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Updated Jan 9, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Chuck's List: Giving a golf clap to some passengers

A one-man opinion poll.

  • Nick Saban

    Nick Saban

    The man has no sense of humor, a questionable sense of loyalty and to my knowledge has never seen "The Sixth Sense" (perhaps he has, but I needed a third sense), but he is simply the best college football coach of his time. Monday night, Alabama won a third national title in four years under Saban. He's now won four in his career, tying him for second all-time behind another Alabama coach, Bear Bryant. They will soon be making a statue of Saban to sit outside the stadium, 'Bama mothers will begin naming their sons Nick or even Saban, and Bible scripture will be changed in Tuscaloosa to mention "The Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost and The Saban." Welcome to Alabama. The state that takes its college football most seriously now has the most serious program of the modern era, and the primary reason for their success is their very serious coach who doesn't get outworked and never misses a trick. Don't be surprised if Saban and the Tide make it four in five seasons next year, unless of course he bolts for another job, runs off with Katherine Webb or starts to see dead people.

  • Recent Passengers of Air Icelandair

    Recent Passengers of Air Icelandair

    You've probably seen it. The photo has certainly been everywhere. A man duct taped to his seat on an airplane bound for America. Reportedly, the passenger flipped out, began talking jibberish and was physically assaulting other passengers. Now, it's one thing to confront chaos, but it's an entirely different matter when confronting chaos while on an airplane. I have no doubt the flight attendants have a procedure for handling such bizarre situations, but in this case the passengers took matters into their own hands. They didn't fight the mad passenger. They didn't sneak up and club him over the head. No, they restrained him and duct taped him to his seat, thus saving themselves from the threat and frankly they saved him from himself. The photo has made the rounds and people have criticized the tactic used, but I say brilliant work passengers of Air Icelandair!

  • Kathy Griffin and Brent Musberger

    Kathy Griffin and Brent Musberger

    I'm not a fan of Kathy Griffin or Brent Musburger and I certainly believe they acted a bit foolishly during recent telecasts on CNN and ESPN, but I'm going to be the one person in America who sticks up for them. The networks are to blame for the controversies the two personalities sparked. Every year, CNN asks Kathy Griffin to join their network for New Year's and every year she embarrasses Anderson Cooper, and every year she ramps up her efforts to do so. CNN loved the attention they received from her inappropriate kissing gestures. Their high road act shouldn't fool anybody. In Musburger's case, it was the director of the championship game on ESPN Monday who decided to put Katherine Webb on the screen a thousand times during the broadcast. It was the director could have whispered in Brent's ear, "Hey you went too far with the girl. Tone it down." But he didn't. ESPN and CNN got exactly what they wanted from their broadcasts. Attention.Then they used Griffin and Musburger as their fall girl and guy.

  • Dr. William Davis

    Dr. William Davis

    The cardiologist has sparked the hottest trend in dieting today. In his book "Wheat Belly," Davis has urged Americans to eliminate wheat from their diet and his message has been working. Dr. Davis' book is flying off shelves (and into Kindles), there are now more volunteers for a wheat-free diet (including Karie Dozer, Keith Olbermann, and Posh Spice) than there are celiac disease sufferers (people who can't eat wheat), and millions more who are considering the switch. But Dr. Davis isn't satisfied. He began his crusade by describing wheat as a "chronic poison." He has now taken to comparing wheat to cocaine addiction. Whoa, Doc! Slow down! I've never heard of a wheat baby or a wheat head, and I've never seen a prominent member of New Edition mainlining Gold Medal flour off the bathroom counter at Pussycat Lounge. I think Davis' theory has merit, but he's gone way overboard. This man is either the most concerned physician in the world or he's in the midst of his one chance to make millions and he's going to scrap for every dollar he can get before his diet is discovered to be a fraud, just like all the others.

  • The First to Report

    The First to Report

    This week we recognized the two-year anniversary of the 2011 Tucson shooting that left six dead and Gabby Giffords severely wounded. Many are focused on the gun debate topic, which is undoubtedly the hottest discussion going on the talk show circuit today. But I want to commit some time to another issue: the media member and his/her reckless pursuit to be "the first to report." We should have learned our lesson after NPR erroneously reported Giffords died from her gunshot wound, but apparently we didn't. We were deluged with false reports the day of the Newtown shooting, including the wrong picture and name of the shooter. This just shouldn't happen. Against heightened competition for the story, the pressure to be first has disgracefully trumped what should always be our highest objective as journalists: to be accurate.

  • The Hall of Fame Voter

    The Hall of Fame Voter

    Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America will again cast votes for who deserves entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and this year's decision will be the most difficult this hapless group has ever confronted. Nearly every new player up for consideration is linked to the Steroid Era of baseball, and the writers have no clue as to how to proceed. Some have argued that the writers should boycott the vote as a way to emphasize baseball's disgust with the Steroid Era, which has tarnished the game, the sports' record book and the Hall of Fame discussion itself. Other writers have claimed they'll never vote for a player linked to PEDs, even though they have. That's the harsh truth. The baseball writers have screwed this process up so royally in the past, there is no set of rules to use as a guide anymore. So what are they doing? Factless scribes are determining their votes based upon who they think have used steroids. Sounds fail-proof to me. The writers have every right to be disgusted with the players, but they should be disgusted with themselves as well. They played a role in the Steroid Era too. We all knew it was going on. Why didn't they write more about it?

About the Author


Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating

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