Sun Devils’ Persistent Averageness a Puzzle to Experts

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The Arizona State Sun Devils host the Ducks tomorrow with little on the line for ASU. They have already secured a record which may remain unbroken forever. The Sun Devils have lost at least three games every year since at least 1998.

The record probably goes back further than ’98.

I got bored by '98.

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I got bored by ’98.

FishDuck.com/psychologistsinoursparetime asked me to examine the persistent mediocrity extant in Tempe. Why aren’t the Sun Devils conference contenders every year and conference champs every decade or so?

It has puzzled minds greater than ours...if any.

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It has puzzled minds greater than ours … if any.

I mean, the Greater Phoenix Area has some things going for it that sweaty fever dreams at UW can only imagine.

Her name is Blair O"Neal and she isn't a cheerleader for ASU, sportsfans. She's a golfer!

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Her name is Blair O’Neal and she isn’t a cheerleader for ASU, sports fans. She’s a golfer!

Which only makes it more of a wonder that the Sun Devils haven’t had more success. I had to broaden my search. Why aren’t the Sun Devils more successful?

I thought maybe it was high academic standards keeping ASU from the upper reaches of the conference. Goodness knows, we at Oregon understand such obstacles.

Math 101 is just one reason Oregon is known as the Harvard of the West.

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Math 105 is just one reason Oregon is known as the Harvard of the West.

So I searched the public records to find a typical class load for an ASU football player.

But excessive academic rigor didn't seem to be the problem either.

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Excessive academic rigor didn’t seem to be the problem either.

I was afraid I would have to go back to the grand poobahs at FishDuck.com and tell them I didn’t have an answer. But I decided to look one more place.

I found my answer in a little-known joint study conducted by psychoanalysts Joseph Adler, Erik Erikson and B.F. Skinner at Oxford University in 1931. It looked deep into the soul of mediocrity and put a name to the malady. Arizona State University football suffers from …

Rileyism

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… Rileyism.

Go Ducks! Dehorn the Devils!

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Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA. He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as "TacomaDuck."

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Funny stuff Kim. Hopefully Oregon gets the win. If they don’t I’m pretty sure the masses will want Helfrich’s job and most definitely our DC.