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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

USA TODAY Names Tucson One of the Best Cycling Cities in U.S.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM

George Hincapie nominated Tucson for, among other things, its strong winter appeal.
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Stop me if you heard this one before, Tucson is a great cycling city. Maybe we're biased, but Tucson was built for cyclist. If you won’t take our word for it, maybe USA TODAY Travel’s top 10 U.S. Cycling Cities will change your mind.

Tucson takes 7th place in this formidable “must-visit list for active vacationers of all ages."

From USA TODAY:

George Hincapie nominated Tucson for, among other things, its strong winter appeal. During the colder months, the city becomes a hotbed of cycling activity as northern-based enthusiasts come down to enjoy mild winter temps and dry conditions of the high desert. The 55-mile car-free Urban Loop, in addition to a whopping 700 miles of bike lanes, makes this college town a favorite with road cyclists, while the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Lemmon, provide a wide range of terrain for mountain biking.

We salute you, George Hincapie. You might have finished 2nd in the 2011 National Road Race Championships, but today you finish first in our hearts.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Reason #273 Why Baseball Pranks Are the Best Pranks

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tonight marks the latest edition of Tucson's final Triple-A baseball game, as the El Paso Chihuahuas wrap up their temporary use of the Kino Stadium as their home field with a 6:35 p.m. clash against the Reno Aces.

Free tickets to the game are available at any Eegee's location, which is as good a reason as any to spend a Monday night at the ballpark watching professional baseball.

Need another? How about this: it's a great chance to make fun of veteran ballplayer Jeff Francoeur for being maybe the most gullible person on the planet, at least in the world of sports.

The 30-year-old left fielder has been in pro ball since 2002 and has spent part of every year since 2005 in the major leagues, most recently with Kansas City and San Francisco last year. He was signed by San Diego this winter, and began the year with the Padres' Triple-A team in El Paso.

That's when the long con began.

Since joining the Chihuahuas Francoeur has been led to believe that pitcher Jorge Arias was deaf, despite this very much not being the case. Apparently, Francoeur is quite the oblivious one, as the 10-minute video put together by teammate and burgeoning young filmmaker Cody Decker explains in hilarious detail.

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So Long, Aaron Gordon; Try Not To Take Everyone Else With You

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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The interwebs, the Twittersphere and everywhere else that "breaking news" can be found nowadays is full of reports today that Aaron Gordon is going to declare for the NBA Draft ... sometime this week.

And the modern streetcar is going to start operating. At some point. Probably. You heard it here first!

Why Gordon's impending decision is suddenly news, seeing as this has been considered a foregone conclusion since he arrived last fall, just boggles my mind.

When he actually declares, that'll be something to report on. For now, though, it's more just a matter of trying to be the first outlet to report on this "expected" move, making sure to cite "sources" that are really just the writer coming up with crap on his or her own and not having to be held accountable.

These same "sources," whom I believe includes your neighbor and the guy who cleans the bathrooms at McKale Center, also believe that Nick Johnson is likely to leave as well, but that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski are coming back. Same with Brandon Ashley, though I don't need a source to tell me that having not played since early February because of surgically repaired foot ligaments is a good reason to remain amateur another year.

Rest assured, Arizona fans: as long as they don't all leave, the Wildcats should be just as good (if not better) for the 2014-15 season. Arizona brings in a 5-star wing in 6'7" Stanley Johnson, another inside bruiser in 6'8" Craig Victory, a prolific junior college scorer in Kadeem Allen, a tiny-but-quick point guard in Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the obligatory 7-foot Serbian-by-way-of-a-private-school-in-Kansas in Dusan Ristic.

Arizona will be ranked in the top 5 in every preseason poll. It's already that way in the way-too-early rankings for 2014-15, including this handy one from a comprehensive sports Web site that includes many great writers including this guy.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Let's Watch A Classic Football Movie on the Arizona Stadium Jumbotron

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Arizona's athletic department is going all out with marketing what it's calling Super Wildcat Weekend from Thursday through Sunday, a collection of sporting events and activities meant to showcase nearly every UA sport that doesn't use a basket.

But maybe the most ambitious — and flat out fun — part of the lineup helps kick off the four-day extravaganza, as the UA is opening up Arizona Stadium on Thursday night for a screening of Remember the Titans that will be shown on the giant video board on the south end of the field.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 6:30 p.m., with fans encouraged to sit in the north end zone seats for the best view.

The movie is just the tip of a great variety of events, a perfect storm of sports events on and around campus that most Wildcat fans might have ignored without prompting. Thursday also marks the start of the Jim Click Shootout track and field meet at the Drachman Stadium, a meet that will run through Saturday.

On Friday there's a tennis match at 1 p.m. at the on-campus Robson Tennis Center against USC, while at 7 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field the UA baseball team hosts 2013 College World Series champ UCLA for a three-game series.

On Saturday is the main attraction of the weekend, the annual UA football spring game, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. But before the game the school will be selecting fans to participate in some "Hard Edge" challenges, including the opportunity to win $500 by kicking a 50-yard field goal or $250 to throw a pass deeper than a Wildcat quarterback.

A random fan will also get a chance to call a play during the spring game (PLEASE PICK THE BUTT FUMBLE!), a scrimmage that will showcase what Arizona has been working on the past few weeks in spring practice.

Another UA baseball game is on tap for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, while the finale against UCLA is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's lineup also includes a 12 p.m. tennis match against UCLA.

And if all that wasn't enough, the UA's Spring Fling has returned to campus and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary from Friday through Sunday.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior 1959-2014

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The professional wrestling world mourns the monumental loss of the Ultimate Warrior. James Brian "Justice" Hellwig, 54, collapsed while walking his wife to her car outside of an Arizona Hotel on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

Hellwig was inducted to the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 5. Here is his acceptance speech:

Hellwig recently signed a multi-year deal as a official ambassador for the WWE. The WWE Hall of Famer made his first appearance on Monday Night Raw for the first time in 18 years. Sadly, the television appearance was coincidentally a farewell to the Warriors and his fans.

Hellwig retired after 16 years of professional wrestling to become a motivational speaker. In that time, Hellwig was first known as Blade Runner Rocker and Dingo Warrior during his reign at World Class Championship Wrestling. The Warrior moved to the World Wrestling Federation and went on to become one of the most popular performers in its history.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

UA Athletics and TPD Don't Want You to Riot

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM


Arizona Wildcats' win over San Diego State University Thursday night almost inspired a drunken celebration in the form of a good old-fashion riot. Fortunately, Tucson Police quickly mobilized and closed down University Boulevard and Euclid Road around 10 p.m. Here's a nice, blurry twitpic to give you a glimpse of last night's brief free-for-all. 

One UA student was arrested for disorderly conduct and no damage was done.

So, VP and Director of Athletics Director Greg Byrne, Chief of Police Roberto Villasenor and UA Chief of Police Brian A. Seastone made this hokey video —asking politely— to encourage you not to riot and celebrate the potential Wildcats win this Saturday responsibly.

Don't do anything stupid, Gato fans.

That's an order.

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Arizona Basketball: The One Guy That Celebrated Too Much on Thursday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Thursday night's thrilling Arizona basketball win over San Diego State prompted hundreds of UA students and fans to pour out onto University Blvd. after the game to collectively celebrate.

It was a relatively tame gathering, despite how local Twitter, TV people — the same TV people whose cameras and bright lights drew the crowd hungrily towards them — and Tucson and university police were on hand and in riot gear. But that was more of a precaution than anything else.

But, apparently, one person decided he couldn't just cheer and scream to show his support for the Cats.

While most people were "celebrating responsibly," as TPD put it in a news release, 25-year-old Andrew Gallardo was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a beer bottle "in the direction of responding officers."

According to UA's online student directory, Gallardo is an undergraduate in the Eller College of Management. Because of this, the release says his arrest has also been forwarded to the Dean of Students.

TPD went through training exercises earlier this month to prepare for an anticipated deep run by the UA basketball team in the NCAA tournament. The response to last night's celebration was just the tip of the iceberg, as no one wants a repeat of the 2001 craziness that saw Fourth Avenue turn into a war zone, rubber bullets and all.

Rialto Theatre to Simulcast UA Basketball's Attempt at the Final Four on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

So, how about that game last night? You know, UA's tense comeback victory over San Diego State, which punched their ticket to the 2014 NCAA basketball tournament's Elite Eight?

Well, if you're looking to watch the game surrounded by a sizable number of rabid Wildcat fans, the Rialto's got the treat for you:
We cordially invite you to watch the Elite 8 games with us on our giant projection screen on Saturday. We will open up at 2:30 pm for Dayton/Florida and get crazy for the Cats game starting at 5:49. BTFD!
That's right, East Congress' favorite former movie theater is setting up the screen once again for Wildcat basketball fans to catch their Elite Eight matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers tomorrow, Saturday, March 29.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m., entry will be free and yes, they'll have seating set up for watching the game — standing is, after all, a sucker's game.

Check it out, cheer on the 'Cats if you're so inclined, and stay classy out there, Tucson.

Remember: We've been here before. Wait until the 'Cats take the title before you take the streets.

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