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  • Diamondbacks need to beat the bad
    Doug Franz | August 15, 2013 11:53 am
    I can't stand it when teams play to their competition. Either you have a grotesque taste in your mouth that stains your soul when you lose or you use phrases like "it's early," "it's a long season," and...
  • SEC = Bigger, faster, better
    Doug Franz | August 14, 2013 10:03 am
    Fascinating blog by ESPN's Ted Miller. I hope you don't mind that my blog is simply, "
  • Fight for your right -- to play
    Doug Franz | August 13, 2013 7:45 am
    Monday's practice was similar to most for the Arizona Cardinals. Patrick Peterson had a head-turning interception. Tyrann Mathieu knocked down a couple passes. Jonathan Cooper continues to impress....
  • The preseason matters, but the score does not
    Doug Franz | August 08, 2013 10:24 pm
    The preseason matters! Before the ball kicks off against Green Bay on Friday, make no mistake, the preseason matters -- but the score does not. Far too many people -- fans, media, players and coaches...
  • Cardinals' Calais Campbell's leadership makes him an elite teammate
    Doug Franz | August 08, 2013 1:34 pm
    Anyone else tired of the cliche, 'I just want to help my team win.' How easily that phrase rolls off the tongue, yet it is much more difficult to actually go further than your opponent in preparation,...
  • C'mon, Bud
    Doug Franz | August 06, 2013 12:44 pm
    Even when Bud Selig gets it exactly right, he screws it up. Selig's tenure has been marked by enormous highs and sinking lows. Monday had both at the same time. It took extreme courage (the word...
  • Yu Darvish dominates D-backs, and that's OK
    Doug Franz | August 02, 2013 7:36 am
    Thursday night was exactly why I go nuts on the D-backs during other games. I completely get what happened. A great pitcher had a great night. A team just off of a two-game series flew in for a quick...
  • Explaining the competitive balance round
    Doug Franz | August 01, 2013 9:14 am
    This may sound confusing, but draft picks in baseball can not be traded, but Competitive Balance Lottery (CBL) picks can be traded. Twenty teams every year are eligible for the CBL. The 10 smallest...
  • Good trade for Diamondbacks, but it stinks
    Doug Franz | July 31, 2013 9:20 pm
    About once every five years, I don't like my job. (Obviously, that shows you how blessed I am to be doing something I love. I hope you get the same enjoyment out of your job.) Wednesday was one...
  • Arizona Cardinals and the NFC West -- the negatives
    Doug Franz | July 31, 2013 10:27 am
    Last Thursday was the beginning of it all. Every team has reported for the start of the NFL season. I have no idea what the Arizona Cardinals' season will bring. It's easy to assume there won't...
  • Arizona Cardinals -- defensive questions
    Doug Franz | July 30, 2013 3:33 pm
    I have no idea what the season for the Arizona Cardinals will bring. It's easy to assume there won't be a trip to the playoffs but in the NFL, there's always a surprise team. The Cardinals have a...
  • Arizona Cardinals -- offensive questions
    Doug Franz | July 26, 2013 6:05 pm
    Thursday, we looked at the good. I have no idea what the season will bring for the Cardinals. It's easy to assume there won't be a trip...
  • Arizona Cardinals camp -- the good
    Doug Franz | July 25, 2013 2:32 pm
    Thursday is the beginning of it all. Almost every team is reporting or has reported for the start of the NFL season. I have no idea what the season will bring for the Cardinals. It's easy to assume...
  • The End of an Era
    Doug Franz | July 23, 2013 8:56 pm
    Monday, I praised Bud Selig for his recent work in trying to keep PEDs out of MLB. Tuesday, it's time to give the players and the MLBPA their due. None of Selig's work is possible without Michael...
  • Thanks, Bud
    Doug Franz | July 22, 2013 4:54 pm
    You turned your back on the reality of the situation in the 90s. You put your hands in your pockets when Bonds passed Aaron, acting as if your pout somehow protects you from criticism for your lack...
  • Doug's Four-Point Stance: ASU's Crow alienating respected Valley twosome
    Doug Franz | July 18, 2013 9:25 pm
    SEC MEDIA DAYS There's just nothing like it. Over 1,000 members of the media. Thousands of fans in the hotel area because the hotel is attached to a mall. We get Bret Bielema versus Gus Malzahn,...
  • Second half hopes for the Arizona Diamondbacks
    Doug Franz | July 17, 2013 10:28 pm
    If the Arizona Diamondbacks hope to stay atop the National League West in the second half of the season, there are a few scenarios that must play out. Don't trade Skaggs, Bradley or Holmberg The...
  • MLB needs to decide if the All-Star Game is an exhibition or if it counts
    Doug Franz | July 16, 2013 9:37 pm
    The All-Star Game is a great vehicle to determine home-field advantage for the World Series. This exhibition game is a terrible idea to be the determining factor for home-field advantage. Baseball...
  • I hope Johnny Manziel figures it out off the field
    Doug Franz | July 16, 2013 9:22 am
    I hate chocolate but I like candy bars. I love tomatoes. I love cheese. I love Caprese. I hate tomato soup and grilled cheese. I know. I can't explain it either. In sports, I root for losers...
  • Weekend wants
    Doug Franz | July 12, 2013 7:13 pm
    Here's what I want to see this weekend. AN OUTSTANDING OUTING Ian Kennedy pitches Sunday. We know he's been straddling the fence this year between poor and below average. The chances of...
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