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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 presen…
 
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 perso…
 
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, …
 
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 Fr…
 
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 …
 
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 (se…
 
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,…
 
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 …
 
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 t…
 
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 Ir…
 
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 persona…
 
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, h…
 
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…
 
You ever get a cavity and you’re not sure how you got it? You floss regularly, you’re a good brusher, you don’t flood yourself with sugar. But sure enough, there it is, the hole in your enamel which will cause you to sit in a dental chair for 90 minutes and accidentally bite your tongue as it comes out of anesthesia. Well the same thing happened to…
 
Can you feel it? That tingling in the air? The sense of anticipation? It’s almost here. Just a few days until we’re all glued to the court to watch Gonzaga make another run at the Final Four. And to get you (even more) primed, dear FIBbers, the Free Ira Brown crew is here to help you break down the brackets. In our latest episode, our heroes take a…
 
The hardest things to do, dear FIBbers, after a loss like that: 1) Explain it. 2) Calm down. It’s unclear whether we did either, but we here at Free Ira Brown at least tried. Sort of. Mostly. In our latest episode, our heroes take a look back at the West Coast Conference Tournament and specifically at what went wrong in the final…well…pretty much e…
 
We interrupt this regularly scheduled Karr commercial to bring you this breaking news story: Sources in Spokane confirm Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke was being investigated by police for a series of events which took place last weekend in the greater San Francisco area. The 6-foot-8 junior was accused of bullying multiple people over a span of thr…
 
There’s no getting around it: this ended up being a painful podcast to record. Not for the content of the pod, of course -- Josh Perkins made sure the recording of the pod was going to be nothing but fun. But for the hangover. Oh, the hangover. You see, dear FIBbers, for our latest episode, Free Ira Brown welcomed back FIB Patreon and Gonzaga super…
 
It cannot always be sunshine and rainbows, right? Sometimes, games won’t be as easy to stomach as we wish they were. Sometimes, we don’t get Greg and Dan and Richard guffawing their way through a 30-point thumping of BYU, or a nigh-50-point humiliation of Randy Bennett and his scowl. Sometimes, we have to listen to Bill Walton. But don’t worry, dea…
 
You ever see one of those fights, when there’s a bigger guy beating up on a little guy and you just can’t help but feel for the little guy? Maybe he or she is doing all they can but they’re clearly just outmatched and end up like the little brother being held at arm’s length by the big brother? And you just want to jump in and help the little guy? …
 
Adam and Marty are joined by special guest and FIB superfan David Jenne while Chris honeymoons (Congratulations Buddy!). We take a long, hard look at the 30 point drubbing laid upon the BYU Cougars, marvel at the consistent domination of Rui Hachimura and anticipate the toughest weekend of the WCC season with GU facing both USF and some other team …
 
Of all the people who helped start this incredibly period of success we’ve experienced as Gonzaga fans, there’s one man whose name ranks above all else as the coolest name among Gonzaga trendsetters. Casey Calvary is a great name (who doesn’t love alliteration), Dan Dickau is fantastic (see above), but no one – and we mean no one, dear FIBbers – ca…
 
Normally, we’d have something here about how Gonzaga put to lowly WCC foes to bed, and try to make it somewhat cute and/or funny. But this time, we have a sincere message: congrats to new Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez. It only took 10 years (about nine too long if you ask us), but the baseball writers finally got things right. …
 
They say it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We can debate the axiom’s merits, but thankfully for us Gonzaga fans, what isn’t much of a debate is this: the Bulldogs finished the weekend a bit stronger your friends here at Free Ira Brown. Yes, dear FIBbers, we’re back, though admittedly not at full strength. In our latest episode, our heroe…
 
As conference play begins, Gonzaga’s roster is starting to look like what we all hoped it would, and Free Ira Brown is back to provide a closer look at the return of both Killian Tillie and Geno Crandall. In our latest episode, our heroes revel in smacking aside Santa Clara in the Bulldogs’ West Coast Conference opener. The return of Tillie and Cra…
 
It’s a new year, a new week and a new episode of Free Ira Brown! That’s right, dear FIBbers, the boys are back from their holiday hiatus and they’re here to welcome you to 2019. In our newest installment, our heroes review the trio of holiday cupcakes that were the Denver, North Alabama and Cal State Bakersfield matchups. Those stories, plus we giv…
 
As it is the festive season, we felt it only appropriate to give you our own (abbreviated) version of a classic holiday tune – don’t worry, we don’t actually sing on the pod, we’re not monsters. Cracks fingers…OK, here we go: On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 12 Jeremy Joneses 11 Zykeras Riceing 10 More games with Heister 9 B-M…
 
As I left my house to go to work Wednesday morning, I discovered someone had broken into my car. Nothing too significant or meaningful stolen -- an old pair of sunglasses, some blue-tooth head phones, etc. Obnoxious, not really life-altering (that I can tell). As I was pilfering through the mess that was the interior of my car, I noticed there was …
 
You ever get a feeling of déjà vu? Where things which just happened feel like they happened already? How about you, Creighton? Ever get that feeling? You know the one: where Zach Norvell has a pretty pedestrian first half, you go into halftime with a seven-point lead, feeling pretty good about yourself. And then, out of nowhere, Norvell starts to e…
 
Last night I had a dream. For some reason, I was fighting a dragon. A green one. I had traveled out of town to either chase it or go hiking (it’s unclear which) and noticed it flying around. As I was running to get back to … town? My house? … I passed two people playing tennis without a net. I stopped to jokingly act like a line judge, but they too…
 
Are you excited about Brandon Clarke yet? Of course you are. You are, your parents are, and so is Free Ira Brown. Yes, dear FIBbers, we’re back again. And in our latest episode, our heroes run the gamut reviewing the win over Texas Southern. From new fan favorite Brandon Clarke’s speed and explosiveness to the steady excellence of Josh Perkins (11 …
 
Finally! The rock has come back to Spokane! Because, see, the basketball is sometimes called “the rock,” and basketball is back and The Rock was a wrestler who used to say…you know what, never mind. Basketball is back! Gonzaga basketball is back! Real, live, actual basketball! And you know what that means: A full and proper Free Ira Brown is back! …
 
OK, let’s get this out of the way at the top: We recorded this week’s episode before Killian Tillie’s injury was announced. We didn’t ignore it. You can’t accuse us of being in denial. Mostly. You know…ish. So what CAN you accuse us of? How about a high level of excitement as we help you count down the days until Thursday’s exhibition season-opener…
 
*Scrolls through old posts* ”Good God, That’s Free Ira Brown’s music!” No, no, we did that one already. *Scrolls further* “From the depths of the darkness of despair rises a podcast…” Nope, did that one already, too. *Looks closer* “We’re baaaaaccck!” Did that one, as well (note to self: Still use the Randy Quaid GIF from Independence Day on Twitte…
 
OK, just hear us out. It’s late-August. We know. Lots of things happened since we last podded. We know. We’re sorry. We were trying to find a Chik-Fil-A. But. Much like that one terrifying week after that foam party you don’t like to talk about, we’re late…but we’re finally here! That’s right, Free Ira Brown is back with a mid- … er … late-summer n…
 
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 ha…
 
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