Any student will tell you that basketball is the saving grace of Gonzaga athletics. The men's team is consistently very good, games are raucous and electrifying, and students get in for free—although it's true they must wait in line for at least an hour or two on Sunday nights to ensure a ticket. If you want to be near the floor on game day, you also have to line up outside of the arena hours before the doors open. The wait is worth it: a front-row seat (not that you'd ever sit down) to Gonzaga basketball, with 2,000 rabid students decked out in red, jostling and bellowing at your back. Students turn their backs in disdain as the other team is announced, then run on the court to form a human tunnel for Gonzaga players. Sadly, this passion does not extend itself to other varsity sports.
As for the intramurals, there's an A, B, and C league, so you can pick your level of involvement and competition. There isn't a huge variety of IM sports, but there's enough to keep everyone happy. Essentially, the only ingredient missing from being a great athletic campus is a high-level football team (or any football team). There are T-shirts bearing, "Gonzaga Football: Undefeated Since 1942," but this is putting a good face on a bad situation. Still, there's no way that a Thursday night basketball game against Portland State can compare to a "football Saturday" at Notre Dame.