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Farewell, Arizona


We had a quick and productive three days in Phoenix, site of this year’s annual league meetings.  It was a great chance to meet and greet a wide range of NFL folks, along with many of our friends in the media.

The visit provided another opportunity for PFT Live and Pro Football Talk remotes, which cranked out 19 interviews from Monday to Wednesday under the supervision and dogged persistence of the great Bob “Bobby V” Vasilopulos.

From owners (Robert Kraft of the Patriots, Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens, Stephen Ross of the Dolphins, and Jed York of the 49ers) to coaches (John and Jim Harbaugh, Sean Payton, Jeff Fisher, Pete Carroll, Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, Jim Schwartz, and Dennis Allen) to General Managers (Rick Spielman, Rick Smith, Tom Telesco, Ruston Webster, and Jerry Reese), and our good friend Peter King, the mobile PFT studio was humming in the very hot desert sun, where for the first time in my life I was burned by the sun while wearing a suit and tie.

But it was a great experience, and we thank the teams for making their folks available and an on-site crew that was organized and efficient and friendly.  We look forward to the next opportunity to shake and move with the NFL’s movers and shakers.

As long as this plane on which I’m riding does less shaking and more moving.

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14 Responses to “Farewell, Arizona”
  1. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 20, 2013 8:15 PM

    Congrats on making the flight Mike. Bottoms up!

  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    How did they get Jim out of Wednesday’s black fleece?

  3. Deb says: Mar 20, 2013 8:24 PM

    Saw this headline and thought … “The Cardinals are leaving Arizona?!?!?!”

    Gee, after Urlacher and Reed, nice to know it’s just the PFT guys catching a plane. Enough football drama for one day 😉

  4. justintuckrule says: Mar 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    Hot desert sun? It’s been a wonderful 85 deg all week. Stay a few more days when it goes from 85 to a buck ten and then you can complain!

  5. bornsteel62 says: Mar 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Florio would rather be freezing his natsuck off on the east coast than playing golf in the glorious AZ sunshine… 80s all week, glad I live here !

  6. kingdm8 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:13 PM

    Hot? Today wasn’t hot! Come here in July when it’s 117. Today was perfect.

  7. mungman69 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:14 PM

    We’re glad you live there too.

  8. reaser2 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:29 PM

    Doing interviews in AZ is hard? Try 4pm football practice full pads when it’s 110, Phoenix JC for me a decade plus ago.

  9. boyshole25 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:50 PM

    I wanna golf. Arizona makes me think of golf

  10. cmdv8 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:09 PM

    Meanwhile in michigan its the first day of spring and its in the 20’s and still snowing. I wish i was complaning about the heat right now!

  11. mossnomore says: Mar 20, 2013 10:24 PM

    I clicked on this thinking Heath Farewell signed with the Cardinals and y’all couldn’t resist

  12. hooterdawg says: Mar 21, 2013 12:06 AM

    But the weather rarely changes in AZ other than the temp. Women eventually get bored living where there are few changes in the weather to explain their biorhythms.

  13. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:05 AM

    At least you were in a plane and not a convertible where your toupee could have went bye-bye.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:34 AM

    The NFL can schedule Super Bowls at cold-weather sites but not league meetings. Typical.

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