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Doug Franz's weekend wishes: Coyotes, Suns, Diamondbacks and soccer

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, left, talks with guard Gerald Green (14) near the end of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans late in the second half in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The Suns defeated the Pelicians 94-88. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Here are my weekend wishes:


The 2014 Phoenix Coyotes do not deserve to make the playoffs. Teams that go on six-game April losing streaks playing mostly listless hockey should stay home. Since spring officially began, the Coyotes have one regulation win.

However, after all the crap Jerry Moyes put the Coyotes' fans and Shane Doan through, they deserve a break. If the Dallas Stars lose to the Blues Friday night, the Coyotes are back in control of their own destiny.


I'm dreaming. The Suns are at San Antonio and at Dallas this weekend. There are plenty of scenarios for the Suns to make the playoffs if they go anywhere between 0-4 and 4-0, but if Suns go 3-1 in their last four games, they're in the playoffs. I don't think they can go 3-1. I hope I'm wrong.


If you want to act like this is a small series, go ahead. The Diamondbacks could win the series and still only be 6-9. The Diamondbacks can't let them pull away while they are without Clayton Kershaw. The Diamondbacks could be 1-4 or 0-5 against a depleted Dodgers team if this series gets ugly. How does that give you as a fan confidence Arizona can keep up with L.A. when you're healthy?

If Arizona was a high-payroll, big market team, I would be pleading patience. If the Dodgers were less talented on paper than the Diamondbacks, I wouldn't even be annoyed at Arizona's start to the season. Over the course of 162 games, things normally favor talent. Due to this, the only way Arizona can win the division is to beat up L.A. when they're down. So far, L.A. hasn't played that great and they're still vastly better than Arizona. Competing later depends on winning now.


Always a stretch to choose one golfer versus the field. If I can't have Phil, I pull for Bubba. He really seems like a guy you would stumble on at the Muni and have a beer with during your round. He seems to have the class that he wouldn't hit on the beer cart girl but has a strong enough personality that you can have a great time together.


I'm my daughter's soccer coach. We've lost every game this year after winning every game the year before. We dribble too much. I want more passing. We also shoot as often as Mike Ribeiro.

What are my chances that I get any of these wishes this weekend? Very low. My guess is I go 1-for-5.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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