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  • Burns: Looking for stability in Arizona

    In these troubling times for local sports, who can we turn to for guidance? Stability? Leadership? Commitment? The Bidwills. Yep. I just wrote that. The Bidwills. While it probably sounds like some snarky backhanded remark, it’s not meant to be at all. I’m being very serious. Want to compare and contrast with me? The Suns: […]
  • Green: I can no longer defend Sarver

    I used to be, for lack of a better term, a Robert Sarver apologist. People would call him cheap; I’d point to a payroll that is among the league’s highest. People would say he’s a jerk, I’d tell them you don’t get to be where he is, in business, if you don’t have that side […]
  • Green: An open letter to soccer

    Dear Soccer, You are in the news a lot lately. The World Cup is going on right now, and you can’t watch ESPN or go to any sports Website without being inundated with news about your sport. Because of that, I decided to give you a chance. Hell, I’m a sports guy and this is […]
  • Burns: A court case to solve Amare

    What if the decision to give Amar’e max money played out like a courtroom drama (think “A Few Good Men” or “Presumed Innocent”). Here’s one stab at what this completely imaginary court transcript might look like……. Alvin Gentry (The Bailiff): ALL RISE! The court of public opinion is now in session, the honorable Judge Steven […]
  • Burns: Who is responsible for the D-backs?

    When I was young I loved the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of books. Just in case you don’t have the first clue what I’m talking about (which sucks for you because they were kinda cool) at the bottom of every page, you the reader, have a decision to make. If you choose A, you […]
  • Green: Big bad Lakers are bleeding

    There’s a scene in the newest Iron Man movie, where Ivan Vanko (played by Mickey Rourke) tells Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) “If you could make God bleed, people will cease to believe in Him. There will be blood in the water, and the sharks will come.” The scene came after Vanko first […]
  • Green: Haren trade was a loss for D-backs

    Just a few years ago the Diamondbacks made it to the National League Championship Series with a young team that looked like it was only going to improve. Players like Stephen Drew, Chris Young, Justin Upton and Conor Jackson made up the young nucleus at the Major League level, and the farm system was the […]
  • Burns: Zone works, Suns will continue to use it

    The Suns zone defense is like this hat. This is the hat worn by Mark Asher, host of the Gambo and Ash show. Every single time this ridiculous looking lid finds its way to the top of his head, we (and when I say we I mean every-freakin’-body) at Sports 620 KTAR mock him for […]
  • Green: A reluctant yes

    I voted yes on Proposition 100, but I’d be lying if I said I feel good about it. It’s not that I don’t think the state can use the money; no, I’m sure it can. I understand that without this added revenue there will be cuts in many areas of the budget, affecting services and […]
  • Burns: Beat LA

    I hate the LA Lakers. Why hide from it? I was raised to hate the Cowboys (Dad is a Redskins fan). I learned to hate Notre Dame football. But I swear I came out of the womb hating the Lakers. My first words were “Beat LA”. I’m in a very small boat on this one; […]
  • Burns: The house that is the Phoenix Suns

    Have you ever paid a visit to a house that you once called home? Or even driven by just to see how much it’s changed on the outside? It’s your house alright, but it’s…different. The wallpaper has been changed, they remodeled the kitchen, knocked down a wall here, added a room there, changed the landscaping, […]
  • Burns: Revenge is a dish best served orange

    In Kill Bill: Vol. 1, the crafty filmmaker Quentin Tarantino opens the movie with the quote: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” (Always the movie buff, Tarantino took the line from the classic Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan – he even cited the quote as an old Klingon proverb) Well, I have a […]
  • 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 […]