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J.J. persona non grata in two cities

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 5:53 am | Updated: 7:13 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Guess it all depends on perspective.

While much of the Phoenix media vilified the Suns and their fans for the shabby treatment of Joe Johnson, it was interesting to note the Atlanta scribes were bemoaning what they see — so far — as "an unbelievably one-sided trade" following Boris Diaw’s 14-point, nine-assist effort Sunday.

"Hawks fans everywhere must have wanted to cover their eyes as the player the franchise gave up for Johnson, along with two future first-round picks, made mincemeat of their defense," Sekou Smith penned in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


How far have the Cardinals fallen on the local sports interest meter? Ask Sunday’s local football television viewers, who overwhelmingly chose the Denver-Kansas City game (9.6 rating, 20 share) over the Cardinals-49ers classic (6.8 rating, 13 share) in a head-to-head matchup.

Yes, the other game was better and had playoff implications. But the home team just doesn’t finish second anywhere else in the NFL. Ever.

Too bad so many football fans had to catch Anquan Boldin’s incredible TD run on the highlight shows.


• Has anyone told the Diamondbacks the winter meetings have started? If you think Robert Sarver is pinching pennies, keep your eye on Ken Kendrick and the boys over at Chase Field.

• Congratulations to A.J. Burnett ($55 million), this year’s winner of the Russ Ortiz/Chan Ho Park lottery.

• Rick Neuheisel is a frontrunner for the head coaching job at San Diego State. Apparently, the Aztecs forgot what it was like to be on probation.

• Reason No. 100 why the Coyotes should never, ever trade Mike Johnson: Red hot (four goals in two games), Johnson passed on an empty-net goal and his first career hat trick Monday, handing an easy goal to teammate Mike Comrie.

That stuff goes a long, long way in the dressing room.

• What greater tribute to the career and memory of Reggie White than to have the team that honored him, the Philadelphia Eagles, roll over and quit in front of the whole nation on "Monday Night Football?"

• Why did the Colts have Peyton Manning and his boys still out there late in Sunday’s 35-3 rout of the Titans?

• On the other side of the coin, if the Houston Texans aren’t careful, they’re going to wind up beating someone and losing "The Reggie Bush Derby.’’

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