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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 18, 2014 - 9:58 am

Golden girls

Team USA gathers at mid ice after defeating Sweden 6-1 during a 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

If your Winter Olympics viewing has been limited to the beauty and grace of "Ballet on Ice," aka women's figure skating, then get ready for different skates, different competition and even a different kind of beauty.

The American women's hockey team will be going for the gold on Thursday, and the matchup is exactly what the hockey gods intended: USA vs. Canada. The Canadian women will be going after their fourth straight gold, but leading up to Sochi, the U.S. took four out of their last seven matches with them.

Even if you're not a hockey fan, even if you're neither Canadian nor American, this is one of those dream matchups you really ought to make a must-see appointment for. And if you're still not convinced...hey, do it for our local girl, Lyndsey Fry of Chandler -- the first Arizona native to play hockey in the Olympics.

Besides, once you see the skills and the contact in world championship women's hockey, you will never again say, "Good girls must always play nice."

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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