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Pat McMahon

Kickoff

It's finally here.

After months of waiting and anticipating, the NFL gestation period is over and it's time to give birth to football, NFL-style.

No, there's not going to be a kickoff and a runback.

Thursday marks the kickoff of the National Football League Draft weekend so teams can find a running back or a wide receiver or a killer linebacker.

You know, as I'm saying this, it occurs to me that with all the loyalty that other professional sports have, there is no player-choosing event like the one that starts Thursday evening.

Sure, I'm interested what ping pong ball the Suns get. The college picks in Major League Baseball get a certain amount of my attention, but no real passion.

Ah, but this draft, the one that goes through Sunday, is a crapshoot with cleats. Hundreds of athletes from schools you didn't know even played football and super kids you never heard of.

It all begins Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and for the Arizona Cardinals, it begins at No. 20.

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 talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted 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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