Out of Bounds

  • Out of Bounds: Goodbye for Now

    At the beginning of my freshman year in the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, I never thought I would have so many opportunities my freshman year. I’ve interviewed athletes, gone to countless basketball and softball games and, of course, written this blog. I never expected to obtain a position at the State Press, much less a position where I got to write about my passion in sports. I hope you enjoyed my posts, have a great summer!

    There were weeks where I wasn’t sure I could make it, weeks where the ideas just weren’t flowing, but I knew I needed at least three and potentially four ideas for my blog. I wasn’t sure I could do it some weeks where I was stressed with schoolwork and I somehow managed to write my posts and get them in on deadline.

    I now realize that what I write can make a difference in people’s lives. From my story with autographs to my piece about ASU student basketball manager Antonio Cannavaro, I had people thanking me left and right for writing about that topic or bringing a certain issue to light. People told me that they read Out of Bounds every single week, and that’s what kept me going. see more


    April 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  • Out of Bounds: Top 5 Sports Video Games of All Time

    Ever since video games began in the 1970s and 1980s, they’ve been synonymous with sports. They’ve taken a journey from the arcade to your living room TV screen and from Tecmo Bowl to the latest Madden or FIFA game. Here is my list of the top five sports video games. My guidelines were that it had to come out in my lifetime (since 1994) and I had to have extensive experience playing the game. The games themselves are ranked five through one on how “fun to play” they were and how much the title was a “game-changer” in the sport which the game covered. Photo courtesy of EA Sports

    5. NFL Street

    This game makes the list because of how fun it was to play. It included running along the walls, hurdling players, diving and taunting to earn “gamebreakers” with NFL stars, and legends whose physical features were out of proportion and stereotypical. Truck sticks and guys flew to make amazing catches. It harked back to the playground days playing pickup with friends. There was something refreshing about a game not aiming for hyper-realism. There were only eight stadiums in the game and only a handful of players to select from, but the hours spent button mashing and gasping at the absurd physics engine more than made up for it. Photo courtesy of Sony see more


    April 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

  • Out of Bounds: ASU Lacrosse Ready for SLC Playoffs

    The last time I caught up with ASU lacrosse was late February. They were off to a quick 4-0 start, but a lot has changed since then. I must have had some sort of jinx on them because they lost to Chapman 8-7 that next week. Since the loss to Chapman, the team has won nine of their last ten games.

    What makes their run all the more impressive is that ASU has played all their games away from Tempe. Due to stadium renovations for the Phoenix FC soccer team, ASU has been forced out of their normal home and onto the ASU Polytechnic Campus for all of their home games. The team draws most parents and a few lacrosse fans from the Valley to their games but not nearly as many as they would if the team was able to play in Tempe.

    They lost to Grand Canyon University on Thursday, April 11, dropping the team from third to sixth in the latest Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) rankings. ASU now stands in second place behind Grand Canyon in the South Division of the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC). After beating U of A, the 2013 ASU Lacrosse team is ready to face the playoffs head on. Photo courtesy the MCLA see more


    April 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

  • Out of Bounds: The Big Business of Sports Autographs

    Autographs have been around since people could write. A signature is one of the most personal things one person can give to another. The John Hancock of someone famous is especially valuable — the business of buying and selling autographs, especially in sports is booming, but also has an underbelly.

    One of the biggest issues when collecting sports autographs is authenticity. All it takes is a pen and an image of the real signature for someone to forge a signature. The way someone crosses their T’s and dots their I’s matters a lot in this industry. Eddie Dweck, the first child on the left, gets an item signed by Jackie Robinson prior to an exhibition game on April 11, 1947. Robinson would break Major League Baseball’s color barrier four days later. Photo courtesy of Corbis Images

    “I’ve heard figures as high as 95 percent of all autographs for sale are fake,” said Brian Marcy in an email, the owner of Scottsdale Baseball Cards in Scottsdale, Ariz. Marcy buys and sells baseball cards and autographed memorabilia in his store, including items signed by Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Mickey Mantle. “Only buy items with proper certification,” Marcy said. “Many companies are trustworthy because they only certify items that are signed in front of them.” Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) is the go-to company in order to get items certified, Marcy said. see more


    April 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

  • Out of Bounds: Sports in Wartime

    In this day and age, pro athletes only continue to make more and more money. Contracts for players are now stretching into the hundreds of millions of dollars just to play a professional sport. This unfortunately now seems to be the rule and not the exception. However, there was a different time. A time when the money wasn’t everything and players dropped everything in favor of their country to serve in the armed forces.

    The first player that comes to mind around ASU is certainly Pat Tillman. Tillman played at ASU from 1994-1998 as a linebacker despite only standing 5’11”. He went on to play safety for the Arizona Cardinals and in 2002 turned down a three-year $3.6 million contract in order to serve in the army. Tillman wanted to make it as an army ranger. Tillman died on April 22, 2004 from friendly fire during a battle with the Taliban fighters. Ted Williams served his country during World War II, foregoing five seasons of his MLB career. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

    World War II took the heaviest toll on professional sports. Major League Baseball player Bob Feller was the first player to enlist just two days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Legendary left-hander Warren Spahn spent three years as a combat engineer and was the only professional athlete to earn a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant. Famed Yankees catcher Yogi Berra served in the Navy while Stan Musial, Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams all saw time in the service as well. see more


    April 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

  • Out of Bounds: Top 5 Sports Tragedies of the Last 100 Years

    Tragedy is never something that is easily dealt with. Every so often, it hits the world of sports. Occasionally there is no explanation. Numerous drug overdoses, murders, car and plane crashes have all caused athletes to be taken from this world all too soon. It happens inevitably because no matter how invincible those athletes look on the field, at the end of the day they are still human. There is no way to stop tragedy from happening, but they can be remembered for everything they did on and off the field. Here are the five worst tragedies of the last 50 years. I’ve ranked them based on media coverage and national remembrance, as well as the prominence of the people or event involved. Every single member of the team perished. Photo courtesy Marshall University

    5. Marshall Plane Crash On the night of September 14th, 1970, 75 players and coaches on the Marshall Thundering Heard football team boarded Southern Airlines Flight 932. It was a chartered 95-seat DC-9 aircraft. Earlier that day they had lost to Eastern Carolina 17-14. It took off on what was expected to be a 52-minute flight.  Roughly 4,000 feet short of the runway, the airplane clipped a tree on top of a hill sending the plane into a nosedive. All 75 members on board the flight perished in the crash. The event later became the inspiration for the movie “We Are Marshall.” This former Yankees captain did not land his personal aircraft properly. Photo Courtesy Sports Illustrated

    4. Thurman Munson Thurman Munson was the starting catcher and captain of the New York Yankees for eleven years. He led the Yankees to two world championships as team captain. On August 2, 1979, Munson was practicing takeoffs and landings when he crashed his 1.4 million dollar Cessna Citation 600 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Regional Airport. His two friends Jerry Anderson and David Hall who were in the plane with Munson escape the fiery crash. They claim their last words to them were, “Are you guys okay?” Here is the official NTSB report on Munson’s death. see more


    April 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  • Out of Bounds: Referees are People Too

    You either love or you hate referees. There is no indifference for fans. A call in favor of your team and they’re your favorite person on the field, a call against it and they are your sworn mortal enemy. Some referees and umpires even get hate mail for calls they’ve made such as umpire Don Denkinger or the crew of the controversial Monday night football game last year between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

    When one call can change the outcome of a game or the referees try to make themselves the story it’s usually not a good thing. NBA referee Tim Donaghy even got caught up in a betting scandal fixing games. It’s certainly one of the most controversial and pressure-packed jobs someone can have.

    Intermural referees here at ASU don’t get hate mail, and situations don’t escalate to national prominence, but refereeing the games is still not an easy task. see more


    April 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

  • Out of Bounds: Opening Day

    Opening Day in Major League Baseball is unlike any other event in sports. It is the culmination of a long winter leading into spring, it is a new beginning for every team — a clean slate and a fresh hope that each team has to make it to the Fall Classic.

    The unfurling of the large American flag, the full introduction of each team and a military plane flyover are standing traditions at each ballpark nationwide on opening day. The view from my seats on Opening Day. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cardinals 6-2. Photo by Nick Krueger

    Each team has its own unique traditions. The Cincinnati Reds have the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, the St. Louis Cardinals bring out the Budweiser Clydesdales and paraded the late Stan Musial around the outfield in a golf cart. It doesn’t happen every year but the president of the United States traditionally throws out a first pitch at a game too. see more


    April 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  • Out of Bounds: ASU Downtown Campus SRC Moving Forward

    Staying fit has always been an important part of life at college and soon it will become much easier thanks to nicer facilities for students at ASU’s downtown campus. A rendering of what the new downtown campus SRC will look like when finished. Photo courtesy ASU

    Beginning in the fall of the 2013-2014 school year students will have access to a brand new student recreation complex at 350 1st Ave between Fillmore and Van Buren streets. Construction began last fall and hopes are that the complex will be completed in time for the new school year.

    The idea of a new student recreation center began in the Fall of 2011. Disney, the designers of the now-scrapped new Sparky design, apparently did not take note of architecture firms SASAKI and Gabor Lorant, who got student input on the design of the building and what they wanted to see in the facility. SASAKI also designed the Olympic green for the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, China. see more


    April 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

  • Out of Bounds: 5 Rules to Fix in College Sports

    What’s not to like about college sporting events? The fans, the atmosphere, every athlete working hard just for the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back is a formula that can’t help but make you feel good. However college sports has always had its flaws. Boosters paying players under the table and the Jerry Sandusky case are just a few examples of the underbelly. There are a few ways to help college sports move forward. Most just have to do with pace of play and a few involve recruiting. Here are my five rule changes to improve college sports.

    1. Shorten the shot clock

    College sports take too long. College football games are now known to stretch three, even four hours. Basketball games, on the other hand, tend to be lower and lower scoring. It hasn’t erased fanhood but it certainly makes it tougher not to change the channel every once in a while at home. Basketball would benefit from a 24-second shot clock. More plays, higher scoring, more shots for this new breed of one-and-done players to show off their skill. Holding the basketball is not playing basketball. Doing this will make sure the better team wins more often and make the upsets that much sweeter see more


    March 29, 2013 at 11:32 am