clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

ASU's Best Moment: The Final Four Pt. 2

The second of our final four matchups might be the most emotional head to head meeting we've had so far. Do you prefer an unforgettably emotional bowl performance for the ages or a return to magical training camp with an immeasurable amount of history? Vote now!

Ezra Shaw

The Final Four

Matchup No. 2

No. 7 "Marion Grice's Bowl Game Performance" vs. No. 7 "Camp Tontozona Reopens"

The case for Marion Grice: In terms of inspirational performances, few Arizona State athletes could possibly match what Marion Grice accomplished last season. The Sun Devil football team had a critical bowl matchup with the Navy Midshipmen, and would need to rely on the running game heavily to control the game.

Just a week prior to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, running back Marion Grice received devastating news that his brother was shot and killed. Grice left the team momentarily to be with his family, but he returned in time to play for the bowl. With the game being dedicated to the memory of Grice's brother, the Sun Devil transfer delivered an effort that his teammates and family will never forget.

Grice needed just 14 carries to accumulate 159 yards and two touchdowns to propel his team to victory. Grice earned Offensive MVP honors for the bowl game and reminded Sun Devil fans and football fans everywhere how athletics can help begin the healing process. Playing with a heavy heart, Marion Grice had his best game of the season. - Kerry Crowley

Previous Results

Round 1: Defeated No. 2 "Ryan Kellog's No-Hitter" 71% (39 votes received) to 29%

Round 2: Defeated No. 6 "Jacqueline Cako Upsets No.1 Ranked Tennis Player" 73% (30 votes received) to 27%

Round 3: Defeated No. 1 "Cory Hahn Gets Drafted By The D-backs" 59% (17 votes received) to 41%

The Case for "Camp T": It may seem silly to say, but for my money, so much of what head coach Todd Graham was able to do right in his first year began with the return to Camp Tontozona. The fact that Graham and the all-powerful Steve Patterson managed to restore one of Arizona State's greatest traditions in their first years on the job is something that needs to be applauded.

Getting back to the camp that Frank Kush built for the first time since 2008 was the perfect way to transition from the tumultuous Dennis Erickson era. Although it's just practice, it undoubtedly meant something to a fanbase that left fractured and searching for a true identity after the late 2000s. Need proof? How about the $160,000 raised by the ASU community to get their football team back up to that magically green preseason practice.

Face it gang, there's just something special about singing the fight song on top of Mount Kush. So if you believe in the sanctity of tradition, move "Camp T" on to the next round. - Cody Ulm

Previous Results

Round 1: Defeated No. 2 "ASU Hockey Sweeps U of A" 65% (26 votes received) to 35%

Round 2: Defeated No. 3 "Softball's 21-Game Win Streak" 58% (11 votes received) to 42%

Round 3: Defeated No. 8 "Lacrosse Makes Final Four" 75% (24 votes received) to 25%