It is fitting that we are in Territorial Cup week.

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Posted by Big Ron on November 22, 21 at 18:08:41:

In Reply to: What Office? posted by Chandler Devil on November 22, 21 at 14:03:51:

Chandler, why do you agitate me for the holidays?

The Territorial Cup sort of symbolizes ASU football. Maybe ASU sports in general. A symbol of school identity and fan devotion - gets lost for decades. Not in Tucson, but in Tempe. Oh Well. Then it show up in a basement by accident. Somebody had to bury it down there and then forget about it. How can that happen?

As a kid, I witnessed the Phoenix community rise up to demand University status for its Tempe school. As a freshman, I watched G. Homer Durham come into Hayden Hall to visit the athletes and encourage them to help put ASU on the national map. Speed and excitement would be the identity of the fastest growing university in the fastest growing state. He gave young dynamic coaches a free rein. Kush, Wulk, Winkles and Baldy Castillo kicked ass. Then after the school prospered from Durham’s efforts, new academic bureaucrats found it easier to bury ASU sports than to compete with them for the school’s national reputation. Much like the Territorial Cup, ASU sports are buried in the basement of Crow’s 100,000 student metropolis. They have been there for a long time. Nobody is really looking for them. Certainly not Anderson.

Upon replacing Smith, Ray made some comment about ASU fans thinking that ASU is an elite baseball school because it had some success decades ago. I doubt that he has any real desire to rummage around in the rubble of past school administrations to find the original spirit of ASU sports.

Sigh. Now I’ve got go and cancel the December 3rd Las Vegas hotel reservations that I made before the season started. Have a good holiday, buddy.

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