Late Thursday night it was announced that legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away at the age of 82. His career was one all sports broadcasters dream of: the voice of 8 Super Bowls, the Olympics, March Madness, tennis championships, Major League Baseball, college football, golf, horse racing and so much more. Unfortunately I also […]Read More Friday, 12/22 Quick Hitters: Looking ahead to the next week of bowl games – what does a win mean for UofA & Rich Rodriguez?
Well folks, the answer to both questions to lead off this column is unfortunately yes. -If Eagles QB Carson Wentz sustained a torn-ACL as feared late-Sunday, Philadelphia’s chances at winning the NFC are all but over. Sorry Eagles fans, while I’m somewhat of a Nick Foles believer (considering he’s a fellow Arizona Wildcat), he’s not […]Read More Monday Musings – December 11th: Are the Eagles toast without Wentz? And is ASU basketball top-5 worthy?
Only two blogs this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday (none on Friday) so look for a GIANT column previewing the huge football weekend ahead on Wednesday… FIRST DOWN: If ASU beats UofA, should the Wildcats be looking for a new head coach? As a diehard University of Arizona football fan / alumnus of the […]Read More Four Downs – November 20th: Is RichRod back on the hot seat? Seriously…
Thank you, Pac-12 – instead of making your schools and fans wait until mid-January for next year’s football schedules, you released them earlier than normal on Thursday. In glancing at UofA and ASU’s schedules, I’ll make two early predictions: 1. If Khalil Tate stays healthy throughout, Arizona wins a minimum of 9 games and the […]Read More Friday, 11/17 Quick Hitters: On CFB Scheduling, Khalil Tate, Weekend Thoughts + Best Bets
After a giant college football weekend in which the national landscape was muddled further, I figured it would be best to dedicate this column solely to CFB talk. If you’re looking for my thoughts on Week 8 of the NFL and that INCREDIBLE Game 5 of the World Series (never seen anything like it), tune […]Read More Four Downs – October 30th: UofA crushes, ASU gets crushed, my CFB top-10, & Heisman rankings
I’m scrapping the Four Downs format for this week as there’s just TOO much randomness to discuss in the world of sports. It’s a Quick Hitters-type of column…but I’ll call it Monday Musings. Remember, if this column isn’t enough of me, check out The Daily Blender, weekdays from 1-3pm on 1580AM, 99.3FM, online at 1580thefanatic.com, […]Read More Monday Musings – 10/23: The Cardinals stink but at least ASU & UofA have hope…
This was an absolutely incredible football weekend for the Cardinals, Sun Devils, and Wildcats. Offhand I can’t remember a more successful two days for our Arizona teams in recent memory. For me personally, as awesome as UofA’s win was on Saturday, watching my favorite NFL player, Aaron Rodgers go down with a broken collarbone on […]Read More Four Downs – October 16th: The best regular season football weekend in Arizona…EVER?
FIRST DOWN: Khalil Tate – a performance for the ages! Two weeks ago I wrote that Arizona football was a dying brand under Rich Rodriguez. And when Saturday’s game in Boulder kicked off I thought no differently. Nor did most Arizona football fans. But when starting QB Brandon Dawkins, who I maintained shouldn’t be playing in […]Read More Four Downs – October 9th: The Savior of Arizona Wildcats Football Present and Future?
What’s happening with college basketball and the FBI scandal that broke on Tuesday isn’t good for the sport. That might be an understatement. College basketball may be wrecked to shreds sooner than later. The pride and spectacle of March Madness may fade into oblivion. It’s no secret that players have long been paid to go […]Read More Friday, 9/29 Quick Hitters: My Thoughts on the scandal involving UofA Basketball + Best Bets
Confession: I’ve been to 143 college football games in my 34 years on this planet. 118 of them have involved the University of Arizona. I’ve missed a total of four home games in Tucson since 2001 and have attended every ASU-UofA game since that same season. I drive roughly two hours from my home in […]Read More Confessions of a Diehard (and Depressed) Arizona Football Fan