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Battle For The Territorial Cup At Highest Level in Years

TEMPE – The 92nd meeting between Arizona and Arizona State heads for the gridiron this Saturday and supporters of both schools couldn’t be more pleased.

In a year when both schools were predicted to finish at the bottom of the Pac-12 South Division, they are now playing for a second place finish behind the University of Southern California. Depending on what part of the state you were in, the opinions varied on who would claim the cellar, yet neither fan base had much hope for even becoming bowl eligible this season.

The Wildcats started the season with Brandon Dawkins under center. Dawkins struggled in the opener against in-state FCS opponent Northern Arizona University, putting up a paltry 7-of-13 for 89 yards and one touchdown pass.

Is Tate the Cure-All for the Wildcats?

Head coach Rich Rodriguez’s squad would go on to lose two of the next three at home to Houston and Utah before opting to shake things up at the quarterback position. Enter sophomore Khalil Tate, and the rest they say, is history.

Tate rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for another 142 yards and a touchdown against Colorado sparking a huge four-game win streak with Tate ripping off big runs and scoring almost at will. During the stretch, Tate piled up all the accolades thanks to his five passing and four rushing touchdowns.

Over the past three weeks, the ‘Cats and Tate hit a roadblock losing two of three with their only victory being over a one-win Oregon State team.

The scene in Tempe was much more bleak at the start of the 2017 season. The Sun Devils were coming off their worst season of the Pac-12 era where they literally gave up in the final game of the 2016 season surrendering 56 points in Tucson.

The writing was on the wall for the Sun Devils and head coach Todd Graham – this was unacceptable.

Armed with a healthy quarterback in Manny Wilkins, a five-star backup quarterback who started for Alabama last year and a new coordinator on each side of the ball, the Sun Devils looked ready to compete.

Until the season started.

The Sun Devils were embarrassed in their home opener by nearly losing to New Mexico State and going on to lose the next two non-conference games to San Diego State and Texas Tech.

All was not well in Tempe and losses in what was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule looked to be a harbinger of things to come with conference play looming large.

N’Keal Harry Doing Great Things

Conference play for the Sun Devils was a gauntlet facing three ranked teams at home including Oregon, Washington and USC along with two tough road games at always-tough Stanford and Utah.

Nobody in their right mind could have predicted that the Devils would go on to beat then-No. 24 Oregon or then-No. 5 Washington, but the defense stepped up big…I mean huge. They were close wins, but they were wins—against ranked teams and the Sun Devil faithful believed once again.

The road games against Stanford, Utah, UCLA and Oregon St. were a literal “Tale of Two Devil Teams.”

After beating Oregon at home, Graham took his team on the road to face Heisman Trophy finalist running back Bryce Love and the Stanford Cardinal. Love, the former track and field speedster proved why he was a front-runner shredding the Sun Devil defense for 301 yards and three touchdowns.

Following the Washington win, the Devils put on a defensive clinic at Rice-Eccles Stadium holding the Utah Utes to three points for the first 57 minutes of the game. The road woes came back to haunt the Devils losing in embarrassing fashion to a hapless UCLA team. True to form, the following road game showed the offensive firepower of Manny Wilkins by scoring the first 30 points against Oregon State.

The momentum coming into the game is definitely on the side of the Sun Devils who have won two of their last three with the Wildcats losing two of three. All bets are off, however, when it comes to a rivalry game.

Literally.

The Greatest Picture of all Time

Most odds-makers have this game as a ‘pick-em’ meaning there is no clear favorite so bet accordingly. Here are a couple nuggets that will make this game all the more exciting.

  • The team with the worse record has won 13 times since 1979, ASU was nationally ranked four times during that span and lost to Arizona. Arizona was nationally ranked once and lost to ASU 7-6 in 1992.
  • The team with the worse record has won five of the last seven years.
  • The home team has won the past four years and 11 of the past 20 years.
  • Arizona State (Normal School) won the first ever meeting in 1899.
  • Arizona leads the all-time series 49-40-1.
  • Since Arizona State became a university in 1958, the Sun Devils lead the series 31-26-1.
  • Since both teams moved to the Pac-10 from the WAC in 1978, Arizona leads 21-17-1 including a streak of 9-0-1.
  • This century, ASU leads 10-7 and has won three of the past five years.

Regardless of what you think will happen, the opposite will usually occur. This game has seen it all from Arizona students burning the brand new field at Sun Devil Stadium in 1958 to two blocked PAT’s on a cold December night in 2010.

While that stung for Arizona, they will always have their big moment. In 1986, both teams came in to the game nationally ranked; the ‘Cats were 7-2 and ranked No. 14 and hosted the No. 4 Sun Devils who came to Tucson sporting a 9-0-1 record. Of course, Arizona went on to win that game being the only blemish on the Pac-10 and Rose Bowl champion’s resume.

This year’s game in Tempe has big bowl implications when we thought for sure the only thing they would be fighting for was saving their head coach from the unemployment line.

First Taste of New Mexico’s “La Cumbre Brewing Co.”

The prize jewel from the Land of Enchantment will soon be available in Arizona.

Both Tap & Bottle locations will host launch parties on Friday the 13th to celebrate Tucson’s first release of beer from New Mexico’s La Cumbre Brewing Co.

While the best brewery in a state is mostly a subjective matter, some breweries hold the best title more convincingly in some states: Read more >>>

This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com

 

Pueblo Vida Brewing Cans Have Become a Hot Commodity

Bartering won’t be mainstream any time soon, but one local commodity is gold among craft beer fans across Tucson and beyond: Pueblo Vida Brewing Company cans. (Full ones, that is.)

Craft beer aficionados across the state have been setting their alarms for Pueblo Vida’s can releases since the wildly popular second anniversary beer “2” was released last November. The highly-acclaimed beer sold out in quick order. Read more >>>

 

This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com

Button Brew House to Open in Marana September 16

At the end of a street in a business park just east of Interstate 10 and near a motorcycle parts store, brewery owners Todd and Erika Button are realizing their dream with Button Brew House.

After years of contributing to the craft beer community, the Buttons decided to go all-in. The long and arduous process will finally come to fruition over the weekend of September 16 and 17.

(photo credit: Jackie Tran)

 

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This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com.

Behind the Barrel: Iron John’s Brewing “Golden Gueuze”

When “Iron” John Adkisson began brewing beer over 25 years ago, he had a simple vision of what he wanted to make: damn good beer.

During a trip to the small production brewery last week, it was evident by the throngs of people in attendance that he’s achieved that vision.

Adkisson and company released three new beers last week: Peachy Goat Gose, Jackalope Jackfruit Hefeweizen, and Golden Gueuze. And it’s the latter that has Arizona’s craft beer industry abuzz. The gueuze-style blended lambic is apparently the only one of its kind in Arizona.

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This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com.

MLS Preseason Returns to Tucson

TUCSON — For decades, Major League Baseball teams have escaped to the Arizona desert for Spring Training and for the past six years, Major League Soccer has also warmed up to the desert.

When Tucson lost their lost two Spring Training teams after the 2010 season, the City of Tucson knew that it needed to lure pro sports teams to the Old Pueblo during the late winter and early spring—enter FC Tucson and Major League Soccer. The once-home of the Arizona Diamondbacks is now home to Jon Pearlman and FC Tucson.

Completed in 2013, the North Stadium at the Kino Sports Complex comfortably sits 1,800 fans with two loges, a press box and an overhang that blocks out the blistering sun and the occasional rain storm.

The Past Two MLS Cup Champions will meet

Over the years, the Desert Diamond Cup has become the premiere preseason event for Major League Soccer with six teams playing playing in a double-elimination format on February 18 and 25.

In addition to the Cup, there will be three other matches including four additional MLS teams.

The action gets underway on February 27 at 6:30 pm at Kino North Stadium when the Portland Timbers face off against the New York Red Bulls.

The opening ceremonies will honor several people that have made soccer in Tucson not only a possibility but the success that it is today.

Tucson Legends of Soccer

A total of 18 community leaders, six coaches, nine current and former players and five referees will be recognized for their efforts in helping make Tucson and southern Arizona a thriving soccer community. Three members of the local sports media will be honored including Dave Ord and Greg Hansen from the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Sentinel’s Ted Preselski.

Former FC Tucson players now playing in the bigs will also be honored including New York Red Bulls’ Luis Robles, Real Salt Lake’s Justin Glad and Ricardo Velazco. It will be a triumphant homecoming for Velazco who played at Sunnyside High School and Tucson Soccer Academy before spending three seasons with the men in black.

Desert Friendlies

Following the recognition of the Tucson Legends of Soccer, it is time to get down to business.

The top-ranked team at he end of the regular season in 2016, the New York Red Bulls will take the pitch against the Portland Timbers. The Timbers won their first MLS Cup in 2015 and always represent well in Tucson.

The following Friday night, February 4 will see a preview of the Cascadia Cup. In a rematch of the largest crowd ever at Kino North Stadium last year, rivals Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers will clash with more than just pride on the line.

This marquee matchup pits the top two teams of the past two years with the Timbers winning the MLS Cup in 2015 and the Sounders as the defending MLS Cup champion.

This game was intense last year and both teams will be looking to admonish the other and claim dominance in the desert.

Tickets for both games are $15.50 for children, $22.00 for adults of get a four-pack for $70.50.

 

Desert Diamond Cup

The Wife & Me Last Year

If you are looking for more bang for your buck ,the Desert Diamond Cup offers up three games for the price of one on February 18 and 25.

Beginning at 1:00 pm at Kino North Stadium, the New England Revolution take on Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids. Howard, if you don’t recall, was the goalie for the U.S. Men’s team in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.

The New York Red Bulls take on 2013 MLS Cup champion, Sporting Kansas City at 3:30 pm with New York City Football Club and the Houston Dynamo providing the nightcap at 6:00 pm.

The following Saturday will offer up three more games with the No. 5 and No. 6 teams playing at 1:00 pm, No. 3 vs. No.4 at 3:30 pm and the top two seeds playing at 6:00 pm.

“This event is important to the community because it has brought groups together that are vital for the success of Tucson as a city,” FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman said. “Through private and public partnership, great sponsors, the work of Pima County, the City of Tucson, Visit Tucson, and the Town of Oro Valley, FC Tucson is proud to again be the MLS Western Hub of Preseason and bring the beautiful game to Southern Arizona.”

Borderlands Brewing Co. Celebrates Five Years in Tucson

In January 2012, when President Obama and Senator Mitt Romney began stumping in their respective caucuses and Tucson was still reeling from the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, downtown was near-dormant save for Hotel Congress and a few select spots.

The craft beer industry was in its infancy with just over 2,000 microbreweries across the country, according to the foremost authority, Brewers Association. As we usher in 2017, there are now well over 5,000 such breweries with a staggering 18 in southern Arizona alone and many more on the horizon.>>>Read More

This article originally appeared on Tucson Foodie.

The Latest Craft Beer Buzz in Tucson

The craft beer scene in Tucson is hopping (pun intended).

With a current tally of 18 craft breweries in southern Arizona along with three additional beer shops that specialize in craft beer from down the street to across the continent, it’s safe to say we have options.

But it would be difficult for the typical suds seeker to know when and where to find the latest releases or biggest to-dos in the industry without being constantly tethered to their mobile device. >>>Read More

This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com

 

10 Arizona Beers to Crack Open for Winter

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is still lingering—and still taking its toll.

Thankfully, there’s beer and plenty of it. With new breweries seemingly popping up on a daily basis across the country, it can be quite daunting to seek out something that isn’t only enjoyable but also supports the local community.

Here’s a list of 10 of the best Arizona beers to warm you up on a chilly desert night or mild winter’s day. >>>Read more

This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com

Dillinger Brewing Company To Open December 30

When Tucson locals and University of Arizona graduates Eric Sipe and Eric Rosas were searching for a name for their brewery, it was a historic criminal with ties to Tucson that would lend a hand… or name.

Dillinger Brewing Company is scheduled to open December 30 at 3895 N. Oracle Rd.

But first, if you don’t already know the story, a most brief history lesson: >>> more

This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com