Sunday, September 14, 2008


Yesterday Alisha and I invited Justin and Tanya to go to a football game. We figured it would be a blowout game with ASU dominating the entire game. Boy were we ever wrong. From the start of the game ASU did not look great. The first drive they were held to only a field goal. The defense didn't do any better letting the Rebels run against almost at will. Even with all the bad playing ASU managed to stay ahead at the half but only barely. After the half things went from bad to worse as UNLV came back from ten points behind to tie the game with 28 seconds left in the game. At this point ASU had 2 timeouts left so we figured, they can still get some decent yards on a couple passing plays followed by timeouts then kick a winning field goal. To our horror, this did not happen, but instead we got to watch one short gain running play that sent the game into overtime. During overtime ASU held UNLV to a field goal and UNLV, in turn , held ASU to a field goal which they were able to block giving them the win and devastating the crowd in attendance.

Other then the awful game it was a very fun game to go to. College games are always a blast to go to. Hopefully some day we will be able to get some season tickets. We are now looking forward to next year when ASU will meet BYU at home. Hopefully we can get the Hamblins (my in-laws) to come down and go with us to it.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Arizona Monsoon

The rain is something that you learn to appreciate when you live in a place know as The Valley of the Sun.

Every year from July to September the monsoon makes its way into this arid no-man's land to give some well deserved relief to the parched landscape. This year brought some of the best storms that I can remember. Last Thursday brought one of the most exciting of these storms. The lightning from last Thursday's storm lit up the night sky like a strobe light in some swanky, Scottsdale dance club, while the thunder rumbled like the massive jets of an airliner.

The storm also produces wind gusts reaching 100mph in some areas. The wind was so strong that is toppled trees all around and in the ASU campus. It also tore down a brand new, climate controlled practice field that ASU football used to practice out of the scorching heat. The wind also knocked a tree over onto our apartment. It did not fall very hard and it is still leaning against the side of our complex.

Here is a video of what the storm looked like that night after the wind subsided.