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  • My epiphany: Fantasy football is dumb

    I needed Bilal Powell of the New York Jets to amass 74 fantasy points Monday night against the Tennessee Titans to win my Fantasy Football league semifinal. That would roughly be 380 yards rushing/receiving and six touchdowns. He fell 352 yards and six touchdowns short. I knew that wasn’t going to happen, and my season […]
  • Analyzing what gives Cardinals ‘the best chance to win’

    As I watched (mostly through my fingers) the Arizona Cardinals lose their eighth straight game — this one a 7-6 offensive debacle at the hands of the woeful New York Jets, a certain phrase kept rattling through my head. It was something about playing the quarterback who gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. […]
  • Cardinals’ season was lost when Kevin Kolb went down

    Not that we have any historical basis to fall back on, but you’d think an NFL team that won its first four games and then proceeded to lose their next seven would have an unbelievable shift in statistics. In the case of the 2012 Arizona Cardinals, the only team ever to fall into this category, […]
  • They’re going streaking: Anatomy of ASU’s losing skid

    Another trip to Los Angeles, another loss. The Arizona State Sun Devils’ 38-17 loss to the 19th-ranked USC Trojans really shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, it was the Devils’ seventh straight loss at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And after seeing the Devils come crashing down to Earth following a 5-1 start, […]
  • This Cardinals team has me questioning everything

    GLENDALE — How does a team who hadn’t started a season with four straight wins since 1977 start 4-0 only to follow it up by losing their next four games? That’s one of the myriad questions rattling around my brain in the aftermath of the San Francisco 49ers’ dominating 24-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals […]
  • ASU hurts themselves in painful loss to UCLA

    TEMPE — The transformation that the Arizona State football team has undergone in 2012 has been remarkable. Sure the record looks a lot like it did just one year ago, but the team’s effort and discipline have improved leaps and bounds over where they were a year ago. But it’s hard to maintain that razor-sharp […]
  • ASU not quite ready for prime time, and that’s okay

    TEMPE — So, that didn’t go very well. Arizona State had a chance on the big stage — one shot, one opportunity — and they ended up with a sweater full of mom’s spaghetti. The well-oiled, chrome-helmeted machine that is Oregon acted like a 325-pound bouncer fiercely guarding the velvet ropes of the elite group […]
  • Todd Graham: Head coach, or exorcist?

    Todd Graham has some catch phrases he likes to lean on when talking to the media. “Speaking victory” “Left lane, hammer down” “High-octane” They’re all part of Graham’s vernacular. Another, more recent entry, has been “it’s hard to handle adversity, but it’s harder to handle success.” On Thursday night in Boulder, the Sun Devils experienced […]
  • Sometimes, good teams just find a way to win

    GLENDALE — Here I sit in the press box at University of Phoenix Stadium following the Arizona Cardinals’ latest “let’s give ’em a show” victory. Despite trailing 13-0 at halftime, not being able to run the football or protect their quarterback, committing an unbelievably untimely turnover and generally getting outplayed in every phase of the […]
  • Phoenix, you’re lucky to have Shane Doan

    In February of 2007, I had just switched jobs. I went from being part of a popular FM morning show back to sports radio, where I had started eleven years earlier. Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes had been a frequent guest/friend of our FM morning show. He’d come on once a week and talk […]
  • Graham’s Sun Devils are way ahead of schedule

    TEMPE—OK, maybe Todd Graham is on to something. Beating Northern Arizona by 57 points on opening night was one thing. After all, NAU is considered a middle-of-the-road FCS squad. Those who were less than jazzed about the Sun Devils’ near-perfect victory were quick to point out, “it was only NAU.” But the 54,128 that watched […]
  • Skelton wins QB competition, or did Kolb lose it?

    Our long-standing local nightmare is over. The Arizona Cardinals have a starting quarterback. “At this point going forward, we feel that the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Ken Whisenhunt announced Friday. And who amongst you feels good about this decision? I don’t mean to knock John […]
  • Marotta’s 2012 Pac-12 Preview

    2012 should be an interesting year in the Pac-12. First, this year featured the launch of the national and regional Pac-12 Networks that will ensure every conference football game is televised. Secondly, USC is off probation and Lane Kiffin’s Trojans come limping into the campaign after the harsh NCAA penalties that crippled their program. Yes, […]
  • Questions Arise: Cardinals fall in Tennessee

    The second-to-last preseason game in the NFL is supposed to be the most important one of the (interminable) preseason. Since starters see the most playing time in this game, it’s supposed to be the most accurate depiction of what we can expect from teams over the 17-week regular season. Uh-oh. The Cardinals lost in Nashville […]
  • Vinsanity: I’ll admit…I’m worried about Cardinals’ QBs

    After watching the Arizona Cardinals’ second preseason game — a 27-17 loss to Kansas City last Friday — one phrase stuck in my head. Uh-oh! The NFL is a quarterback’s league and the Cardinals’ much-talked-about quarterback competition has been an exercise in futility through two exhibition contests. Kevin Kolb, who held an edge (if only […]