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  • The Cardinals need to do right by Kolb

    The Arizona Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention, making Sunday’s season finale against the Seattle Seahawks virtually meaningless. But it’s not totally meaningless — the Cards and ‘Hawks are battling for 2nd place in the division and both are playing to even their records at 8-8 and avoid a losing season. But there is […]
  • Your team not in a bowl? Make up your own

    Bowl season is underway in college football. You know, that time of year where mediocrity is rewarded and seemingly every day of the calendar for three-plus weeks is dotted with ho-hum matchups between teams you probably didn’t watch during the regular season. Thirty-five bowl games are currently in existence. That means 70 of 120 FBS […]
  • Treading with caution on Graham hire

    Okay, it’s been more than 24 hours since news broke that Todd Graham would be the next head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils. I guess it’s time to spill my thoughts. I thought that finally naming a coach seventeen days after firing Dennis Erickson would quell the negativity surrounding the Arizona State football […]
  • Don’t look now, but playoffs aren’t out of the question

    “Playoffs? You want to talk about playoffs? You kiddin’ me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.” – Jim Mora, coach of the Indianapolis Colts, November 25, 2001 after a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. After the Arizona Cardinals blew a 21-point lead and lost to the Baltimore Ravens on October 30th […]
  • June Jones didn’t deserve this treatment

    The reaction was quick, widespread, and intense when word broke Wednesday morning that the Arizona State Sun Devils had hired their new head football coach. It would be June Jones, a former NFL quarterback and head coach who built the Hawaii program into one of the nation’s most exciting teams before moving on to SMU. […]
  • Officially tired of the SEC

    Let’s face it, college football fans–it’s an SEC world and we’re just living in it. For the sixth straight season, the BCS National Champion will come from the Southeastern Conference thanks to the LSU-Alabama rematch that will take place on January 9th for all the marbles. Just sixty-five days after they met in Tuscaloosa in […]
  • Top ten ways to improve first Pac-12 Championship Game

    We’re just a day away from the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Excited? Unless you’re a fan of the Oregon Ducks, I can guarantee you’re not too psyched about this game, and that includes you, Larry Scott. Why would you be? What’s supposed to be a showcase for the newly reformed Pac-12 will play out more […]
  • ASU Fans: Please stop with the Danny White talk!

    The Arizona State football coaching search is in its infancy, and there have been dozens of names offered by thousands of people. Fans and media alike have offered up names that range from the out-of-reach (Jim Tressel, Chris Petersen), to the realistic (Kevin Sumlin, Mike Bellotti, Larry Fedora), to the obscure (Gary Andersen, Dave Christensen). […]
  • First Pac-12 Championship Game will be a bad joke

    In the new college athletic tradition of keeping up with the Joneses, the Pac-10 added two new teams for the 2011 football season, welcoming the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes into the fold. It was the first time the conference had expanded since 1978, when they added Arizona and Arizona State to the mix to […]
  • Rivalry week divides homes all over Arizona

    “Seems like in this state, you’re either a Sun Devil or a Wildcat.” – ASU head coach Dennis Erickson My “relationship” with Arizona State University began in 1978. Living in New York, my father had decided he’d had enough of life as a New York City police officer, and once he was promoted to captain, […]
  • Thanks Joe, but you gotta go

    The last year in college football has been ripe with scandal. There’s been the Cam Newton recruitment investigation. We’ve had suspensions and a resignation over discounted tattoos in Columbus. There was the name-dropping of 72 athletes who received improper benefits from a super booster at Miami. They all pale in comparison to what’s unfolded at […]
  • We’ll always have November 4, 2001

    It’s November 4, 2011–the ten-year anniversary of the Arizona Diamondbacks shocking the baseball world and beating the juggernaut three-time defending World Series champion New York Yankees in a 7-game series that will go down in history as one of the best ever played. If you’re a Diamondbacks fan, you remember the thrill when Luis Gonzalez’s […]
  • Another year of rooting for chaos

    I love college football. I love the traditions, the pageantry. I love the emotional connection fans of a given program have to their team. I love the fact that on any Saturday from September to November, you can lose yourself in dozens of games telecast over a dozen hours. So why is it every year […]
  • Are we watching something we love die right in front of us?

    “I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.” – Mitch Hedberg Why, pray tell, am I starting this piece about the NBA lockout with a joke from late comedian Mitch Hedberg? Well, let me tell you a story. The night was September 23, 2004. I took my girlfriend (future wife) to Celebrity […]
  • Burfict not living up to the hype

    The sky was the limit for Arizona State middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict in 2012. In his first two years for the Sun Devils, Burfict showed the ability to dominate football games while also showing the propensity for losing his temper and committing boneheaded penalties that crippled his team in crucial situations. Apparently most were willing […]