Cat scratch: A weird Zendejas story, Boivin likes work-in-progress UA and more

  • We know much about the Zendejas family legacy and the implications it holds in the rivalry between Arizona and the Arizona State Sun Devils. Jeff Metcalfe breaks down the rift in the Zendejas clan, including a point in which the Arizona Cardinals mascot, who was once Sparky, defaced a table at Max Zendejas' burrito shop in Tucson. I'm guessing Alex Zendejas doesn't get to add to that legacy. No, I'm hoping for that. Let's see what John Bonano can do.
  • Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin believes that while the Arizona Wildcats basketball team isn't the cream of the crop, Sean Miller's crew is a very promising work in progress. Today's game against St. John's will be the first big test for Arizona. They've yet to see a team even 80 percent as athletic as the Johnnies, so we're all anxious to see how they'll react and how they look side-by-side St. John's.
  • Going back to basketball for a second: This trip to New York is a homecoming for Kevin Parrom, who returns for the first time since visiting following his mother's death. But so too do Sidiki Johnson, a Bronx product, and assistant coach Book Richardson.
  • Jeff Hammerschmidt and Joe Salave'a, two current Arizona assistants, have fond memories of playing against the Sun Devils. Winning never feels bad, I guess.
  • And what happens if the Wildcats defeat ASU, who had a pretty awesome season going until losing two games in a row (by the way, losing to Wazzou and their No. 3 quarterback was pretty bad, even if Connor Halliday played pretty well)? Well, let's just say that Sun Devil fans may reach the boiling point and it'll probably similar to the feeling in Wildcat fans' guts when Arizona got destroyed by a winless Oregon State squad earlier this year. Yeah, you know what happened. Whether he admits it or not, dropping this one might have huge implications for the fate of Dennis Erickson.
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