Stamp of Approval: King of New York

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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!! This is such a great time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for. As sports fans, we have so much to be thankful for every year. In my life, the sports moment I am most thankful for is the 1997 Arizona Wildcats National Championship. It was truly one shining moment in my life as a sports fan. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your sports-related, “I am Thankful for…” moment.

This time of year really embodies my Stamp of Approval blog. My SOA is awarded to someone or something that I am thankful for in the world of sports, and more directly, the world of Arizona Athletics.

Before I get into Arizona Basketball, I would like to give an honorary SOA to Arizona Football Interim Head Coach Tim Kish. The team is coming off one of the most impressive and exciting wins I have ever watched. They left everything on the field as they defeated rivals ASU in Tempe on Saturday night, effectively ending the Sun Devil’s season. Kish’s emotion showed he truly cared about this team and he had them fired up and ready for their “championship.” Thank you to Coach Kish and the team for saving the season for myself and so many other fans that couldn’t stop smiling after that amazing victory in Tempe!

Back to basketball…unfortunately the title is a bit misleading and Arizona was not the King of New York last week as they lost in the final against Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs Cancer. By the way, did anyone else think the reffing was a bit sketch in the final and that the MSU squad was more like the Gangs of New York than “Kings of New York?”

Anyway, I try to focus on the positive with this blog and UofA showed some great things during their trip to New York. They had a great comeback win against St. Johns on Thursday and never gave up in Friday night’s matchup. Looking at both games my Stamp of Approval goes to Jesse Perry!

Perry has really been stepping it up in the absence of Derrick Williams. He had a double-double in both outings in New York and his tenacity is shining bright on the court. One stat that stands out is that Arizona is averaging 5.8 blocks per game this year, after averaging just 2.6 last season. Perry’s passionate play is a big reason for this and he averaged 1.5 blocks in Madison Square Garden last week. Perry is a key player for the Cats this year and I hope he continues racking up SOA’s for his mantle!

Thanks for Reading!

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