The "Duel in the Desert" kicked off a little early this year with Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and Arizona State's coach Todd Graham simultaneously throwing out the first pitch for last Friday's Arizona Diamondbacks home opener.
Rodriguez said in an earlier interview that he hadn't played much baseball since his high school days and it definitely showed. Rodriguez threw a high ball while Graham threw a rocket right down the middle. Apparently, someone didn't want to be shown up by the cross-state rival in his own town.
"I got a little adrenaline pumping so I thought I'd try to throw one in there pretty good," Graham said. "I smoked one in there. Yeah, I was pretty excited."