Arizona State Football, The Perfect Game
Mike Howell
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September 20, 2012 1:46 PM

Cam Marshall rocks the house (photo by Peter Vander Stoep,

The perfectly played ASU Football Game is up for debate and worthy of a future article.

But what we’re talking about here is the Perfect Game experience for Sun Devil fans whether it’s a blowout victory, a last-minute pass to Chris Coyle, Marion Grice or DJ Foster for the Sun Devil Win, or a “rhyme’s with the word boss”. The fact is as Sun Devils fans, we have just 6 Games a year in “Our House.” That’s only 6 opportunities to see our team fight for every inch when it matters most, from 15:00 in the 1st quarter to 00:00 in the 4th.

For those of us that follow the program year-round, 6 home-games feels far from enough. The off-season is a lot of fun with the recruiting period that builds up to February signing day, Spring Ball when freshman & younger players hope to get noticed and upper classmen emerge as leaders and finally, Fall Camp with a culmination at Camp T. Yet after all of that build up to the season ahead, we get just 6 chances to be there at Sun Devil Stadium with our Devils in a live battle with a visiting program.

That’s what makes those 6 games special. It’s when Sun Devil fans and Sun Devil players give it their all together to be the best THAT day and leave “Our House” with Our Victory.

So what’s this Perfect Game all about? Well, it’s about the merging of old-school blood, sweat & tears by the fans, players, students and coaches in our own backyard AND….. Technology in the form of a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). It’s the best of both worlds for DieHard fans. The difference between the two, is that one is seeing U2 Live at the Rose Bowl and the other is watching it on YouTube. One is the human experience with other sweaty fans losing their voices and rocking live together through a great set while the other is the chance to relive that show/game in the comfort of your own space later. If you’re lucky maybe you’ll re-live some moments of that live experience, but it’s no substitute. And hey, you can watch that ridiculously great run you saw by Cam Marshall again, this time in slow-mo.


“Showing up is eighty percent of life.” That’s a quote published in the New York Times on August 21, 1977, and it’s attributed to Woody Allen. It’s simple truth resonated with many Americans, so much so that it lives to this day. A quick web search shows many ways the quote has evolved over the years, including changing:

  • 80% to 90%
  • Life to success or winning
  • The order, to put the number first

So a common version now is “90% of success is just showing up.”

You get the point. It is the modus operandi of tens of thousands in Sun Devil Nation to show up, come together in our house a few times a year and prove it to our players that we’ve got their backs. For those of you reading this who are considering sinking into your sofa and staying home Saturday night, there are thousands of DieHard Sun Devil fans who wished you were home with them in Sun Devil Stadium for the “live show”.

If you’re a DieHard Sun Devil, prove it by calling that friend on the sofa Saturday night and telling him he best be in gold and ready to roll in 30 minutes to Tempe. He’ll be glad he did because just by showing up, he’ll be a part of the Perfect Game. And his TV/ DVR will be looking forward to a visit on SUNDAY.


#SunDevil4Life #SunDevilPride #ALLin.


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