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  • For the Arizona Diamondbacks, does stability sell?
    Doug Franz | July 23, 2014 1:05 pm
    From the time that Tony La Russa was hired as chief baseball officer of the of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the "if" question seemed to become a "when." Why hire La Russa if you're satisfied with the job...
  • Let's talk
    Doug Franz | July 22, 2014 11:14 am
    How well would the American education system work if teachers had to yell at students every time they were wrong? When there's an opportunity to educate, should educators call students "haters" and threaten...
  • Too good to be true
    Doug Franz | July 21, 2014 9:58 am
    I'm not a believer because it would have been done. The Boston Globe and others reported the Lakers explored the idea of an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix for Julius Randle and a future...
  • Tiger has no roar
    Doug Franz | July 18, 2014 9:39 am
    What were you doing on November 27, 2009? It's probably hard to remember last week, let alone almost five years ago. Tiger Woods drove into a fire hydrant on November 27, 2009. In the life of an...
  • Doesn't the MLB All-Star Game count?
    Doug Franz | July 16, 2014 8:28 am
    Obviously, it doesn't count. The front of the National League starting lineup had MVP Andrew McCutchen, rock star Yasiel Puig, all-world shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, America's first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,...
  • Eric Bledsoe's waiting game continues
    Doug Franz | July 15, 2014 7:22 am
    The silence is deafening. The LeBron James domino fell Friday morning. Chris Bosh, Luol Deng and Carmelo Anthony have signed. Various sign-and-trades have been completed. Restricted free agents...
  • LeBron James and learning life's lessons
    Doug Franz | July 11, 2014 10:01 am
    The Cleveland Cavaliers would have never won a championship with LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers will win a championship with LeBron James. Name an athlete who has done what he has done....
  • Take the Snake's advice
    Doug Franz | July 10, 2014 8:53 pm
    I met my Pat Tillman Thursday. On July 3rd of last week, my family and I were only about 20 yards from the back porch of Robert E. Lee's when the sky opened. We were hit by an enormous downpour. ...
  • An All-American vacation
    Doug Franz | July 09, 2014 5:34 pm
    If you can, you've got to go. My family vacation was to Washington, D.C. I sat down with my wife in a dark room looking at the actual Star-Spangled Banner. We cruised up the Potomac to Mt....
  • It's not 1984, but...
    Doug Franz | June 25, 2014 10:53 am
    If you are between the ages of 25-35, you have no real memory of the 1984 NBA Draft. There's a chance if you type "1984" into Google, "1984 NBA Draft" will come up as the first option. It was that big. Four...
  • Michael Bradley and US Soccer: Good people choke, too
    Doug Franz | June 23, 2014 1:04 pm
    Wonderful people can choke. Great business people can do great things to put their company into a position to succeed only to be the reason the company fails. No one should attack Michael Bradley's...
  • Unexpect the unexpected
    Doug Franz | June 19, 2014 2:54 pm
    Here's a crazy opinion: the Arizona Diamondbacks are winning more than they should be. It's crazy because everyone feels down about the D-backs, but the truth is that they're a .500 team minus April....
  • I love Payne
    Doug Franz | June 18, 2014 4:22 pm
    There seems to be one certainty for the 2014 Suns draft: Four players from this draft will not be on the Suns' training camp roster. The Suns have four draft picks next Thursday night. No one wants...
  • Soccer sustainability?
    Doug Franz | June 17, 2014 10:10 am
    I love the game. Do you? If not, are you moving in that direction? I started playing soccer at age 7 through high school. I was asked to try out in college for some good teams and offered enough...
  • Feelings of a Suns fan
    Doug Franz | June 16, 2014 10:18 am
    Keep in mind, I will never like the Spurs. I can't stand Ginobili's flopping. Every call that goes against the Spurs proves a military coup is upon us in the eyes of Popovich. Every game the name "Bruce...
  • This is not a normal June
    Doug Franz | June 13, 2014 3:34 pm
    The cowbells rang strong on Friday's show. Normally it signals the end of the week and the beginning of relaxation. This week, it signals work for me but an amazing weekend of sports relaxation for you....
  • What Phoenix teams need in 140 characters or less
    Doug Franz | June 11, 2014 10:52 am
    I admit it. I'm jealous. I'm tired of watching the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Kings. It's bad enough the Phoenix (soon to be Arizona) Coyotes and Phoenix Suns aren't in each championship series...
  • Settle down
    Doug Franz | June 09, 2014 10:08 am
    Remember how the Arizona Cardinals were 4-0 in 2012? Before Shane Doan contracted Rocky Mountain Fever, the Coyotes were one of the best teams in hockey. How about the amazing start to Mark Reynolds'...
  • Give me heart or give me Bosh
    Doug Franz | June 05, 2014 12:05 pm
    Game 1 of the NBA Finals is here. There's been more talk about motivation for these Finals than any other in history. It's hard to understand. There's a term "extra-motivation" that's being thrown...
  • Chemistry vs. clutch
    Doug Franz | June 04, 2014 2:05 pm
    In Tuesday's blog we discussed the massive difference between baseball analytics believers and the old-school supporters. The key to...
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