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  • Excited about ASU and the Cardinals? You bet I am
    Vince Marotta | August 22, 2013 8:31 am
    Man, this Kool-Aid tastes good. OK, I'm not exactly gulping it down, but when it comes to football teams in the Valley, I can't remember going into a season where I'm as optimistic about both the Arizona...
  • Is Arizona State's Todd Graham still being defined by his exit from Pittsburgh? Get over it, people
    Vince Marotta | August 08, 2013 1:56 pm
    Despite his rousing success in the first 18 months on the job at Arizona State, Sun Devils' head football coach Todd Graham is still labeled in a very particular way by those outside the Valley. He's...
  • How can the Pac-12 keep up with Oregon?
    Vince Marotta | August 03, 2013 12:01 pm
    The University of Arizona has unveiled the brand new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility at Arizona Stadium. It is, in a word, gorgeous -- at least from
  • The 5: Arizona Cardinals I'm excited to watch in 2013
    Vince Marotta | July 23, 2013 4:46 pm
    I'm not going to lie...I can't wait for football season. While I love baseball, basketball and hockey, football season is the by far the best time on the sports calendar. And for the first time...
  • It's not just pitching; the D-backs need a bat, too
    Vince Marotta | July 20, 2013 1:21 pm
    One general feeling surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks these days is that the they're in desperate need of pitching -- both in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. Only Patrick Corbin, who...
  • Brad Ziegler at closer? Why not?
    Vince Marotta | July 12, 2013 3:36 pm
    A manager calling to the bullpen to summon his closer is a common baseball event that's been glorified by Hollywood forever. Here's the way it's supposed to go: The good guys are up one run, bases...
  • The 5: Most Painful Arizona Sports Moments
    Vince Marotta | June 20, 2013 12:45 pm
    As anniversaries go, June 20 marked a pretty grim one in the minds and hearts of Phoenix sports fans. On that date in 1993, a reserve guard from Notre Dame took a pass from a player who was inexplicably...
  • Sorry, Suns fans: I can't help but respect the Spurs
    Vince Marotta | June 04, 2013 2:29 pm
    If you're a fan of the Phoenix Suns, you've got a lot of reasons to hate the San Antonio Spurs. While the Suns are still seeking the first championship in their 45-year history. The Spurs, a team who...
  • Closer look at Paul Goldschmidt's remarkable 2013
    Vince Marotta | May 20, 2013 4:41 pm
    We're more than a quarter of the way through the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and we've learned a few things. We've learned that Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is really good. We've learned that...
  • Can somebody explain the hatred of Justin Upton to me?
    Vince Marotta | May 16, 2013 2:03 pm
    In my current job, it's very rare that I get to attend a sporting event as a fan. So when my 17-year-old son told me he'd won tickets to Wednesday's day game between the Diamondbacks and the Atlanta...
  • D-backs bullpen has been bad, but we've seen far worse
    Vince Marotta | May 02, 2013 2:24 pm
    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...
  • Want to rekindle the Valley's love affair with Suns? Hire Charles Barkley
    Vince Marotta | April 29, 2013 1:44 pm
    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...
  • The 5: Best top 10 picks in Cardinals history
    Vince Marotta | April 22, 2013 2:08 pm
    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...
  • Larry Scott's first gaffe as Pac-12 commissioner -- and it's a big one
    Vince Marotta | April 02, 2013 10:37 am
    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...
  • Root for Arizona? Not in this lifetime
    Vince Marotta | March 26, 2013 7:57 am
    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...
  • Change is inevitable, so why did people freak out over Sparky?
    Vince Marotta | March 20, 2013 4:35 pm
    Basketball uniforms used to look like
  • Kevin Kolb's divisive Arizona stint conjures Leinart flashbacks
    Vince Marotta | March 15, 2013 9:05 am
    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...
  • What's better, saying 'I told you so' or winning a ring?
    Vince Marotta | March 12, 2013 9:18 am
    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...
  • The 5: Best Cardinals of all-time
    Vince Marotta | March 11, 2013 8:41 am
    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,...
  • The 5: Most Underrated Sports Movies
    Vince Marotta | February 28, 2013 9:51 am
    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...
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