Stranger Fruit

Sun Devils triumph

Last time I wrote about ASU basketball was early January when we beat the University of Arizona Wildcats 64-59 in overtime to go 3-0 in Pac10 play. Much moaning came from Wildcat supporters with claims that, had they had their phenom freshman (Bayless) the score would have been different.

Soon after that game the Sun Devils entered a tail-spin and went to 4-5 in conference before finding themselves today facing the full strength Wildcats away from home. Wildcat supporters predicted a massacre. Well, guess what? ASU came back from a sixteen point deficit to win 59-54. I wonder what the excuses from the U of A faithful will be now?

Both teams are now 5-5 in conference play.


  1. #1 jeff
    February 10, 2008

    I’m visiting in Tucson (and AZ) right now, and although I’m not a sports fan and rarely follow sports anymore, I can tell you that my friends here are *in shock*. I suspect a week long depression is about to ensue, where they seriously question their religion (Lute is God). I don’t understand it all, but they really, really hate you guys for some reason, and this hurt bad. The Schadenfreude on your side must be delicious.

  2. #2 John Lynch
    February 10, 2008

    Well, considering the amount of “you’re going to get destroyed” we had to put up with these past few weeks as ASU went on a five game slide, and Mike Stoops’ (UA football coach) comment that ASU was a junior college (all because some of his blue chips ditched UA for us), yeah, I’d say the schadenfreude is delicious (particularly because ASU swept the Wildcats in football, womens basketball, and mens basketball). Not bad for a junior college 🙂

  3. #3 Bruce Pettycrew
    February 11, 2008

    Hi, I’m the fat guy with the video camera who recorded your excellent presentation at the Humanist Society today; As an ASU graduate with two children who are UA graduates, you can imagine the long years I have been waiting for basketball parity. Luckily, since they were well raised, they have no religion to question!

  4. #4 Taylor Stevens
    February 12, 2008

    From what I’ve seen so far, they’re all too shocked to have come up with any explanations just yet. I’m sure it’ll eventually boil down to “yeah, well, see what happens next year when our coach is back,” or something close to it. May be a fair point, to be honest. Still, it feels nice to have something positive to say about our men’s basketball program–although I’m still a bit peeved that it couldn’t happen in the 5 years I was actually attending.

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