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  • Burns: Suns in control of series

    It’s sorta like the really attractive woman you’ve been trying to go out with for, well, forever actually. You flirt, you wait, you push, you back off, and all you’re getting is nowhere and nothing. You’re starting to think she’ll never go out with you. Until one day, for no logical reason….you get her phone […]
  • Burns: Suns, Sarver choose to make statement

    Agree or disagree with Robert Sarver’s message or motives….the man has guts. The spotlight glare of this series was plenty bright to begin with. Suns/Spurs, revenge/redemption, payback/Popovich/Parker. But now that the “Los Suns” era is upon us you can throw politics into the equation. Sarver’s team will be on display for the entire nation to […]
  • Burns: A must-win Game 1 for Suns

    The clichéd phrase “must-win game” is usually best saved for, say, a Game 4 situation when you’re down 2-1 and must avoid falling behind 3-1. Or a Game 6, where you’re up 3-2 but Game 7 is in their building. Very rarely are we, the media (the professional couriers of cliché), inclined to bust out […]
  • Burns: Suns-Spurs to meet at the top of the hill

    “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” -William Shakespeare Once again, the bully and his rival head towards the big hill in the park outside the school. There’s going […]
  • Burns: Difference between the biggest and the best

    On Tuesday, I podcasted about the difference between the biggest and the best. Avatar was the biggest movie last year; it grossed three-quarters of a billion dollars domestically, 2.7 billion worldwide. But it wasn’t the best movie last year. That distinction belonged to The Hurt Locker. The story of Iraq war bomb diffusers/adrenaline junkies only […]
  • Burns: Role players step up in Game 5 win

    The “what” is all that matters but the “who” and the “how” is the story of the night. The “what” in this case is the final score, Suns 107-88 over Portland to take a three games to two lead over Portland in this playoff series. But it’s the “who” and the “how” that will catch […]
  • Green: What a mess

    The political madness I see and hear makes me sad - and sick.
  • Burns: A look at the Cardinals draft

    Evaulating an NFL draft is a lot like handicapping a marriage as you’re driving home from the reception (a twisted concept for sure, but admit it…you’ve done it too). Is it love? Will it last? Will she get on his nerves, will he stay faithful? Shoot, they haven’t even opened their presents yet and already […]
  • Burns: Cardinals get their guy in Williams

    Sometimes things just fall your way. Luck. Karma. Good fortune. Whatever you want to call it. For me it’s when an extra candy bar falls out of the vending machine at work. For the Arizona Cardinals it’s when the perfect nose tackle for their 3-4 defense falls right into their lap. Dan Williams and the […]
  • Burns: Amar’e, where were you?

    I’ve got this big-time incredulous vibe working right now. Did the Suns really just squander the thing they worked so hard to attain – home court advantage – in one night? Did they really just become the only team in the NBA to lose their 2010 playoff opener at home? Did Andre Miller just beat […]
  • Green: I want the Spurs

    I want the San Antonio Spurs. The regular season is winding down and the Suns are battling for playoff positioning and, while we are still unsure of who the team will play, I know for a fact that I want it to be the team that wears black and silver. Opinions on the matter here […]
  • Green: Excited about the D-backs? Me neither

    It’s the 2010 All-Star break. The Diamondbacks have sent Justin Upton, Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson to the game in California. Back in Phoenix, the D-backs are six games behind the Rockies for first in the NL West and Brandon Webb, who has eight starts under his belt, should be about ready to round into […]
  • Burns: D-backs disregard conventional wisdom

    Conventional wisdom comes exactly as advertised. It is both conventional and wise. Want to get a job? Network and make sure your resume is brief and to the point. Want to be fashionable? If you’re a woman, don’t wear white after Labor Day. Want to lose weight? Eat smaller portions and exercise more. But once […]
  • Green: The Suns failed Amare

    The Phoenix Suns failed Amare Stoudemire. Amare Stoudemire entered the NBA straight out of high school. Drafted at 19, he had much to learn about the game of basketball when he entered the league. Looking back it is easy to see why Amare’s biggest weaknesses, at least, until now, are what they are. As a […]
  • Burns: Amar’e Stoudemire – Do you trust him?

    One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies goes something like this: “Trust. It seems to me that if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word.” It’s from the Tom Cruise classic (and it’s not often I get to use those three words in the […]
  • Burns: Nothing new learned from Tiger

    Watched Tiger Woods “interview” this morning and it reminded me of when my nine-year-old declares matter-of-factly that she brushed her teeth. You know…….with her finger. Toothpaste was involved. Your mouth feels cleaner. Your breath smells better. But did you really brush your teeth? No. You, in fact, did not. Tiger Woods was interviewed by ESPN […]
  • Green: Loving the Madness

    One of the best parts about working at KTAR is that not only are you allowed to watch the NCAA tournament, but you are actually encouraged to do so. All day Thursday people at the office were glued to the TV or, in some cases, the online video stream, and the topic du jour was […]
  • Burns: Can’t not-watch Tiger

    College hoops analyst Bill Raftery – who is far, far and away the most entertaining analyst in any of the big time sports – has a word he likes to use when describing courage, moxie and guts. The word is “onions.” And when it comes to Tiger Woods, I ain’t got any. I can say […]
  • It’s official: I’m confused

    I don’t get it. On Friday I utterly and completely believed that Larry Foote was going to be a Cardinal. They were like two people flirting with each other big time at the bar. The mutual attraction was undeniable. At the very least phone numbers would be exchanged. Foote wanted to play for a winner. […]
  • Burns: March Madness? More like March clueless

    Did I ever tell you I was a terrific test-taker? SAT’s, ACT’s, final exams; you name it. My gift was cramming. I could cram with the best of them. Load up on the Mountain Dew in the early evening and cap it off with a 2 a.m. trip to Denny’s….order up a Moon’s over My […]