What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories 0 Comments Share “I talked to the coaches and they were pretty much OKwith me missing the second OTA,” said Schofield. “I wasup all night, all morning.“I actually looked into my son’s eyes. My fiance, she’sHawaiian so he has green eyes. I looked into his eyes andI was like, ‘You know what, I’ve got to get to work.’ Ican never take a day off or anything off. I’ve got toprovide. I have someone to provide for now. Just to seethat, I think my motivation and my grind, I’m going towork a little bit harder.”The former fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin is alwaysamong the last players off the field each day.But these days — in addition to his son, Schofield ismotivated by playing time. This season, he’s expected tostart at one of the two outside linebacker positions inthe Cardinals 3-4 defense.“I mean that’s my mind-set. I think everyone comes outhere to prepare to be a starter,” said Schofield, who iscurrently running with the first team opposite Sam Acho onthe other side. “Each day I’ve been trying to get betterand perfect my craft.”Schofield, after missing nearly half his rookie seasonrecovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, respondedwith a strong sophomore campaign. He played in all 16games in 2011, registering 4.5 sacks — including three inthe final five games. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away O’Brien Schofield is smiling.Then again, he’s always smiling: on the field, off thefield.But this smile is different.The Cardinals third-year linebacker was just congratulatedon the birth of his son, eliciting a wide smile and theproverbial sparkle in the eyes.Judea Anthony Schofield was born a week ago Wednesday inthe early morning hours of May 23rd.A short time later, the brand new father returned to thepractice field, refusing to miss even a minute of theteam’s second OTA of the offseason. “That’s what I did really well in college,” Schofield saidof pressuring the quarterback. “I started coming along myfirst two years in the league and this year I’m ready toput it all together.”Over the offseason, Schofield underwent surgery on bothshoulders. He said he had his labrum and rotator cuffworked on in his left shoulder “and then my right one justneeded some cleanup.”Finally healthy, Schofield is expecting big things fromhimself in 2012.“I’m not going to give no sack number but (Adrian Wilson)has told me he needs at least 10 so I would like to getabove 10 or more. That’s what I’m working for.”Schofield had 12 sacks his senior year at Wisconsin, butthe Cardinals haven’t had a player reach double figures inthat category since Bertrand Berry tallied 14.5 in 2004.With his goals set, Schofield knows there’s no time torest, which is a good thing with a one-week-old baby athome.“I’m happy that we’re only practicing three days a weekright now so that really helps me recoup on the weekends.” – / 33
Just hours after the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves, names started surfacing for the job openings.At a Monday press conference, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill confirmed three candidates that will be interviewed for the head coaching position: Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was also fired Monday morning. Comments Share The news of McCoy’s interview was broken earlier in the day by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.“We’ve reached out to Mike McCoy and I’ll be speaking to him in the next several days,” Bidwill said. “I’ve also reached out and gotten permission to speak with Andy Reid, so we’ll be speaking to Coach Reid in the next few days as well.”Reid coached 14 years in Philadelphia, racking up a .583 winning percentage, guiding the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one trip to the Super Bowl.But after the Eagles spent big money in free agency prior to the 2011 season, expectations galore were heaped on the team and they failed to respond. Philly went 12-20 over the next two seasons which led to Reid’s departure.Bidwill failed to give any other names that are being considered by the Cardinals at this point.“There will be further updates, I’m sure, as we get through the next couple days. We are dealing with the holiday and some of the other limitations such as playoffs and things along those lines,” Bidwill said. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Top Stories There’s nothing wrong with being the second choice.Harrison Ford wasn’t the first choice to play Indiana Jones; Tom Selleck was. Both Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner turned down the role of Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption. Thank you very much, says Tim Robbins. Keanu Reeves can also send a thank you note to Will Smith for turning down the role of Neo in The Matrix.By now, we all know that Pete Carroll wasn’t the first or even second choice to be the USC coach. I’d say that one worked out ok for everyone involved…well right up until all those pesky sanctions anyway. But if this continues to stretch out, you can’t help but wonder if the Cards are set on hiring an offensive-minded coach. One who can keep up with ever-evolving offenses. One who can do what Whiz couldn’t; select and develop a quarterback. And one who keeps Ray Horton right where he is — in charge of one of the best defenses in the NFL. There is some logic to it — fix what is actually broken and leave Ray and the defense alone, don’t take a chance that his promotion weakens the defense and hire a head coach that can fix what is broken.And after news broke of the Cardinals’ interest in Seattle O.C. Darrell Bevell, the evidence is mounting that is precisely the direction they are leaning. Either way, what a weird trip it’s been for the Cards. Getting played by Andy Reid and getting beat by San Diego. Safe to say it’s led to some unrest among the fans and it looks from here like the Cardinals can relate to that feeling of not being somebody’s first choice. But like I say, being someone’s first choice isn’t always the best choice. Maybe that will turn out for Ray Horton and the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires This is being written under the assumption that Mike McCoy was the first choice of the Arizona Cardinals to be their head coach. It is not a known fact but rather speculation based on their reported desire to interview him again. But after the Chargers sent a jet to pick up McCoy for his interview (with the contract waiting for him inside the cabin) the Cardinals were never going to get that chance. Besides, San Diego has a quarterback, Arizona doesn’t. Seems like a no-brainer from here.So now it just feels like it’s time for Plan B, which could very well end up being the guy many figured would get the job before Ken Whisenhunt was even fired: Ray Horton. If that happens, I wouldn’t expect him to be miffed that he had to endure this process; at the end of the day he wants to be a head coach in the NFL and that’s exactly what he’ll be. That’s my point about Indiana Jones and Shawshank. There is nothing wrong with being Plan B — Unless you think you’re never going to be picked at all. Again…more on that in a sec. If you really think about it, it’s the lack of interest in Horton that has allowed the Cardinals to pursue this at their pace. No rush. No pressure. No panic. It’s a different story if there is tremendous demand for Horton. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories But losing the Cardinals, who have made the area their training camp home for the last 25 years, is a significant blow to the city.“We’ve had a solid partnership with the Cardinals for many years, and we wish them well,” Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours said in the release. “Now we move forward in collaboration with the university, which has been a key partner in economic development for decades.”The Cardinals’ three-year agreement to hold training camp in Flagstaff ended in 2012, and word leaked over the last couple months they were interested in moving the operation to Glendale, where they play regular season games. Haeger said the school “made an extraordinary offer and worked diligently” to keep the Cardinals in town, but alas it appears it was to no avail.“We thank the many Cardinals fans who’ve made NAU a summer destination for nearly 25 years and supported the university, local businesses and the city,” Haeger said. “We look forward to welcoming you back for Lumberjack athletics and community events.” – / 42 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While nothing is set in stone or official from the team’s end, it appears the city of Flagstaff is prepared to move on without the Arizona Cardinals. “Hosting an NFL team has been a bonus to the local economy, and we have enjoyed welcoming Cardinals fans back to their summer home for the last quarter century,” Northern Arizona University President John Haeger said in a press release. According to the release, Haeger said the school will look for other ways to bring revenue to the city by using its ample housing, field and conference space to attract events. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While the Arizona State Sun Devils and head coach Todd Graham had a good season on the field, it didn’t translate necessarily to the seniors leaving the program and their likelihood of hearing their names called during the 2013 draft.In fact, there’s a real chance no Sun Devils will feel the exhilaration of that moment.That doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple of prospects that could end up on NFL rosters, and I do think there are two players that could be fortunate enough to end up as late-round draft picks. Marshall is the Dan Buckner of the Sun Devil draft prospects, as he started the season with early day three talk and an opportunity to move up into a day two prospect with a solid senior season.Instead, he is likely to land outside of the draft and become a priority free agent.Marshall is a compact, thickly-built power runner, but isn’t a special athlete when it comes to getting to and through the line of scrimmage.When he is hit in the backfield he can push forward and typically falls forward, but Marshall doesn’t show a great ability to get back up to top speed. And even when he breaks tackles he often will get tackled by the secondary defenders.Marshall offers an excellent ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and knows how to follow and set up his blockers in the screen game.Where Marshall will struggle at the next level is creating something out of nothing. He is heavily reliant on his offensive line opening up holes, while lacking creativity in his runs and a burst to take things outside when he gets into trouble in the backfield.Teams will like what Marshall offers as a one cut, downhill runner, but his lack of burst and ability to make plays when they aren’t there will send him tumbling down and possibly out of draft day consideration. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Brandon Magee, OLB, 5-11, 223 lbsHad injuries not beset Magee, I believe his career arc would have turned out slightly different.A productive college linebacker, Magee is the type that fits into the 4-3 weak side linebacker role. He is a good enough athlete to play in the run game and compete in the passing game week in and week out.He shows a good nose for the ball and understands angles when tracking plays. Magee also explodes to and through the ball carrier.Where Magee struggles is taking on blocks, as his small frame causes him to get washed out of plays run at him too often. When he does attack the blocker it is often trying to get around, instead of taking them head on, stopping their movement and then shedding them to make a play (stack and shed).When he runs around, he will get himself out of position and miss an opportunity to make a play near the line of scrimmage, but his athleticism and non-stop motor allow him to get back into and usually make a play downfield.Magee will need to show the ability to be at least a special teams contributor early and often while working towards getting an opportunity at cracking the defensive rotation, but he has the ability to do both. Here are the three Sun Devils that could break through and hear their names called.Keelan Johnson, S, 6-0, 209 lbsJohnson is the prospect for ASU that is generating the most buzz in draft analyst circles, and for good reason.Johnson brings the unique ability to line up at both safety spots, and looks just as comfortable dropping into coverage as he does coming down and lining up in the box and making plays in the running game.Johnson has shown the ability to line up in the slot in a one-on-one situation with wide receivers and shows a good ability to flip his hips to turn and run in coverage.Where Johnson truly excels is as a ball hawk, where he has a knack for making big plays.Johnson will have some work to do in coverage techniques and understanding how to correctly diagnose and attack plays, but his ability to line up at different spots on the field will make him coveted, whether that means in the draft or as a priority free agent.Johnson is the new type of safety that is making their way to the NFL and should be an intriguing pick for a team later on day three. He could possibly be a guy that matches up with the new age NFL tight ends.Cameron Marshall, RB, 5-11, 223 lbs Top Stories His athleticism, albeit with injury concerns, and playmaking ability in the open field make him an attractive late-round flier or quality priority free agent.While the three talked about above are the most likely, and I use that term loosely as I wouldn’t be shocked to see none of the players drafted, they aren’t the only ones who will get calls from teams after the draft.CB Deveron Carr, P Josh Hubner, WR Jamal Miles and WR Rashad Ross are all players I expect to draw interest as undrafted (priority) free agents after draft weekend 2013 ends, and sometimes that works out better for players. See Burfict, Vontaze. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Offensive guard – In two weeks I will be releasing my Arizona Cardinals big board, a list of the top 50 players that FIT into what the Cardinals will do, but here is a little spoiler — Chance Warmack will be in the top five of my board.I am not getting my hopes up for the Cardinals breaking from tradition and passing on talent with more value for perhaps a higher rated, by me at least, prospect.That being said, the Cardinals have the opportunity to solidify the position within the first two rounds with names like Warmack at seven, Larry Warford and Justin Pugh in round two or Kyle Long and Travis Frederick in round three.If the Cardinals identify the guard position as a need, they’ll have ample opportunity to address the position.Offensive tackle – I have talked about the likelihood that when the Cardinals step up to the podium that tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher would be gone. But that doesn’t mean the cupboard is bare at that point. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is an intriguing, albeit underdeveloped left tackle prospect.If for some reason Joeckel or Fisher fall to the Cardinals, I hope that they do the right thing. I wouldn’t be opposed to Warmack over either tackle prospect, but I am realistic in my belief that this is unlikely. Top Stories I initially identified the Cardinals main needs as (in order of largest needs): Quarterback – Drew Stanton signed to compete for the starting job with at least Brian Hoyer, who received a one-year tender offer at the second round level.Pass Rusher – Lorenzo Alexander was brought in from Washington as a special teams ace. The six-year veteran is looking to break out and get a shot playing outside linebacker.Guard – No one added.Offensive tackle – No one added.Inside linebacker – Jasper Brinkley, the run stopping dynamo from Minnesota, was added.Other additions included running back Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh), cornerbacks Jerraud Powers (Indianapolis) and Antoine Cason (San Diego), and safety Yeremiah Bell (NY Jets).If you look at the signings, it is my opinion that the team’s needs haven’t changed at all. My thoughts on Stanton can be seen at tshq.co, and Alexander has never proven to be an effective every-down player.That moves the needs at guard and tackle up the list following a week of free agency.While Arians has talked about the offensive line not being as bad as everyone says, I think the combination of need and top talent available will lend to the Cardinals needs come draft day lining up like this: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As NFL teams address needs in the free agent market, it begins to clarify the draft and make needs more apparent for each franchise.In the beginning of February, I broke down the biggest needs for the Arizona Cardinals. Now that week one of free agency has basically come to an end, I wanted to go back to the beginning and see if the Cardinals have addressed any of their major needs and if their moves have freed up the team to truly attack the draft in a “best player available” way. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The other possibility — something that a lot of fans may not like — is the Cardinals moving down if Fisher or Joeckel fall to seven.Teams may feel the value there would be like stealing, and they might be willing to part with picks — something the Cardinals could use to their advantage to plug the multiple holes on the roster.If the Cardinals are unable to draft a left tackle at seven, there is a possibility that they could take Terron Armstead of Arkansas Pine-Bluff in round two. A player I identified early as a late-day two or early-day three guard prospect, Armstead has turned heads. I also was sent some film on him by a helpful agent, which has changed my mind.Armstead would be a reach at the top of round two, but the reality is he may not make it to round three. So if the Cardinals really want a left tackle, they may have to reach in this draft for Lane Johnson at seven or Terron Armstead in the second round.Safety – I want to again clarify that this is how I believe the Cardinals will list their needs. If it were up to me, I would still have quarterback and pass rusher ahead of safety, despite the fact I don’t see a starting free safety on the roster. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share There is an intriguing thought among the draft community that Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro could sneak into the top ten. I am curious to see as draft day comes closer if the Cardinals are one of the teams interested in his services.The Cardinals could also benefit from a player like LSU’s Eric Reid in round two, South Caroina’s D.J. Swearinger in round two or three, and maybe a guy like Arizona State’s Keelan Johnson on day three if they don’t make a move on the first day of the draft or in the later stages of free agency.While the needs may have changed, there is still a chance that the Cardinals could go with a pass rusher early, or maybe even a quarterback (blashphemy, I know). But I would think that the Cardinals would look at their current roster and identify these as the three biggest needs after week one of free agency.
Monday, the Arizona Cardinals announced linebackers Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander would miss the remainder of the 2013 season with injuries. Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians said rookie linebacker Alex Okafor would join them on injured reserve due to a torn biceps tendon. Okafor was selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Texas. He appeared in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and collected one tackle. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I definitely feel that I am the best corner in the game,” Peterson said. “I just want to continue getting better each and every week. I’m pleasured to have that opportunity each and every week to go up against the offense’s best receiver, and I believe if you can do that week in and week out there’s no question that you can be, that you are the number one defensive back in the league.”Peterson, who has intercepted 11 passes in 36 games played, is generally assigned to cover the opposing team’s top wide receiver. He got off to a bit of a rocky start this season, as quarterbacks had compiled a perfect rating of 158.3 when targeting the former LSU star through the first three games, but his two interceptions last Sunday in Tampa led the Cardinals to a win and Peterson to the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.So whether Peterson is the best cornerback in the league or not, he’s certainly in the conversation.Your browser does not support iframes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ defensive back Patrick Peterson has never been short on confidence. Going to the Pro Bowl in each of one’s first two seasons and generally being regarded as one of the NFL’s best at one’s position will do that.The third-year pro has often said that his goal is to be the best cornerback in the game, and his head coach Bruce Arians has stated he believes Peterson is just that. And in an interview with Pro Football Talk, Peterson said he appreciates his coach’s confidence in him and doesn’t disagree with the assessment. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Backup Drew Stanton started eight games in Palmer’s absence, but he went down with a knee injury of his own in a Week 15 win over the St. Louis Rams. But in his first real NFL game action since 2010, the former Michigan State Spartan played well enough to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 record.It’s that experience that has people more confident about the team’s direction should Palmer be injured again this season.ESPN NFL insider Field Yates ranked the league’s top backup quarterback situations, and put the Cardinals and Stanton at third overall.We saw extended action from Drew Stanton last season when Carson Palmer went down with an injury. It was far from perfect (55 percent completion percentage, 7-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio), but the Cardinals’ running game was anemic down the stretch. The fit matters here, as Stanton is the sturdy pocket passer coach Bruce Arians covets.The Cardinals also added veteran Matt Barkley in a trade with Philadelphia at the tail end of the preseason.The only teams Yates ranked ahead of the Cardinals were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Glennon) and the Carolina Panthers (Derek Anderson). Philadelphia, New England, Kansas City, Denver, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Cleveland rounded out the list. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories When you buy an insurance policy, you want to make sure you’ve got a good one all while crossing your fingers that you don’t have to use it.Backup quarterbacks in the NFL are pretty much the same. You want a guy that can play, but you really hope he never takes off his baseball cap and puts down his clipboard.The Arizona Cardinals had to rely on that insurance policy a little too much in 2014. Starter Carson Palmer missed two games with a shoulder injury early in the season and then missed the final seven regular season games and a Wild Card playoff game against Carolina. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) looks to throw against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“I’m feeling like I have been; a lot healthier now,” he said Friday, when he was officially listed questionable on the final injury report after being limited all week in practice. “My leg is feeling good. I got a lot of conditioning this week and I’ll be ready for this week.”With Floyd healthy and a much healthier John Brown, who’s been dealing with his own hamstring issue, the Cardinals have their full complement of receivers for the first time since Week 7.The same cannot be said about the Cardinals defense, especially the defensive line.Tackles Cory Redding and Frostee Rucker are inactive with ankle injuries. Neither practiced this week and were ruled out on Friday.Ed Stinson is also sidelined with a groin issue.The good news is that both safety Deone Bucannon (concussion) and cornerback Patrick Peterson (ankle) are available.Bucannon cleared the NFL concussion protocol and practiced on a limited basis Friday. Peterson, too, was limited in practice Friday after not seeing the field either Wednesday or Thursday.“I’m going to be very careful with Deone,” head coach Bruce Arians said, before adding Sean Weatherspoon “will step in” if needed at inside linebacker. After a week off, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd returns to action.OK, week off is hardly the accurate description.Floyd sat out last week’s win against Cincinnati, missing his first-ever NFL game due to a hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter at Seattle.Floyd, who has caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games, is now back and will be in uniform for this week’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, the site of Super Bowl 50 this upcoming February. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact And with Peterson not quite at full strength, cornerback Robert Nelson, Jr., the former Arizona State Sun Devil, will dress for the first time since joining the active roster two weeks ago.The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Shaq Riddick, guard Jonathan Cooper and tackle D.J. Humphries.Cooper (knee) is missing his second straight game, meaning Ted Larsen makes his second straight start at right guard.For the Niners (3-7), running back Carlos Hyde (foot) and linebacker Ahmad Brooks (concussion) are out due to injury.Also sitting are wide receiver DeAndrew White, cornerback Chris Davis, linebacker Ray-Ray Anderson, guard Brandon Thomas and offensive lineman Ian Silberman.The Cardinals (8-2) are looking for their first win in the Bay Area since 2008. That is also the last season the Cardinals swept the season series against the 49ers.“We’ve had good focus. A lot of energy out there,” Arians said, referring to the week of preparation. “It still always comes down to those plays in the game that you’d better be focused and going full speed, and we’ve talked about it all week.“I like where we’re at right now.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) catches a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
“She was blessed with a long life of 84 years and we were all blessed to know and love her, particularly my dad to whom she was married for nearly 56 years.” 0 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill roams the field before the start of an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Nancy Bidwill, wife of long-time Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, passes away » https://t.co/TuXOZUR4Cb pic.twitter.com/nr5gPruiTy— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 17, 2016Nancy Bidwill, the wife of Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and mother to team president Michael Bidwill, has passed away, the Cardinals announced in a press release on Wednesday.“With sadness, I am passing along the news that my mother has lost her long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She passed away peacefully this morning at home surrounded by close family members,” Michael Bidwill said in a statement. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories “I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity, not only for the opportunity to play early but to be able to learn under one of the best receivers to play the game (in Larry Fitzgerald),” Kirk told Bickley & Marotta on Wednesday. “To be able to get that knowledge and experience he has, I’m just going to soak everything in because I know it’s just going to help me that much more be successful early.”While visiting Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, Kirk also discussed his career with the Aggies, reuniting with A&M teammates Ricky Seals-Jones and Brandon Williams, and the liver shakes that make up his diet.Related LinksChristian Kirk: It’s surreal to be drafted by Arizona CardinalsCards select Saguaro product Christian Kirk with 47th pick in NFL DraftOn leaving Scottsdale, Ariz., for College Station, Texas: “Individually, I grew so much as a person. Number one, just putting myself in a different atmosphere. Moving to the south — culturally it’s a lot different — but learned a lot of new things and made a lot of relationships I’ll have for a lifetime now.”On former A&M coach Kevin Sumlin’s new job as head coach for the Arizona Wildcats: “I think he’s going to have a great time over there at UofA. I think he’s going to do real good recruiting the Valley. He’s just a true players’ coach and does everything for his players.” FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk (3) evades Arkansas tackles on a 100-yard kick-off return for a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Kirk was selected to the AP All-Conference SEC team announced Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) LISTEN: Christian Kirk, Cardinals wide receiver Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling #12thMan comin strong with the new threads !! @aggiefblife @adidasFballUS @LifeOfDesiigner pic.twitter.com/bpPuB6cC8t— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) August 17, 2017About the time Snoop Dogg flashed his jersey upon the Aggies’ Adidas jersey release: “That’s just an Adidas family thing. Snoop’s with Adidas, he’s one of the marquee kind of founders through getting Adidas’ name out there. He loves football and that video came out a while ago when we released our new jerseys, and he wanted to hold up mine. I have had some contact with him. That’s always super cool to have a guy on that level, who’s an A-list celebrity, doing that for you.” Christian Kirk grew up a Valley kid. He decided to branch out when he left Saguaro High School, choosing to sign with Texas A&M over the local Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins, who had recruiting pull with top-rated quarterback Josh Rosen heading to Westwood.After three years playing receiver under head coach Kevin Sumlin, Kirk entered the 2018 NFL Draft to see his journey come full circle when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the 47th overall pick. 6 Comments Share To the skeptics about his ability to play as an outside receiver (Kirk is viewed by some as a slot receiver): “To be honest, I don’t really say too much except for that I can do it. I had the same type of thing coming out of high school. A lot of people said I had the talent to be a five-star but didn’t know if I could translate it to be a No. 1 receiver in college — thought I was just going to be a punt returner, kick returner and your average slot.“I proved everybody wrong at the next level at Texas A&M. I’m just looking to forward to the opportunity to doing it now. There’s plenty of guys that are under 6-feet tall that are top receivers.”Liver protein shakes with Christian Kirk @ChristianDavon2 pic.twitter.com/x71KJaUfqw— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) March 21, 2018Why he drinks liver smoothies: “Our director of player development at A&M, big boxing fan, called me in one day and was like, ‘hey, there’s this boxer, Andre Ward, world champion. His approach to his work and what he does really reminds me of you. I think he’d be a good guy to follow.’ I started following him and reading up on stuff, and an article came out about his nutrition during training for a fight and one of this things was liver smoothie. It’s not straight liver — it has fruit and protein and what not in there but nutrition is huge for me. I’m always trying to find a way to one-up everybody when it comes to nutrition or recovery. It’s just another way to get that extra boost.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On his decision to wear the No. 13 jersey previously worn by QB Kurt Warner: “Obviously it’s an honor. The effect that he had on the Cardinals’ organization and what he did for the community and what he’s done for me — I’ve worked out with him many of times, gone to his backyard, thrown in his backyard countless times, being able to gain knowledge from him. The opportunity to be able to wear that number means a lot.” On reuniting with TE Ricky Seals-Jones and CB Brandon Williams: “I’ve talked to them a lot and even last year when they were already here, being able to talk with them, they said they love it. Definitely always talk about the heat and how hot it is here. But they didn’t have to get too used to it because they’re Texas boys.“Those guys, obviously with Ricky being a receiver at A&M, we spent every day together and just having him — he’s a big brother figure to me. Same with Brandon Williams. He really took me under his wing when I first got to A&M and just pushed me to get better doing extra. We worked a lot together when he made his transition to playing corner (from running back) and spent countless hours after practice working one-on-ones, working techniques. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Go back to the e-newsletterChatrium Hotels & Residences is celebrating the Songkran Festival, 2016 at Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 – A Chatrium Collection with “Khao Chae”, a cooling Thai summer treat.Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Most foreigners know Thailand because of Thai food. With the unique four fundamental tastes in each dish: sour, sweet, salty, and spicy, every meal of Thai food is truly impressive. As summer approaches, Thailand is starting to get unbearably hot. One of the best Thai foods to cool down the body temperature is “Khao Chae”. Eating Khao Chae, which is made of Rice with Jasmine and Scented Iced Water, is perfect and invigorating for every summer.Metta Eatery & Bar is proud to present Khao Chae meticulously made by our Thai Head Chef, Mr. Sarawut Im-Sup, who is best known for his great traditional Thai recipes with over 20 years of experience at numerous luxury hotels all over the world. Due to his excellent culinary skills, you can taste real Thai cuisine at Metta Eatery & Bar.Apart from Khao Chae, you can enjoy other special Thai fare this summer such as, Minced Pork and Peanuts (Ma Hor), Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Honey and Coriander (Sikrong Moo Ob Nam Phueng), Stir–fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Chili (Gai Ruan Takrai) from now until end of May, 2016.Relish a new Metro-loft atmosphere with a signature padauk long table and fashionable armchairs. If you are looking for somewhere to hang-out or have a party in Bangkok, this place was created to sit back, relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy with friends and family as you share good times, whilst indulging in Metta Eatery & Bar’s unique ambience.Go back to the e-newsletter
Second place, a luxury hamper, was won by Jenny Drennan from Go Tours Travel. Congratulations to you both! Go back to the e-newsletterLATTE is happy to announce the winners of our Travel Industry Exhibition competition. First place, a three-night stay at Six Senses Yao Nai in Thailand, was claimed by Tanya Tyler from Travel Managers. That’s a wrap for The Travel Industry Exhibition 2016! In its third year, the exhibition returned to Luna Park, Sydney on 18 July – 19 July and welcomed the highest quality the industry had to offer, including the LATTE team.Visitors came from all over Australia and overseas and experienced an eclectic blend of destinations, technology and industry suppliers. They sat in on a two-day engaging seminar programme, and were dazzled by an explosion of colour, costumes and cultural dancing. Exhibitors were also impressed by the quality of visitors that came through the doors.Cathy Wagstaff, Group Editor and CEO of Signature Media, commented: “The Travel Industry Expo is a great opportunity to meet with different types of people across the trade travel industry. The seminars are both informative and fun, and it’s always interesting to gain some insight into other people’s perspectives on the future of this ever-evolving industry. I can’t wait to come back next year.”Exhibitors from The High Commission of Uganda mentioned: “This exhibition has been an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the travel industry. It created an important platform to reach across sections of the travel industry and travel agents as well as opening up new opportunities for promoting Tourism in Uganda. As first time exhibitors we had a great experience and terrific response to our stand, made excellent contacts and were able to sell Uganda as a new tourist destination.”Holly Galbraith from Go Future Media attracted a massive following on day one as she delivered expert advice and tips on producing engaging content for social media.Janyne Moore – Catablog, Sarah Shrapnel – Love Swah, and Ralph Tucker – R.Tucker & Son also drew a large following as they discussed the importance and future of vlogging, blogging and podcasts.All seminar sessions were organised by conference organiser Simon Relph from Visibel Group. TIE has had an abundance of positive feedback and the programme produced was suitable for all visitors.“I found the seminars to be of the highest standard which I had expected and they covered all areas I wanted to learn about. The expo was a great opportunity to meet industry experts on all different areas from destinations, apparel, technology and suppliers,” commented David Reeves, Manager, Ride the World Australia.Monday night’s Travel Daily Christmas in July networking event was a huge hit and brought the industry together to engage in a festive celebration. Highlights of this year’s show were the floating caricaturist, the modern photo wall sponsored by Travel Counsellors, diverse range of niche destinations and emerging suppliers and numerous prizes to be won.Go back to the e-newsletter
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts this week announced that Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is set to open on 16 November 2017. The hotel will begin taking bookings from 1 September 2017 for stays from 1 December 2017.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be the second property in Sri Lanka for the hospitality group – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016 – and is anticipated to be one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years.Located at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade, which is the most exclusive address in Colombo, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 rooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. The hotel sits on 4 hectares of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall, bringing a new level of luxury to the thriving, metropolitan city. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will allow travellers who are beginning their Sri Lankan holidays or in town for meetings to experience a mix of Shangri-La’s Asian elegance and a contemporary style inspired by the country’s abundant nature and incredible beauty. In connecting this concept, the hotel commissioned Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi to create a life-sized infant elephant metal sculpture to grace the hotel’s lobby.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will unveil a new social and dining scene in the city with five restaurants, bars and lounges offering an extensive selection of local and international cuisine, al fresco dining, daily live entertainment and innovative menus. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind, CHI, The Spa will be a welcome addition with 9 treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean.The hotel will feature the most extensive and versatile events venues in Sri Lanka with over 4500 square metres of space including two ballrooms, an outdoor lawn and several function rooms to host over 1500 guests. Intended to appeal to large conferences and events, the hotel will complement the island’s attraction as a global MICE hotspot, alongside Bangkok and Singapore. The property will also host weddings, social functions and gala dinners, while offering Shangri-La Events Collection expertise and benefits, to create memorable experiences and incentives.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s introductory offer, Discover Colombo, includes a Sunset Heritage City Walk to explore the colonial charm of the historic Colombo Fort, or a tuk tuk safari of street shopping for hidden gems, dining on native cuisine and more. Priced from US$245 per room per night, the package includes daily breakfast, a dinner for two at the local specialty restaurant, 20% off on food and beverages, and complimentary Wi-Fi.Business clientele can take advantage of the Business Travel package, which includes return airport transfers, daily breakfast, complimentary laundry and Wi-Fi from US$205 per room per night. The room rates are subject to 30.28% local taxes and service charges.
Go back to the enewsletterNordurflug Helicopter Tours will begin offering itineraries across Iceland’s stunning landscapes aboard a new Airbus EC130 chopper when it takes possession of the new aircraft.The EC130 B4 helicopter is one of the most popular air-touring helicopters in use globally, designed specifically for sightseeing tours in Hawaii. Accommodating up to six passengers, the helicopter provides 180-degree views, with the back row elevated to see above the front seats.Nordurflug Helicopter Tours will take delivery of the EC130 B4 next month, with marketing manager Eva Eiriksdottir telling LATTE the company will deploy the aircraft across its range of projects and tours.Options include the Reykjavik Summit, Geothermal Tour, Waterfalls and Valleys, Countless Craters and Glacier Landing. Itineraries vary in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours.“We fly all over Iceland so our passengers can see craters, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls … you name it,” Eiriksdottir said.Travel agents booking with Nordurflug Helicopter Tours receive 15% commission.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterViking named its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, late last week during a spectacular celebration in Livorno, Italy.The ship was delivered to Viking early June 2018 and was sailing a maiden voyage with her ceremonial godmother, American chemist and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher.New ship features include a planetarium-like immersive theatre, an “Explorations in Space” collection conceived as a photographic journal through space, with a broad range of vintage photographs, including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA and captured by National Geographic photographers.Named after the prominent constellation and in honour of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project, the 930-guest 47,800-ton Viking Orion arrived in Livorno early Friday morning. The ship will continue her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean this summer before heading east to sail Viking’s newest itineraries in Asia, Australia and Alaska.“Today is a proud day for the entire Viking family. Just three years ago we launched our first ocean ship, and now we are welcoming our fifth ship, whose name was selected to honour both the original Viking explorers who used the constellations for long-distance navigation, as well as the great space explorers of our time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.“We are grateful for Dr. Fisher’s many contributions to the scientific community, and we are humbled that she is godmother to Viking Orion. The spirit of exploration is at the heart of the Viking way of travel, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard our newest ship, which has been designed to offer opportunities for learning about the great history of space exploration.”From left: Dr. Anna Fisher, Ceremonial Godmother to Viking Orion; Monsignor Liberio Andreatta; Torstein Hagen, Viking Chairman; Karine Hagen, SVP of Viking and Captain Anders Steen, Viking Orion at Viking Orion’s naming ceremony. Livorno – with its Fortezza Vecchia – was chosen specifically for Viking Orion’s naming ceremony because of its connections to scientific studies and exploration. During the day, Viking Orion guests and international dignitaries were treated to an interactive exhibit inside the Fortezza Vecchia that tells the stories of exploration technology throughout history – from the Vikings’ solar compass to Galileo’s gravitational and projectile motion experiments. The exhibit was designed and built specifically for Viking Orion’s naming ceremony.During the naming ceremony, guests enjoyed a high-tech show and musical concert that paid tribute to Nordic mythology and the spirit of exploration. In keeping with the naming custom, Dr. Fisher used a historic Viking broad axe to cut a ribbon that allowed a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break on the ship’s hull.In keeping with the inspiration for the ship’s name, Viking Orion features several onboard experiences that pay tribute to space exploration:New FeaturesThe Explorers’ Dome – Located in the upper level of the Explorers’ Lounge on Deck 8, “The Explorers’ Dome” is a planetarium-like theatre where guests can view special panoramic films about exploration, such as “Journey to Space” and “Life Under the Arctic Sky” in a fully immersive environment.Viking Orion’s Explorer’s DomeExplorations in Space Collection – The interiors and art of Viking’s ships honour early explorers, and on Viking Orion, the “Explorations in Space” collection is an homage to humankind’s exploration beyond the confines of planet Earth. The onboard collection is conceived as a photographic journal through space, with a broad range of vintage photographs, including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA and captured by National Geographic photographers and the Apollo and Gemini astronauts themselves.Viking Resident Astronomer – Building on the success of the Viking Resident Historian program, Viking Orion is the first ship in the fleet to feature a Viking Resident Astronomer. Howard Parkin, a Royal Astronomical Society Fellow and founding member of the IOM Astronomical Society, will lead lectures and stargazing sessions onboard Viking Orion during her maiden season throughout 2018.With the arrival of Viking Jupiter in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.Go back to the enewsletter
10. Paris, FranceMore: 10 romantic hotels in Paris 2. Ljubljana, Slovenia 4. London, England 9. Bremen, Germany 14. Grenada, Spain 6. Stockholm, Sweden 8. Belo Horizonte, BrazilMore: 10 iconic Brazil landmarks: in pictures 12. Hong Kong 3. Dresden, Germany 13. Magdeburg, GermanyMore: 11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £60 7. Venice, ItalyMore: Venice: a local’s guide Christmas, in lights, around the world. Get in a sparkly festive mood with this glorious gallery of the most illuminated cities this December.1. Madrid, SpainMore: 10 best things to do in Madrid: a local’s guide 5. Barcelona, Spain 11. Riga, Latvia Where are your favourite Christmas lights? Let us know below – share a photo!Trip the light fantastic wherever, whenever you go with Skyscanner. Find your flights, hotel and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIn pictures: ChristmasTrip the light fantastic with our stunning gallery of Christmas lights and other fabulous festive scenes around the world.Bank holiday bargain breaks: 6 flights for less than £110Make the most of May’s bank holiday and jet off to one of these chic European cities.12 days of Christmas breaksCheer yourself up with this seasonal selection of pre-Christmas breaks and escapes, at home and abroad.
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBelgraves, A Thompson Hotel, the hotly anticipated new property from the stylish Thompson Hotel collection will open its doors to London’s Belgravia neighborhood on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.A joint venture with The Harilela Group, the hotel is the first UK opening from Thompson Hotels, an elite portfolio of service and design-driven hotels in major urban cities including New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Located on 20 Chesham Place, Belgraves brings with it a little New York attitude coupled with traditional British hospitality, to the prestigious and fashionable Belgravia district.“We’re finally ready to open our doors to London” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of Thompson Hotels. “Belgraves is a truly creative collaboration which will have a huge impact on Londoners and international travelers alike”.Stephen Brandman, co-owner of Thompson Hotels added “As with all our Thompson Hotels, guests can expect impeccable service and style from Belgraves.”Described as “today’s rough luxury” by lead designer Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners, Belgraves boasts 85 exquisite rooms and suites, a bar, restaurant and lounge lobby. The bedrooms feature silver grey wooden floors throughout, adding warmth to each considered space. All rooms are bold and handsomely decorated with palettes of natural grey tones and textures. Hues of aubergine on signature walls create a stylish yet warm atmosphere. Elegant marble bathrooms finished with smoked glass and brass-beaded curtains add a luxurious finishing touch.On entering the hotel, guests are met by a large fireplace in an open loft-feel lobby housing stunning art installations. The lounge lobby features an eclectic library and cozy hideaway areas. Adjacent to this is Hix Belgravia, an 80-seat restaurant offering a menu inspired by renowned chef and food writer Mark Hix’s travels from around the world. The mezzanine level plays host to Mark’s Bar, the second of Hix’s famous bars and leads to a stylish cigar garden. Private dining or meetings for up to 22 guests can be hosted and a state-of-the-art gym provides an energetic start to the day.Business and leisure travelers will delight in Belgraves’ attention to privacy and thoughtful design. In room amenities include flat screen TVs, Rococo chocolates and Coco De Mer intimacy boxes. All staff have been carefully selected not only for their professionalism but for their eclectic personalities and the additional level of service they offer to guests.www.thompsonhotels.com
Harry Potter’s magical world of witches and wizards will materialize this Halloween at Ashford Castle, where kids (and adults!) are invited for a special Hogwarts Halloween. Although this program is new, elements of magic and sorcery at Ashford Castle date back to 1228 when the castle was built – a time when magic in Europe was the norm.With inspiration in the castle’s secret rooms, hidden alcoves and mystical setting among secluded woodlands between Lough Corrib and River Cong, Ashford Castle is an ideal breeding ground for magicians in the making. The special Hogwarts Halloween program will include:Day One: -Visit to the hiding place of Dingle, Ashford Castle’s resident owloakhall -Afternoon Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry -Kids’ dinner in the Dungeon -George V Table d’Hôte dinner for Mum and Dad -Harry Potter movie eveningDay Two: -Isle of Innisfree passage to Inchagoill Island via boat -Hidden garden treasure hunt -Kids’ dinner in the Dungeon -George V Table d’Hôte dinner for Mum and Dad -Harry Potter movie eveningwww.ashford.ie