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Updated Dec 28, 2012 - 8:58 am

Arizona Sports' Best (and worst) of 2012

Believe it or not, another year is in the books.

And what a year it was...starting with Kyle Stanley's win in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to the Phoenix Coyotes' magical run to the Western Conference Finals, to the Arizona Rattlers winning their third Arena Bowl, to the roller coaster ride that was the Arizona Cardinals' campaign.

The staff of Arizona Sports 620 and ArizonaSports.com got together and placed their votes for the Best of 2012...and some of the worst.


John Gambadoro, Co-host, Burns and Gambo

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Coyotes reaching Western Conference Finals

Best Game of 2012 - Arizona rallies to beat Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Jahii Carson, ASU Basketball and D.J. Foster, ASU Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick and Josh Childress, Phoenix Suns


Doug Franz, Co-host, Doug and Wolf

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Top Moment of 2012 - Every game of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series

Best Game of 2012 - The first five games of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series (they're all equal)

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Coyotes advance to Western Conference Finals

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Every player on the Cardinals' offense

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Vontaze Burfict, ASU Football (for the way he played while he was here)


Dave Burns, Co-host, Burns and Gambo

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes - Advanced in playoffs and displayed remarkable loyalty in signing a contract extension.

Top Moment of 2012 - Steve Nash traded to the Lakers - I say 'top' in the sense that you'll never forget where you were when it happened.

Best Game of 2012 - Cardinals 20, Patriots 18 - You'll never forget where you were when this happened, either.

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Peyton Manning visiting the Cardinals as a free agent.

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Todd Graham, Head coach, ASU Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns


Craig Grialou, Reporter, Arizona Sports 620

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Ka'Deem Carey, UA Football

Top Moment of 2012 - Fans chanting 'We Want Steve' in Nash's last home game April 25.

Best Game of 2012 - Cardinals upset Patriots in Foxborough

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Phoenix Coyotes' playoff run

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Kevin Guy, Arizona Rattlers

Best Newcomer(s) - Todd Graham, Head coach, ASU Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns


Adam Green, ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Phoenix Coyotes advancing to second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Best Game of 2012 - Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Arizona's comeback against Nevada.

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Phoenix Coyotes

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Rich Rodriguez, Head coach, UA Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns


Vince Marotta, ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Will Sutton, ASU Football

Top Moment of 2012 - Shane Doan finally getting his first career hat trick in the closing seconds against the Islanders.

Best Game of 2012 - Stanford beats Arizona 54-48 in overtime.

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Taylor Kelly, ASU Football - Started fall camp #3 on depth chart, and led Sun Devils to seven-win season.

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Jahii Carson, ASU Basketball

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Ryan Roberts, Arizona Diamondbacks


Tyler Bassett, KTAR.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Coyotes winning Game 6 over Blackhawks to advance second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Best Game of 2012 - Diamondbacks 9, Athletics 8 - Ryan Roberts caps a comeback with a three-run walk-off home run off of Brian Fuentes on June 8.

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Cardinals

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns


Jarrett Carlen, Arizona Sports 620

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Ka'Deem Carey - UA Football

Top Moment of 2012 - Coyotes advance to second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs for first time in Phoenix.

Best Game of 2012 - Arizona 65, Florida 64 - Wildcats erase 6-point deficit in final minute capped by Mark Lyons' runner with :07 left.

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Jahii Carson, ASU Basketball

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Kyryl Natyazhko, UA Basketball


Dave Dulberg, ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Coyotes clinching first berth in Western Conference Finals

Best Game of 2012 - Coyotes rally from three goals down to beat Kings 5-4 February 21

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns


Daria Del Colliano, ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Coyotes win first Pacific Division title

Best Game of 2012 - Coyotes beat Nashville in Game 5 of Western Conference Semis

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Phoenix Coyotes

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Todd Graham, Head coach, ASU Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns


(Fun) Katy Hartley, Doug and Wolf

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

Top Moment of 2012 - Steve Nash getting a standing ovation in his last home game as a Sun

Best Game of 2012 - New Mexico Bowl - Arizona over Nevada - duh!

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Replacement refs in National Football League

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Rich Rodriguez, Head coach, UA Football

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns


Joe Huizenga, ArizonaSports.com/KTAR.com

Arizona Athlete of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Top Moment of 2012 - Cardinals outlast Miami in OT to start 4-0.

Best Game of 2012 - ASU beats U of A in Territorial Cup battle 41-34

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Michael Beasley, Phoenix Suns

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (sadly, it was two years overdue)


Carter Nacke, KTAR.com/Off the Ice on ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Athlete(s) of the Year - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes and Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

Top Moment of 2012 - Shane Doan scores his first NHL hat trick.

Best Game of 2012 - Coyotes vs. Blackhawks, Game 1 - Coyotes win 3-2 in overtime

Biggest Surprise of 2012 - Coyotes playoff run

Biggest Disappointment of 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Coach of the Year - Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Best Newcomer(s) - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Player(s) You're Glad Left in 2012 - Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

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