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  • Burns: Closing the book on an era

    I remember the day like it was yesterday. June 2, 2005. The 620 Sportsline was live, on-location from some high-end pizza place in North Scottsdale. It was the night after the Spurs eliminated the Phoenix Suns from the NBA’s Western Conference Finals and I couldn’t have been in a better mood. Whatever disappointment I had […]
  • Green: The business of sports

    We are often reminded that professional sports are a business. Everyone involved wants to make as much money as they can, and that is generally how things go. But, while most people are not afraid to bash players when they ask for more money or make decisions based solely on finances, few seem to look […]
  • Burns: Aiming for Frasier

    As far as finales go, I’m pretty sure where Tuesday night’s last ever 620 Sportsline ranks. It wasn’t sad and sappy like MASH. This wasn’t Hawkeye Pierce flying away in a helicopter while BJ Honnicutt drives away on the motorcycle with the words GOODBYE spelled out with rocks. It wasn’t confusing like The Soprano’s. I […]
  • Green: Let’s jump on the bandwagon

    People like to say the fans in Arizona will only follow a team if they win games. While that appears to be the case, especially with the Cardinals, the best team in the state remains very much under the radar. At 34-18-5 with 73 points, the Phoenix Coyotes are currently second in the Pacific Division […]
  • Burns: Couldn’t have done it without him

    Take all the success the Cardinals have had over the last couple of years. The Super Bowl, the division titles, the newfound national respect. Now imagine it as a giant pie (apple of course). How big is Kurt Warner’s slice? How much of it was he directly and personally responsible for? The knee jerk reaction […]
  • Green: Time for Amare to go

    For the last couple weeks I planned on writing a blog about how the Suns should not trade Amare Stoudemire, but instead should re-sign him. The way I saw it, he was not as bad a player as people made him out to be, and there is no way the Suns would get equal talent […]
  • Burns: Not what Leinart said but how he said it

    Do you believe in body language? In the idea that it’s not what you say, but how you say it? In the subtle hints and clues that you can pluck from tone, posture, pauses, inflection and the like? I do. Big time. Maybe I’m an old fashioned radio geek, but, part of my job is […]
  • Burns: Warner’s future starts important offseason

    The only battle left to win is the one inside the heart, mind and soul of #13. The Cardinals glorious (more on that in a moment) 2009 season came to a splintering halt Saturday in New Orleans. You can ruminate on the injuries and the collective empty gas tank to your heart’s desire; when you […]
  • Saints are vulnerable, Cards pull one out

    This is not another attempt to bash the credibility of Cris Collinsworth. Cardinals fans took the belt to the NBC announcer so many times last year that the poor guy can barely go on talk radio in Phoenix without a mandatory upfront apology. With his the-Cardinals-are-the-worst-team-to-make-the-playoffs speech, Collinsworth (who is actually one of my favorite […]
  • Green: Irony can be a funny thing

    Irony can be a funny thing. All season I kept telling friends and family that the two teams I wanted to see play each other were the Cardinals and the Saints. I saw an electric Saints offense led by a great, cerebral and accurate QB that I felt could only be matched by the Cardinals’ […]
  • Burns: So much love and hate and then love again

    To borrow a line from Cards play-by-play man Dave Pasch, the Cards 51-45 playoff win over the Packers was……. Epic. By the third quarter the game had the same feel as the Cardinals NFC Championship victory last year over the Eagles. By the time much-maligned defensive back Michael Adams forced a fumble by Aaron Rodgers […]
  • Green: A thumbs up for Suns fans

    Suns fans have gotten a bad rap lately. It was just a few weeks ago where Steve Nash seemed to call them out of after a game, saying their lack of energy contributed to the Suns’ problems on the court. Known as everything from fair-weather to lackadaisical, they tend to be reserved bunch, only standing […]
  • Green: Here we go

    It was roughly one year ago where the Cardinals, fresh off an inconsistent 9-7 season, were getting ready to face the upstart Atlanta Falcons in a first round playoff game. Going into the team’s first home playoff game since moving to Arizona, I had supreme confidence that the Cardinals would protect their home field and […]
  • Green: I welcome the scan

    As someone who will be leaving the country for a vacation in less than two weeks, recent events have certainly piqued my interest. I am going to be going to Africa and, on the way there, I will have a stop and layover in Amsterdam. That Schiphol Airport that is in the news? I will […]
  • Green: I’ll take the division title

    I wanted to be upset after the Cardinals barely beat the Lions Sunday. I wanted to bemoan the fact that the defending NFC Champions needed some late game magic to beat a team led by Drew Stanton. I wanted to sit around and worry about a team whose offense is struggling and defense has been […]
  • Burns: What an absolute disaster

    The Cards loss to the Niners by the numbers: 7—Turnovers by the Cardinals 10—Penalties by the Cardinals 11—First downs by the Cardinals 167—Rushing Yards by Frank Gore 0—chance to win when you add up all the numbers listed above Millions and Millions—Football fans who are feeling like the Cardinals just plain fooled them last week […]
  • Green: Appreciating Kurt Warner

    It’s said that we have trouble appreciating what we have until it is gone. Well, it took me a while, but I’ve come to appreciate Kurt Warner and what he brings to the Arizona Cardinals. Don’t get me wrong – I never disliked the guy. I knew he was a great QB and an even […]
  • Burns: Breaking down the trade with pros and cons

    You don’t need a GPS to know that sitting on a fence is not the proper location for hosting a sports talk radio show. But that’s right where I am on this Max Scherzer/Edwin Jackson, D-backs/Tigers/Yankees three way trade that is on the table. The D-backs would acquire Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and Yankees […]
  • Green: Nash has brought excitement

    This column is a part of “Steve Nash Internet Day.” For more information visit www.brightsideofthesun.com When the Suns signed Steve Nash before the 2004 season, I remember being pleased but not excited. After all, the Suns were coming off of a down season in which they won 29 games, and the answer was signing a […]
  • Burns: I did not see this coming

    I love movies with surprise endings. I’m just arrogant enough to think that I’m as smart as the guys who made the thing and I can figure it out before they figure it out for me (I’m not that smart – I just think I am). The thing about them is that the clues are […]