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Looking towards 2012 in Arizona sports

With 2011 all but wrapped up I’m going to look forward to 2012. No looking back on the year that was. If you want to do that we have the Top 25 AZ Sports Stories of 2011 that have done a fantastic job sorting through the 2011 sports year for Arizona. I see a bright […]
11 years ago
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Arizona State’s hiring of Todd Graham is a good hire

Todd Graham. A good hire for Arizona State football and I’m about to tell you why. Credentials since 2001 are as follows: • Linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at West Virginia under current Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. • Defensive coordinator at Tulsa. • Head coach at Rice in 2006. The Owls went to a […]
11 years ago
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Arizona State needs to button it up

Arizona and Arizona State will go into the 2012 season with new head coaches. Arizona found their guy and Arizona State is still searching for theirs. Arizona’s search was for the most part quiet. The public has been given a play-by-play of Arizona State’s and it hasn’t been exactly what they want to hear. On […]
11 years ago
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Top 10 reasons Arizona should be thankful they hired Rich Rodriguez

Arizona Wildcat fans should be especially thankful this Thanksgiving week. They hired an offensive genius who has coached a team in a BCS game and will bring an exciting brand of football to Tucson, the state of Arizona and the Pac-12. 1. Winner. Rodriguez has proven he can win as a head coach. At one […]
11 years ago
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Arizona State fans need to let the season play out

Whoa. What a difference six weeks makes. Dennis Erickson woke up on the morning of September 25 with a 3-1 record (1-0 in conference) after they had just beat No. 23 ranked USC 43-22. They ran away with the game in outscoring USC 15-0 in the final quarter. It was the first time the Sun […]
11 years ago
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Paterno firing was right thing, now let’s get back to real issue

Effective immediately Joe Paterno is out as football coach at Penn St. This is not about football. This is not about anything being good. If anything, it’s bad. Terribly bad. This is not a celebration. This is sad. This is the Penn St. Board of Trustees doing the right thing. I am expecting and hoping […]
11 years ago
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No matter what the Cardinals shouldn’t be in the Luck Sweepstakes

The Arizona Cardinals, with a current record of 1-6, unfortunately have to be mentioned as a team that could possibly end up with the No. 1 overall pick come draft time in April. With the first pick comes expectations and millions of people having their idea on who that pick should be. This year it […]
11 years ago
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NBA lockout is about to REALLY start

Technically the NBA lockout started on July 1 when free agents were never allowed to talk with teams, let alone actually sign with them. It didn’t really do anything for me. Sure, I follow the off-season acquisitions and all, but as for my grasp of the league I didn’t really care. Now it’s real. To […]
11 years ago
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The cupboard is not bare in Tucson

For nine months, we talked about how brutal the beginning of Arizona’s schedule was going to be. I don’t think former head coach Mike Stoops not surviving the season was really a thought. The Wildcats were coming off three straight bowl seasons and were returning one of the top quarterbacks in the conference. Talk turned […]
11 years ago
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Arizona’s Greg Byrne needs to turn offensive with his next hire

Minutes after Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne dismissed Mike Stoops as the head football coach rumors of possible replacements began spreading faster than the Oregon Ducks offense gets up and down the field. With all these names you get the best-case-scenario-sexy names (Chris Petersen), hot up and coming names (Kevin Sumlin), successful in the past […]
11 years ago
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Painful 10 minutes in Arizona sports

Last Wednesday night I watched what I thought was the best night of Major League Baseball I had ever witnessed. The drama of playoff berths being on the line and teams rising to the occasion or falling flat on their faces had me hooked. It was the best reality TV since March Madness some six […]
12 years ago
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Reasons why the Arizona Diamondbacks can have October success

If we’ve learned anything about the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks it’s that, 1. they can definitely surprise you, 2. don’t ever count them out and 3. Kirk Gibson is constantly looking forward with his eyes on the prize. As we head into the playoffs there are certain things that make this Diamondbacks team stand out. Certain […]
12 years ago
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Larry Scott makes a great move for Pac-12 by doing nothing

College conference expansion has dominated the headlines as of late. In May and June of 2010 it was all about the Pac-12 gaining Colorado and Utah and Nebraska moving to the Big 10. Then we were bombarded with scandals and broken rules only the people in Hollywood are used to. The college football season finally […]
12 years ago
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Week 3 is the perfect opportunity for the Arizona Cardinals defense

This weekend bad meets worst. I’m picking bad. If there was ever a Sunday the Arizona Cardinals needed to play a bad offense it would be this one. Two weeks in a row they have struggled. Cam Newton. Maybe that wasn’t a fluke. Ask anyone in Green Bay not named Charles Woodson. Rex Grossman. I […]
12 years ago
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Umpires get it wrong in tossing Dodgers’ Kershaw against Diamondbacks

Major League Baseball got it wrong Wednesday night. In the sixth inning of a 2-0 game Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was ejected for hitting Arizona Diamondback Gerardo Parra. No other player had been hit by a pitch in the game. No warnings were ever given. Kershaw hits Parra and is gone from the […]
12 years ago
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Arizona State’s night to live up to the hype

The night finally arrived. The night for Arizona State to live up — or down — to the hype that has been placed upon them. Fair or not, since last season ended with their win in Tucson over rival Arizona, it has always been about “wait until next year.” Brock Osweiler had shown promise. The […]
12 years ago
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Eyes of college football on the state of Arizona before the weekend

Arizona has a big opportunity over a 30-hour period before the weekend is upon us. Rise up Wildcats. Rise up Sun Devils. Both Arizona and Arizona State are playing Top 20 competition from the Big 12 conference on ESPN in nationally televised games. Arizona travels to Stillwater to battle Oklahoma State and Arizona State plays […]
12 years ago
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Wide, wide open Pac-12 South

The Pac-12 South is as open as the Grand Canyon is wide. USC still has probation attached to their name. Rick Neuheisel’s seat is warmer than the state of Arizona in August. He’s 15-22 since taking over at his alma mater. Not exactly what the Bruin family had in mind when they handed the reigns […]
12 years ago
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‘Regular season dress rehearsal’ arrives for Cardinals

Cardinals vs. Chargers The third preseason game. The so-called “regular season dress rehearsal.” Training camp up in the beautiful pines of Arizona is officially over. The beginning of the season is nearing. The fourth preseason game — where the final roster spots are won and lost — is less than one week away. This is […]
12 years ago
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D-backs team is fun to follow, don’t ask questions

As we sit here in mid-August with the Arizona Diamondbacks leading the NL West over the World Series champion San Francisco Giants I have to ask myself one question. Why is this team so fun to watch and follow? No, it’s not just because they are in first place (losing streak or not, still currently […]
12 years ago
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First look at Cardinals D has me scared of the secondary

While many were anxiously awaiting a meaningless preseason football game just so they could get their first glimpse of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, I was one of the few that was not. Sure, I wanted to see Kolb and the offense, but really, my focus in the first preseason game was going to be […]
12 years ago
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NCAA teams breaking the rules is becoming too much of the norm

Early this week SI.com came out with a report that linked big time current and former college basketball coaches to Houston businessman and AAU basketball operator J. David Salinas. These coaches invested money with Salinas, who died on Sunday, and it’s now being said that with the work he did in AAU basketball it could […]
12 years ago
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10 eye and ear catching happenings from the Home Run Derby

I felt like sitting in the press box for an entire Home Run Derby would be a waste of my credential. There was no box score to fill in, no stat sheet to monitor and no strategy I needed to particularly focus on. With that in mind I decided to roam around Chase Field and […]
12 years ago
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The D-backs ’01 World Series title isn’t tainted and never will be

Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling said something earlier this week on a Philadelphia radio station that has people all fired up (imagine that). Here is what Schilling said. “Anybody who ever says performance-enhancing drugs didn’t help players produce offensive numbers is full of crap.” And with those numbers came championships that Schilling claims were […]
12 years ago