Learn how to watch football

Football is our nation’s most watched, most celebrated, and most complex team sport. It combines cunning strategy and raw statistical analysis, motivation and desire, quick decisions and blazing speed, brute force and disguised misdirections, elegant moves and vicious hits. It’s simply an amazing game—but only when you understand what’s happening. Here’s a short guide to taking the first step towards learning what the game is all about. Continue reading Learn how to watch football

Complete listing of ASU players drafted into NFL

Here are the breakdowns of ASU players drafted by round since 1964. Until 2013, Arizona State had at least one player drafted into the NFL every year since 1964, one of the longest streaks in college football at the time.

Note: where the player was drafted by both the NFL and AFL, I chose the lowest round. Note, this tally and the listing below do not include free agent signings. Continue reading Complete listing of ASU players drafted into NFL

ASU 2012 spring football over – time to buy your season tickets

ASU’s spring football camp is now over, and it was obvious to all observers that things have changed. Discipline, teaching, and hustle defined the practices. A clear break from the Dennis Erickson regime. Nothing has been proven on the gridiron just yet, but the trend is exciting Sun Devil Nation. Time to buy your season tickets.

ASU football saw largest average ticket increase in country last year; UofA had steepest decline.

I was a bit surprised to read today that ASU had an increase of 11,064 attendees per home game, tops in the nation. The Sun Devils, picked to finish second in the PAC-12 South Division and showing off a new athletics logo and uniforms, rode excitement through the first 2/3rds of the season before falling apart in November, a month that ended with the firing of Dennis Erickson.

Arizona, on the hand, posted the steepest decline in the country at 6,455 per game. Not surprisingly given a ten-game losing streak against FBS opponents, attendance was down for the Wildcats, who fired their coach midway through the season.

Given the state of both programs, I’m still surprised to see ASU rank #1 in the country and to see UA fall to worst in the country. With two new coaches, Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez, in place at both programs, it will be interesting to see how these numbers change next season.

I’d expect, with the angst around ASU and lower expectations for next year coupled with Arizona being the only game in town, that we’ll see a flip in the attendance trends—but I doubt we’ll see ASU at the bottom and UA at the top.