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Pat McMahon

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Former Phoenix Suns star and current Grand Canyon basketball head coach Dan Majerle is shown. (Twitter photo/@gcu)

Sports fans, like me, were treated to a dinner with very good company Saturday night.

It was an awards event put on annually by the House of Broadcasting, and this year turned out to be a tribute to that rarefied community of athletic supporters -- a night in jock city.

At the head table with Jerry Colangelo and emcee Al McCoy were the honorees: Arizona Diamondbacks World Series hero Luis Gonzalez, TV sportscaster Jude LaCava and Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle.

Through their introductions and acceptance speeches, I was struck by how totally removed each was from the image of the self-serving, indulgent, swaggering superstar of each of their professions -- Gonzalez, humbly growing up in his Cuban-American family; LaCava, the shy Italian-American kid from Ohio; and Majerle, whose name was famously booed by fans when the Suns picked him on draft day.

Tell your kids about these three stars who, at one time, weren't wanted, and now Arizona couldn't do without.

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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