NAU announces basketball schedule

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Northern Arizona men's basketball team released their 2014-15 schedule and led by third-year head coach Jack Murphy, the Lumberjacks enter their 103rd season of basketball in Flagstaff. "We are excited about the schedule, because it will be challenging early and help prepare us for the rigors of conference season," said Murphy. The first look...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres History with Joe Furtado: Chapter 1 – The Beginning

*Back in 1988, Padres fan and local San Diegan Joe Furtado, started writing a book based on Padres history up to that point. 21 Chapters later he finished it and after a few failed attempts at getting it published, put it back on his shelf never to see the light of day…..that is until now. Padres Public will start posting a Chapter here and there for the rest of the year. We hope...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks win series with 9-3 victory against Fisher Cats

AKRON, OH - Jordan Smith's two-run triple highlighted a four-run first inning that led to Akron's win in Sunday afternoon's game between the RubberDucks and the Fisher Cats. The victory gave the RubberDucks back-to-back series wins on their six-game home stand this week. Duke von Schamann was stellar in his start, as he allowed just two earned runs on four hits in seven...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

What They’re Saying About The San Diego Chicken

It’s been 35 years since the 2014 celebrity inductee The San Diego Chicken was “hatched” in front of more than 47,00 fans.  Today, he’s as beloved as he was in front of that initial crowd at Jack Murphy Stadium. Former San Diego Padres pitcher John D’Acquisto;  “I can remember that The San Diego Chicken was like the 26th man on our roster as the ‘Head Rooster’....
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to open its proverbial doors to three new members…Boston Red Sox fan favorite Luis Tiant, Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva and, for the first time, The Hall’s inaugural celebrity inductee, The San Diego Chicken. “Thank you to The Hall of Very Good™ for inducting me into the class of 2014 alongside one of my best friends Tony Oliva and the...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Forget baseball. There are not enough people in life like Tony Gwynn

Trying to describe the enormous loss of Tony Gwynn is an enormously lost cause. It's like you woke up one morning and Balboa Park was gone. Or Moonlight Beach. Or any other San Diego landmark that fell somewhere between a civic treasure and a natural resource. Tony Gwynn was both. He was up there somewhere between the moon and the stars in our world. Or, as Padres executive chairman...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Veteran umpire Joe West remembers Tony Gwynn's dedication, work ethic

Major League Baseball's senior most umpire was on the phone, just about to head to the ballpark in Cleveland. Joe West was set to call the balls and strikes behind the plate Monday, his vantage point many a night over two decades when one of the greatest players in the history of the game came to bat. "Tony Gwynn was the best hitter of his time," West said. "You...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

So long to the irreplaceable Mr. Padre

As we all know, Tony Gwynn passed away today after a long battle with cancer. Everybody has different memories of Tony Gwynn, whether personal interactions, strange moments during games that might not mean much to anybody else, or the big moments we all shared. I’m going to take a few minutes to share some of mine. My earliest memories of Tony Gwynn involve attending games at...
Via Padres Public
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Men's basketball coach Jack Murphy gets 5-year contract extension

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Northern Arizona men's basketball coach Jack Murphy has received a contract extension that will run through 2019. Murphy recently completed his second season at NAU and led the Lumberjacks to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the deal this week. "We are very pleased to have Jack Murphy continue on as...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2014 Game 45 (SD at COL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an Sunday afternoon in the pub.  And then Avenging Jack Murphy gets sick and begs someone to finish writing the recap for him.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (21-24) lost yesterday to the Colorado Rockies (25-20) 8-6 in 10 innings.  Donn Roach made his first...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday, Mr. Padre!

Today is Tony Gwynn‘s 54th birthday. I can hardly believe Tony is 54.  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in Jack Murphy Stadium (notice I didn’t say Qualcomm?) watching him battle Willie McGee or Will Clark for a batting title.* *I’m old.  No, seriously, I’m really old now. Allow me to tell you a funny story that involved Tony and my brother, Mark. My brother...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NAU gets new logo, gives Louie new look

Northern Arizona University announced a new look Friday night, publicly unveiling logos, a new appearance for mascot Louie and new uniforms. There was scheduled to be an unveiling at the spring football game Saturday at 2 p.m., but the game was cancelled due to snow in Flagstaff. Full rollout of new uniforms will occur in the fall for all 15 of NAU's intercollegiate teams. The...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Economic Impact of 10 Years of PETCO Park

Yesterday, both NBC 7 and FOX 5 reported on an economic impact study on the 10-year anniversary of PETCO Park that the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) released. After a little begging and pleading on Twitter, Gavin (CT2SD) sent me a copy that he found thanks to a tip from Matthew Hall of the UT. I figured we can take a look at and analyze the...
Via Padres Public
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NAU can't keep up with Northern Colorado

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Northern Arizona struggled early and couldn't catch up to Northern Colorado on Thursday in a 74-59 loss. Tate Unruh led the Bears in scoring with 24 points, and Derrick Barden added 21. The Lumberjacks were led by freshman Kris Yanku, who had 22 points. "Credit Northern Colorado -- they were focused and they came in and made some tough shots," said...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres 2014 FanFest: Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends, Once More

The 2014 Padres FanFest has come and gone. We can now consider the season underway. I love FanFest. Always have. Even back in the days of Jack Murphy Stadium, when it was more or less just a glorified baseball card show, I loved it. Of course, it has come a long way since those days. Join me, will you, for a rather long look at my day on Saturday. The Line I arrived at 8am and...
Via Padres Public
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bolts staying in San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium

In news that should not come as a surprise to many, the San Diego Chargers will be staying put for the foreseeable future. Mark Fabiani, the Special Counsel to Dean Spanos (Owner and President of the San Diego Chargers), announced the team will remain in Qualcomm Stadium for the 2014 season to Chargers.com on Wednesday afternoon. Given their recent history, this should not surprise...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Memorial for Jerry Coleman Recap

Saturday, January 18th, the Padres held a public memorial service for Jerry Coleman, and Padres Public was well-represented. Along with myself, Rick & Beau of RJ’s Fro, Woe Doctor, and Avenging Jack Murphy all attended. Rick is working on a special Padres And Pints featuring portions of the memorial. But that’s a few weeks away. The ceremony took place on a stage placed...
Via Padres Public
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NAU pulls away from Portland State in second half

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- After being tied with Portland State at 31-all at the half, Northern Arizona scored 46 points in the second half to pull away for a 77-56 victory Saturday at the Walkup Skydome. "I think we weren't pushing the pace in the first half," said NAU coach Jack Murphy. "In the second half we got stops, began to push the basketball and got some good...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

My Jerry Story by FISH

Growing up as a kid in San Diego there were plenty of things to do, go to the beach, play with friends outside all year round, and listen to Padres baseball on the radio. The latter of the three was one of my favorites. Now I loved playing with my friends, but did it get much better than listening to Padres baseball on the radio? Not really. That is why the news of Jerry Coleman...
Via Padres Public
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Legendary Padres announcer Jerry Coleman passes away at 89

It was a certainly a bittersweet Sunday in San Diego. Hours after the Chargers secured an impressive playoff victory in Cincinnati, and moments after the city’s top 20 college basketball team became the first non-Big 12 school to win in Lawrence, Kan., since 2006, San Diego lost perhaps its most legendary sports icon not named Tony Gwynn. Jerry Coleman died Jan. 5 from complications...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Lumberjack Score: Coaches corner edition

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- This month's episode of the Lumberjack Score features basketball instruction from coaches Sue Darling and Jack Murphy, plus an introduction to swimmer Emma Lowther.
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Northern Arizona falls 77-44 to No. 1 Arizona

Jack Murphy watched some pretty good defensive teams at Arizona as a manager under Lute Olson. He also saw what the Wildcats could do from the opposing bench last season. This year's team tops anything Murphy has seen. Getting a firsthand look at one of the nation's best defensive teams, Northern Arizona was no match for top-ranked Arizona in a 77-44 loss on Monday night...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 1 Wildcats' defense impresses

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jack Murphy has seen some No. 1 teams in his young day. And, Arizona is a legit No. 1 team. Murphy should know after he witnessed a top-shelf beat down on Monday night at the hands of top-ranked Arizona. Murphy's Northern Arizona Lumberjacks fell 77-44 in McKale Center. For nearly 10 years, Murphy had a front row seat to a few No. 1 Arizona teams, the last before...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 1 Wildcats' defense impresses

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jack Murphy has seen some No. 1 teams in his young day. And, Arizona is a legit No. 1 team. Murphy should know after he witnessed a top-shelf beat down on Monday night at the hands of top-ranked Arizona. Murphy's Northern Arizona Lumberjacks fell 77-44 in McKale Center. For nearly 10 years, Murphy had a front row seat to a few No. 1 Arizona teams, the last before...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The Fro inks @SanDiegoJosh to a deal

After being critical of the previous off-season, where absolutely nothing was done to improve the team, I set out to put my money where my mouth was and gather a stellar lineup of free agent…..bloggers. Padres Public was born. It appears that it was a pretty successful year too. So what does Padres Public do during the 2014 off-season? Stand pat and “bide our time”? Nay. We...
Via Padres Public
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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