Archive for August, 2009


PAC 10 PREVIEW: ASU Sun Devils

August 31, 2009

Hey Football Fiends!

My good friend Pat Rajsky has agreed to preview his beloved ASU Sun Devils for us.

PAC 10 PREVIEW: ASU Sun Devils

by Patrick Rajsky

asu-logoSo there I was, at Arizona State University, on a glorious November afternoon in sunny Tempe, AZ in 1988. My main focus for that afternoon was staying in the bar as long as possible, yet arriving at the game in time for kick off. My other goal was to not lose the shirt I bought from some kid in my dorm.  We were playing USC, and the shirt exclaimed, in large red letters on a white background, “Rodney Peete is Devil Meat.”

Three hours later, I was staring at the scoreboard that read USC 50, ASU 0.  (Gridiron Goddess says: And it should not surprise any of you that I mock Pat’s Devils for this 21 year old game TO THIS VERY DAY) Somehow, the shirt migrated to the bottom of a rag pile in my parent’s garage.

Fast-forward to 2009—my good friend, the Gridiron Goddess, asked me to preview the Upcoming ASU football season. This requires me to write for the first time in 18 years, so bear with me.

Coach Dennis Erickson leads the team for his third year at ASU. Coming off a disappointing 5-7 year in 2008, there is no place to go but up.

New starter Danny Sullivan leads the Sundevil offense, which according to Coach Erickson, shall consist of “spreading people out and running the short passing game.” This is a new system and it will take some productive practices to keep the ball moving.

Wide Receivers Chris McGaha and T.J. Simpson lead the way in the new system. Running Backs Dimitri Nance and Keegan Herring will try to improve on last year’s lackluster running game. Place Kicker Thomas Weber is a Grazo Award finalist for the county’s top kicker.

The defense is anchored by a strong linebacking group led by Mike Nixon. It will be an improved defense, but Erickson is worried about the depth.

ASU’s 2009 schedule begins with a home game against Idaho State, followed by Louisiana-Monroe. Hopefully these two “wins” will prep them for an away game down south against Georgia. Later in the schedule we play three tough games in a row against Cal (N.12), USC (N.4), and Oregon (N.16).

In this fan’s opinion, I believe 7-5 season would be respectable. If all else fails, a win on November 28th against the Arizona Puddycats would get me through the off season with a smile on my face.

Go Devils!


Brett Favre now a Viking

August 18, 2009

Football Fiends,

What is there to say? When Brett Favre sneezes he changes his mind. Who knows how long this will last.

One thing I do know is that he has permanently tarnished his legacy with this indecision.  I get it Brett, its hard to let go of the game you love. I just wonder if he realizes how ridiculous he seems?  Not that it matters, I suppose.

-Your Gridiron Goddess


Hey! There is football on my TV right now!

August 13, 2009

Holy Crap Football Fiends!

It may just be preseason and it may be my two least favorite NFL teams but IT IS FOOTBALL AND I WILL TAKE IT.

In other news:

  • Vick to the Eagles? Really?  NY Giants NFC East Champs. Mark My Words. Vick and McNabb (insert head shaking here). Now THERE’S a confidence inspiring lineup. (Not.)
  • I miss John Madden. Football is on but I am not hearing the dulcet tones of his voice.
  • Other NFL Predictions coming soon. I’ve got 2 more BCS Conferences and ND to preview.  Lots of content coming your way these next 3 weeks.
  • Yes, I know. Aaron Corp, USC QB out 1-3 weeks with cracked kneecap. I have no comment at this time. I was, however at practice last Sunday and I must say I like what I saw of frosh phenom Matt Barkely.

    It’s FOOTBALL SEASON AGAIN!!!! Thank you God!

    -Your Gridiron Goddess