After 28 years in St. Louis, the Cardinals relocated to Arizona in the spring of 1988 and made Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University their new home.
Their first season in the Valley of the Sun began optimistically when the team raced to a 7-4 record and a share of the NFC Eastern Division lead. But untimely injuries struck and a five-game losing streak ensued to finish the year, dashing hopes of the club’s first postseason berth since 1982.
After running on fumes for a while the Jets would become grounded and move to the arid south west. Phoenix would be their new home with the puck dropping on the Coyotes first season in 1996. The Coyotes would choose the desert colours of red, brown, green, white and black. Their first jersey were quite the site, the jersey had a very Aztec looking pattern to them. The home jerseys were mainly black with a red tail stripe and red sleeve tips. They made the playoffs that first year and lost to the Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim in an exciting series.
Baseball in 2001 will always be remembered not for the games that took place during the regular season, but for the patriotism and heroic tributes that took place in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attacks. It somehow seemed fitting that the city of New York, led by Mayor Rudy Giuliani, would show immeasurable strength and host the event after suffering such devastating loss a few months earlier. As usual, the Yankees remained on top of the American League as baseball’s most storied franchise prepared to face one of its newest as the National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks had just won their first pennant in their fourth year of existence. Many fans felt that this was the year to beat the perennial champions and as a banner hung at Arizona’s Bank One Ballpark stated: Yankees history & Diamondbacks future. The Dbacks won the series in 7 rough games.
2000 Playoff Run..
1999/00: The Suns would go through another turbulent season as Coach Danny Ainge stepped down early in the season to spend more time with his family. Under Anige’s replacement Scott Skiles the Suns would play solid basketball posting a 40-22 record as they overcame a rash of injuries, which included a scary life threatening seizure to Tom Gugliotta, on the way to finishing in third place with a 53-29 record. As the season ended the banged up Suns would talk Kevin Johnson who retired two years earlier into coming back to help the team down the stretch and in the playoffs. In the playoffs the Suns would take advantage of a banged up San Antonio Spurs team playing without Tim Duncan to advance to the second round in four games. However, in the second round the Suns would be overwhelmed by the Los Angeles Lakers falling in five games.