Known throughout Arizona for its first-class Thoroughbred racing, Turf Paradise is celebrating its 56th Anniversary on Saturday, January 14, and is inviting Suns fans to attend. [Read more...]
When starting this weekly ‘Top 5’ blog I could have decided on a simple subject matter to kick things off. Something like ‘the top 5 players in Suns history’ or ‘the top 5 things Charles Barkley said that shocked people’. You know, things that are easy and obvious. Instead I decided to save those for a week or two that I need to mail it in and not really think. (Memo to my bosses: don’t worry, I’ve never mailed anything in other than bills and the occasional magazine subscription.)
Instead of taking the easy road, I decided on something a little more challenging. As you can guess, thanks to the title, the first edition of ‘Top 5’ tackles why Steve Nash is the greatest point guard in Suns history. [Read more...]
Some Suns fans had their reservations about the direction of the team going back to the start of the previous campaign, when General Manager Jerry Colangelo swapped power forward, and onetime franchise savior, Truck Robinson to the Knickerbockers for power forward Maurice Lucas. What’s this? Phoenix fans asked each other. We’ve won fifty games three times in the last three years, and Truck’s been a part of that! Why are we trading him for an older power forward, who doesn’t have Truck’s scoring or rebounding ability anymore, and has balky knees to boot?
Spending four days in a makeshift room inside of a college student union will do strange things to a person’s brain. Especially when said person is fueling themselves with nothing but cafeteria food and any caffeinated beverage they can get their hands on. Early mornings that turn into late nights surrounded by other media members tapping at their keyboards so furiously that it sounds like some kind of old school factory, leads the mind to strange places. Places where they find comparisons between the oddest things.
Case in point, comparing the newcomers on the Phoenix Suns’ roster and new the shows on television this year. Such is life at Grand Canyon University for Suns Training Camp. [Read more...]
After four days of training camp, the Suns gave a sneak preview of their progress to the media and select season-ticket holders Wednesday in the cozy confines of the Grand Canyon University Arena. It was an intra-squad scrimmage, pitting one half of the team against the other half. [Read more...]
Camping isn’t exactly my idea of a good time, especially when it’s cold and rainy outside. See, I grew up in a family whose idea of roughing it was staying at a local motel rather than a national hotel chain. It’s not that we were hoity-toity, quite the contrary; we just weren’t what you’d describe as the outdoors type (we barely even hung out in our backyard, let alone the woods). Despite my aversion, after 28 years I’ve finally found a type of ‘camping’ that fits my style. Phoenix Suns training camp.
Instead of a tent, I have a curtained off section of Grand Canyon University’s Thunder Alley (which, after some intense investigation, I found out is in fact not named after Dan Majerle). In place of the tall trees of the forest, I’m surrounded by the tall players of the Suns and instead of wild animals lurking, there are wild college students and sleep deprived reporters all around. It’s my kind of ‘roughing it.’ [Read more...]
It’s not all monkey business for the Suns Gorilla. Sometimes he gets to sit back, relax and enjoy a film with one of his many famous friends. Well, most of the time he gets to enjoy it.
On this particular evening he and ESPN anchor John Buccigross didn’t seem to see eye-to-eye about the best way to watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes together and cameras just happened to be there to catch it. [Read more...]
‘Tis the season.
In most years that phrase refers solely to the hustle and bustle that comes along with the holidays. This year is a little different than most. In 2011 the saying also applies quite well to the craziness and excitement that will be the Phoenix Suns’ truncated preseason.
Most of you will spend time over the next three weeks running around like Steve Nash on the fast break. While you’re putting together travel plans, buying gifts, decorating the house and figuring out who’s been naughty and nice in preparation of the big day (or days depending on your beliefs), your favorite NBA franchise will be running through their own gauntlet of planning and execution. [Read more...]
It is my favorite time of year. No, I’m not talking about the copious feast that is Thanksgiving, I am talking about Black Friday.
There’s nothing like waking up out of a tryptophan-induced stupor looking like an extra in the Walking Dead at two in the morning in an effort to save a few bucks. I mean honestly, who doesn’t love getting up before the sun — and most retired people — to join the huddled mass of humanity that has gathered in a non-descript parking lot in an effort to cross items off their holiday shopping list? It’s the American way. [Read more...]
How do you know when you have a problem?
I only ask because I’m starting to think I might have one involving the Phoenix Suns and NBA TV. Over the last week the network has been airing the best games of the 1993 playoffs. While that sounds like a great thing on the surface — I mean really, who wouldn’t want to relive when Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle and the rest of the Suns wreaked havoc on a good portion of the NBA — but when you dig a little deeper there’s just one major problem. No matter how many times I try to act like the Man of Steel — the superhero not the former center — in Superman: The Movie I just can’t fly fast enough to turn back time and change the way that season ended. Alright, I’ll be honest, I can’t fly at all but hoping and wishing it will end differently hasn’t worked either. [Read more...]