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John Gambadoro

Larry Fitzgerald should be appreciated even if Saturday is his last game with the Arizona Cardinals

No one, not even Larry Fitzgerald himself knows for sure if Saturday's game against the Carolina Panthers will be his final game in an Arizona Cardinals uniform.
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Arizona Cardinals the latest team to have fans pondering ‘what if?’

The term “what if” is a classic sports phrase. It is used far too often when discussing games, seasons, careers. etc. Sometimes it fits and sometimes it doesn’t. In all of my years covering sports here in Arizona, there were two legitimate “what ifs” — two that haunted sports fans the moment they happened and […]
7 years ago
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Arizona Sports

Holiday Heroes steps up big, raises lots of money

More than $607,000 was raised in eight hours at the event.
7 years ago
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Arizona Sports

Gambo’s daughter surprises him with Thanksgiving visit

Families being reunited over the holidays is a special thing. Surprise reunions are even more special, especially when they involve Thanksgiving and a birthday Our own John Gambadoro (Gambo to all of you) was doing a live show at Majerle’s in Chandler when his daughter, Kaylee, surprised him. Kaylee is currently playing college soccer in […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Commissioner Gambadoro: NFL should lean on players’ wives and girlfriends to fix domestic abuse issues

OK, time for me to play NFL commissioner. Might as well since the real commissioner is missing in action, probably holed up in a bunker somewhere waiting for the Russians to arrive. Look, anyone who has listened to the show for any extended period of times knows this: I think Roger Goodell is a dope. […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Week 1 was a sign of the future for Larry Fitzgerald’s days with the Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald is arguably the greatest player to ever wear an Arizona Cardinals uniform. He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and for a time held the title as the game's best wide receiver.
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

I don’t like it but I sure do get it

There is plenty of scorn directed at Larry Fitzgerald Sr. but you’ll find very little from me. Mostly it’s empathy. I sat behind him in the press box Monday night and could feel the burn. Three quarters had gone by and his son — a future Hall-of Fame wide receiver — had yet to be […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

It’s scary to think about what the loss of Darnell Dockett means to the Arizona Cardinals

There’s nothing scientific about the process. No numbers or analytics are involved. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with high moral standards either. It’s a gut-feel kind of a thing. Just about every Cardinals season I usually end up asking myself, if I were a season-ticket holder and chose to own one jersey to […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

The 5: Dave Burns’ concerns for the Arizona Cardinals

My colleague Dan Bickley made an excellent point on his show Friday leading into the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason opener. For two weeks prior we had heard nothing but glowing reviews of the players, the schemes and the coaching of the Cards. Outside of a gentle nudge in the direction of Jonathan Cooper, the Cardinals could […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

An open letter to Eric Bledsoe

OK, enough is enough. Time to get real here. Memo to Eric Bledsoe — you need new representation. This Rich Paul is a joke and he is steering you down a slippery slope. I’m sure he told you everything you wanted to hear at the end of the season. I’m sure he told you that […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

Being first is an important step for the Arizona Cardinals

Two things were apparent during Wednesday’s Patrick Peterson press conference: First, Peterson really, really wanted to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. I have no problem with anyone wanting to be the highest paid anything in their chosen field. Plus, he was thorough in pointing out that he has higher aspirations than money […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Locking up Patrick Peterson was a great move by the Cardinals

I’m not sure who is the best cornerback in the NFL. I just know the Arizona Cardinals have one of the best in Patrick Peterson. And there are about five or six teams that have a guy of that caliber, someone in the conversation of best in the league. Locking up Peterson to a five-year […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony: Phoenix Suns are right to aim high, but…

It’s the kind of story that whets the appetite. Primes the pump. The kind the hardcore fans and the local sports talk show hosts dream about. Just plug and play and off you go. The Phoenix Suns in a prime position to woo both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony? I feel like sending Adrian Wojnarowski […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Forget wins and losses, the rest of 2014 season is about toughness for D-backs

It’s not about wins and losses right now for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Memo to the national media who are criticizing Arizona for their actions Tuesday night at Chase Field: The Diamondbacks are out of it. They are not contending for the National League West crown or a Wild Card. They won’t even make it to […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Miami Heat don’t have what it takes to hang with the San Antonio Spurs

Look, I am not surprised the Spurs are up 3-1 in this series. I picked them three months ago and said that this was the best Spurs team I had ever seen. I had them winning this series in five games because I believe they are that much better than Miami. But no one could […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

How do the Cardinals replace their most irreplaceable player?

We’ve read the calls to cut Daryl Washington. You can find them here and here. We’ve also read why now is clearly not the time to do so. We all understand that “Next Man Up” is, A) the new sports cliché (mercifully replacing “It is what it is”) and B) certainly applies in this circumstance. […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Arizona Cardinals need to cut Daryl Washington now

Enough is enough with this clown. It’s time for the Arizona Cardinals to cut Daryl Washington and move on. He has proven to be untrustworthy, extremely selfish and totally incapable of supporting his team or this community. He just screwed his teammates and the Cardinals fans. A team coming off a 10-win season and poised […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Addison Reed is the D-backs’ closer, and that’s how it should be

Addison Reed has two blown saves, an ERA of 5.03 and has given up a mind-boggling six home runs in 19.2 innings. But despite calls to the contrary, he needs to remain the closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite converting 11 saves in 13 opportunities, Reed hasn’t been great. Almost every appearance is an adventure. […]
7 years ago
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Dave Burns

Arizona Cardinals produce functional draft class

Functional. That’s the word I keep coming back to when thinking about the Cardinals’ 2014 draft. Not splashy. Not overly sexy. Nothing that dazzles. Just…functional. Practical. A hard-hitting safety in Deone Bucannon. A blocking tight end in Troy Niklas. A quick wide receiver from a school (Pittsburg St.) with a mascot (the Gorillas) in a […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Taking a look at the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 draft class

There is nothing that pops out of the Cardinals’ draft that wows me, and that’s perfectly fine as long as they ended up with quality football players that can help this team take the next step. Arizona addressed some needs — defensive back, tight end and wide receiver — and they passed on some such […]
7 years ago
A bet is a bet, and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro was more than happy to oblige. Be...
Arizona Sports

Gambo pays up in bet with Mark May, dresses up like leprachaun

A bet is a bet, and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro was more than happy to oblige. Before the Pac-12 Championship Game between ASU and Stanford, Gambadoro agreed to a wager with guest and ESPN college football analyst Mark May, where if the Sun Devils lost he would be forced to dress up like […]
7 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns makes a lot of sense

He wasn’t worth a first-round pick back at the trade deadline, although in hindsight he may have very well been able to push Phoenix into the playoffs. But now that he is set to be a free agent in July, Pau Gasol is well worth a long hard look by the Suns. One of the […]
8 years ago
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John Gambadoro

Diamondbacks are no easy fix, but who should get the chance?

The problem with the Arizona Diamondbacks is that there is no easy fix. In many ways they are stuck with what they have: the team general manager Kevin Towers put together. Outside of top prospect Archie Bradley, there is not a lot of help coming from the minor leagues. Towers has traded away six of […]
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

Hopefully Zach Mettenberger didn’t look too good

Three months ago I was intrigued. Now it’s a different word. It’s certainly not “obsessed,” though my co-host might disagree. It’s probably closer to “hopeful.” I am hopeful that Zach Mettenberger is available with the 52nd pick in the NFL Draft. The LSU quarterback had his pro day Wednesday in front of a packed house […]
8 years ago