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  • History says it’s hard to get excited about pick #13

    The ping pong balls have settled, the logo cards have been pulled out of the envelopes, and the order for the 2012 NBA Draft has been determined. The New Orleans Hornets own the first selection in the draft, which will be held June 28. And unless they get hit in the head by a blunt […]
  • Did L.A. end two of our seasons Tuesday night?

    Oh, Los Angeles. We in Phoenix have long been saddled with the label of being L.A.’s little brother, much to our dismay. And sure, you’ve given us wedgies, wet willies and played countless practical jokes on us over the years and we’ve had no choice but to take it. But now, we’re getting older. More […]
  • D-backs need to capitalize on golden opportunity

    It’s only mid-May, but the clock is ticking on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Currently 8.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, the D-backs’ lackluster 16-22 start has applied pressure early in the season to “get their act together”. Overcoming a double-digit deficit in the standings is never easy, so Kirk Gibson’s club […]
  • The Suns will miss the party again if changes aren’t made

    It’s always a bit of a kick to the gut when your NBA team doesn’t qualify for the postseason. After all, the NBA Playoffs aren’t exactly the most exclusive party — more than half the league gets an invite. Pressing your nose against the glass to snoop on what’s happening inside that party for two […]
  • It’s starting to feel like a ‘hockey town’ around here

    During my Sunday errand running, I found myself at a local grocery store with my 16-year-old son, picking up a few items for a visit to my sister’s house. We were headed over to watch Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators. Watching big sporting events in […]
  • Another victory for Todd Graham before his first game

    Near the end of the press conference introducing Todd Graham as the new Arizona State head football coach last December, a question was asked about how Graham felt about rustic facilities and lack of television. The query had to do, of course, with Camp Tontozona and whether the new ASU head man would be willing […]
  • When Upton comes around, D-backs will be scary

    If I told you two weeks ago that the Arizona Diamondbacks would win seven of their first ten games, you’d probably believe me. If I told you two weeks ago that the D-backs would go 7-3 in their first ten without getting an RBI from Justin Upton, you’d think I was mad. But that’s exactly […]
  • Shannon Brown starting to prove the naysayers (like me) wrong

    Face it – when news broke March 30 that Suns forward Grant Hill was having surgery on his right knee, you figured the season was over. For a second straight season, a slow-starting Suns team would rally furiously following the All-Star break, only to fall short of their goal of reaching the NBA Playoffs. I […]
  • Do we really need to know Wonderlic scores?

    Question: A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister? Answer: 40. Does that qualify me to play in the NFL? Morris Claiborne is a terrific football player. The 22-year-old cornerback from LSU was a consensus […]
  • Is Denver the right fit for Peyton Manning?

    Thirteen days after he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts, the Peyton Manning saga came to an end when the four-time MVP signed his name on the dotted line of a contract printed on Denver Broncos letterhead. But did Manning make the right move? Yes, he’s got 96 million reasons to believe it’s the right […]
  • So Kevin, about that Peyton Manning flirtation…

    We’ve reached the second full week of Manning Watch 2012, and we know at this point that Peyton Manning will not be the next quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Friday, the organization beat their 1:00 p.m. deadline to honor a $7 million roster bonus due to incumbent quarterback Kevin Kolb, sewing up the immediate future […]
  • Time for some optimism about ASU hoops

    At the outset of this column, let me make an admission…I’ve been critical of Arizona State basketball this year. Gasp! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team struggle to pass the ball as much as this year’s Arizona State squad. Seemingly simple perimeter passes have been an adventure for the Sun Devils and that’s […]
  • We’ll never see that again

    A quick look at the NBA standings shows that exactly three teams — the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder — are averaging more than 100 points per game this season. That fact makes what happened 50 years ago in Hershey, Pennsylvania that much more stunning. On March 2 of that year, Wilt […]
  • One thing is certain, Todd Graham gets it

    Ok, color me impressed. I was underwhelmed by the hiring of Todd Graham as the new head coach of the Arizona State football. It wasn’t that I think Graham is a bad coach. I don’t. The coaching search and the negative press heaped upon Graham’s unsightly departure from Pittsburgh to take the ASU job left […]
  • Starmaking out of control in the amateur ranks

    I’ll start this column with an admission. I’m pretty skeeved out by high school athletes holding press conferences to announce where they’re going to college. Full disclosure…I’ve attended only two such press conferences in my life — Bobby Wade’s 2000 announcement that he was going to play his college football at Arizona, and D.J. Foster’s […]