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Prime Cuts 2011: Sports

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Most Frequently Read Sports Story Of 2011 Proves That The Phoenix Area's Longest Tenured Franchise Still Reigns Supreme


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 3, 2012 — The Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona State University Sun Devils all had big news in the year that just was. The Dbacks made the most noise, heading all the way to the National League Division series in a thrilling five-game series.

The Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals didn’t make playoffs and the Sun Devils suffered through highly disappointing basketball and football seasons, but interest remains high.

Besides the mass media professional sports, Modern Times Magazine also covered those more under the radar, like Arizona Roller Derby and Street League Skateboarding. Here are the Prime Cuts: the six most read Sports-centric stories from the pages of

No. 6 — Street League Skaters Ollie Into Arizona

Some of the best street skaters visited the Phoenix area this summer when Street League Skateboarding, the brainchild of professional skateboarder, entrepreneur, and star of MTV’s Rob and Big, Rob Dyrdek, came to arena. The event featured Nyjah Huston, Billy Marks, Braydon Szafranski, Chaz Ortiz, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Dylan Rieder, Eric Koston, Luan Oliveira, Mark Appleyard, Mike Mo Capaldi, Mikey Taylor, Nick Dompierre, Paul Rodriguez, Peter Ramondetta, PJ Ladd, Ryan Sheckler, Sean Malto, Shane O’Neill, Tommy Sandoval, and Torey Pudwill. Read full story —>

No. 5 — Dragic Trade Foretells Nash's Future

When the Phoenix Suns decided to end the Goran Dragic experiment last Spring, it was an acknowledgement that they were still a few scorers short of contending. But Dragic obviously had developed quite a fanbase, judging from high interest in the story. Read full story —>

No. 4 — Rolling Thunder: The Women of Arizona Roller Derby

In the age of cage fighting and “fight clubs,” it is no surprise to find female roller derby growing across the country. But Arizona Roller Derby, which is part of the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association, a nationwide coalition of local leagues, is moving roller derby to mainstream legitimacy. These women are some of the most unique, modern societal heroes in Modern Times America. Read full story —>

No. 3 — Todd Graham A Great Fit For ASU Football

Dennis Erickson was fired and everyone said, “about time.” But the biggest battle the Sun Devils seemed to face all year was during the coaching search. But eventually, they hired Todd Graham which unleashed snickers, condemnations and ridicule. But by taking a step back and waiting a season or so, this might end up being a great hire. Read full story —>

No. 2 — Sun Devil Spin On Uniforms

For a program allegedly steeped in tradition, the fanbase did not go ballistic when the uniforms that brought two Rose Bowl appearances were scrapped. On the contrary, mostly everyone went ga-ga and bought into it. That either means the old ones weren't that great or that the news ones are absolutely fabulous. Depends on your point of view, as it is with everything. Read full story —>

No. 1 — Jimmer Mania On Hold In Phoenix

When the Phoenix Suns limped into the off-season that would last nearly six months, everyone was intrigued by the draft. Perhaps it was because we were going to use and keep the pick for a change. Although Markieff Morris is looking like a steal at No. 10, interest was booming about the possibility of Jimmer Fredette playing in the Valley. Although Fredette is in Sacramento right now, it is always wise to never say never. Read full story —>

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