:12:02 patreon.com/freeirabrown
The numbers are staggering: 17 titles 22 years, 23 straight WCC Tournament final appearances and now 22 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. And yet, beating Saint Mary’s in the final never ceases to be fun. Good, ol’ fashioned, virus-free fun. You could see what it meant to the players in their celebrations after, and you can hear what it means to (at least some) Gonzaga fans on the latest offering from Free Ira Brown! In our latest episode, our heroes welcome Jack Ferris from the Sac and Jack podcast to help us break down the WCC Tournament, from the closer than was comfortable victory over USF to the weirdness that was BYU vs. Saint Mary’s, finishing with a little bit of revenge for last year’s WCC final. Those stories, plus we discuss what might be the best number in Gonzaga history, we go into the background of Sac and Jack got off the ground, we look ahead to Selection Sunday and go over some of the teams we would like to play and would like to avoid. And finally, a couple weeks ago we ran through some things we were randomly good at. Now it’s only fair we go over some things we are randomly not so good at (like timing, considering this podcast was recorded before the NCAA came out with the news there would be no fans at the NCAA Tournament games). All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come enjoy some numbers with us, won’t you?
It was a Senior Night properly celebrated, as Gonzaga honored five seniors before beating Saint Mary’s en route to its eighth straight WCC regular season title. Wait, I can hear you asking, five seniors? Aren’t there only three? There are three ON the court, but the Bulldogs pulled a pair of spectacular surprises, brining student manager Mac Graff out for celebration before bringing out NBA lottery pick and former Bulldog Rui Hachimura (WE HAVE A RUI!!) to enjoy what would have been his senior night. Yes, dear FIBber, by that point, the game was a formality but we here at Free Ira Brown won’t let that stop us. And in our latest episode, our heroes react to the Senior Night festivities before breaking down the win over the Gaels (and all was right with the world). Those stories, plus with the end of the regular season we turn our attention to Vegas and the WCC Tournament. To help us, we brought in someone who has some experience (and expertise) in postseason tournaments: Kerry Keating! The former Santa Clara coach makes his return to the pod to (in theory) help us understand how teams prepare for conference tournaments before things, well, drifted ever so slightly. And finally, with the retirement of Adam Morrison’s jersey, we wonder what else might be worth putting on the North Wall of The Kennel. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come celebrate another WCC title with us, won’t you? @freeirabrown email@example.com
The world is clearly ending. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria. Gonzaga has lost a conference road game! Well, OK, so it’s obviously not that bad, and we here at Free Ira Brown try to take Saturday’s loss to BYU in stride and focus on the positives: the loss doesn’t affect our seeding much if at all, it wasn’t in March and we still have a chance to get a bit of revenge in the WCC Tournament. We also run through Thursday’s win over USF, which featured one of the worst first halves in quite a long time but it’s pretty safe to say a solid second half. Those stories, plus: it’s Senior Night! Or, it will be on Saturday against those mugs from Moraga. To help us prepare for that and Thursday’s game against USD we welcome FIB Patreon Ryan Lambert. Ryan also helps answer some questions from Chris, there are derps galore and we’ll have an extensive investigation into just who Brook Steppe is. And finally, we run through some things at which we’re randomly good, much of which resorts to old video games and dad skills. All this and more in the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come see the world’s end with us, won’t you?
The Pepperdine student section was loud and proud last week, but ultimately waved goodbye to their upset chances when Filip Petrusev showed his mettle, dominating the home team inside. This being the only game last week you might think this will be a quick show, but nay sir, do not underestimate your humble heroes’ ability to wax on about Filip’s continued improvement, Corey’s samurai like assassination skills and the Houston Asstrholes. We also mention the NBA All-Star game (Behold the Thickening) and dig deep into the upcoming match-ups against USF and BYU. Speaking of BYU, they’re ranked in the top 25 this week and Ding-Dong! Hello! This is a massive match-up between two top 25 heavyweights. Marty introduces us to our formidable opponent the only way he knows best, through song. All this and a discussion of those sports figures who, well, who may be compensating for something. This week on Free Ira Brown! THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown firstname.lastname@example.org patreon.com/freeirabrown
Laughing. Guffawing. Chortling. ROFL…uh…ing. Schadenfreude is rarely so much freude as when it’s Saint Mary’s on the schaden end. And it just so happens, dear FIBbers, we here at Free Ira Brown are all about the schadenfreude. So in our latest episode, our heroes bring in a reinforcement to help us soak in all the joy of that mauling in Moraga. Free Ira Brown fan Connor Coombs joins us as we shower Drew Timme with love, bathe in that glorious first half and give Randy Bennett some good, clean advice. Those stories, plus, apparently we also played against LMU? We’ll investigate that, take a look ahead to Peck…uh…Pepperdine and review the NCAA’s mid-season bracket release which has us (perhaps surprisingly) as a 1 seed in the West region, ahead of undefeated San Diego State. And finally, we finish by sharing some of our own unpopular opinions. All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come share the schadenfreude with us, won’t you?
You ever wonder why something is called jam-packed? Is jam have an unusually dense packing? Why is it not peanut butter packed? Or ice cream packed? Mmm, ice cream. It might be time to head to your local grocery store, pick up a pint and throw on the latest offering from Free Ira Brown! Our latest episode is ice cream packed as our heroes take a look back at the more-competitive win over Santa Clara and the nail-biting win over San Francisco. We’ll run through the after-effects of Tillie’s injury, what it means for the lineup going forward and … it’s Saint Mary’s Week! Those stories, pus we take our first real deep-dive into Bracketology, it’s Saint Mary’s Week!, we have a mini-segment of Crazy/Not Crazy, we take a trip into the wonderful world of derps and it’s Saint Mary’s Week! And finally, we finish up with a Top 3 full of love and hate and bits of love-hate. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come share some ice cream with us, won’t you?
You ever imagine what a soundtrack to a Gonzaga game would sound like? It would start with Zombie Nation (obviously), but then what? Something more tense, more dramatic (like Filip going down with an ankle injury)? How about something more joyous (like Filip starting the next game)? Or just a straight energy boost (like Tillie throwing one down on the break)? Well, dear FIBber, we here at Free Ira Brown imagine – at least in WCC play – it would be a little something like this: Zombie Nation, followed by It’s The Same Old Song and finishing up with DJ Khaled (All I do is winwinwin, no matter what…). Yeah, that sounds about right. And in our latest episode, our heroes welcome another guest (Lissa Tripp, you may know her as ZagsChick on Twitter) to help us examine the same old story, the same old song and dance as Gonzaga trounces the (paper) Tigers of Pacific. Those stories, plus we extend a tribute Brandon Clarke (and Matt Bouldin), we lament someone other than Heister announcing our game and we touch upon the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. And finally, we return to Top 3 with our top three movie soundtracks, a wide-ranging set of choices sure to leave out your favorite. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come push play with us, won’t you?
Do you have any eligibility left? A spare season or two from your collegiate days? Maybe you’re still in school and feel like lending a hand (or ankle)? It feels like that’s what is needed after yet another injury, this time to Gonzaga’s leading scorer and rebounder. Unfortunately, dear FIBber, we have exhausted all our athletic eligibility. All we can give is the newest episode of Free Ira Brown, in which our heroes discuss the ankle injury to Filip Petrusev, why this was the best time for it to happen (not that there’s ever a good time) and what it means going forward. Those stories, plus we welcome FIB super fan David Jenne to help us enjoy the thumping of BYU, we make fun of Marty relentlessly for believing in Santa Clara and we revel in Killian Tillie’s defense, Ryan Woolridge’s speed and Joel Ayayi’s all-around excellence. And finally, we finish up with a fun discussion of which TV personalities we like and which ones drive us nuts. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come spend your remaining eligibility with us, won’ you? Support the Show! patreon.com/freeirabrown
It’s sort of like finding your favorite pair of slippers, right? Maybe they had been lost under the bed, or the dog used one as a chew toy and it was lost for a few weeks. But once you find it, you slip it on and it’s as comfortable as you remember. So it was, watching Gonzaga regain its form in a pair of blow-out conference road wins. A savaging of San Diego? Slipping the right foot in. A mauling of Marymount? Your left foot sliding into an ocean of comfort. It’s nice to see the slippers still fit, isn’t it? And – no surprise here -- with a pair of games comes the latest offering from Free Ira Brown. In our latest episode, our heroes exalt in Ayayi’s excellence, Woolridge’s brilliance and at least one game of moderately passable free throw shooting. Those stories, plus there’s a heated(ish) discussion of the best #13 in Gonzaga history, we have the largest amount discussion of Santa Clara in the history of the pod and we look ahead to a matchup with a dangerous BYU team who will likely be without star forward Yoeli Childs. And finally, we have some fun with some accurate and not-so-accurate movie plot summaries. All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do kick back, put your slippers on and join us, won’t you? @freeirabrown FreeIraBrown@gmail.com
After about six-and-a-half years of putting out the podcast, one thing has become unassailably clear: We have no idea what we’re talking about. So in order to help, we brought in the best possible option, the one person who has the combination of basketball smarts, access to the program and killer, killer hair. That’s right, dear FIBbers, Free Ira Brown is back, and on our latest episode, our heroes interview Dan Dickau! Yes, that Dan Dickau. No, we’re not sure how it happened, either. But he’s here and there’s audio evidence to prove it. We ask the Gonzaga legend his thoughts on this year’s team, what his time was like working as a player development coach with the Portland Trailblazers and who wore the #21 best? Those stories, plus: did you guys hear about this Minnesota kid who committed to Gonzaga? Someone named Jalen Suggs…of course you heard, we all heard and we do a poor job of hiding our excitement about the highest-rated recruit Gonzaga has, uh, recruited (Dickau has some typically intelligent thoughts on Suggs, too). But just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be more, we also evaluate the West Coast Conference’s non-conference schedule, review Gonzaga’s first two WCC games and take a look ahead to San Diego and Loyola Marymount. And finally, we see the return of some crazy (and not-so-crazy) predictions. It’s an episode packed to the brim with goodness on Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come enjoy a chat with a legend with us, won’t you?
The holiday season means a much-needed break for the Gonzaga players, giving a chance to rest, heal up some injuries and enjoy some high-quality Christmas music (see our last episode). But fret not, dear FIBbers, we are still here to help you through this most festive of periods. That’s right, Free Ira Brown is back, and in our latest episode, our heroes fight through colds, Disney and whiskey to bring you a brief (well, for us) New Year’s pod. There isn’t too much to cover, but we will review the win over Detroit Mercy, the Gonzaga women roaring back from a 20-point deficit to get a big win and some absolute gold from Greg Heister. Those stories, plus with the new year comes the start of the West Coast Conference season, and we’ll take you through the conference openers against Portland and Pepperdine (ROMAAAARRR!!). And finally, we would like to take a moment to wish you a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year. We wish nothing but the best in the new decade. @freeirabrown Freeirabrown@gmail.com
Gonzaga basketball caps off a tough stretch with glorious victories over North Carolina and Eastern Washington. In honor of their sweet, sweet domination, Marty blesses us with a song . . . about Greg Heister? You're in for the yuletide of your life on this episode of Free Ira Brown! @freeirabrown Patreon.com/freeirabrown email@example.com
Do ever wonder how well Gonzaga would do in a real conference? You know, what that doesn’t include the lumbering lummoxes that are the LMU Lions? Or the ponderous peasants that are the Portland Pilots? What if, and go with us here, what if Gonzaga were in a real, proper conference? Like, for example, the Pac-12? How would Gonzaga do in the Pac-12, where the west coast behemoths that are Washington and Oregon and Arizona live? What’s that, now? They beat all those teams, you say? And not one of the games was at home? And Tucson is six hours from the ocean and shouldn’t be considered the west coast? We hear you, dear FIBber! And since we here at Free Ira Brown are in the truthiness business, in our latest episode our heroes end the discussion on who the best team in the west is (as if there was any doubt) after Gonzaga goes into the McKale Center and comes away with a (mostly) impressive win over Arizona. We’ll take a look back at Ayayi’s brilliance, Angry Filip(!), Mannion’s miscues and what, exactly, precisely….what the holy hell happened those last 90 seconds. Those stories, plus we spend some time with Peter Woodburn and Keith Ybanez from this very Website, getting their thoughts on the season so far, what’s been a surprise -- both good and bad – and why Peter has ruined Keith’s ability to get into a game ever again. And finally, we finish up with a look ahead to Eastern Washington’s return to the MAC. Oh yeah, some other team is making its way west, as well. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops podcast. Do come bear down with us, won’t you?
Did you ever do Sunday dinner with the family? Mom and dad, or maybe grandma and grandpa, host as many members of the family as possible, maybe cook up a nice turkey dinner, or –ooh!—maybe a lasagna. Just out of curiosity, what did you put on your food? Were you a gravy fan for your turkey? Maybe parmesan or Reggiano for your lasagna? We hear at Free Ira Brown, we prefer Husky tears. And in the latest episode, our heroes exult in the full supply of Husky tears available after Sunday’s win. Woolridge all over both ends of the floor? Cue Husky tears. Ayayi with a clutch 3-pointer? More Husky tears. Tillie being the best player on the floor? Even MORE Husky tears. We rejoice in it all. Those stories, plus we give a shout out to the great Frank Burgess, pick an interesting thing from the Texas Southern game, take look at what should be a fun game against Arizona and weigh in on the topic du jour: Gonzaga’s student section. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come join us at the dinner table, won’t you?
What was it Meatloaf once said? Two out of three aint bad? It seems unlikely he was singing precisely about Gonzaga’s trip to the Bahamas 40+ years in advance, but we’re gonna go with it anyway (seriously, if you haven’t heard the man sing, go find him and treat yourself). And in the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, our heroes dissect the loss to Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis final. What went wrong? Mostly everything. What went right? Mostly nothing. Should we freak out? Not yet. We also take some real heart from the gutty, gritty, dig-way-down-deep victory over Oregon, talk about Ayayi’s continuing improvement and see if there’s anything we can do to help our starting backcourt get healthy and effective (just remember: don’t be sad, cause two out of three aint bad). Those stories, plus we have another pod dedication, we mention the words “Texas Southern” and we get ourselves prepped for that small matter of a cross-state trip Sunday to take on Washington. Isaiah Stewart is an elite talent, but is he enough to carry the Huskies to a long-awaited victory? All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come belt out some Meatloaf with us, won’t you?
As the season of thanks and commercialism descends upon us and turkeys everywhere run and hide, we here at Free Ira Brown turn our attention to the warm waters of the Caribbean. Specifically The Bahamas, of course, as Gonzaga has made its way from the lovely climes of Spokane to the totally average, nothing-to-write-home-about beaches of Nassau (seriously, what a downgrade). It is on those pristine shores the Bulldogs will face their stiffest competition yet (no, not you, Southern Miss) with potential matchups with Oregon/Seton Hall and UNC/Michigan looming. And it’s here (well, the link below, anyway) where you can find the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, in which our heroes look (briefly) ahead to the game against the Golden Eagles and (thoroughly) to the Thanksgiving Day game against either the Pirates (always a scary proposition in the Caribbean) or the Ducks (always a good Thanksgiving dish). Who do we match up with better? What are each team’s strengths and weaknesses? Why is Southern Miss so bad at shooting the basketball when they play a game where the goal is to shoot a basketball? Those stories, plus we take a quick, obligatory look back to the razing of the Roadrunners, wonder what’s wrong with Corey, pay some respect to Kayla Standish, give our thanks for all that is Greg Heister and get into a little podcasting after dark. And finally, with the Bulldogs heading off to the Bahamas, we provide the lads with a little extra motivation with the return of the Top 3. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come eat at the big kids table with us, won’t you? @freeirabrown firstname.lastname@example.org Contribute! patreon.com/freeirabrown
The French don’t have a Thanksgiving Holiday. That’s not really surprising, considering it’s a holiday celebrated by New World entities. But we here at Free Ira Brown won’t let that small, petty fact deter us from raising a toast to the return of Gonzaga’s Cagnes-sur-Mer Magnifique, Killian Tillie. For as our forefathers taught us, “Give us Tillie, or give us bad non-conference losses!” Pretty sure that’s in paragraph three of the Declaration of Independence. Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, our heroes were celebrating Tillie’s return to lead Gonzaga past a plucky, feisty, annoyingly game UT Arlington team who seemed determined to ruin the rest of our week and make us forget the dominating performance the Bulldogs put on just a few days earlier in a blowout win over Texas A&M in College Station. Those stories, plus we have the most heated pod dedication argument in recent memory (all five episodes), Heister learns what kinesio tape is and we struggle to find any noteworthy alums from our next opponent, Cal St. Bakersfield. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come celebrate the return of our French Fantastique with us, won’t you?
In 2017, led by one Geno Crandall, North Dakota came into the McCarthey Athletic Center and pushed a loaded Gonzaga team (aren’t they all loaded, really?) to overtime. That 2017 team, however, did not have Filip Petrusev. Filip Petrusev does not suffer such dramatics. Nor would be there any of the accompanying hand-wringing this year from Free Ira Brown. That’s right, dear FIBbers, we’re back, and in the latest episode our heroes go deep into finer aspects of the cruise-control wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and the Fighting Hawks: Petrusev feasting on lesser fools, Corey doing a bit of everything and Woolridge being really fast. Those stories, plus we get into the NCAA and why they got it right (or didn’t) with the James Wiseman situation in Memphis, take a swim in the waters of Lake Schadenfreude (Winthrop! At home!), nod our collective heads and drinks to Kevin Pangos (and P-Maag!), try to determine whether Joel Ayayi (#A11Aboard) is the best rebounding guard in Gonzaga history and finish up with a brief game of What If? All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come along and laugh at others with us, won’t you?
Basketball. Games. Actual, counts-for-real, honest-to-goodness basketball. Gonzaga is back! And to help celebrate the season-opening romp past Alabama State, we here at Free Ira Brown brought in someone who kinda actually knows what he’s talking about: friend of the pod Steven Karr (he’s on twitter at @skarrGo, which we’re told is pronounced like the snails, not a nickname for Scarlett Johansson). Steven helps our heroes preview the Gonzaga women’s season, discuss whether it’s too early to give Corey Kispert the Naismith Award now and figure out Alabama State is about on par with Michigan State. Those stories, plus we brave through Filip’s injury scare (no getting hurt!), we preview the upcoming games against Arkansas Pine Bluff and North Dakota (the Geno Crandall internal Civil War special!) and run through some pet peeves from the sporting world and elsewhere. All that and more in the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come revel in the return of actual basketball, won’t you? @freeirabrown email@example.com
It can be scary out there, in the offseason. No ghoulish games to look forward to, no ghastly matchups to set your mind aflutter. Nothing but the vast, dark emptiness that is the wasteland of sports without college basketball. Thankfully, our nightmare is over. Yes, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will finally come back to the court. And with them, so Free Ira Brown returns! That’s right, dear FIBbers, our heroes are back to finish off the season preview pods. A scrimmage against Michigan State? We got that. Breaking news on Oumar Ballo and how that affects us? We got that, too. Those stories, plus we take a look at each other freshman and what to expect/hope, go over the roster/rotations with a fine-toothed comb and break down our non-conference schedule. We also have a lightning round at the end, just for giggles. All that and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do join us in the season countdown, won’t you? @freeirabrown firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Ira Brown Returns! That's right, four of five starters from last year's team have moved on, but Free Ira Brown is here to get you introduced to the new squad. In this ep, we take a look at the veterans, returning players and transfers, who will form the backbone of the roster. We also go over the new NCAA rules and look back at our own personal shining moments. Thanks for listening to THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. @freeirabrown email@example.com
Yeah. So, this is our summer pod. It was recorded before the USWNT won the World Cup, so we didn't talk about that. Also, we pick a player from the past to name the episode after, but you can tell that from the title. We talk about the off-season moves, the inevitable departures and the welcome surprises, then we tell you, with complete accuracy, how all these young guns are going to fit together next year. Do have a beach day with us, won't you? We're a little laid back here at headquarters, so this one's a freebie patreon patrons. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! If you aren't contributing, we'd welcome any support you can muster, go to patreon.com/freeirabrown. Follow us on twitter @freeirabrown.
If you thought, after five years, it would be easier to put together an end-of-season pod; if you thought, after five years, we would keep things in the proper perspective, not get too up or down on the emotional roller coaster which is college sports; if you thought any of these things...you thought entirely and utterly inaccurately. Because, dear FIBbers, there’s no getting around it: this one hurts. A lot. But through the pain, through the sniffles and the hangovers, Free Ira Brown still manages to cobble, well, something together. In our last episode of the season, our heroes look back at Gonzaga’s loss to Texas Tech in the Elite 8 and try to figure out why a season with so much promise ended so abruptly. Those stories, plus, we look ahead to who may or may not be coming back next year, what our starting lineup for the opening game might be and we try to figure out why this loss stings more than some of the others. And finally, we try to remember it’s not all bad, as we realize, yes, Gonzaga may have lost but others have it worse. All that and more on the season finale of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do commiserate with us one more time, won’t you?