Laying Down the Law
I've only lived in this state for a little more than a year, but I'm pretty sure that I heard the disagreement about 'The U of A's cowardice and refusal to play' or 'The game that would only benefit ASU' within the first week of living in this state.
I smiled at first thinking it was some kind of joke, but quickly learned, it's no laughing matter. The fans are serious. ASU fans want the chance to prove they're the state's team and U of A fans genuinely believe it would be a waste of time.
Well, today, that argument wound up in the place where many disagreements are settled, the state Capitol. Representative Andy Mayberry filed a bill that would require the two teams to play, but here's the kicker...he may or may not run the bill. That decision is up to you.
Legislators that Listen
Mayberry has created a web page to take a poll of constituents. Here's the web site where you can vote.
In addition to determining if there should be a game, voters will also determine whom that game will benefit. One of five non-profits, would receive the proceeds from the one-time game. You can vote for your favorite on the site as well.
Can he do that?
Yes. State schools. State money. State legislature makes the rules.
There's a First Time for Everything
There is, but this ain't one. Apparently, according to Mayberry, Alabama beat us to it. Mayberry says the famous Alabama v. Auburn rivalry was born out of a state mandate. Also, I've been told that Kentucky v. Louisville was instituted by that state's governor (attention football scholars: please email me to let me know if that is true).
Democracy is a Beautiful Thing
As a University of Maryland graduate, I don't have a dog in this fight, so staying un bias about this bill on this blog and ensuing reports will be easy for me. However, dear reader, if you would like to vote for or against the game, you have until Saturday night to do so. On a related note, the partisanship in this bill is limited to U of A and ASU fans...that is to say, the bill has sponsors from both parties.