Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Midweek Roundup


Mike Jones, an '09 first round pick? His catches definitely need to increase, and with the now traditional weak Arizona State offensive line, Jones may not have the time he needs to finish his routes and get open consistently. I would not be surprised if he were a first day pick, though. Both FanNation and ESPN's Todd McShay have Georgia's Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno at the top of their '09 draft boards. Our defensive ends have been known to disappear when we're playing top quarterbacks (I'm talking to you Vasquez and Davis, making JD Booty and Colt McCoy look like first rounders), so Stafford has every reason to be optimistic about having a big day against us.

Did he pull a fast one? Rudy Burgess originally told the Jags he would go play for them. Suck on that Dirk.


ASU is projected by ESPN to be the #2 seed going into the 64 team tournament. Also, Pat Murphy can officially buy a second home in Omaha with the NCAA reaching a deal to keep the tournament there until 2030. Kiel Roling was rewarded for his 10 RBI week with the Pac-10 Player of the Week Award. Ike Davis and Brett Wallace have also received the honor this season. For all you need to know about this weekend's series against UCLA, CSTV has you covered. And if you haven't noticed yet, I changed the tool bar on the right side to include stats for every Sun Devil currently in the pros. Joe Persichina was recently elevated to AA Birmingham.


They're already talking about James Harden being an All-American next season. Too bad it looks like Harden will already be preparing for the NBA Draft by the time the brand new Weatherup Center is completed in May of 2009.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Two Pat Tillman books set for release

Two books chronicling the life of Pat Tillman are being released this year. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, is releasing The Hero on October 14th.
Boots on the Ground by Dusk by Pat's mother, Mary, will be released on Tuesday. The San Jose Mercury News has an article on the process of publishing this book four years after Pat's death.

Recap on Last Nights Baseball Action - "Let's Play 10"

by Bryan Young of

(Fullerton, CA) – It required extra innings on Wednesday night at Goodwin Field, but this time it was Arizona State that pushed across a pair of runs in the final inning to defeat Cal State Fullerton 10 to 8, and earn a split in the two game mid-week series. There was plenty of offense early, but as the temperature cooled on Wednesday night, so did the bats. After ASU pushed across a single run in the top of the sixth to tie the game up, it was nothing but zeros until the top of the tenth. After two fly balls to the outfield retired the first two Sun Devils, a walk and a pair of plunked batters loaded the bases up for sophomore Raoul Torrez. Having struck out already four times earlier in the evening, Raoul didn’t wait and slapped the first pitch he saw through the middle, bringing home the winning as well as an insurance run.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Midweek Roundup

The College Baseball Blog comments on the Pat Murphy ejection from Saturday.

Mike Pollak may be the first Center taken in this weekend's draft, while ASU goes through the process of finding his replacement.

Ryan Torain visited the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants last week.

Josh Barrett is one of the many safeties the Ravens are looking at.

Jimmy Kimmel finds a way to get around the DVR.

Could Barry Bonds be headed north of the border?

ASU Basketball assistant Mark Phelps has been named the new head coach at Drake University.

ASU's Jim Palmer and Reggie Jackson are ironically trying to keep MLB teams from moving to Arizona for Spring Training.

Boots on the Ground By Dusk by Mary Tillman comes out on Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Life is Good

This is the type of year that is burned forever into the minds of Sundevil fans and anti-wildcat worshippers. Soak it up, fans. The Devils have sent UofA sport teams back to their locker room with that pitchfork stuck where the sun don't shine at a record pace this year, as this article from shows so elegantly. Bask in the glory, SUNDEVIL fans, as we know that Wilbur is blowing some coke with Wilma at a local egees working up the courage to face us next year...

Sucks to be a WILDCAT.
think about it: were doing this with Rudy Carpenter...

Jack Elway's competition has signed, His name is Andy Magee.
and here are Andy's stats

Pendergraph is focusing on next season, and will not "test the waters"  in the upcoming NBA draft

Rudy's thumb hurts... maybe he shouldn't mouth off to the 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

news (early april)

With the win over Stanford on Friday night, head coach Pat Murphy recorded his 200th career victory in Pac-10 play. Murphy now holds a 200-142 career mark in conference action, including conference titles in 2000 and 2007.
Our baseball team is still kicking some major ass with a little hick-up in Stanford...

It didn't take long for Jason Jarvis to find some work.... (good for him too)

Nearly 100 students at Arizona State University have been slapped with lawsuits in a federal crackdown on illegal music downloads. [KTAR]

Jon Wilner is already previewing next years Basketball season. [MERCEXTRA]