There are many long faces tonight as the Suns, Coyotes and DBacks lost. For the Phoenix Coyotes, the loss to rival San Diego Sharks was anti-climatic, as they had been eliminated from the NHL playoffs on Friday night. The Suns blew yet another lead, this time to the Mavericks, relegating them to ninth place in the NBA playoffs with two games to go. The Arizona Diamondbacks lost their fourth in a row to their hated rivals—the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite this grim Saturday, Phoenix fans have a lot for which to be thankful.
The Phoenix Suns are in the rebuilding stage, and with all new players and no celebrated “big man.” Most famous pundits praised the selection of Jeff Hornacek and the new acquisitions, but, predicted the Suns to come in last in the Western conference and not be fun to watch. After a miserable 25-57 season, they were not expected to be much better as they were getting to know each other.
Instead, the Suns were the most entertaining team with dramatic come-from-behind wins and victories over favored teams. Hornacek and others are being touted for various post-season awards whether the Suns make the playoffs or not. Suns fans have a lot to look forward to next season (like better defense?)
For a while, the Phoenix Coyotes looked destined to make the playoffs, as well. Injuries and inconsistent play doomed their 2014 effort. But, again, Phoenix hockey fans can be gratified that, after years in limbo, Phoenix still has a team, which is now financially committed to the Valley. Loss of the team would have been devastating to the City of Glendale’s economy. Next year, the team will be rebranded as the Arizona Coyotes, and hopefully will be in contention for greatness.
While it is still early, the DBacks injuries and pitching woes are not easily resolved. But Paul Goldschmidt seems off to another great season and will remain a fan favorite and draw.
Fans are looking forward to the improved Arizona Cardinals and both the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl to look forward to in 2015.
The Suns and Coyotes are both honoring their fans during their last home games. Phoenix is one of the few cities to have so many pro sports. We hope the fans can also appreciate all of our teams for the efforts they make against the odds.