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  • 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 […]
  • One less member on Team Kolb

    My name is Vince Marotta, and I’m a recovering Team Kolb member. Since the summer of 2011, when I was on the air doing a daily morning show at a Valley radio station, I’ve been on board with Kevin Kolb taking over the Arizona Cardinals’ offense. Of course, the lockout basically turned our show into […]
  • Vinsanity: Bauer will be fine, Marshall not so quick…

    Last week, I wrote about not being all that concerned with Trevor Bauer’s rocky four-start debut in Major League Baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ prized right-hander was touched up for a 1-2 record and a 6.43 ERA during his first taste of the bigs. Interestingly enough, one commenter asked if I could write an article pinpointing […]
  • Trading Upton now makes no sense

    I’ll admit it. I get really frustrated sometimes when I watch Justin Upton play baseball. Whether it’s seeing him struggle with a ball in the corner or when he strikes out with runners in scoring position in key situations, there are varying levels of frustration reached. Judging from the booing Upton has received in recent […]
  • Steve Nash to Lakers…why do I care so much?

    “Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify because the players are always changing, the team could move to another city. You’re actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it. You are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city. Fans […]
  • Why is determining a college football champ so hard?

    I once thought that any scenario devised to determine a national champion in the great sport of college football that included the word ‘playoff’ would be a huge improvement over the sham of a system that is the BCS. Man, was I naive. This week, a presidential oversight committee approved a four-team playoff to determine […]
  • Phoenix became a real sports town 20 years ago today

    June 18, 1992. I was just 27 days away from my 21st birthday. But instead of looking forward to going out and getting schnockered like most soon-to-be 21-year-olds, I had a sadness in my heart. The Phoenix Suns, tired of being a perennial 50-win team who bows out of the NBA Playoffs in the first […]