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Dave Burns

The Arizona Cardinals deserve a participation trophy

Give credit to Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim for one thing -- he's always trying to improve the roster.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

Doubling down on Ryan McDonough

I am going to actively avoid using the word "trust" when talking about Ryan McDonough and how he is going to fix the Phoenix Suns.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

A Corolla at running back might work for the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals might be better off looking for a running back in the draft than to land the big name.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

On Darnell Dockett: This too shall pass

And two years from now he might very well be sounding that alarm high above the University of Phoenix crowd before a Cardinals home game.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

‘Same Old Cardinals’ becoming a distant memory

I was born in the early '70s but that doesn't mean I remember much about them.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

5 takeaways from Thursday’s wild trade deadline

Thursday was the most fun NBA trade deadline in recent memory.
8 years ago
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Dave Burns

The Phoenix Open is Tiger-proof

If there is one thing we’ve learned in the 316 events Tiger Woods has played in — the 79 wins, the 294 cuts he made and the 19 cuts he missed and of course the 14 majors — it’s that golf is addicted to Tiger Woods. There’s nothing quite like the buzz that you catch […]
8 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 […]
9 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 […]
9 years ago
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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 […]
9 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 […]
9 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 […]
9 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 […]
9 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. […]
9 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 […]
9 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 […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

When it comes to the Phoenix Suns, disappointment is in the eye of the beholder

Disappointment, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder. At the moment I’m writing this, the Suns are not a playoff team. The Mavericks beat the Thunder on Tuesday night, shoving the Suns back out of the 8th spot. By the time you read this, it might have all changed and they could be […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

A story without a bad guy isn’t much of a story

According to totalfilm.com, the best movie bad guy of all time is The Joker, as played by Heath Ledger. Darth Vader is two. Hannibal Lecter third. Agent Smith from The Matrix is ninth. Gordon Gecko (way way underrated) is 11th. Hans Gruber (see Gecko) comes in 15th. The complete list is here. Not so coincidentally, […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

Oreos, routers and left tackles: Things you should overpay for

There are certain things in life I am willing to over pay for. Real Oreo cookies and not the generic grocery store brand. Wireless internet routers. A good ballpoint pen. And left tackles. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says that Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert is a “high priority” for both the Cardinals and […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

College basketball fans: the good, the bad and the real losers

I’ll let you in on a little secret: The student section at ASU basketball games is quietly one of my top ten favorite things about sports in this town. They’re fun. Creative. Passionate. I’m sure they’re no different than a lot of student sections at a lot of college basketball arenas around the country, but […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

With the Phoenix Suns, we’re all looking for THE reason

We’re all looking for THE reason. As if there is just one. As if you can narrow down exactly why the Suns bear no resemblance to the Sherman Tank the entire NBA expected this season. Is it Jeff Hornacek? Of course. Just the other day, Magic Johnson himself tweeted out that he should be the […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

I never thought I’d say this, but #letsgoYankees

Five years ago I didn’t know what a hashtag (#) was. A year ago I never thought I’d use that little sucker before the phrase “letsgoyankees” but I did and I meant it. And today I’m happy. At this point, I'm rooting for anybody but the Dodgers in the Tanaka sweepstakes. Including the Yankees. #letsgoyankees […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

Here’s wishing Ken Whisenhunt well with the Tennessee Titans

Here’s wishing Ken Whisenhunt well. And I don’t mean that in a false, fakey, good-luck-go-get-em kind of way. It’s a genuine desire to see him succeed in his second go-around as a head coach, and it’s for a couple of reasons. First, he deserves another shot to prove his worth as a head coach in […]
9 years ago
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Dave Burns

The biggest story was Carson Palmer, and here’s why

It never occurred to me that I’d be the only one. After looking at Arizonasports.com Friday, I feel like the only guy who thought the Christmas party was of the ugly sweater variety. Now I have to mingle around the room and try to explain why I’ve got a giant Santa face embroidered on my […]
9 years ago