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Pat McMahon

Updated Sep 12, 2013 - 8:18 am

Ariel grows up

In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 file photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla. Nyad's swim from Cuba to Florida has generated some skepticism in the small community of marathon swimmers. (AP Photo/Florida Keys Bureau, Andy Newman, File)

I have a personal request for all the marathon swimmers who have publicly expressed doubt about Diana Nyad's remarkable swimming feat from Cuba to Key West, Fla. Many of them criticized the 64-year-old wonder's credibility, suggesting she could never have done it without cheating. I simply ask that those skeptics gather all their envious conspiracy theories and stick them in their snorkel tubes.

What possesses some people these days to look for a Lance Armstrong behind every triumph?

She was being tracked independently every stroke of the way. News teams were there with video cameras. She answered questions for over three hours Tuesday. And you know what the big mystery was? How could her swimming speed double after 27 hours in the water?

Oceanographers explained it was simply the gulf stream that assisted her effort. She was even criticized for wearing a protective wet suit and mask. Perhaps those suspecting a hoax would only be satisfied if Nyad had swum the 110 miles in bib overalls and handcuffs.

Hey, Diana don't give them any more time. A shot of Raid should shut them up.

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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