10 Reasons To Be Excited About Arizona Wildcat Football

Chaz Elsten@redarmymotherContributor IJuly 24, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Mike Stoops and Ronnie Palmer #33 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Brigham Young University Cougars 31-21 in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium December 20, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

10. Uniform Combinations—While some fans wish that Arizona would bring back the white helmets, the new uniforms have given a spark to Arizona.

Last year at UCLA, Arizona debuted their red pants and all of sudden it was when are they going to wear red-on-red uni’s.

While the program does not have the uniform tradition of other programs, Arizona is able to build off having new innovative uniform styles that have different combinations that give the fans something to look forward to (thank God they do not have as many as Oregon).

9. Homecoming—Arizona has one of the oldest traditions of Homecoming, while previous homecoming victims were UCLA, Cal, and a close shot at USC. The game day atmosphere is fantastic and should not be missed by fans.

This year, Washington State comes to town, which is not as exciting as a top ten team, but nonetheless, it will be a great day and a good shot at a W.

8. Players Entrance—A lot of fans long for the days of Joe Arizona taking the lightning, transforming it into a football, and throwing it into Arizona Stadium while the players run out (personally, I miss the giant inflatable helmet they use to come out of).

It is always one of the most anticipated events is to watch a string of highlights and then have them team run out to fireworks and Bear Down Arizona. Plus, when you here AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck’ it just gives you goose bumps.

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7. Tailgating—Part of being a college football fan is the pregame ritual know as tailgating. Every place doesn’t different. Unfortunately, Arizona only allows tailgating five hours before kickoff for on campus tailgating, it is better than some of the other Pac-10 schools.

No matter what, this is a chance for friends, family and maybe just some new people, who are walking by a chance to get together, eat, drink and talk UA football. And being on the UA Mall is a beautiful place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

6. Stadium Energy—Arizona has the largest student section in the Pac-10 and a stadium that has a capacity of 57,000 has an average attendance of over 50,000 since Stoops has been in town. 

 Over those five seasons, only the last one, was a winning one, so the crowd does show up unlike the past. Arizona has started to become an unwelcome place for opposing teams, even Mark Sanchez stated that the crowd got to him.

5. Bowl Game Travel Plans—A new feeling for Arizona fans. Since Stoops has been at Arizona, fans were waiting for Arizona to return to a bowl game.

While it was a matter of time for them to get back, last year Arizona fans were able to make travel arrangements to Las Vegas. This year could be a return trip to Sin City or a new destination…Pasadena anyone?

4. December 5th—This year Arizona does not finish with ASU, but with USC on the road in a nationally televised game. For USC, who will have BCS and National Championship expectations, Arizona will be trying to secure a spot among the Pac-10’s best teams.

3. Arizona Wildcat Sports Network (AWSN)—After being shafted by Fox Sports Arizona, the U of A decided to create its own sports network to broadcast not only football games, but other sporting events as well.

While some out-of-state fans might be upset by the charge to watch games streamed through the internet, at least fans will be able to view the games. Last year, Arizona had four games not televised, including the first two games of the season.

2. A New Streak Against ASU—Even if Arizona doesn’t finish the season with ASU, this is the game that is circled for every Wildcat fan. After dropping three of the last four against ASU, Arizona was able defeat their rival 31-10.

Now could be time and the opportunity to take another one from the Devils, who will probably be close to bowl eligibility when they face the Wildcats. Arizona will look to continue its winnings ways against ASU.

1. The 2009 Arizona Football Team—The team of course, nothing else would be here if it wasn't for guys suiting up and hitting the grid iron.

This year's team boasts playmakers on offense, with a talented group of receivers with Dean, Turner, Wright, and, of course, there is Rob "I am going to run over some poor DB" Gronkowski; and two talented running backs in Grigsby and Antolin.

The big question of course is who is going to be the QB, Scott or Foles? The quarterback controversy is something else to look forward to. The defensive side of the ball returns seven, with stars like D Ross, EMFM, and Reed. Look for Vuna Tuihalakamaka to make a name for himself, and also Robert Golden to get more playing time since being switched to safety.

Honorable Mentions:

Brian Jeffries—the radio play-by-play broadcaster. Is there any better sound than hearing “Touchdown Arizona!”

Nachos—or just game day concessions. While always pricey, there is just nothing better than a dog and some nachos at the game. Hopefully, someday Arizona will bring back the game day cups...those were the best.

In the Air Tonight—The long time warm-up song for Arizona is always played during stretching. When you hear this, kickoff is close. Now during the game they blast Nonpoint’s version, along with team highlights.

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