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Pat McMahon

Junior jocks

You know one of the best things that a family can be involved in? Kids sports.

You know one of the worst things a family can be involved in? Kids sports.

The former has so many facets to it: physical development, fun, discipline, self esteem, confidence, teamwork.

What can destroy all of those positive qualities? Parents.

If you've had kids who competed in sports then you've not only heard the nightmare stories about out-of-control moms and dads...You've no doubt heard the parents themselves.

You know exactly who I mean -- the loudmouth and often profane adult in the bleachers criticizing the play of their kids and your kids too. They are often heard boorishly harassing the other teams players, as well.

They're kids. It's a game. There's a reason that participating in sports is called playing, and even worse than having these verbal abusers in the stands, is having them coach the teams.

How sad to see someone desperately trying to fulfill his broken fantasies at the expense of children.

All too often, little league now means little brains and little class.

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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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