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  • D-backs bullpen has been bad, but we’ve seen far worse

    If you were tooling around Twitter Wednesday night when San Francisco’s Brandon Belt clubbed a three-run homer off of D-backs reliever David Hernandez (or really any time in the last week or so), you’d think the world was coming to an end for Arizona baseball fans. 10th blown save of the season for the #Dbacks […]
  • Want to rekindle the Valley’s love affair with Suns? Hire Charles Barkley

    John married Jessica in 1993. They were soul mates. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other and they couldn’t imagine it being any other way. Relationships change over time. Twenty years and three kids later, John and Jessica are still married — but it’s different. John doesn’t exercise like he did in his younger […]
  • The 5: Best top 10 picks in Cardinals history

    Draft week is upon us in the National Football League. The most talked about happening in the sports world will unfold over a three-day period in New York this weekend. Once again, the Arizona Cardinals find themselves drafting in the top ten. This year’s seventh overall selection marks the 16th time in their 26 drafts […]
  • Larry Scott’s first gaffe as Pac-12 commissioner — and it’s a big one

    If you know anything about me, you know I’m not a fan of the Arizona Wildcats — in any sport. But also, I can recognize when something stinks, and well, after a report that surfaced Monday, I’m holding my nose. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports broke a story that unearthed an investigation of Pac-12 head […]
  • Root for Arizona? Not in this lifetime

    The NCAA Tournament field has been reduced by 52 teams since play in this year’s “Big Dance” started last Tuesday. And for the 15th time since 1976, the Arizona Wildcats are left standing as one of the Sweet 16. The Wildcats defeated 11th-seeded Belmont and 14th-seeded Harvard to reach their current tournament position. No, that’s […]
  • Change is inevitable, so why did people freak out over Sparky?

    Basketball uniforms used to look like this. Tennis rackets once looked like this. The Simpsons once looked like this. Updating the design led to vast improvements in all three instances. The initial reaction to the 1990 Michigan Wolverines taking the court in long, baggy shorts was near outrage. Over two decades later, those shorts are […]
  • Kevin Kolb’s divisive Arizona stint conjures Leinart flashbacks

    So the Kevin Kolb era has come to an end in the Valley of the Sun — if two injury-plagued seasons can constitute an era, that is. Give the Arizona Cardinals credit, though. Knowing they had to bring in a franchise quarterback on the heels of a disastrous 2010 season that saw Derek Anderson and […]
  • What’s better, saying ‘I told you so’ or winning a ring?

    Breaking news out of New York (although it really shouldn’t qualify as breaking news at this point)…Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is out at least six weeks because he needs more surgery on his right knee. Stoudemire had been playing well for New York off the bench, averaging 14.2 points per game while shooting almost 58 […]
  • The 5: Best Cardinals of all-time

    It sounds strange to refer to Adrian Wilson as a former Cardinals safety, but after 12 seasons, he’s just that. The team and Wilson parted ways last Friday and now, like many great Cardinals before him, he’ll finish his career in another uniform. Wilson’s résumé is impressive, but it got me to thinking. Now that […]
  • The 5: Most Underrated Sports Movies

    So the Oscars are in the rear view mirror until next February, and judging from the lack of attention they got at this year’s gala, 2012 wasn’t a great year for sports movies. That hasn’t always been the case. Since 1976, 11 sports movies have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Three of them […]
  • The 5: Best sets of twins in sports

    So the Phoenix Suns have reunited the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, making them only the second set of twins to play on the same team at the same time in NBA history. The other? The Van Arsdales — Dick and Tom — played their final season in the league together in Suns uniforms in […]
  • Note to Cardinals: Beware the QBs in the first round

    There are several questions concerning the future of the Arizona Cardinals, who are coming off an entirely forgettable 5-11 season. But there are two things we know: one, they have the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft this April and two, they need a quarterback. Badly. Conventional thinking says “hey, the Cardinals should draft […]
  • The sands in the Coyotes’ hourglass may be running out

    I’ve always wanted to live in a really nice house. You know, like this Fountain Hills beauty that’s currently on the market. Alas, the 4,830-square foot abode is listed at almost $1.6 million, or more accurately, way out of my price range, so I’ll just admire the photos and keep buying Powerball tickets. On a […]
  • People are talking about ASU basketball, and it’s about time

    Exactly 349 days ago, the following was written about Herb Sendek and Arizona State basketball by Eamonn Brennan in a Bottom 10 column on ESPN.com: To his credit, Herb Sendek did something few coaches in Arizona State history have ever done, especially in the last 20 years: He made the Sun Devils nationally relevant. Still, […]
  • Alvin Gentry gone, but he wasn’t the problem

    At the midway point of the 2012-13 season, the Phoenix Suns are 13-28, bad enough to be the worst team in the Western Conference. You know the old adage — you can’t fire all the players, so Friday, head coach Alvin Gentry was made the scapegoat for the team’s failings and was fired. Let’s face […]

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