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  • Doug's Weekend Takeaways
    Doug Franz | September 03, 2013 7:56 am
    After watching 17 college football games and five MLB games over the weekend, here are a few of my takeaways: 1) The D-backs are now 39-39 against teams below .500. The number would be worse if Washington...
  • Arizona State: Action is always the answer
    Doug Franz | August 30, 2013 10:16 am
    I hate fake enthusiasm. I love the simple phrase "keep it real." It's hard to be honest in sports to the public. You can't say the injuries of a college football player because the kid is also...
  • 2013 Diamondbacks are a miserable success
    Doug Franz | August 28, 2013 2:30 pm
    In the sports world, most people look for absolutes. I received a tweet last night that said, "I'm amazed you still haven't realized the D-backs suck." I checked the standings and saw Houston has lost...
  • Devastated
    Doug Franz | August 25, 2013 9:22 am
    The only thing that went right for the Arizona Cardinals in Saturday's preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers was the running game....
  • Play nice
    Doug Franz | August 23, 2013 9:46 am
    Today's blog is very simple, read this. Pete Carroll wrote a...
  • Let's give thanks
    Doug Franz | August 21, 2013 9:48 am
    Paul Goldschmidt is exactly what baseball needs. The only Diamondback to hit three grand slams in one season. What's sad is from 1966-2009, we could never have had Paul Goldschmidt. Paul Goldschmidt...
  • Four observations from Monday's Arizona Cardinals practice
    Doug Franz | August 20, 2013 7:16 am
    PATRICK PETERSON Post pattern. Caught it four yards deep in the end zone. Full-out sprint. In two steps regained complete body control. Jumped off of one-leg. Dunked the ball over the crossbar....
  • Doug's weekend wants - Aug. 16
    Doug Franz | August 16, 2013 10:42 am
    1) A-ROD We already know you're a disgrace to the game; we've now learned you're a disgrace to your teammates. Even as low of a human being as you have proven to be, don't do this to the last...
  • 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...
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