In honor of former Tribune sportswriter Bob Moran, the most valuable player in Saturday's Arizona State-Arizona football game will receive the Bob Moran Most Valuable Player Award. The Tribune is honoring Bob this week by running excerpts from past articles.
Here is one from Bob's legendary Sparky Sun Devil and Wilbur Wildcat columns in which the two schools' mascots traditionally traded barbs and inside information. The story was printed on Nov. 15, 1992, prior to the annual rivalry game which ASU won, 7-6.
"Man, you guys have one of the ugliest teams I've ever seen," Sparky Sun Devil says. "I still say with our limited resources, we're coming to Tucson to kick some Wildcat tail."
"What have you been inhaling, laughing gas?" says Wilbur Wildcat. "Don't belittle us just because we don't throw the ball all over the field. Our fans can boo us all they want if they don't like our old-fashioned way of winning. They'll forget style while we keep putting Ws up on the scorecard."
"I think the guys who modernized the forward pass - Notre Dame quarterback Gus Dorias and end Knute Rockne - can throw the ball better than UA," Sun Devil says.
"Laugh all you want," Wildcat says, "but we're going to a bowl. And you're staying home."