Need to know the ups and downs of the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils' rivalry?
You probably already know the history of Tempe Normal, the ugly colors and the Sun Devils alumni including a dude who did a lot of steroids and a cheerleader turned porn star (Fun fact: I think Courtney Simpson miiight have gone to my high school, but I have no proof of this -- only rumor).
As far as football is concerned, you older folk probably remember the historic moments that Kyle Kensing has been bringing you this week. Here's the rundown there.
- Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic discusses the state of Arizona, its really weird sports scene, and how people don't understand that just because transplants make up much of the state, there's still bitter and nasty rivalries in many sports. On a side note, what's the feeling about how harsh this UA/ASU rivalry is; I know the Texas/Oklahoma and Packers/Vikings type of stuff is bad, but isn't Wildcats/Sun Devils on the same level?
- It's not all that nasty though. ASU running back Cameron Marshall admits to the Republic that he 1) loses to his sister, Arizona sprinter Dahlys Marshall, in races and 2) wore an Arizona shirt when she committed to run for the Wildcats.
- I think a safe bet in handling rivalry talk, from an athlete's perspective, is to take the route of Nick Foles.
"It's for bragging rights," UA senior quarterback Nick Foles said. "It's really huge for the fans. Neither team can stand each other. I don't like ASU at all. It's always a hard-fought, dirty game.
"I just don't like them. I don't need anything else."
Now down to the football involved.
- Anthony Gimino at the Citizen picks five players to watch for the Wildcats and five to keep an eye on for the Sun Devils.