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Pat McMahon

So long, Sochi

So by now, you've had a day or so to consider whether or not the end of the Winter Olympics has left a void in your life or left a feeling just like the aftermath of a bad burrito.

Some of you, I know, watched every minute of competition for 17 days. To you, I say congratulations on an incredible sense of dedication, love of sport and perhaps a real patriotic zeal. There is also a strong possibility you need to call eHarmony as soon as you possibly can.

I must confess that more than any other athletic event -- and I include Jai Alai and croquet here -- I consider the Winter Olympics to be filled with language and terminology that is as cryptic as a WWII code book.

For years, I have been frustrated by my inability to identify either a triple axel or a lutz jump. And now the snow sadists added an event called ski slopestyle, where competitors "zero spin" and "triple cork."

Oh, sure -- in four years, I'll watch the Korean Winter Olympic Games, but meanwhile, I'll just relax with terms like "nose guard" and "side out."

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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