The Legend Of: Pat Tillman

It was hard for me to decide how best to approach this article. Pat Tillman is a legend and a hero across the country. But what he has meant to the state of Arizona is immeasurable. How do you capture that kind of life with words on a screen? I can’t, but if there is a story worth telling over and over, it is this one. I am a huge football fan and no secret that I have a love for the Cardinals that some would describe as unhealthy. I am not a big fan of ASU athletics, but as a Phoenix native and my wife being an alumni, they have been something I am more than familiar with. This is how I learned about Pat Tillman. For a few hours a week, I would watch him work. How he handled himself on the sidelines and sprinted on and off the field regardless of circumstance. The announcers constantly touting his

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Joey Bosa A Veteran Among Rookies

With the third pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chargers Select, Joey Bosa. When these words were uttered by Roger Goodell, Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco probably never imagined he would struggle to get his first round pick signed and in camp on time. A lot has been written already about this story. We know the two sides are at odds over deferred payment of the signing bonus and what is referred to as offset language. According to Telesco, deferred payment of signing bonuses and offset language have been included in all their contracts since 2011. Joey Bosa is a veteran among a bunch of rookies when it come to signing a NFL contract. Telsco told The Mighty 1090 “But it really just comes down to generally this, there’s some things that are negotiable, and money always is negotiable, obviously,but there’s certain things in contracts language-wise, whether you’re picked third, 33rd or 203rd, there’s certain things of consistency and

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The Legend Of: Micheal Phelps

This is the first installment of a series that I am calling the #TheLegendOf. I will cover world class sports figures that I have been able to watch and enjoy in my lifetime. With the news tonight of Michael Phelps getting his 22nd gold medal, I thought starting with him would be fitting. Darren Rovell put it fantastically in a recent tweet. If someone bet me in 2003 that this guy would become the best Olympian ever, I would have lost a lot of $ #phelps pic.twitter.com/aN6aOTfTjz — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 11, 2016 16 years ago, the 2000 Olympiad Michael Phelps splashed onto the scene (Sorry about that, I couldn’t help myself). He was a 15 year old kid that still had braces on his bottom teeth. He finish fifth place in the 200m butterfly. His teammate and gold medal winner of that event patted Phelps on the back and told him, “The best is ahead of you,” according

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Women Are Our Best Athletes

No burying the lead here. Our best Athletes are Women. Not Lebron, not Steph Curry, not Big Papi, Tom Brady or Gronk for all you New Englanders, or any other male athlete as far as I am concerned. All the aforementioned athletes get to compete regularly in their sport against other top players, earn an unbelievable salary, get the best possible training, care and compete for championships year after year.  Women’s sports on the other hand, is grossly underrepresented compared to male dominated sports. Most or all female athletes make pennies compared to their male counterparts, likely don’t compete in well established leagues, and compete nowhere near as frequently. Our female Olympians not only have to beat out their entire peer group just for the opportunity to compete at the absolute highest level, the Olympic Gold is only up for grabs every four years. Throughout these first few days of the Olympics all I have been able to think about

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Worst Sports Movie Ever

In America, we have have all been taught the power and importance of the freedom of choice. Because of this we are always looking to capture the best option and are quick to label something as better or best than it’s competition. My wife, her cousin, and I were at a winery in Napa a couple of years ago. We were on a tour and at this particular winery they would take you on a tour of their caves that they aged barrels of wine in. We had a fantastic guide from New Zealand that had a great accent and an even better job. We meandered through the cool corridors of the caves lined with casks of wine and every few barrels he would insert some sort glass flange to extract wine directly from the barrel for us to try. About 10 minutes into the tour we got to a pair of barrels and he was describing the type of

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Three Big Signings!!!

Steve Keim is the best GM in football and it is not even close. With hundreds of roster moves at the back end of the roster, finding veteran diamonds in the rough, and keeping the core players happy and paid, he is killing it. His first extension to get done this training camp, may be the most exciting. Honey badger is a once in lifetime talent and is a redemption story for the ages. It was not a straight forward negotiation with both sides working to get what was best. You can tell that Tyrann was frustrated with the process, but in the end both sides knew it would happen. Money mean nothing, I want my respect — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 26, 2016 The relationship between Tyrann Mathieu  and the Cardinals is probably the symbiotic player/organization pairing in the league. Mathieu’s troubles prior to the NFL are well chronicled, but it is not as well known of a story

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Rio is a disaster sure, but watch it anyway…

Every news outlet in the world has taken their shot at the upcoming Rio Olympics. The Olympic village is a disaster in a terrible part of town, the open water is a cesspool of disgustingness and the security of the events has been questioned from the start. Oh yeah, and Zika. The other big issue interestingly enough that the media has not over covered is the Russian doping scandal. The fact that government officials are suspected to have helped the athletes avoid detection and some of the best competitors in the world will not be there is a big deal. If true, government involvement is the exact opposite of the spirit of the games. Dispite this tweet: Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/y3d8hnuEjk — Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 22, 2016 Hope Solo actually feels the same way that I do. She is quoted in the Seattle Times as saying this: “You look back in 2004 in Greece,

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#CardsCamp Notes

Carson Palmer had the day off from throwing the ball, but did participate in some of the run game reps. Here are some of the things that caught my eye: There was good balance from both the offense and defense today. Patrick Peterson had an impressive twisting interception on a overthrow from Stanton. Jaron Brown then beat rookie Brandon Williams on a post route for a 35 yard TD. DJ Humphries had some really impressive blocks in the run game. One of which sprung David Johnson for a long TD run. He was celebrating his block so much that he forgot his assignment on the PAT after the score. Kent Somers provided this insight: Humphries late getting to PAT team. "Get your head out of your ass," says ST Coach Amos Jones. It had been a good camp for DJ until then — Kent Somers (@kentsomers) August 2, 2016 He got beat badly a couple of times by Chandler Jones

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NFL and injuries…

Next man up is a mantra used by every NFL team. It is used by every team, because they are going to have injuries in a season. The question is to who and for how long. I saw this interesting tweet a week ago and I decided to take a stab at answering this question. Who is the most fragile team this year? If (insert team) lost (insert player), that's not not a QB, their season is over. @mikejurecki — Michael Scheffe (@Sir_Scheffe) July 26, 2016 Michael asks a great question. When I start looking at teams to come up with the list, I eliminated teams like the Browns and 49ers right away because their season is done before anyone gets injured. So here are the top 10 that I could come up with. There are a few that you could flip flop spots, but I think the list looks pretty good. 10. Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots Rob Gronkowski

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The time I hiked Havasupai…

Havasupai is one of the most beautiful places on earth and making the journey is really one of the most inspiring accomplishments a person a make. So here is the story of the time my wife, her cousin, her cousin’s husband and I made the trip. We were hanging out at a family party and my wife’s cousin, we will call her E, mentioned that she booked reservations to make the trip for husband’s birthday. She booked it for four people and they were going to go with her brother and her dad. I had seen pictures and always wanted to make the call for reservations, but never took that step. As soon as I heard E had made the call I instantly was jealous and asked if My wife and I could join in. It took a few weeks and few texts to remind E to ask, but we were in. S, my wife, and I were super excited

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