Let me start out by saying I am not a runner. When I was young I did run track but nothing longer than the 300-meter hurdles. If I have to farther than 300 meters I am taking a car, a train, a bus, or maybe even a plane. Years of playing sports have left my knees in bad shape. Every time I kneel down and try to get back up it sounds like a Rice Krispies commercial. So given these facts, why in the world would I even consider signing up for a 5K race?
Well the answer to that has everything to do with where the race is and who is sponsoring. On February 9th the Arizona Diamondbacks will hold their first of what they hope will be a 5K Race Against Cancer that begins and ends at Chase Field. Hmm, let me think; a 5K that starts at my home away from home and ends just outside the gates that will open early for Diamondbacks FanFest and each finisher gets a Diamondbacks shirt, a drawstring backpack, and a ticket to a ballgame? Well sign me up!


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Late last evening local media began reporting that Greg Jamison, the latest potential buyer for the Phoenix Coyotes was unable to complete the purchase of the team by the January 31st deadline set by the City of Glendale. This is just the latest in what has to be the longest running soap opera in professional sports. Even before the announcement Glendale elected officials were posturing to make sure everyone knew that their patience had run out and the likelihood of arena concessions were dimming by the moment. Ownership woes have been a part of this franchise for the past three years after former owner Jerry Moyes put the team in bankruptcy. The past three seasons the NHL has owned the team with the City of Glendale paying the league to keep the team afloat while a new owner could be found.


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