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What should Glendale do about the Coyotes?

Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith (41) stands near the puck after giving up the game-wining goal to Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Penner as teammates Martin Hanzal (11), of the Czech Republic, and Derek Morris (53) skate by in overtime during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

This is going to be about the City of Glendale and their plan to keep the Coyotes playing in that city.

Do not get me wrong, I love sports, I am a fan.

Baseball is No. 1, closely followed by football. I can sit at a Diamondbacks game, at the ballpark and really relax. I can have a hot dog if I choose, talk with the people around me, I love going to the ballpark in person.

Football is a different story. I prefer to watch football on TV. I see more of the game, I see it closer than I can afford as far as seating. I am still a fan but the hot dogs, though without the kraut, come from my own kitchen.

Now, the other two sports that vie for my feelings and attention.

Basketball, a group of mostly black athletes, heavily tattooed, who can fly through the air, and hockey, a group of mostly white athletes, heavily armored, who can fly on ice.

I enjoy both sports but I don't go to games, If I did it would probably be hockey.

I prefer them both on TV and then only at playoff time. I did watch the Stanley Cup playoffs and rooted for OUR team.

Now then.

What should Glendale be willing to trade for ownership of a hockey team? Should they be willing to trade additional cops on the street?

Absolutely not!

Should they be willing to trade raises for school teachers?

Absolutely not.

If the new owner wannabes of the Coyotes really want to be here they should be able to finance the purchase without the budget cuts and additional taxes on residents.

Now what to do with that arena? Well, now there's a conundrum.

What do you think?

Just answer here or on my show Saturday and Sunday nights at 7 p.m.

About the Author


Jay Lawrence is a "true" conservative believing that less government is better government. Jay graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and went to WJPS in Evansville Indiana. Then on to bigger and better, Peoria. Illinois. Jay made it to Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Cleveland before coming to KTAR. Lawrence enjoys all sports and has played most, but has been a baseball fan above all and enjoys the Diamondbacks particularly when they win, tolerates the team when they lose. Favorite memories are opening day for Major League Baseball in the Valley and sitting in row three along third-base line when the D- backs won the World Series. One other memory he'll always carry with him, the time he spent with the Beatles and stood outside a nightclub finding dates for the Fab Four in Cleveland. Lawrence's musical tastes are eclectic, from classical to rap with country thrown in. He'd be just as likely to attend a Phoenix Symphony concert or ballet as he would a George Strait concert.

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