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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:04 pm | Updated: 8:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Odd thoughts from an odd mind ...

The NFL trading deadline came and went Tuesday, and the Cardinals didn't swing a deal for unhappy Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Read Scott Bordow's blog

In one respect, that's disappointing. Gonzalez would have been the perfect addition, a huge upgrade at tight end and another weapon for quarterback Kurt Warner. Imagine the headaches Arizona would have presented defenses with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston and Gonzalez lined up in a four-receiver set.

But I can understand why the Cardinals stood pat. Gonzalez signed a $35 million contract extension in 2007 that made him the high-paid tight end in the NFL.

Given that so many high-profile Cardinals will seek new deals in the offseason - Warner, Boldin, Karlos Dansby, etc. etc. - acquiring another huge contract wouldn't have made a lot of sense.

Arizona State football fans calling for the head of offensive coordinator Rich Olson need to take a deep breath and relax.

I agree that Olson isn't the most innovative coordinator I've ever seen, and I did question some of his third-down calls against USC, but let's not forget ASU averaged 32.3 points per game last year while Olson was calling the plays.

I'm guessing he didn't become an idiot overnight.

That said, I would like to see some more creativity from the Sun Devils' offense. Take more shots down field. Throw in a trick play every once in awhile. Because what they're doing right now isn't working.

Speaking of ASU, it appears the Sun Devils will have serious quarterback issues in 2009.

Danny Sullivan is a nice guy, but I just don't see him being a Pac-10 caliber quarterback.

And if he can't do the job, the Sun Devils would have to turn to either Samson Szakacsy, Jack Elway or incoming recruit Brock Osweiler, none of whom will have played a single down of college football. (Redshirt freshman Chasen Stangel is expected to transfer at season's end).

That's not a good thing, particularly with an nonconference schedule that includes BYU and Georgia.

Travel tip to the lady who projectile vomited on me during our flight from Burbank to Phoenix on Sunday morning:

There's an air sickness bag right in front of you. Use it.

I have heard a couple of national commentators try to excuse Adam "Pac-Man" Jones' behavior by pointing out that the Dallas Cowboys hiring bodyguards to be by his side 24 hours a day is no different than the Texas Rangers hiring former coach Johnny Narron to watch over outfielder Josh Hamilton and be his personal mentor.

Sorry, not buying it.

Hamilton had a terrible disease - a drug addiction that nearly ruined his life.

Jones just makes stupid choices.

New coach Terry Porter seems to have won over the Suns with his defense-first philosophy. That includes point guard Steve Nash, who greatly admired former coach Mike D'Antoni and at first seemed skeptical about the changes.

But I wonder just how much of a difference Porter can make. His three best players - Nash, Amaré Stoudemire and Shaquille O'Neal - are defensive liabilities.

Nash can't keep guards from getting into the lane, O'Neal is too big to cover the pick-and-roll, and Stoudemire talks a much better defensive game than he plays.

Porter can preach all he wants. But he has to have players who can put his words into practice, too.

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