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Pat McMahon

Who doesn't love an underdog?

So now we move into the Sweet 16 round in men's college basketball and March really has had more than its share of madness, hasn't it?

Great games, remarkable individual performances, stunning upsets. But for there to be an upset, you had to have a heavy favorite, usually a perennially successful, nationally recognized team losing to a smaller, unfamiliar school -- an underdog.

You certainly would apply that name to Mercer of Macon, Ga., which beat powerhouse Duke in the opening round. And who was Stephen F. Austin? What did he do to have a college named after him? In fact, I'll bet that Stephen F. Austin himself was often the last one picked when it came to choosing sides. Sound familiar?

It's happened to most of us in life. That's why most of us have been underdogs at something. At the time, we probably envied the person who always was the one everybody wanted on a team. But all those people could ever do is perform up to expectatons and eventually disappoint. We underdogs can always surprise. And I'll take that anytime.

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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