Why Huskies fans should root for a Gonzaga-Oregon NCAA tournament final

Yes, blasphemous as this may sound, Washington fans should stand behind the Zags and Ducks this weekend and hope they meet in the national championship game. It would be good for the region, conference and home state of Huskies fans.

Unfortunately, the bosses say I can’t remove my e-mail address from this column. Same goes for my Twitter handle and what baby boomers refer to as my “phone number.”

So I guess I’ll just find a bunker and settle in for a hurricane. I have a feeling this isn’t going to go well.

Seattle, you see, is brimming with college graduates from across the country, but more root for Washington than any other school. Purple pride is everywhere in Dawgtown USA, especially because UW football has re-established itself as a national power.

But when it comes to the Final Four, the Huskies aren’t around for their die-hard fans to cheer for. Fortunately (bracing myself), Gonzaga and Oregon are.

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Yes, blasphemous as this might sound, Washington fans should stand behind the Zags and Ducks this weekend and hope they meet in the national-championship game. Despite instinct wishing that each suffer triple-digit losses, a Gonzaga-Oregon final is ideal.

It would be good for the region, conference and home state of Huskies fans. Think of it like a wheatgrass shot — hard to swallow but ultimately beneficial.

Let’s start with the region. The Pacific Northwest hasn’t produced a Final Four participant since Oregon State in 1963, which took place five years after Elgin Baylor led Seattle U to the title game.  It hasn’t produced a national champion since Oregon did it in ’39 — and the NIT might have been the more prestigious tournament back then. But now, for the first time, you have two Cascadia schools playing on college basketball’s biggest stage simultaneously. There’s gotta be some PNW pride, right?

Besides, if the Zags lose to South…

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