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Courtside Conversations with Paul Johnson
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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Jan. 5, 2004

As we begin a New Year, I find that I have many things to be thankful for. I have a beautiful wife and four children, a great job and many friends. I am also thankful for the opportunity to broadcast Arizona women's basketball for the ninth consecutive season.

So, in the basketball realm, these are the things I am thankful for as we enter 2004:

  • Coach Joan Bonvicini's friendship. She stood beside my family when my first wife, Jodee, passed away from cancer and was right there again to bless my recent marriage to Wendi.
  • The great people I travel with and interact with at the University of Arizona. For some reason, they all accept me as family even though I am just a radio broadcaster.
  • A winning basketball program. It is a joy to be around winners. This year is no exception, and 11-3 isn't bad!
  • Traveling in the Pac-10. I have already had enough of places like Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
  • Mindy Claggett, who is the best sports information director in the Pac-10. Without her, I wouldn't know half of what I know now!
  • UA senior associate athletics director Rocky LaRose, who has always treated me with great respect and, through her battle with cancer, has carried herself with grace and courage.
  • The opportunity to watch Dee-Dee Wheeler play each night.
  • The opportunity to watch Polkey play each night.
  • McArthur Court in Eugene, Oregon. It will be a sad day when that building goes down.
  • Wildcat trainer Anna Ferguson and assistant coach Kellee Barney, both of whom can spot a Starbucks coffee shop a mile away!
  • Classy players who play the game the way it should be played, not with elbows and knees.
  • Jonathan Morris, the best public address announcer I have run across.
  • Cinnabons.
  • Hotels with coffee makers in the room.
  • The game of basketball!

    Happy New Year. I pray that you are blessed in everything you do!

    See you on the radio!
    Paul Johnson

    All Arizona Women's Basketball Games are broadcast live on 1330 AM!

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