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2014 Stories by Rob Kroehler

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  • Football Fantasy

    published November 20, 2014

    Arizona football fans haven’t exactly been spoiled over the years. For decades the Cardinals were the laughing stock of the NFL, while... More >>

  • Malled Alive

    published November 6, 2014

    Before writer, film director and all-around renaissance man Kevin Smith was ‘too fat for 40’ (his words), he was too cool for... More >>

  • Spurning the Champs

    published October 30, 2014

    Youth, excitement, athleticism -- these aren’t words that spring to mind when describing the San Antonio Spurs. Think more along the... More >>

  • The Ache Show

    published October 23, 2014

    On paper, a starting lineup that includes Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Carlos Boozer looks pretty damn formidable. Turns out, that particular... More >>

  • Rainbow Plight

    published October 16, 2014

    Sometimes it feels like the LGBTQ community has hijacked the rainbow and that the rest of us can't rock a vintage Care Bears T-shirt without... More >>

  • Raven Lunatics

    published October 9, 2014

    Should you be unfamiliar with iconic author Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether,”... More >>

  • The Fall Guys

    published October 2, 2014

    Most Arizona sports fans probably checked out on Major League Baseball a while ago. With a bizarre two-game stint Down Under that put the... More >>

  • DNA and a Movie

    published September 25, 2014

    Surprisingly, not every progressive scientific endeavor strives toward a romanticized marriage of man and machine, though some most definitely... More >>

  • Rock 'n' Readers

    published September 18, 2014

    Most of us who are raising young children in 2014 are grappling with a lot of challenging questions. How do we raise our children in the age of... More >>

  • A Nightmare Performance

    published September 18, 2014

    Before becoming the fountainhead of post-grunge outfit White Zombie -- the musical equivalent to a horror B-movie -- Rob Zombie was an... More >>

  • Dimming Diamonds

    published September 11, 2014

    When the Arizona Diamondbacks and Padres kick off a three-game series at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on Friday, September 12, the... More >>

  • A Brazilian Reasons

    published September 4, 2014

    In a funny sort of way, the word “Brazilian” sounds more like an unfathomably large number than an ethnicity. Well here in the... More >>

  • Heat Waves

    published August 28, 2014

    The words “endless” and “summer” probably conjure up an idea that most Phoenicians aren’t too hot on. Given our... More >>

  • Boldly Going to Avondale

    published August 21, 2014

    Perhaps the coffee is particularly potent, or maybe it’s all those late night Moons Over My Hammys, but when a group of science fiction... More >>

  • WTF WWE

    published August 14, 2014

    What do you get when you cross soap opera melodramatics with unbelievable muscles? World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. of course. Throw in some... More >>

  • Lynx to the Past

    published August 7, 2014

    It'd be pretty easy for sports fans to slouch into the doldrums of summer right about now. No NFL, no NBA, no NHL, and -- as the Diamondbacks... More >>

  • Fully Booked

    published July 24, 2014

    Bookworm without a clue? Let the experts at Scottsdale bookstore Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 101, pick your poison for... More >>

  • Hula-La

    published July 24, 2014

    Shot in the dark here: Hula dancing is trickier than it looks. Not buying it? Consider the last time you took a stab at that deviously complex... More >>

  • KITH on the Lips

    published July 17, 2014

    The Canadian comedy sketch show Kids In The Hall had one major flaw -- it was too good, too ahead of its time. Consequently, the show never... More >>

  • Francy Pants

    published July 10, 2014

    There's a reason why average Americans can't name more than a few French bands or musicians, past or present. It's because French music has... More >>

  • Hot Flashers

    published July 10, 2014

    Crazy as it sounds, there's a lot of animals and creepy crawlers that are actually indigenous to the very desert that, well, most of us aren't... More >>

  • Designated Drivers

    published July 3, 2014

    Just recently, the Valley welcomed its first Topgolf location. If you aren't familiar, Topgolf is like an international goofy golf franchise... More >>

  • Stripped Fridges

    published July 3, 2014

    In a world run amok with GIFs and hashtags aimed squarely at your funny bone, it's easy to forget that people used to get their chuckles from... More >>

  • White's Delight

    published June 26, 2014

    Jack White has a record label, Third Man Records. As one would expect, his roster comprises primarily bands and solo musicians. So when Mr.... More >>

  • D-Listers

    published June 19, 2014

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a tough year. Mark Trumbo, the team's best offseason acquisition, was leading the National League in homers... More >>

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