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Pac Mentality Week 3: Quarterback injuries could be problematic in South

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 championship hopes dashed by injuries. In Arlington, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley injured his left arm in […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality – Week 2: Oregon Ducks make huge statement in beating Michigan State

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 seventh-ranked Michigan State 24-18. We don’t know what head coach Mark Helfrich said to his team at […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 1: Is Cal headed back to relevancy?

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 schools — UCLA, Washington State and Cal — had games against Power 5 conference institutions. In all, Pac-12 teams […]
7 years ago
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ASU unveils new uniforms; is it still cutting-edge when everybody’s doing it?

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 her that’s the way the ‘9’ was on the back of Graig Nettles’ jersey. When I played soccer […]
7 years ago
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Vince Marotta’s 2014 Pac-12 Preview: Oregon Ducks back on top

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 only the mighty SEC. Nine Pac-12 teams qualified for bowl games (the most ever) where the schools went 6-3 and won their games by an […]
7 years ago
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Celebrating the 4th — Arizona Sports-style!

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 big league teams If you’re a sports fan in the Valley, you’re spoiled. You live in one of only 12 metropolitan […]
7 years ago
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Observations from the 2014 NBA Draft

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 Spurs closing out the festivities by picking Baylor power forward Cory Jefferson. Here are some things I noticed during this year’s draft. Canadian […]
7 years ago
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I wouldn’t want to be Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim right now

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 talent and uncanny ability to create plays on the football field, however there was that little matter of Mathieu’s marijuana use — […]
7 years ago
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Michael Sam just made the first mistake in his journey to the NFL

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 of levels. It was the first time I ever remember seeing a seventh-rounder’s presser broadcast live to the […]
7 years ago
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Thoughts on the 2014 NFL Draft for the Arizona Cardinals

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 Cardinals fortified their roster by selecting seven players over the course of the draft. Here are my quick thoughts on each: 1st round, 27th overall – […]
7 years ago
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When it comes to ‘Draft Day’, punt

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 death of your father (who happened to be the legendary head coach whom you fired) and you’ve got the seventh overall pick. […]
8 years ago
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Hey Adam Silver, leave the NBA jerseys alone

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 Old Spice first. Gotta use the bathroom at your favorite watering hole? You’ll likely see an add for a taxi service above the urinal. […]
8 years ago
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Everybody’s bashing basketball, so why don’t we fix it?

NBA legend (and logo) Jerry West recently did an interview on ESPN Radio during which he skewered the quality of play around the league. “This is the weakest I’ve ever seen this league. The weakest. And we are depending on people who go to school for a year to come in and change the fortunes […]
8 years ago
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The 5: Best Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Models Ever

The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover was unveiled on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night and will features Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen. It’s the first cover for all three models — an honor that looks tremendous on the résumé of any supermodel. The cover reveal got me to thinking…in the 50 years […]
8 years ago
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Goran Dragic has been amazing, but Markieff Morris is key to Suns’ success

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 All-Star break, good enough for the ninth-best record in the league. While first-year general manager Ryan […]
8 years ago
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Who Impressed? Who Depressed? – Feb. 10

Once again, Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta review what impressed them during the past sports week and what depressed them. The guys talk about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam’s courageous decision to announce he’s gay just two months before the NFL Draft and the ASU student who grabbed negative headlines for spitting on members of […]
8 years ago
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Radio Row interviews painting a dark picture of life in NFL

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, the 2014 version at the Sheraton has been an advertisement depicting a lot of what’s wrong in the NFL. In the […]
8 years ago
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Holiday Bowl debacle sours a great season for Sun Devils

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, the Pac-12 South clinching win at UCLA and the unmitigated slaughter of Arizona. Ten wins — not […]
8 years ago
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Six Points: Arizona Cardinals end season with tough loss to San Francisco 49ers

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, it was a game that followed a prevalent theme of the season — perseverance. The Cardinals shot themselves in the foot early and […]
8 years ago
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Are the Arizona Cardinals the best team in the NFC?

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 be watching this year’s postseason from their couches. At 10-5, the Cardinals need to beat the San Francisco 49ers […]
8 years ago
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Marotta’s 5th Annual Fictional Bowl Games for College Football’s Also-rans

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 Arizona State team into the postseason. So I created the Late Night Talk Show Host Alma Mater Bowl between ASU, […]
8 years ago
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Saturday’s loss certainly hurts, but for ASU, this is the ground floor

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 box. “Sun Devil Soundoff,” a show hosted by my friend and colleague Craig Grialou, was piped over the speakers. A caller, who may […]
8 years ago
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Six Points: Arizona Cardinals can’t dig out of a hole in Philadelphia

The Arizona Cardinals saw their four-game winning streak end Sunday in Philadelphia with a 24-21 loss to the Eagles. Philadelphia, behind another strong performance from quarterback Nick Foles, who had three touchdown passes, built a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter. The Cardinals’ defense stiffened after that, allowing the Eagles just 37 total yards […]
8 years ago
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Six Points: Sun Devils clinch the Pac-12 South

PASADENA, Calif. – Admit it, you were waiting for them to blow it. The Arizona State Sun Devils played their best half of football in the first 30 minutes against UCLA at the Rose Bowl Saturday, and they needed every bit of the 22-point lead they were able to build. ASU teams of the past […]
8 years ago