Why can't all sportswriters and announcers say Gonzaga correctly? Bob Ryan became the latest TV personality to say Gonzaga incorrectly during an episode of "Around the Horn" on ESPN. During the television broadcast of the La Salle vs. Boise State game on Wednesday (March 20), the school name was mispronounced yet again by one of the female correspondents.
This isn't new territory, as it is something that fans of the Gonzaga Bulldogs have been dealing with for several years. The question that plagues most of them, though, is why people reporting on the university cannot take the time to learn how to pronounce the name of the school. It seems pretty easy, especially with how many years the school has been going to the NCAA tournament.
The correct way to state the school's name is Gon-ZAG-uh. For some reason, though, television personalities keep stating that the university is called Gon-ZOG-uh. One of the big hints to how the team should be referred to is in the nickname. Most local fans in Spokane simply refer to them as the "Zags" when discussing the team. Nearly every television personality also knows that this is one of the team's nicknames, but the mispronunciation continues.
Now that the Gonzaga Bulldogs have a No. 1 seed and could be heading deep into the NCAA tournament, maybe this will be the year that all television personalities learn how to pronounce Gonzaga correctly.