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Downtown Tempe bars make Super Bowl Sunday more super

Zipps Sports Grill Tempe
January 29, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. It’s down to the final two teams, Denver and Carolina. Both will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, February 7th. Tempe has no shortage of great places to watch the game. They have a great atmosphere, greater food, even greater beer selections and of course – and perhaps most importantly, lots of TVs to catch all the action. Below are some Downtown Tempe bars we recommend for watching the Super Bowl. Don’t see a restaurant you like on the list? Mention it in the comments section. Zipps Sports Grill 690 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 404-7255 Whenever you talk about a bar to watch sports, the first place you have to mention is Zipps. I think it’s a rule, right? Zipps Sports Grill in Downtown Tempe has everything you’re looking for. Great food, good outdoor patio and tons of TVs – both inside and outdoors – to not miss a play. And the food is good too. We recommend the wings – golden style and extra crispy with a little blue cheese. The Handlebar Tempe  680 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 474-4888 I love this place. It’s local and it has a great atmosphere – two things that are important to me. They have TVs all over the place, so seeing the game won’t be an issue.  I’ll indulge myself with some festive football food as well, most notably their pretzels with beer cheese along with an order […]

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Tempe events: HOLDING IT DOWN at ASU Gammage

October 12, 2015

Tempe event feature HOLDING IT DOWN The Veterans’ Dreams Project at ASU Gammage on October 17 at 7 p.m. HOLDING IT DOWN is a thought-provoking, sometimes frightening, and ultimately exhilarating combination of music, poetry and song. The performance features brilliant Jazz composer/musician Vijay Iyer and acclaimed spoken word poet Mike Ladd exploring the experiences of diverse American veterans of post-9/11 wars through the medium of veterans’ dreams. Ladd’s lyrical adaptations of these accounts are juxtaposed with Iyer’s lush, potent music and with first-person poetic contributions from Maurice Decaul and Lynn Hill. Decaul is a writer who served with the Marines in Iraq.  Lynn Hill served in the Air Force and piloted drones over Afghanistan from a base in Las Vegas.  Decaul and Hill’s original, brave, from-the-gut contributions are performances that become the soul of this beautiful, and sometimes difficult and moving project. View the YouTube video for more information on HOLDING IT DOWN. To purchase tickets to Saturday’s performance, visit  There’s a lot going on this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 for more information. October 12: Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, The Marquee October 14: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts October 14: Keith and the Girl Live Podcast; October 15: The Pump and Dump Show, Tempe Improv October 15: An Evening with Oh My Ears-New Directions in Local Music, Tempe History Museum October 15: Run the Jewels, The Marquee October […]

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We have your ASU football pregame playbook

ASU Football
September 18, 2015

Music, food, and beer, oh my! A new season of ASU football in Tempe must officially be in full swing. It’s time to prepare for pregame rituals and traditions that will lead to a Sun Devil “W”. With so many fun options located in Downtown Tempe, it’s hard to choose just one place to tailgate! We put together a game day playbook that will help to insure that you have a great time and get the most out of your game day experience. Devils on Mill It’s time to gear up for game time with Devils on Mill. Located on Sixth St. and Mill Ave., Devils on Mill is the ultimate place to be for students and the surrounding community to get hyped for kick-off. This event features live entertainment, food, free ASU gear, carnival rides and games. Students can even enjoy free transportation to Devils on Mill from all four ASU campuses. The fun starts 3 hours prior to game time! Don’t have tickets to the big game? Don’t sweat it, because C.A.S.A.‘s block party, located within Devils on Mill, has you covered with two giant LED screens that let you watch the game and cheer ASU to victory. Win or lose, stay after the game and enjoy free performances by some of today’s hottest artists. Devils on College If you are looking for more of a family affair, head to Devils on College up to three hours before game time. Located at College Avenue Commons plaza on the newly […]

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TicketCity Cactus Bowl brings Huskies & Cowboys to Tempe

Cactus Bowl
December 18, 2014

The Washington Huskies and Oklahoma State Cowboys are coming to Tempe for the TicketCity Cactus Bowl on January 2, 2015. Tempe is a perfect location to host a bowl game. Not only is the weather beautiful, but there are several nearby attractions, shopping and dining options to keep everybody entertained during their trip to the desert. Tempe is located in the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area, next to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, so it’s a quick drive to Downtown Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium. Here are a few tips for fans who are planning to cheer for their team in Tempe: 1.    Tickets are available through each school’s ticket office, at the TicketCity Cactus Bowl website and the ticket office at 480-350-0911. Single game tickets start at just $25. 2.    There are lots of great Tempe hotels near the action – from budget-friendly choices to luxury properties. Sun Devil Stadium is centrally located within walking distance or just a quick drive to numerous Tempe hotels. 3.    Prior to the game, Washington and Oklahoma State fans will want to be at the southeast corner of Sun Devil Stadium for The Oasis Pregame Party. This is the ultimate fan tailgate experience. The event will feature live music, marching bands, cheerleaders and jumbotrons showing highlights from each team. The cost is only $25 and that includes a plated meal in addition to entry. 4.    Downtown Tempe is also a great gathering place for fans in the days leading up to the game. There are more […]

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The future starts now for ASU football

ASU Sparky
August 19, 2014

One of the reasons I love August is that football is just around the corner. Training camps are underway, rosters and depth charts are set and new uniforms are unveiled. As fans, we read and re-read upcoming season schedules, we predict the outcomes of games months in advance and we look forward to spending our weekends during the next few months at games or at our favorite sports bars with friends. There’s really nothing better than football season. The Sun Devils are playing their first game of the season, at home, next Thursday against Weber State. Safe to say, we can chalk this one up as a win. If you love football, you’ll be impressed with ASU’s schedule this season. They’ll be on the road this year when they play USC, Washington, Oregon State and some college down in Tucson nobody has ever heard of. But no shortage of big name college football programs will be visiting us in Tempe this year. If they can continue to build upon the success of last season, 2014 will be one of the most memorable years in ASU football history. Without dissecting every upcoming game, here are a few I’m really looking forward to this year. First up, UCLA. The Bruins will be in Tempe on Thursday, September 25th. In addition to them being a Pac-12 rival, UCLA has a big time QB in Brett Hundley. He’s a top-5 college football quarterback and a candidate to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. UCLA is also bringing […]

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4 Reasons to Register for Pat’s Run in Tempe

Pats Run Tempe
April 9, 2014

One of my favorite annual events is just around the corner: Pat’s Run on April 26 in Tempe. If you’ve participated in this race once, I’m sure that you’re already registered. It is hard to believe that this will be the 10th year for this event. Pat’s Run is the perfect way to finish the spring running season in Tempe. It’s a lot of fun and it raises money for an excellent cause. If you haven’t run in this event yet, here are a few reasons why Pat’s Run shouldn’t be missed. Run to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Arizona State University alumni Pat Tillman left his pro football career to join the Army. Pat’s Run is held in late April to commemorate the day Pat lost his life in Afghanistan serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment. This run is 4.2 miles long and ends on the 42 yard line inside Sun Devil Stadium. This is symbolic of the #42 jersey that Pat wore when he played football for ASU. Raise money for a really good cause. The money raised at this event goes to the Pat Tillman Foundation for the Tillman Military Scholars program. This provides scholarships for U.S. military veterans and spouses who reflect the values that Pat stood for: strength of character and commitment to service. Raising money for them is the least that we can do to honor those who served our country. This is one of the most inspiring events that you’ll ever be a part of. I […]

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Small Talk with Sesty: Jerry Hall, Tempe Diablo Stadium Manager

March 11, 2014

If you’ve been to a spring training game in Tempe, you’ve been to Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 1991. I’ve been to this ballpark quite a bit, both for work and to catch a game or two. But I wanted to know a little more about the place. So I reached out to Jerry Hall, the stadium’s manager. Jerry was born in Colorado but moved to Arizona 20 years ago. For the last eight years, he has served as Stadium Manager of Tempe Diablo Stadium. After admiring the view from his office, (his window looks out onto the field from behind home plate), I peppered him with questions about the ballpark. Did you know that Tempe Diablo Stadium is the second smallest stadium in the Cactus League? It’s true. But, despite “only” having around 9,600 seats, last year it had the fifth highest attendance of all the Cactus League Stadiums. Because of its small size, Tempe Diablo Stadium gives fans a more intimate feeling when watching a ballgame. Another unique feature of the ballpark is its view of the buttes past the left field wall. For spring training, fans have access to players they don’t normally get during the regular season. You’re allowed to head over and watch practice (Jerry says you get good views at either practice field) or hang out and try to get autographs from your favorite players. Where’s the best place to try and get your baseball […]

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Rock n’ Roll at The P.F. Chang’s Marathon!

November 21, 2013

It’s that time of year when new resolutions mean more people aspiring to get into better shape.  There is no better way than the P.F. Chang’s Rock’n’Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to start the New Year off right and celebrate 2014. Many people, including me, are getting ready to line up at the start of this annual race (half for me)! You might think the marathon at 26.2 miles or even the half marathon at 13.1 to be impossible.  But, P.F. Chang’s Rock’n’Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, coming to town this Sunday January 19th, is not just for runners, it’s now for everyone! Literally. If a marathon or half marathon in not your style, check out the mini marathon or the bike tour through the marathon course! Friday the 17th & Saturday the 18th Health & Fitness Expo– Grab your goodie bag, bibs, and great deals on sporting wear. Phoenix Convention Center ; Friday -Noon-7:00 p.m & Saturday– 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday the 18th For the Kids– Kids can Rock too! This is a one-mile fun run for children in grades K – 6 that allows kids and families to experience what all the fun is about. The fun starts at Tempe Beach Park at 9:00 a.m. Sunday the 19th Marathon- Starting at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix at 7:50 a.m. Half Marathon -Starting in Downtown Tempe at Mill Avenue and Third Street  at 7:50 a.m. Mini-Marathon – A 5.4-mile run starting in Downtown Tempe and ending on Packard Drive near ASU Sun Devil Stadium; 7:50 a.m. For […]

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Small Talk with Sesty – Thomas Lenneberg, ASU Media Relations

October 30, 2013

Change is good, right?  It gives us a fresh perspective and a new view.  I also think change helps us appreciate the past a little more. ASU fans have seen the sports program go through some change in the last year.  No, I’m not talking about rosters or coaches.  In an effort to rebrand, ASU has updated their football uniforms and helmets. Even beloved mascot Sparky has had a couple of new looks. If you’re a fan of college football, you know that uniforms have become almost as exciting as watching the game itself.  The University of Oregon started the trend a few years ago.  Now, ASU has joined the party.  Every week, they wear a different uniform combination (helmets, jersey, pants).  I’ve tried to do the math and I think they have over 30 different uniform combos.  But how do they decide what to wear each week? To find this out, I got a hold of Thomas Lenneberg, Assistant Media Relations Director for Football and Baseball at Arizona State.   Thomas works with the media when it comes to anything football or baseball related.  I asked him about this and here’s what I found out.  For away games, senior leaders on the team determine what the players will wear.  “ASU should be the community’s team,” said Lenneberg.  So, they’ll do things like have a fans vote on what the team should wear for a game, like they did this year for the October 12th home game against Colorado. We chatted […]

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Patrick reviews Disney’s THE LION KING at ASU Gammage

October 23, 2013

This season, I’m lucky enough to be a Gammage Goer for ASU Gammage.  What is a Gammage Goer you ask?  There are a few of us who are assigned to watch some of the shows performing at Gammage this season and we review them.  As I’m sure you’re well aware, Disney’s THE LION KING opened last night and will be running through November 17th. Before I get into what I thought about the performance, here’s a little background about me when it comes to Broadway.  I’m originally from Freehold, NJ (Springsteen’s hometown to all you fans out there) and grew up about an hour or so south of New York City.  I’ve been to some shows on Broadway and it’s something I enjoy doing whenever I find my way back to the Garden State.  By no means do I consider myself to be a theater buff or super into it.  I like to think of myself as just an average person that doesn’t mind seeing some theater every once in a while because they like to be entertained.  I think this helps me relate a lot to most of the people that will be at Gammage this season. I’m assuming 99.99% of you reading this have seen THE LION KING or at least know what it’s about, so we’ll skip that part.  Having seen the movie a few times, as well the Broadway show years ago, it was great to see it again because I was surprised at how much […]

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