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  • The Five: Ryan McDonough’s best moves in first year as Phoenix Suns’ GM

    On May 7, 2013, the Phoenix Suns made a hire that appears to have reshaped their future. On that day, they named former Boston Celtics executive Ryan McDonough as their new general manager, choosing him to replace the fired Lance Blanks and tasking him with rebuilding and reshaping the roster. Coming off the second-worst season […]
  • The 5: Most impressive Phoenix Suns wins of the 2013-14 season

    Despite falling just short of the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns put together one of the most improbable individual seasons the league has ever seen. Before the 2013-14 campaign began, many experts — including local ones — figured the team would win somewhere between 15 and 25 games. The joke was on them, however, as the […]
  • 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 […]
  • The 5: Most predictable things about the upcoming NFL season

    This is the time of year for talking tough about the NFL. It’s a league where we are taught to expect the unexpected which leads many a talented writer and broadcaster to make their bold predictions for the upcoming season. Bold predictions are like coffee; you’ve got your mild breakfast blend (Don Banks of SI […]
  • The 5: Arizona sports stories that could be made into movies

    You may have heard. Retired Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner is having a motion picture made about his life. The story is undoubtedly movie-worthy, the rags-to-riches tale of a grown man bagging groceries who doesn’t give up on his NFL dreams and eventually becomes the best football player in the world. It got me to […]
  • The 5: Most underrated Arizona Cardinals of all-time

    The folks over at have been spending their summer reaching for content, and one of their latest attempts at story lines has been coming up with All-time underrated and overrated players lists for each team. The Cardinals’ edition was published July 8, and it got me thinking about the premise. Having grown up a […]
  • The 5: Most Painful Arizona Sports Moments

    As anniversaries go, June 20 marked a pretty grim one in the minds and hearts of Phoenix sports fans. On that date in 1993, a reserve guard from Notre Dame took a pass from a player who was inexplicably double-teamed and hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 3.9 seconds left. John Paxson was […]
  • The 5: Reasons why I could never root for the San Antonio Spurs

    There are certain things in this world that I just don’t do, and rooting for the Spurs is certainly in my top five. Some in this world (lookin’ at you Gambo) believe that a hatred for the Miami Heat and their ambitious goal of global domination through talent consolidation is more vile-worthy than the Spurs. […]
  • The 5: Takeaways from the first month of the D-backs season

    The first month of the Arizona Diamondbacks season is over and it’s provided enough talking points to fill a whole season. Here are my top five. 1. The bullpen The D-backs have blown 10 saves. The Major League average through the first month of the season is three. The problem is that it’s not just […]
  • The 5: Options for the Cardinals on draft day

    Of course, there are more than five options, but I think the essence of the options come down to five choices. Besides, I’m a rule follower. It’s called The 5, not The 11. So here are the five options with conveniently included odds intended solely for the purposes of wagering. A Guard (3 to 1) […]