Counting the aerial bombs

sundevilstadium.jpgIt’s tough being a Sun Devil fan when, during a game, you’re stuck in class, away from TV, radio, cell phone sports ticker, etc. You’re forced to rely on ASU’s exploding aerial bombs for the score. A single explosion indicates a field goal and two explosions, 30-60 seconds apart means a touchdown and successful point after. I guess the lone explosion could be a touchdown and missed extra point – yes, this can get confusing. Anyway, these bombs are loud and easily heard from anywhere on campus, inside or out. I spent several years’ worth of Saturdays in the art warehouse (fiber studio) and followed the game score by explosions.

Of course, it is a one-sided scorekeeping system – not even the tiniest firecracker is lit when the other team scores. It is possible, however, to hear a noise swell from the stadium and if the opponent’s fans are abundant and particularly vocal, there’s another dimension to the audio score system. A noise swell without aerial bombs can either indicate a score by the opponents or a near-miss by the Devils. Despite the loopholes, inaccuracies and vagueness of this scoring system, it puts you in the game, even if you’re outside the stadium. And then, what a surprise when you find out the real score . . . 14-14 at halftime?

1 Comment so far

  1. Lloyd (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    Great photo. I had to work late and missed the game. Turned the radio on at halftime and realized I did not miss much. Got home in time for a fun finish though. Who schedules a meeting on a night with two home games?

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