Previous week’s games
4/29/10 SUNS 99, Blazers 90
5/03/10 SUNS 111, Spurs 102
5/05/10 SUNS 110, Spurs 102
This week’s games
05/07/10 Suns @ Spurs, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
05/09/10 Suns @ Spurs, 5 p.m., TNT
05/11/10 Suns vs. Spurs, 7:30 p.m., TNT (if necessary)
It has been 17 years since the Suns have been in the position they are in right now. The year was 1993. Charles Barkley was the new kid on the block that just moved into a brand new house, then known as America West Arena. The Suns were up 2-0 on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Fast-forward to 2010, and the Suns are finally back in that position. After an impressive 110-102 win Wednesday night, the Suns have a commanding two-game lead over the heavily hated Spurs in their second-round playoff match-up.
The Suns were able to jump out to the 2-0 series lead with one of the most impressive wins I’ve ever seen from the team. With most of the focus coming into Wednesday on the Suns’ decision to wear their “Los Suns” jersey partly in an effort to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and partly to protest Arizona’s new immigration law, Phoenix was able to overcome an off-shooting night and come away with the huge victory.
Despite playing the game at a pace that favored the Spurs and shooting a lowly 42% from the field (including a measly 34% in the first half), the Suns still managed to put up 110 points, the fifth time in five games against San Antonio that Phoenix has scored at least 110, and basically beat the Spurs at their game.
A lot of talk coming into this series was about how the Suns are too soft, not good enough defensively and too weak on the boards to seriously compete with the Spurs. Wednesday evening, the Suns made some doubters eat crow. The Suns came out and punched the Spurs in the mouth, absolutely dominating the glass. The final scoreboard shows Phoenix won the rebound battle 49-37, but honestly, it didn’t even feel that close. To offset their poor shooting night, the Suns out-hustled the Spurs to come away with 18 offensive rebounds. The Spurs had seven.
Jared Dudley has to receive credit for sparking the Suns in this one. His energy early in the second quarter really turned things around and got the Suns going. On one possession he actually picked up two and-ones, and they were both a result of pure energy. After the game, Spurs coach Greg Popovich snapped at a reporter when asked if he felt the Suns had more energy. Pop claimed both teams came out with equal energy, but that clearly was not the case. The Suns’ energy was a huge factor in this win. The Suns played like a desperate team down a game.
On Friday, the series shifts to the Alamo City, with the Suns and Spurs both in unfamiliar territory. However unfamiliar, though, I think I could get used to this.
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The numbers may have looked a little odd last week, as the Diamondbacks were among the league leaders in home runs and runs scored, but were near the bottom of the National League West. Unfortunately, most of us are aware that the number of blown saves offset those numbers just a bit. This week, the stars and numbers seemed to be in alignment as the D-backs won four of five to bring them back to above .500 baseball. The team’s success can be attributed to the excellent run support that they have been generating in addition to some better relief.
The relief staff seems to be getting better and has had its moments of uncertainty where the pitching loses a solid lead, but this team is not like last year’s. The offense has been able to bounce back more often than not with additional runs throughout the game. Just a week ago, analysts were talking about the lack of runs scored in the later innings. This doesn’t seem to be a topic of concern for the team, as the Diamondbacks have been pummeling opposing pitching throughout the games.
In a challenging home stand against the Phillies, the D-backs were able to win two of the three games in the series and did the same against the Rockies. Winning match-ups against the defending National League Champion and the NL West Wild Card teams should definitely help boost some confidence. Additionally, the team beat the Cubs in the first of a five-game series in Chicago. The Cubs began the season playing good baseball and were among the favorites to lead the National League Central. The Chicago series will continue through the weekend.
Kelly Johnson and Mark Reynolds are among the current league leaders in home runs and RBI. Chris Young and Adam LaRoche also accompany their teammates in the RBI leader category, as the team leads the league in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Reynolds, who had an outstanding week last week, was named the Player of the Week for the National League. Johnson already is hitting better than he did last season, boasting more homers and RBI than he did in all of 2009. There is no doubt that the team has some power as they hope to stay on top of their game.
After the weekend, the D-backs will continue their road trip, heading to Houston to face the Astros for four games before returning to Phoenix. Winning games on the road is huge for any team, but winning games at home is just as important. Plan early to get out to Chase Field, as the D-backs will have a six-game home stand upon their return.
Last week’s games
04/23 — D-backs 7, Phillies 4
04/24 — Phillies 3, D-backs 2
04/25 — D-backs 8, Phillies 6
04/26 — D-backs 5, Rockies 3
04/27 — Rockies 12, D-backs 1
04/28 — D-backs 12, Rockies 11 (10 innings)
04/29 — D-backs 13, Cubs 5
This week’s games
04/30 — D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona/MLB Network
05/01 — D-backs @ Cubs, 10:05 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/02 — D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/03 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/04 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/05 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/06 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
Ever wonder what would happen if The Second City crew came up with a comedy revue about Arizona? Well, wonder no more, because it has happened! If you are not familiar with The Second City, it is a renowned improv-based sketch comedy group primarily based in Chicago with locations in Toronto and Hollywood. The troupe has brought countless comedians to the spotlight, including Tina Fey, Jim Belushi and Stephen Colbert. But, what exactly are we in store for, you ask? Let’s say a night full of hilarity regarding pressing issues such as snowbirds and Sheriff Joe Arpaio!
Matt Hovde, the artistic director of The Second City Training Center and director of “The Second City Does Arizona, or Close but No Saguaro,” took some time to explain the process. Two writers from The Second City spent a week in Arizona with the Arizona Theatre Company, the folks that are graciously hosting the sketch comedy act. In their time here, they researched with locals and gathered information about our state’s current events, political issues and local traditions. From there, they create and combine material with written satire to bring us a fine collection of songs, scenes and monologues that are sure to make the audience laugh.
The best part about the show is that you will know exactly what they are implying and mocking. Different versions have been performed with great success for cities like Atlanta, and we hear one is in the works for Boston. I think it is time we sat down and took a comedic look at our fair city! Truly, what is better than being able to laugh at ourselves and where we live when times are tough?
The Arizona Theatre Company is showing “The Second City Does Arizona, or Close but No Saguaro” from April 29 to May 16 at the Herberger Theater. Be sure to get your tickets and check out some all-star actors and actresses from The Second City perform as would-be Zonies!
The Herberger Theater is located at 222 E. Monroe St. in Copper Square (light rail stations at 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson) — 602.254.7399
Last week’s games
04/16 — PADRES 6, D-backs 3
04/17 — PADRES 5, D-backs 0
04/18 — PADRES 5, D-backs 3
04/19 — CARDINALS 4, D-backs 2
04/20 — D-BACKS 9, Cardinals 7
04/21 — CARDINALS 9, D-backs 4
This week’s games
04/23 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 6:40 p.m., MLBTV
04/24 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 5:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/25 — D-backs vs Phillies, 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/26 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/27 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/28 — D-backs @ Rockies, 12:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/29 – D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled to get some wins as of late, but it has not been without some decent performances from the team. Most of the losses have come as a result of poor performances from their pitching relief, as the D-backs boast some of the most runs produced by a National League West team. After returning from a couple of tough visits on the road, the D-backs were able to snap a five-game losing streak by beating the mighty Cardinals at home. Despite losing the series against St. Louis, the story was, once again, the bullpen.
The D-backs’ schedule is not getting easier any time soon, as the team prepares to face the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game homestand. In addition to some good baseball, there are some more reasons why you should get out to Chase Field this weekend. The weekend is booked with fan promotions as Arizona will face one of the toughest teams in the National League.
On Friday, the D-backs will host Fireworks Night after the game. The best place to sit after the game is anywhere facing the Washington Street parking garage, as the fireworks are usually launched from that location. Attendees will be allowed to move once the game has completed to get a better view of the show. On Saturday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a commemorative All-Star Justin Upton bobblehead doll for attending the game. Finally, on Sunday, the first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a D-backs ballcap.
There is plenty going on in and around Chase Field this weekend. So, if you are looking for something to do, get out there and catch a game. Remember that every Sunday is family day and is a great day to bring the kids out to the game. On Monday, the team begins an 11-game road trip that includes the Rockies, the Cubs and the Astros. With some challenging teams coming up on the schedule, it looks to be the perfect opportunity for the Arizona Diamondbacks to make a statement and a comeback.
Chase Field is accessible via the 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson light rail stations.
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
622 E. Adams St. in Copper Square
Just across the pathway from Pizzeria Bianco in Heritage Square sits the Teeter House. It has been many things during its storied past, including a single-family residence, events space, live music hub and most recently an English-style tea parlor. Its evolution will continue this summer, as famed Valley chef Nobuo Fukuda opens Nobuo at the Teeter House in the reworked but carefully preserved space.
Built in 1899, the 1.5-story home is a classic Neo-Colonial Revival example, with common brickwork and a stone foundation. The recessed porch, a quality shared with several other buildings in Heritage Square, features Colonial columns, a clear sign of a well-built home from that era. The hip roof, another common trait of the era, includes a boxed cornice and wood shingles.
You may sometimes see the home coined the “Teeter-Bouvier House” in historical documents, referring to the home’s builder, Leon Bouvier. Bouvier purchased the home site in 1898, and built the home a year later to serve as a rental property. A Canadian cattleman and flour mill owner, Bouvier came to Arizona in 1877 to boost business in the expanding Southwest. Ironically, his legacy is left with the Teeter House, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Teeter House is easily accessible from the light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson.
Source: City of Phoenix Historical/Architectural Survey of City-Owned Properties, Aug. 1986.
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