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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


So the arguable the biggest fight in boxing history is just days away.  Floyd "Money" Mayweather takes his undefeated record into the ring against pound for pound one the greatest fighter's ever in Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao.

ESPN took a poll of who people thin the winner will be and the results were surprising.  74% of people that took the poll think Manny Pacquiao will win.  I won't take a side just yet, but this is atrocious to me.  You mean to tell me that 3 out of 4 people think Floyd Mayweather will get his first loss?  Do we really root for the underdog that much?

While many feel this would have been a much better fight 5 years ago they still can't wait for the bell to ring on Saturday May 2.  This promises to be a great fight because both fighters refuse to lose.  With all the hype I have to ask, who do you thin will win boxing's biggest fight ever?  Take the poll to the upper left and us know.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


I recently wrote an article about Aaron Hernandez, the former football player who is now spending the rest of his life in prison for murder.  I'm sure it's no surprise when I tell you he is not the first athlete that this has happened to, and unfortunately he won't be the last.  In fact this case is very familiar to college football fans here in Arizona.  Do you remember the name Loren Wade?

Loren Wade was a tailback for the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2003 and 2004.  He rushed for 773 yards as a freshman and had a very promising career ahead of him.  Well that all changed on March 25, 2005.  Wade, who apparently had anger issues, went looking for an ex-girlfriend and found her in the parking lot of a Scottsdale nightclub.  She was talking to another former ASU football player when Wade approached.  Words were exchanged and stories are told differently at this point, but the fact is Wade shot Brandon Falkner to death that night.

A lot of stories came out after about Wade's anger problems.  His coach at the time was also informed that he had a gun, yet the University nor the football program did much to help Wade.  That spring day in March took the life of Falkner but it also took the life of Loren Wade.  He is currently serving a 20 year sentence in an Arizona prison.

Shame on anybody that could have helped change this young man's life and chose to look the other way.  I know that you can't help people that don't want to be helped, but what if this one time it helped save a life?  I know that's a chance the family of Brandon Falkner is willing to take.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Wednesday another Phoenix basketball player got into trouble with the law.  This time it was Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner.  She was booked into a Maricopa County jail along with her fiance Glory Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, for a fight between the two.

Officers were called out when the two started throwing things at each other.  By the time the police arrived the two were involved in a full on fist fight.  Griner was charger with assault and disorderly conduct fighting.

The arrest was a shocker to many but it raises the question,  what is going to happen to Griner?  How much trouble, if any will she be in with the team?  Domestic violence is domestic violence and last year when back up running back Johnathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence many fans were happy that the Cardinals didn't waste any time punishing him.  But Griner is a star and how are fans going to react when the Mercury go from the best team in the WNBA to average at best with out her?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The Phoenix Sun's Marcus and twin brother Markieff Morris were charged with aggravated assault, a felony, today.  The Morris twins released a statement saying that they cannot comment on this matter per their attorney.

The alleged incident occurred in January when the Morris twins and three other men beat up 36 year old Erik Hood outside a basketball game that Hood was playing in.  They waited for Hood to come outside the gym and one man confronted him and the others joined in and started to punch and kick him.  He was then transported to the  hospital and Phoenix Police were called.

The assault was a result of unwanted explicit text messages from Hood to the Morris twins mom.  The Charges could land the two brothers in prison and puts a damper on their future with the Phoenix Suns.  They are scheduled to make their first court appearance on May 7.

The Suns in my opinion need to get rid of both Morris twins as soon as they can.  They have both had issues this past season.  Marcus threw a towel at the coach and Markieff had several technical fouls and even called out the fans  saying they weren't loyal.  The Morris twins are more trouble than they are worth.  The are both average players when they are on the same team.  If they were on different teams they probably aren't a factor.  They aren't even good enough for a team to overlook their off court issues.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Earlier this week Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd.  The former tight end for the New England Patriot's will now spend the rest of his life in prison.  Hernandez, ironically will do his time at a prison less than four miles from Gillette Stadium, where the team plays it's home games.

Hernandez is a very talented young man who just didn't know how to stay out of trouble.  He had the reputation as the guy you don't "mess" with when he was younger.  You didn't mess with him because he would "get you".  That reputation followed him to the University of Florida, the NFL and now it will follow him to prison.

He made a few bad choices in his life and never chose to learn from his mistakes.  Sports helps a lot of young men change their lives but for Hernandez that wasn't the case.  He is the perfect example of the old saying, "you can take the homeboy out the hood, but you can't take the hood out the homeboy." 

As a former high school football coach I know at some point in Hernandez's life somebody tried to help guide him in the right direction.  This is especially true considering all the talent and size Hernandez had.  The sad Truth is Hernandez would rather be known as a gangster than one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


 The Arizona Diamondbacks are just 7 games into the 2015 baseball season and they are off to a good start.  They play the second game of a three game series tonight in San Diego against the Padre's  and go in with a 4-3 record.

The record may not jump out at you as good, but when you look at the teams they've played  it's very impressive.  They opened the season against the defending Champions the San Francisco Giants.  They lost 2 of the 3 games but showed the rest of the league that they are going to be competitive this season.

The second series of the season they played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team many feel can win the World Series this year.  With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke schedule to pitch the second and third game it was almost a must win for the D Backs in game one.  Well they delivered with a 4-3 victory.

The next night the fans packed the stadium, but it wasn't just for the Hello Kitty Bobble heads.  It was to see the major league debut of starting pitcher Archie Bradley.  Bradley's performance was just short of spectacular.  He pitched 6 scoreless innings and struck out 6 to lead Arizona to a 6-0 win.  They dropped the last game but did win what could end up being a very important divisional series.

The Diamondbacks may not have a good season, or even make the playoffs but if they play the rest of the season the way they've played the first week one thing is for sure.  They are going to compete in every single game.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Everyone knows the story of golfer Tiger Woods.  And no I don't mean the part where he hit the golf scene and quickly became one of the greatest golfers ever.  I mean the part where he let his personal life ruin his golf game.

Ever since his then wife tried to run him over with her car Tiger Woods has been a mediocre to below average golfer.  In January he tried another failed comeback when he entered the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Well we all know how that ended, as fast as it started.

So this week Tiger decided to give it another go around and entered into The Master's.  Not only did he make the cut, he has played the best we've seen him play in years.  With just one round to go he finds himself tied for 5th at -6 under par.  Now Tiger Woods most likely will not win the 2015 Master's but one thing is for sure,  Tiger is back!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Earlier today Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson ended his men's basketball coaching search.  He hired Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley.  Most people remember him from when he played on the great Duke teams of the early 1990's.

Hurley is a great hire for an Arizona State program that lacks a big name coach.  Hurley is only 43 and has youth on his side.  He nay not be known well in the coaching world yet but he is a high school and college legend.  This will allow him to be a better recruiter.

ASU basketball has underachieved for years and this allows Hurley to come in pressure free.  He needs to do two things that can help him make ASU a team to recon with in the PAC 12.  He needs to hit the Arizona recruiting scene hard and he needs to not pay attention to the college down south.

Hurley needs to visit some of the high schools here in the valley, particularly Corona Del Sol and Perry.  They are home to the states best players who are also ranked pretty high nationally.  Don't let them out of your backyard!

Also Hurley needs to not worry about the University of Arizona.  They are a national powerhouse that will automatically get recruits that he can't get.  He should just concentrate on who he is as a recruiter and a coach.  If he does these things he will do great as the new Arizona State Basketball Coach.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Tonight the men's college basketball season comes to an end when the Duke Blue Devils meet the Wisconsin Badgers for the rights to call themselves 2015 Nation Champions.

Duke got to the final by easily defeating Michigan State 81-61.  Duke had arguable the easiest path to the Final Four and it continued with it's dominance of Michigan State.  Duke was led by Justise Winslow's 19 points and 9 rebounds.  Jahlil Okafor added 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Wisconsin slayed the beast so to speak to get to tonight's Championship game.  They took down undefeated and overall top seed Kentucky 71-64.  The Badger's held Kentucky to just 28 second half points after being tied at 36 at halftime.  Frank Kaminsky had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Badgers to victory.

Tonight we will see one of the best match ups in college basket with Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor.  This will be a battle of two great big men, but it's the role players that will decide the outcome of this game.

I'm picking Duke to win 71-68, but Wisconsin has doubted the naysayers before in beating both Arizona and Kentucky in back to back games.  So get ready to see a great game tonight.