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4-24-11: Bird Droppings - Happy Easter

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Happy Easter everyone, this will be a short one today because like always weekends don't really give me a lot to post, and because I'm going to spend some time with the family today.

Arizona Cardinals' Ray Horton provides a fresh look
The hiring of new defensive coordinator Ray Horton says good things about the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL denies outside law firm representation of second group of players in antitrust suit - ESPN
The NFL has rejected a law firm's request for a conflict-of-interest waiver to represent a new group of players seeking to join the antitrust fight against the league.

NFL draft transforms into primetime television event
The NFL draft is in prime time for the second time, after a highly successful run last year when the selections were spread over three days with the marquee opening round being held on a weeknight.

Arizona Rattlers WR Rod Windsor a man of all seasons
Rod Windsor went from Arena to United to National football leagues in less than a year. Now, as NFL lockout lingers on, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver is back catching passes, breaking tackles, scoring touchdowns and winning games for the Arizona Rattlers. His 16-catch, 217-yard, five-TD effort in a 63-49 victory at Kansas City made him the Arena Football League's Offensive Player of the Week.

Arizona Diamondbacks' offense sputters again in loss to New York Mets
Chris Young did everything he was supposed to do: He worked his way to a hitter's count, he got a pitch to drive, and he hit it hard. But the shot found its way into New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay's glove, and Young's expression - stoic frustration - seemed to sum up the Diamondbacks' emotions from the past few days, a stretch in which the offense's struggles of the past week or so have begun to catch up to them.

Arizona Rattlers stay unbeaten after overtime win
The Rattlers' home thrill ride continued Saturday night with Nick Davila hitting Rod Windsor in stride for a 38-yard touchdown in overtime and a 67-61 victory over the Utah Blaze.

ASU offense strong in spring football game
After an uneven spring, Arizona State needed this. An offensive explosion on the final day of spring practice, something to build from entering the off-season of increasing expectations. Using a scoring system that rewarded points for accomplishments such as first downs and long plays, ASU rolled up 601 yards of offense in front of 6,400 at Saturday's spring game at Sun Devil Stadium. Final score: Offense 92, Defense 26.

Can hockey work in Phoenix? -
Phoenix is not a great sports town. There, I said it. You know it's true. At times, Phoenix is not even a good sports town. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, it's a decent sports town. Yes, decent. Not bad, not great, just decent. The one good thing about this place is at least the fans support you when you win. But like many sports towns, this place doesn't show a lot of love to the local teams when they are not winning.