All Is Well In Football, Basketball And Politics

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OK, President Obama, I was on the verge of asking you to return the vote I cast your way last November.

My chagrin was because I was more than a bit upset when you threw your Super Bowl backing behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, slighting our Arizona Cardinals.

The straw that broke the camel’s back occurred last week when you filled out your NCAA tournament bracket and picked Temple to win a first round game over Arizona State. You also picked Arizona to lose to Utah.

Mr. President, you misfired on both those picks — ASU beat Temple 66-57 and Arizona outlasted Utah, 84-71.

I’m wondering if your misguided tournament choices were due to some type of aversion you have for John McCain.

I really don’t know, but I’ll bet if the University of Alaska had a team in the tournament, you’d have picked against them.

About the time I was ready to fire off my gridiron and hoop complaints to the Oval Office, I heard news reports that you’ll be in Tempe, May 13 to address Arizona State University’s graduating class of more than 8,000, as well as their families.

The good news of that appearance and your well thought out priorities on education erased any uncertainties I once had about you.

So, all is well in football, basketball and politics.

Payson to be guests at Diamondback game

Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb is widely regarded as having the nastiest sinker in baseball.

Readers who have seen him uncork one of his patented offerings will have the chance to do so May 8 at Chase Field where Payson will be the guest community at the Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals game.

Add to the fun that a fireworks show will also be held because the game is on Friday night.

The evening is a part of the Diamondbacks Arizona Home Town Series that was created to help rural towns showcase their community pride.

Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis calls the game a “great opportunity to get out and support your community.”

At the game, the town will receive about three minutes of on the field recognition and Mayor Kenny Evans will personally invite audience members to visit Payson.

The exposure at Chase Field, Davis believes, could draw more visitors to the Rim Country.

“Due to tough economic times, Payson will be relying on the tourism industry to bring people up the hill,” he said.

In addition to the game helping introduce Payson to professional baseball fans, the pro clash will serve as a fund-raiser with $5 of each ticket going to benefit parks and recreation programs that are now operating on a shoestring budget and only with financial help from Friends of Parks and Recreation.

The tickets, which usually sell for $25, will be priced at $15.

The seats are all in the lower level of center field, a spot many fans prefer because of its overall view of the park.

Davis said the possibility exists that a bus could be provided to transport Payson fans to and from the game.

The tourism director is making a plea to support ticket sales, “We are committed to continuing these (P&R) programs and we need everyone’s support to make it happen.”

Game time is 6:40 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park or online at www.paysonrimcountry.com/dbacks.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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