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  • Instant replay is the flu for sports
    Doug Franz | January 12, 2015 12:42 pm
    Arizona lost to Oregon State. Suns lost to Memphis. Dallas lost to Green Bay. Every game had one thing in common: too much replay.
  • An early look ahead for the Arizona Cardinals
    Doug Franz | January 07, 2015 11:47 am
    If Bruce Arians is fired up for 2015, let's look at the opponents' story lines.
  • Off my chest: Thoughts from the last two weeks
    Doug Franz | January 05, 2015 12:42 pm
    So many things have happened in the last two weeks that I figured a shotgun of opinions would be the way to write an "I'm back" blog.
  • Winning is a big win
    Doug Franz | December 27, 2014 6:54 pm
    Don't fall into the trap of an initial response to ASU's victory over the Blue Devils.
  • Why is there a trade deadline in the NFL?
    Doug Franz | December 23, 2014 10:03 am
    It's hard to be an NFL quarterback. It's even harder to be a third-string quarterback and start against the Seattle Seahawks. Taking no personal shots at Ryan Lindley, his accuracy is not close to NFL-quality...
  • Cardinals vs. Rams: The numbers slightly hurt
    Doug Franz | December 09, 2014 12:23 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals face a difficult game and the odds are stacked against them.
  • Decisions, decisions, decisions from Thanksgiving football weekend
    Doug Franz | December 01, 2014 1:41 pm
    Thanksgiving weekend was one of huge sports decisions.
  • Arizona State, Arizona are eerily similar on paper
    Doug Franz | November 24, 2014 1:21 pm
    How do you know that your buddy at work knows nothing about college football? If they say, "I think _____ is going to win the game Friday."
  • With Taylor Kelly, starting should not necessarily mean finishing
    Doug Franz | November 21, 2014 11:12 am
    Taylor Kelly is a great kid. Taylor Kelly is a good quarterback. Taylor Kelly is having a poor season. All three of those points are mutually exclusive. None of those points should affect...
  • Fight on, Devils
    Doug Franz | November 16, 2014 8:28 am
    CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The first question to Todd Graham in the locker room following Oregon State's 35-27 win over sixth-ranked Arizona State was "what was your message to the kids?" His answer, "It's...
  • Frog-lovers and roses: 'Plays itself out' is so very played-out
    Doug Franz | November 12, 2014 2:18 pm
    There are certain phrases in sports that need to go away. Feel free to tweet me the phrases that you can't stand.
  • A fan's view of ASU
    Doug Franz | November 03, 2014 10:03 pm
    What more can be done to fix ASU's attendance problems? I don't know.
  • Welcome to Tempe, media
    Doug Franz | November 02, 2014 9:44 am
    Todd Graham was torched by the national media when he came to Arizona State. Interestingly enough, the national media has not run to recant.
  • The College Football Playoff Committee is not biased, the SEC is the best
    Doug Franz | October 30, 2014 10:15 pm
    It seems clear the average college football fan is completely convinced there is Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, UFOs hidden by the Federal Government and the City of Atlantis. I have a belief in my...
  • Where there's a will, there's a win
    Doug Franz | October 26, 2014 9:57 am
    "They find ways to lose." How many times have you heard that said about Arizona State football? More specifically, how many times have you said it? In 2010 at Wisconsin, a kick-off return to the...
  • A few missed 'thank yous' for the success of Wildcats, Sun Devils and Cardinals
    Doug Franz | October 23, 2014 8:04 am
    Imagine the guy at work who always seems to be right and it drives you nuts. He walks onto the job site or into the office on one morning last August. You're talking football with him. He says, "Come...
  • Baseball needs you...what can be done to make you come back?
    Doug Franz | October 16, 2014 8:09 am
    If you're between the ages of 18 and 35, what does baseball have to do to bring you back or are you long gone? The 2014 MLB postseason has been fantastic. National TV ratings have been up -- but they're...
  • Be like Mike, but start Kelly
    Doug Franz | October 08, 2014 2:55 pm
    He has been great. He is a Sun Devil for life. Every Sun Devil fan should tell their kids where they were when they watched him throw the "Jael Mary" and win for the first time this century at...
  • I wanna be like Mike
    Doug Franz | October 04, 2014 10:13 pm
    "I don't believe what I just saw." Those were the immortal words of Jack Buck on the national radio call when Kirk Gibson hit the game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. I know...
  • Huge weekend: Arizona Cardinals try to remain on the stage against Denver Broncos
    Doug Franz | October 04, 2014 7:00 am
    I'm spending my Sunday watching college football! Obviously, that may sound confusing but I'll be traveling to Southern California and watching ASU all day Saturday, so I'll miss the games. Give me...
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