Before the masses of Ducks and Tigers get here…

6 01 2011

…there is a basketball game between Arizona State and Stanford I attended Thursday night. ASU scored 41 points and lost 55-41. Lowest point total for mens team ever in 36-year history of Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU in white, Stanford in red

There was also some more media action leading up to the BCS national championship game (“The Natty”) on Thursday morning. Here’s the story I wrote:

Oregon WR Jeff Maehl

Auburn DT Nick Fairley


Christmastime in the Valley of the Sun

14 12 2010

I’ve been here before around this time of year but never so close to Christmas. So these high-70s temperatures are a bit strange. Very nice, but different than what I’m used to.

The countdown to the three bowl games in the Phoenix area is on, and I’m hoping to attend at least two of them if not all three. I’ll keep you posted. We got the Insight, Fiesta and BCS national championship.

Went to the post office today and the line was long, but it got longer after I was already in it. And I actually did do some freelance work today.

Saw a small real Christmas tree outside a store today and wish I would have gotten a real one. I miss that pine scent I knew as a kid in Oregon. Oh well, at least I have a tree.

Almost all of my ornaments are sports-related. Charlotte Hornets (yup Charlotte), Seahawks, Super Bowl XLII, Dodgers candy canes and about four different Oregon Ducks decorations.

Speaking of the Ducks, how about those new uniforms for the BCS championship game? They’ll do. Hope they win in those. That yellow is bright but looking good counts, right? Auburn’s are just so blah.

Got one of these.

Because you know I gotta represent. If you see me in Scottsdale the week before the game I might be wearing it.

OK let’s wrap this up with a trip back in time to when music was better. For all the poppers and break dancers from back in the day – man I remember how amazed I was when I heard this music and saw backspins and all that — this one’s for you.

Basketball Weekend in the Desert

11 12 2010

One thing my new home city has going for it is all of the sports teams and events, and things heat up this time of year.

You’ve got the Suns and Coyotes (NHL) in mid-season. You’ve got Arizona State basketball. And Cardinals football. And this month and next month, three college football bowl games. I’m hoping to go to any if not all of those.

Friday night I wrote from the Suns-Blazers NBA game, which the Blazers won 101-94. After the game, Portland’s Brandon Roy had some interesting stuff to say.

Earlier this afternoon I saw a game at Wells Fargo Arena for the first time ever, Arizona State vs. Gardner-Webb. The Sun Devils won fairly easily as you can imagine. Here’s what I wrote:

For me it’s been mostly baseball, football and soccer since I got here. It was nice to change it up a little.

What a week!

4 12 2010

Actually, what a last couple of days.

Thursday started with the World Cup announcement. I guess I should be happy for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022. And I believe the U.S. will get the tournament before my life is over one more time. But I feel bad for England, Australia and of course, my country.

Corruption, bribes, whatever is being alleged. What are you gonna do. Life is life. And speaking of life, let’s hear from K-Ci and Jojo about it. Two dudes who can sing for real. Jodeci!

Can I just say that I cannot watch steer wrestling? It always looks like the cowboy is going to snap the poor little steer’s neck when he grabs him by the horns and pins him down. I’m not Mr. PETA or anything but that sport is just animal cruelty.

OK so back to Thursday. LeBron went back to Cleveland and I liked seeing the fans and their reaction. But if I was a Cavs fan I’d be thoroughly embarrassed by the effort from my team that night. You gotta send a message to LeBron. You have to foul him hard when he goes to the basket, win or lose. You have to have some pride.

The NFL game was good, the Arizona-Arizona State game was a thriller and my Duck mens basketball team got a moral victory at home against Missouri. Great to hear Calabro and Marques Johnson on the broadcast, too.

On Friday I went to the  Reach 11 soccer complex in north Phoenix to see the US U-17 national team play Brazil. These are high-school kids playing for their country and I was impressed. They play together as a team, are well-coached and work hard. The future of American soccer is in good hands. I hope to see these kids in the World Cup someday.

Which brings me to Saturday. BIG game. Oregon-Oregon State. The Ducks will play for the BCS national championship right here maybe 35-40 minutes from where I live if they beat the Beavers. It can happen. It must happen. They’re so close…as Duck fans we are conditioned to coming up short. Not now. Not this year. It’s our time.

So with that in mind, the first ornament on the Romero family Christmas tree was….

Wall-to-wall basketball, and Erick & Parrish Making Dollars

15 11 2010

It’s Monday. Just watched Mike Vick rip up and rewrite records and tear up the Washington Politically Incorrect Term for Native Americans. Vick was my fantasy team QB this week… called it like Tecmo Bowl defense!

Now one of the best sports programming events of every year, ESPN’s 24 hours of college hoops, the annual Tip0ff Marathon. I’m not a devout college basketball fan per se, but you gotta love Memphis vs. Miami at 11 p.m. Central time. Then a West Coast game at 11 Pacific in Moraga with St. Mary’s vs. St. John’s. Think the Red Storm from NYC are going to be feeling a little tired?

Then comes a game in Honolulu featuring Hawai’i, and it just goes on. They will be playing at the crack of dawn on the East Coast in the morning.

More on the week ahead for me later. I exit with some EPMD (acronym for the title of the post) from 1988. These guys made a lot of great albums and jams, and this one is at the top for me. For Jason Baseden way out there in Belgium doing his thing. Enjoy the beat.