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  • Arizona Cardinals 2013: A look back at the first half of the season and a look ahead
    Vince Marotta | November 01, 2013 4:54 pm
    The bye week in the National Football League. It's a necessity for coaches and players -- a chance for them to recharge their batteries and prepare for the upcoming rigors the league presents. But...
  • Sun Devils' offense was scary good on Halloween night vs. Washington State
    Vince Marotta | November 01, 2013 8:13 am
    Administrators at Washington State University canceled classes Thursday in preparation for that night's game between the Cougars and the Arizona State Sun Devils. That doesn't mean there wasn't any...
  • Sun Devils open eyes with blowout win over Washington
    Vince Marotta | October 19, 2013 7:50 pm
    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Where did that come from? The popular thinking heading into their homecoming matchup against Washington was that the Arizona State Sun Devils defense would struggle to stop the run....
  • Six Points: Cardinals manhandled by Seahawks in Thursday night tilt
    Vince Marotta | October 17, 2013 9:49 pm
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was plenty of talk about the opportunity that laid ahead of the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night. Their game against the Seattle Seahawks represented a chance. A chance for...
  • Six Points: Cardinals getting closer, but still not on 49ers' level
    Vince Marotta | October 13, 2013 7:59 pm
    For the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday's 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was both very familiar and very different. The familiar part was the result. The defeat was their eighth in the last nine matchups...
  • Six Points: Daryl Washington, Calais Campbell, Karlos Dansby dominate in Arizona Cardinals win
    Vince Marotta | October 06, 2013 5:49 pm
    For the first time in a calendar year, the Arizona Cardinals are above the .500 mark. The Cardinals got another dominant performance from their defense in a 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers at University...
  • Six Points: For the Arizona Cardinals, a win is a win
    Vince Marotta | September 29, 2013 1:53 pm
    I'm not sure how it happened, but the Arizona Cardinals beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 Sunday at Raymond James Stadium to push their record to 2-2 on the season. Now this wasn't the same kind...
  • Sun Devils pound USC, but there is much work to be done
    Vince Marotta | September 29, 2013 12:13 am
    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The goal for head coach Todd Graham was for his Arizona State Sun Devils to bounce back after a confidence-sapping 42-28 loss at Stanford last Saturday that was not nearly as close as the...
  • Six Points: Hard times in the 'Big Easy' for Arizona Cardinals
    Vince Marotta | September 22, 2013 1:29 pm
    Before I started writing this, I had to check my calendar, you know, just to make sure it was indeed 2013. Because watching the Arizona Cardinals get pummeled 31-7 by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday...
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: NL West champs and rude guests
    Vince Marotta | September 20, 2013 7:48 am
    There's a faction of people who believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers' pool party at Chase Field Thursday afternoon was perfectly acceptable. After all, the Dodgers' historic 42-8 run in June, July...
  • Officials ultimately to blame for ASU-Wisconsin debacle
    Vince Marotta | September 15, 2013 8:44 am
    OK, what the hell happened? It's Sunday morning, and I still can't fully grasp what transpired on Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe Saturday night. The only thing I know for sure is Arizona...
  • Six Points: Arizona Cardinals blow 11-point lead, lose in St. Louis
    Vince Marotta | September 08, 2013 4:37 pm
    At long last, we finally got our first glimpse at the new-look Arizona Cardinals. New general manager, new head coach and a slew of new players. The only thing that felt like years past was the result. The...
  • Marotta's 2013 Pac-12 Preview: Can ASU elevate to the next level?
    Vince Marotta | August 29, 2013 9:27 am
    It's here! College football returns and the Pac-12 has a bit of a new look this season -- trust us DirecTV subscribers, it does. After four new coaches joined the fray in 2012, three newcomers...
  • Excited about ASU and the Cardinals? You bet I am
    Vince Marotta | August 22, 2013 7:31 am
    Man, this Kool-Aid tastes good. OK, I'm not exactly gulping it down, but when it comes to football teams in the Valley, I can't remember going into a season where I'm as optimistic about both the Arizona...
  • Is Arizona State's Todd Graham still being defined by his exit from Pittsburgh? Get over it, people
    Vince Marotta | August 08, 2013 12:56 pm
    Despite his rousing success in the first 18 months on the job at Arizona State, Sun Devils' head football coach Todd Graham is still labeled in a very particular way by those outside the Valley. He's...
  • How can the Pac-12 keep up with Oregon?
    Vince Marotta | August 03, 2013 11:01 am
    The University of Arizona has unveiled the brand new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility at Arizona Stadium. It is, in a word, gorgeous -- at least from
  • The 5: Arizona Cardinals I'm excited to watch in 2013
    Vince Marotta | July 23, 2013 3:46 pm
    I'm not going to lie...I can't wait for football season. While I love baseball, basketball and hockey, football season is the by far the best time on the sports calendar. And for the first time...
  • It's not just pitching; the D-backs need a bat, too
    Vince Marotta | July 20, 2013 12:21 pm
    One general feeling surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks these days is that the they're in desperate need of pitching -- both in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. Only Patrick Corbin, who...
  • Brad Ziegler at closer? Why not?
    Vince Marotta | July 12, 2013 2:36 pm
    A manager calling to the bullpen to summon his closer is a common baseball event that's been glorified by Hollywood forever. Here's the way it's supposed to go: The good guys are up one run, bases...
  • The 5: Most Painful Arizona Sports Moments
    Vince Marotta | June 20, 2013 11:45 am
    As anniversaries go, June 20 marked a pretty grim one in the minds and hearts of Phoenix sports fans. On that date in 1993, a reserve guard from Notre Dame took a pass from a player who was inexplicably...

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