You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
Pope Francis has preached the plight of the world’s immigrants. He wants the wealthier nations to take in these “poor, hungry” illegal immigrants who come from not only different religions and cultures but different languages, too. He and the Catholic Church are not alone in advocating unrestricted illegal immigration. The Mormon Church, Evangelical and other Protestant churches preach the merits of accepting these illegal immigrants, too.
As we bid farewell to the 2013 football season; a crazy, cooky, memorable (for all the right and wrong reasons), let’s take a look at a few impact players. OK, more than a few, but despite being able to rattle off another handful’s worth, there’s no choice but to whittle an entire East Valley football scene down to the 10 guys who did it all better than most (or all) for the season. This wasn’t a year like D.J. Foster in 2011, or even Matt Guida in 2012, but it was a season in which so many shined. Here’s our select few Tribune Player of the Year candidates (in alphabetical order) [compiled by Mark Heller/Tribune]
We have traditionally had two inescapable realities in life: death and taxes. Well, you can add to that list: death, taxes and fees. Fortunately, this past week at least one kind of fee was said to be improperly levied. It’s one charged to you for keeping tabs on your government.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night. Stanford (11-2) raced out to a big lead in its first game with Arizona State this season and had its way with the Sun Devils again early in the rematch, building a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter. Gaffney did most of the damage, scoring on a 69-yard run on the Cardinal's second play as well as a pair of 1-yard runs. Stanford consistently gouged ASU for big plays, racking up 517 yards to earn a shot at repeating as Rose Bowl champion. The Sun Devils (10-3) stumbled early for the second straight game against the Cardinal and never really recovered, with their Rose Bowl hopes ending in the process. D.J. Foster accounted for 142 total yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils, who will likely play in the Holiday or Alamo Bowl instead of making their first trip to Pasadena since 1997. Kevin Hogan threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, Ty Montgomery scored two touchdowns and Stanford held ASU to 311 total yards to earn a spot in a BCS bowl for the fourth straight season. These teams met Sept. 21 in a game of huge momentum swings. Stanford raced to 39-7 lead, but Arizona State stormed back with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Cardinal won 42-28 and the Sun Devils wondered what would have happened if they had gotten off to a better start or had more time to finish off the comeback. A lot happened in the 11 weeks since that game: Arizona State won seven straight to get into the title game and Stanford earned a spot despite losing twice. The Cardinal got off to another fast start in the rematch: Gaffney raced 69 yards down the sideline on the game's second play for a touchdown that turned the raucous crowd inside Sun Devil Stadium nearly silent. The Sun Devils had a quick counterpunch this time, scoring on their fifth play when Foster charged through up the middle for a 51-yard touchdown, eclipsing Arizona State's entire rushing total (50) from the first meeting. But Stanford followed with a series of body blows, gouging out big plays behind its massive offensive line. Gaffney scored on a 1-yard run after Hogan hit Jordan Pratt on 35-yard pass. Montgomery scored on the first play of the second quarter, racing in 22 yards on an end-around after Hogan connected on a 42-yard pass to Devon Cajuste. A 29-yard run by Anthony Wilkerson set up Foster's third TD, a fourth-down dive that put the Cardinal up 28-7 early in the second quarter. Arizona State finally showed signs of life late in the quarter, when Foster broke a tackle and turned a swing pass into a 65-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 28-14. The Sun Devils had a couple of scoring chances in the third quarter and came up empty. Zane Gonzalez ended his school-record streak of made field goals 18 by missing a 31-yarder and Stanford's Zach Hoffpauir came off the corner to stuff De'Marieya Nelson on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Stanford put it out of reach thanks to another big play early in the fourth quarter. Hogan hit Cajuste on a 78-yard pass, then found Montgomery on a 24-yard touchdown throw to put the Cardinal up 38-14.