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College football just can’t get it right

What’s wrong with college football executives? Why do they always get it wrong? The word college is synonymous with higher learning. And the people in positions of power at universities are supremely educated. They possess extreme intelligence. And yet, time and again they prove they couldn’t tell Coke from Pepto-Bismol in a blind taste test. […]
9 years ago
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Game plan for Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle? Get boring

You want to beat the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night? Bore them to death. I realize that Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians loves the deep passing game, putting in wrinkles like Patrick Peterson at wideout and having an overall aggressive approach offensively, but he needs to quit on all that this week. It’s time to […]
9 years ago
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Ellington may be boost Cards’ offense needs

It’s not always greedy to ask for more. Sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do. Oliver Twist asked for more gruel and touched off a meaningful rebellion. Bruce Dickinson asked for more cowbell and the Blue Oyster Cult soared into stardom. So, don’t be ashamed, Cardinals fans, to ask for more Andre Ellington. It […]
9 years ago
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49ers’ reliance on Frank Gore may have turned their season around

It’s nearly Halloween. And what’s Halloween without a little Gore? Apparently, San Francisco got the message after their ghoulish performances against Seattle and Indianapolis. The reigning NFC Champs were outscored 56-10 in back-to-back games in September. The offensive output was pathetic enough for veteran running back Frank Gore to raise his hand and say, “hey, […]
9 years ago
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Are the Arizona Diamondbacks really interested in David Price?

David Price is preparing himself for the inevitable. He’s getting traded. The low-budget Tampa Bay Rays can’t afford to keep the star pitcher once he becomes a free agent. So, despite Price’s love affair with the team that drafted him number one overall in 2005, he has his bags packed and set by the door. […]
9 years ago
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Why part with Charles Nagy AND Ian Kennedy?

I’m not surprised by Tuesday’s announcement that Charles Nagy has been fired as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. Coaches come and coaches go, and the staffs of teams that finish .500 and blow nine game leads are rarely extended the luxury of returning in tact. However, what I do find curious is why Ian Kennedy was […]
9 years ago
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Depending on how you look at it, this could be a fun year for the Phoenix Suns

The scoreboards at sports arenas urge fanfare. MAKE SOME NOISE! LET ME HEAR YOU!! ON YOUR FEET!!! Never do you see the scoreboard read… BE PATIENT! LOSING IS PART OF THE PLAN!!! TRUST US, THIS CRAP YOU’RE WATCHING IS GOING TO PAY OFF!! But the latter grouping of cheers are the messages Suns fans must […]
9 years ago
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Want to see great inside linebackers? Watch Cardinals vs. Panthers Sunday

What do you watch football for? Your favorite team? Fantasy football? Because you want to know immediately if you need to leave town before the shylock breaks your legs over gambling debts? You ever sit down to watch football for the chance to see excellent middle linebacker play? Probably not. But if ever there was […]
9 years ago
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Can the Arizona Diamondbacks lure Joe Maddon to the desert?

For years I’ve wondered why big market clubs haven’t aggressively pursued Joe Maddon to be their next manager. Take the Chicago Cubs. Their last two hires have been Dale Sveum and Mike Quade, when the best manager in baseball is making just $2 million per year in Tampa? We are talking about a team that […]
9 years ago
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Seven things you should know about the Levi Brown trade

Levi Brown was traded Wednesday to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional late-round draft pick. Cardinal fans aren’t sorry to see Brown go. After all, he’d been made the face for the league’s worst offensive line three years running. But as Levi heads out of town, I present to you seven things that should be […]
9 years ago
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Chuck Powell’s MLB 2013 Season Review

The MLB playoffs are underway. Never mind that a single postseason baseball game will fail to score higher ratings than an NFL scrimmage, October remains a month for baseball among us seamheads. This week also provides for us a time to reflect on the regular season. I present to you the best and worst of […]
9 years ago
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Powell’s Arizona Diamondbacks 2013 season in review

BIGGEST DAY OF THE YEAR: June 11 The brawl. Dodgers versus Diamondbacks. At the time, last place versus first place. Ian Kennedy hits Dodger hotshot Yasiel Puig with a pitch. I don’t believe Kennedy meant to hit him in the nose. But whether he did or not, the Diamondbacks should have expected retribution. Zack Greinke […]
9 years ago
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Even without postseason berth, D-backs’ Paul Goldschmidt is worthy of NL MVP

On August 13, Paul Goldschmidt slugged a ninth-inning home run at Chase Field to force extra innings. In the eleventh inning, Goldschmidt hit a second home run to win the game. The few Baltimore Orioles fans in the park left dejected and undoubtedly complained about the heat that awaited them outside. Meanwhile, Diamondback fans left […]
9 years ago
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Did the Buccaneers do the Cardinals a favor?

Did the Buccaneers just do the Cardinals a favor? A Week 4 quarterback switch to a rookie defies the norm. Not since Jimmy Clausen in 2010 has a team inserted a rookie that wasn’t a first round pick into the starting lineup when the cause wasn’t injury. The Panthers lost 20-7. Josh Freeman was not […]
9 years ago
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Can’t quite put a finger on this Rashad Johnson story

Are we making too big of a deal out of Rashad Johnson losing part of his middle finger during Sunday’s game? OR NOT ENOUGH?!? Dude lost part of his finger during Sunday’s game! He noticed blood dripping from his glove, removed the glove, and NOT ALL OF HIS HAND CAME OUT OF THE GLOVE! How […]
9 years ago
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The mild, mild NFC West

What a difference a year makes, right? Wait… Scratch that. What a difference three weeks make, right? Three weeks ago, the NFC West was the best division in football. Three 1-2 starts later, and the division looks like N’Sync. One of them is clearly talented and going onto bigger things. The other members of the […]
9 years ago
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Browns trade of Trent Richardson is unacceptable

I grew up on the Illinois side of St. Louis in the 70s and 80s. Needless to say, I was a huge sports fan and so were my best childhood pals. I also happened to grow up with the most beleaguered NFL franchise of its time, the St. Louis Cardinals. You won’t believe it when […]
9 years ago
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ASU’s Todd Graham here for the long haul…maybe

I know Todd Graham agreed to a contract extension with Arizona State, but this is football. Lane Kiffin had a deal with Tennessee, Bobby Petrino had one with the Falcons. ASU had one with June Jones. Congrats on the new contract, Coach Graham, but the rumors of you leaving aren’t going to die. It’s very […]
9 years ago
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2013: A wild and crazy year in the NL West

What a wild year in the National League West. The Dodgers are going to take the division in a walk, but it wasn’t always so easy. Not many people would have predicted this kind of year. MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE SEASON: June 3. The Dodgers were 23-31 and sitting in last place. Team president […]
10 years ago
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Like it or not, Johnny Manziel is the favorite for the Heisman Trophy

In a world dominated by gadgetry, social media and Ritalin prescriptions, I no longer expect the national conversation to remain in the same gear for long. People are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing, because the current big thing has been talked to death already, and anyone who states LeBron James is […]
10 years ago
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Hey Levi Brown, ‘Attaboy!’

Levi Brown had a rough opening week. He allowed three sacks to Rams’ defensive end Robert Quinn in a 27-24 loss, and boy did he hear about it. His general manager called him out Monday morning in the press, his head coach didn’t sugarcoat Brown’s poor Week 1 play either, and I do believe every […]
10 years ago
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The tale of the tape: Patrick Peterson vs. Calvin Johnson

It’s a fight weekend in Vegas. But come on, it’s still all about football. So if you’re looking for a great one-on-one matchup, Mayweather-Canelo isn’t “The One.” For that, you need look no further than beyond your backdoor. No, not Lions versus Cardinals either. “The One” is the battle within the war. “Peterson vs. Johnson: […]
10 years ago
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When ‘Gibby Ball’ fails, what’s next?

On August 11, 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks provided the following post on the team’s official Facebook page: “Resiliency… perseverance… determination… never say die. Call it what you want. We like to call it Gibby Ball.” Since August 17, the day the Diamondbacks began a four-game series in Cincinnati for their playoff lives, the team has […]
10 years ago
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Chip Kelly’s offense: Fad or future?

The Philadelphia Eagles are officially the talk of the NFL. Monday night, fans tuned in for the mystery of whether Chip Kelly’s meth-paced Oregon Duck college offense would fly in the NFL. And after one game, even the skeptics have to be impressed. The offense was fun, fast, and (most importantly) effective. Michael Vick looked […]
10 years ago