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Pat McMahon

Updated Mar 25, 2013 - 10:39 am

Time for ASU fans to get off their 'A' and support U of A

Hey, basketball fans, it's a great year in our state for hoops.

With the exception of the Phoenix Suns, there has been a lot of successes.

NAU has had a good season. GCU will move into Division I under the coaching leadership of Dan Majerle, the Sun Devils made it to the NIT. U of A is in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament, playing Ohio State on Thursday.

Listen, for a state that doesn't immediately come to mind when the subject is great basketball traditions, that's a good year. This isn't Indiana, Iowa or Illinois. Our high school state tournaments are played before all too many empty seats.

But this year, the University of Arizona Wildcats are considered a real contender to take the whole thing for the second time. And you know everybody would love to see that happen, that is everybody but that loud, misguided group of Devil devotees who can't imagine supporting anything south of Picacho Peak.

Look, we're all in this state together and if they're not playing each other, every real fan should root for every Arizona team.

So, Sun Devil fans, until next year, get off your "A" and bear down.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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