SPOKANE, Wash. - It sure would be a shame for Gonzaga to go this far in the tournament and then not have the team make it to the airport safe and on-time, so on Wednesday the Spokane Police Department's traffic division provided the Bulldogs with a VIP escort.
They are nice young men who have won more games than any other Gonzaga team. But even as they take to the national stage, players still have time to sign autographs.
Fans of all ages dodged the rain Wednesday afternoon, hoping to get their last in-person look at Gonzaga's first Final Four team.
“They're an incredible basketball team,” said Mike Mears, Gonzaga fan. “They just have two more games to win and I think they can do it.”
Gonzaga's team bus driver is equally optimistic.
“Well they tell me when I drive, they win,” said Ron Turner, Northwestern Stage Lines. “So they said be sure you are driving.”
And this year Turner and his busload of superstars got a clear shot on their departure from McCarthey Center. Spokane Police stopped traffic as the team headed to the freeway.
“I love it,” said Turner. “I think it's an honor for the city and GU and the team. That's awesome.”
A few minutes later, the Bulldogs, bands, and coaches were boarding their charter.
There's been extra flying this season because Gonzaga's been especially good.
It takes about two and a half hours to fly down to Phoenix.
The Bulldogs will be greeted by lots of sunshine and 89 degree weather.
Hopefully that won't be too much of a welcome distraction as the team settles in for practice and the high profile challenges ahead of them.
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