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FOUHY: It sucks to be an Arizona pro sports fan right now

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Posted at 3:51 AM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 17:54:18-05

Let's just be blunt: It sucks to be a fan of Arizona's professional sports teams right now.

Let's start with the Arizona Cardinals. To put this season in perspective: The Cards were in the NFC Championship Game just three seasons ago. But this year, it's downright ugly, and trending in the wrong direction.

The Cards could realistically finish the season with just three wins. In the Cardinals' 31 years in Arizona, that's happened only one other time: back in 2000, when Vince Tobin was fired after seven games. Steve Wilks inherited an eight-win team, and he's led them down the drain.

The Phoenix Suns, meanwhile, haven't been to the playoffs since 2010, in a league in which most teams make the playoffs each season. And their four wins through 27 games is the worst start in franchise history. They're almost a third of the way through the season, and on pace for a franchise-worst 13 wins. So they suck too.

The Coyotes are more than a third of the way through their season. They have the fourth-worst record in the west, and they've lost their starting goalie Antti Raanta, whom they recently signed to a mega contract extension, for the season due to injury.

And the Diamondbacks? They just traded away the face of the franchise. They've lost starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to free agency, and they're likely to lose their best outfielder, A.J. Pollock the same way. They've decided to shift into rebuild mode just a year removed from the playoffs.

So, yeah: It sucks to be a Phoenix sports fan right now -- at least on the professional side of things.