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  • Pac Mentality Week 3: Quarterback injuries could be problematic in South
    Vince Marotta | September 14, 2014 8:45 pm
    For three quarters of the teams in the Pac-12, a quarter of their regular season is in the books. Week 3 answered some questions, no doubt. And a couple of teams in the South may have seen their conference...
  • Pac Mentality - Week 2: Oregon Ducks make huge statement in beating Michigan State
    Vince Marotta | September 07, 2014 11:40 am
    Week 2 is in the books in the Pac-12, and we're starting to get a little clearer picture on some teams. Oregon is one of them. The third-ranked Ducks went into the locker room at Autzen Stadium trailing...
  • Pac Mentality Week 1: Is Cal headed back to relevancy?
    Vince Marotta | August 31, 2014 10:43 am
    Week 1 is in the books in the Pac-12. Every team in the conference was in action against a non-conference foe, in really what was a lackluster week of scheduling to be quite honest. Only three...
  • ASU unveils new uniforms; is it still cutting-edge when everybody's doing it?
    Vince Marotta | August 19, 2014 4:38 pm
    One of the things I've always loved about sports was the uniform. I remember getting a talking-to by my first grade teacher Mrs. Hoover for curling the end of my nines. When she corrected me, I told...
  • Vince Marotta's 2014 Pac-12 Preview: Oregon Ducks back on top
    Vince Marotta | July 22, 2014 5:25 pm
    The 2013 season was a banner one for the Pac-12 Conference. Most national experts believe the "Conference of Champions" elevated itself to the second-most powerful football conference in America, behind...
  • Celebrating the 4th -- Arizona Sports-style!
    Vince Marotta | July 04, 2014 11:31 am
    Happy 4th! It's our nation's 238th birthday (doesn't look day over 75, really) and we're all celebrating, in some way, the number 4. Four is a significant number in Phoenix sports, as well. Four...
  • Observations from the 2014 NBA Draft
    Vince Marotta | June 27, 2014 9:33 am
    The 2014 NBA Draft is now history. Sixty players entered the league with great pomp and circumstance -- from Cleveland's selection of Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins first overall to the San Antonio...
  • I wouldn't want to be Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim right now
    Vince Marotta | May 30, 2014 5:09 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals raised eyebrows all over the National Football League in April of 2013 when they selected defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the third round of the NFL Draft. Nobody doubted Mathieu's...
  • Michael Sam just made the first mistake in his journey to the NFL
    Vince Marotta | May 15, 2014 4:21 pm
    As I sat at my desk Wednesday afternoon, I watched a good portion of the St. Louis Rams' press conference introducing seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam to the local media. It was a first, on a couple...
  • Thoughts on the 2014 NFL Draft for the Arizona Cardinals
    Vince Marotta | May 11, 2014 10:22 am
    It's all over. Over three days, 256 players ranging from South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney to Memphis' Lonnie Ballentine, became professional football players via the 2014 NFL Draft. The Arizona...
  • When it comes to 'Draft Day', punt
    Vince Marotta | April 11, 2014 8:29 am
    You're the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. It's the day of the draft, your girlfriend (who also happens to be the team's capologist) is pregnant, you're riddled with guilt over the recent...
  • Hey Adam Silver, leave the NBA jerseys alone
    Vince Marotta | April 10, 2014 4:24 pm
    Advertising. It's absolutely everywhere. It still drives the economic engine of traditional media like radio, television and newspapers. Want to watch a video on YouTube? Sit through this :30 ad for...
  • Everybody's bashing basketball, so why don't we fix it?
    Vince Marotta | March 01, 2014 10:18 am
    NBA legend (and logo) Jerry West recently did an interview on ESPN Radio during which he skewered the quality of play around...
  • Goran Dragic has been amazing, but Markieff Morris is key to Suns' success
    Vince Marotta | February 13, 2014 4:28 pm
    There's no question about it -- the Phoenix Suns have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. Picked by most experts to win less than 20 games in 2013-14, the Suns are 30-21 at the...
  • Radio Row interviews painting a dark picture of life in NFL
    Vince Marotta | January 29, 2014 3:29 pm
    MANHATTAN -- National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell has got to be cringing just a little bit. Radio Row at the Super Bowl is supposed to be a celebration of America's favorite sport. Instead,...
  • Holiday Bowl debacle sours a great season for Sun Devils
    Vince Marotta | December 31, 2013 1:37 am
    SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't supposed to end like this. The 2013 season had been a special one for the Arizona State Sun Devils. There was the win over Wisconsin, the blowout of USC. The dismantling of Washington,...
  • Six Points: Arizona Cardinals end season with tough loss to San Francisco 49ers
    Vince Marotta | December 29, 2013 7:43 pm
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Well, it's over. A thrilling 2013 campaign ended for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday with a hard-fought 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Fittingly,...
  • Are the Arizona Cardinals the best team in the NFC?
    Vince Marotta | December 27, 2013 7:00 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals find themselves in a weird spot. While having arguably the best team they've had in the 26 seasons since moving to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988, there's a great chance they'll...
  • Marotta's 5th Annual Fictional Bowl Games for College Football's Also-rans
    Vince Marotta | December 21, 2013 12:27 pm
    I can't really say it's by popular demand, but it's back nonetheless. It's the 5th Annual Fictional Bowl Games for College Football's Also-rans. This project started in 2009 as a way to get a bad...
  • Saturday's loss certainly hurts, but for ASU, this is the ground floor
    Vince Marotta | December 07, 2013 10:13 pm
    TEMPE, Ariz. -- After attending the postgame press conferences following Stanford's convincing 38-14 win over Arizona State to win the Pac-12 Championship Game, I stepped into the men's room in the press...
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