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Updated May 25, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Things to ponder this Memorial Day

Horrible officiating in the NHL's Western Conference finals, but it doesn't matter right now.

Hoping the Goldwater Institute actually represents Barry Goldwater and stays out of the way, but it doesn't matter right now.

Believe Ian Kennedy will find his mojo and return to being an ace, but it doesn't matter right now.

Two very interesting quarterback battles going on in Tempe between 5 different QBs, but it doesn't matter right now.

Weekly rumors on the latest suitor for Steve Nash, and none of those matter either.

One thing matters this weekend: FREEDOM.

I love hockey and respect the class of the individual players of the Coyotes for handling losing with such class. I hate the fact that the NHL had the chance to dramatically influence future passion of desert hockey fans and, instead, chose to stomp on dreams by helping the better team win (I still say LA was the better team but they didn't need the help).

I just can't muster the spirit to complain when I think of sitting in a trench during WWI.

Have you ever agreed on a price for a house only to have it fall through at the closing? I'm still worried about the Goldwater Institute will work their magic again and destroy this latest round of Coyotes sale talks.

It just feels hollow comparing a Glendale management fee argument to returning from Vietnam and being greeted by an ungrateful nation.

The 2011 Diamondbacks are probably a 3rd place team without the rock that Ian Kennedy was. His 2012 hasn't been awful, but he's clearly below average. The Diamondbacks will be in a fight for third place if he doesn't return to form.

Although I completely believe we will soon see the real Ian Kennedy, I'd rather see more Americans understand that the Revolutionary War lasted 7 years, with many troops going long stretches without pay but fighting for a dream.

Kolb and Skelton on one side of Tempe. Kelly, Eubank and Bercovici on the other side. So far it's Kolb and Bercovici in the lead, but if it was a horse race the announcer's first statement--and their off--can still be heard echoing throughout the grandstand.

The future of the program and organization could be solved in 110 degrees during the desert summer, all while our current troops sit in desert heat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can pick about four places on the map in two different countries where Steve Nash may play next year. I wonder if that's how my Grandfather felt in WWII wondering where on the map Hitler's next move would be.

I'll be watching all three D-backs home games this weekend and Monday's day game on the road against San Francisco. The results won't matter as much to me, though. It's freedom that matters this weekend, and the sacrifice it took to earn it.

Thank you to all the boys and girls who have a parent in harm's way defending an ideal that all men are created equal. Your Mom or Dad is a hero. As you patiently wait for them to return home, you're a hero too.



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