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Vince Marotta

  • Erickson plays armchair quarterback

    With no game Saturday, ASU head coach Dennis Erickson had a chance to sit back, relax and be a fan for one of the few times during the season. “I had the remote…watched a lot of games,” he explained during his weekly press conference Monday. Of course in watching his colleagues he did what any […]
  • Don’t expect the Cardinals to go RB shopping

    The 32-20 defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers hung on them wasn’t the only loss suffered by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Running back Beanie Wells left the game with a right knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Alfonso Smith took over the spot and ran for 17 yards and a touchdown on […]
  • Nightmarish Sunday for Cardinals secondary

    You can’t say that the Arizona Cardinals weren’t aware of Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace passing combination heading into Sunday’s game. They were. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton spoke last week about scaling down the defense and taking a lot of looks out of the rotation because, in his words, they “weren’t ready.” Horton also explained […]
  • Six Points: Bye week doesn’t cure Cardinals’ ills

    The Arizona Cardinals talked a good game and said all the right things during their bye week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were emotional team meetings. There was the fact that NFL teams with home games after the bye had won with great regularity over the last two seasons. None […]
  • Kennedy, Upton finalists for MLB Players Choice Awards

    Arizona Diamondbacks standouts Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton were both listed as finalists in this year’s MLB Players Choice Awards that were announced on Friday. Kennedy is one of three finalists for the National League Outstanding Pitcher Award, along with Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay. The 26- year-old right hander tied for […]
  • Unexpected sympathy for Stoops

    Something completely unexpected happened to me on Thursday night while I was watching the Arizona Wildcats completely embarrass a bad UCLA football team by 36 points. I felt sympathy for recently booted Wildcats head coach Mike Stoops. Me, a Sun Devil fan since the age of seven, feeling sorry for a man who coached at […]
  • Behind Enemy Lines – Pittsburgh coming to Glendale

    After their bye week, the Arizona Cardinals sit at 1-4, three and a half games behind the surprising San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West standings. In other words, there’s work to be done for the Cardinals to climb back into contention, and that work starts this week as the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers […]
  • An NBA Insider who doesn’t bash Robert Sarver?

    Day 112 of the NBA lockout began with some optimism. It ended on Thursday night with none. Talks between the players and owners broke down, public accusations flew from both sides, and no further talks were scheduled following three straight marathon bargaining sessions in New York. One of the more prevalent themes of this work […]
  • Big Ben a hard man to bring down

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has run for only 52 yards this season. There’s eleven NFL quarterbacks who have amassed more yardage with their legs than he has. Roethlisberger has also been sacked 18 times in six games- – the 3rd highest total in the league this year. Despite those figures, Roethlisberger is still one […]
  • Osweiler: ‘We’re right where we want to be’

    The expectations were high for ASU coming into the season. Now seven games in to the 2011 campaign, those expectations remain unchanged. “The way I see it in my eyes is we’re in first place in the Pac-12 South,” said quarterback Brock Osweiler. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the […]