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Good morning,…Scottsdale?

Sure, why not? Good morning, Scottsdale.

If I may throw another log (blog?) onto the Washington Redskins fire, it’s that they’re in town to face the Arizona Cardinals and we’ve been bumped from our usual hotel, which is situated amidst a sea of parking lots between Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium. This happens from time to time, and for the last 17 hours we’ve set up shop in Phoenix’s most upscale suburb. Naturally, there’s a golf course within view of this blog’s balcony.

So last year I added a new twist to Good morning posts by identifying a Highlighted Local Artist. This became a challenge and wobbled on unsustainability when faced with five second half trips to Calgary and Edmonton. So I’m looking for a new feature on these game day posts, which, by the way, are probably my favorite recurring feature on the blog.

I don’t have any idea yet, and I’m ready for any and all suggestions. For now, I’m just going to post Simpsons clips, courtesy of the greatest Instagram account there ever was.

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"Get off my sugar!" from 'Lisa's Rival'. Season 6, Episode 2.

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Long live Lisa’s Rival, which aired 20 years ago last month. I have a ball. Perhaps you’d like to bounce it.

Speaking of embeddable video, well, there isn’t any of our landing today, and I apologize. If you’re still skeptical that we actually flew 65 minutes to Phoenix yesterday, the only evidence I can offer you is this photo, from my own Instagram account. Here’s Palos Verdes and the southern expanse of the L.A. Basin from roughly 10 minutes after takeoff:

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Oh it's just a beautiful day to fly

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The Kings are scheduled to trek across the Valley of the Sun for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at Gila River Arena. Also, let’s all welcome James Nicholson back to the fold. For the second straight year, James will be doing great work as LAKI’s right hand man.

Lots more to come on a busy game day.

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