It’s fair to say that fans of Arizona’s professional sports clubs are having a difficult time of things at the moment.
Across the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises, the state’s four main teams have all been struggling to deliver any sort of success over the past few years.
Read on as we take a look at the recent fortunes of Arizona’s quartet of pro sports organisations.
Diamondbacks the best of the bunch
The Arizona Diamondbacks have qualified for the Major League Baseball play-offs just once in the last seven years, yet they are currently in better shape than any of the state’s three other franchises.
The Diamondbacks finished with an 82-80 record last season, and hopes are high that they can improve in 2019.
They will certainly have a different look in the coming year with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, left-hander Patrick Corbin and centre fielder A.J. Pollock all departing.
However, catcher Carson Kelly and right-hander Luke Weaver have joined the club and if general manager Mike Hazen can some depth to his bullpen the Diamondbacks could kick on next season.
The Suns aren’t shining in Phoenix
Phoenix Suns finished bottom of the Western Conference in the NBA last season and they are on course to repeat the trick this time around.
Rebuilding teams is never easy and there have been times over the past couple of years where the Suns’ management have looked like they’d need a big win from a Sugarhouse Sportsbook promo code to help turn things around.
Their signing of Trevor Ariza turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, so much so that they quickly moved him on without getting much in return.
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are talented and the Suns’ 2019 draft pick should improve things, but they are still a long way away from where they need to be.
Cardinals desperate to arrest slide
The Arizona Cardinals were a team to be feared in the NFL back in 2015, making it all the way to the NFC Championship game.
However, the wheels have fallen off spectacularly since then and their 3-13 record last season was one of the worst in their history.
The Cardinals made the mistake of taking a conservative approach last season, when everyone else was focusing on the offensive side of the game.
Whether they can turn things around in one off-season is debatable, but the fans will certainly be hoping to see a more positive style of play next term.
Struggling Coyotes lack bite
The Arizona Coyotes haven’t reached the NHL play-offs for the last six years and they have been beset by inconsistency this season.
Speculation has been rife that the franchise could be relocated to Houston after it was made known that Seattle’s expansion team would bump the Coyotes to the league’s Central Division.
Team president and CEO Ahron Cohen scotched the rumours in a recent letter to fans, saying the organisation was committed to staying in Arizona.
However, the uncertainty doesn’t appear to helping the Coyotes on the ice and it looks highly unlikely that they will qualify for the post-season once again.