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Bluewater offers Fiesta and Cactus Bowl deals

Calling all Wildcats, Broncos, Huskies and Cowboys!  Bluewater Grill Phoenix is making it easy for students, alumni and fans of the teams playing in the Fiesta and Cactus Bowls to enjoy Arizona’s freshest sustainable seafood before, during or after the big games.

Now through Jan. 5, 2015, Bluewater Grill in the Camelback Corridor of central Phoenix will offer a free cup of its award-winning clam chowder or choice of an appetizer to fans in town for the 44th Annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014, and 26th Annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2, 2015, with the purchase of an entrée at the regular price. (One free cup of chowder per purchased entrée, or one free appetizer per party.)

To take advantage of this special offer, participants must present an official logo or team name of one of the four schools, or identify themselves as a fan, to their Bluewater Grill Phoenix server before ordering on or before Jan. 5, 2015. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount. One free cup of chowder per purchased entrée, or one free appetizer per party. Some selections on the menu may not be available.

Bluewater Grill will also extend its popular weekday happy hours, featuring $4, $5 and $6 drink and appetizer specials, during all bowl games throughout the Bluewater region of San Diego, Southern California and Phoenix:

Specializing in the absolute freshest sustainable seafood, Bluewater Grill, Bluewater Boathouse and Bluewater Avalon have emerged as a leading family of seafood restaurants since the first location opened in Newport Beach in 1996.  Lunch and dinner menus feature more than 40 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish served annually. Other highlights include outdoor patios, shellfish bars, kid’s menus, full bars and wine lists, weekday happy hours and monthly tasting events.

Guests visiting before Jan. 5, 2015, can enjoy a special Western version of “Holiday Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster,” the classic New England holiday family.  The limited-time Bluewater Grill offering includes a whole Maine lobster stuffed with a special shrimp and buttery panko-crumb stuffing and served with choice of two sides, unlimited fresh sourdough bread and a Bluewater Grill bib for a market price up to $34.95.  At least 15 minutes prep time is required.

Bluewater Grill is located at 1720 E. Camelback Rd., in the Camelback Corridor of central Phoenix. The phone number is (602) 277-FISH (3474).

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Could fantasy football land you in jail?

Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

With football season here, fantasy leagues are scoring big with sports fans. But, what may throw many Arizonans for a loss is many sports fans’ favorite pastime can also be a crime. The multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry is illegal in Arizona, creating potential legal risks and gray areas for fantasy sport enthusiasts.

Since fantasy sports hit the scene, is has exploded in popularity and the professional sports leagues love it because of the marketing and exposure it generates for the leagues. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act. However, Congress made a specific exemption for fantasy sports, based on the belief that fantasy sports are rooted in skill and outcomes are based primarily on statistical results of the athletes. However, the industry is regulated on the state level.

“Arizona is a unique minority in the nation when it comes to fantasy sports,” according to Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

Hasebe said Arizona state law differs with federal law, stating that fantasy sports are based on chance, not skill. This makes fantasy leagues that involve any kind of reward illegal.

Whether a specific fantasy league is legal in Arizona depends on where the league originates and the operating procedures of the league. Three ways exist for the league to be legal:

• The league does not play for money.
• If everyone participating is over the age of 21 and no entity outside of the contest benefits financially.
• If the league is conducted out of a regulated gambling establishment, like a tribal compact casino.

However, Arizonians cannot participate in nationwide fantasy sports leagues that involve reward because of the Arizona Gambling Law that states, “No other person, other than the player or players, derives a profit from the money paid to gamble.” Contests that have an administrative fee disqualifies the league as an “amusement” or “social” gambling event under Arizona law. These contests include popular leagues run by ESPN and CBS.

Last year, State Sen. Adam Driggs attempted to change the standing law with Senate Bill 1468. The bill intended to set fantasy sports apart from gambling and outline the specifics for what is considered fantasy sport under state law. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association came out against the bill, which would have legalized and regulated fantasy sports gaming. The bill failed to reach the senate floor.
“Personally I have never heard of the law being enforced,” Hasebe said.

But, Arizonians who participate are committing a misdemeanor. And under Arizona Chapter 33 of Title 13, which states, “benefiting from a game of chance” is prohibited, commissioners of leagues are committing a Class 5 felony.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association reported that in 2013 there were more than 33.5 million people playing fantasy sports in the United States alone. It is not only illegal for Arizonans to partake in this national trend, Arizona is also missing out on the business and money-making opportunities that come along with the industry, according to Hasebe.

Conquering Concussions

ASU, TGen Team Up for Concussion Research

Riddell, the leader in football helmet technology and innovation, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a leader in cutting-edge genomic research, today announced that the Pac-12’s Arizona State University and its Sun Devil football program will again participate in a genetic research study designed to advance athlete concussion detection and treatment.

Now in its second year, the joint research project will combine molecular information and head impact data from Sun Devil football student-athletes to identify whether the effects of sub-concussive hits are identifiable. The researchers will monitor the players’ changing molecular information throughout a season of typical head impact exposure associated with football practice and games. Representatives from the Sun Devil medical team and TGen will collect the molecular samples from the participating athletes, all of whom volunteered to partake in the study.

“This partnership represents another dynamic and innovative step toward ensuring that the health and well-being of our student-athletes remains our most important goal,” Vice President for Arizona State University Athletics Ray Anderson said. “Sun Devil Athletics continues to serve as a pioneering force in this important issue and is proud to participate in this world-class research study for the second consecutive year with two outstanding industry trendsetters in Riddell and TGen.”

Arizona State’s preferred helmet and protective equipment provider, Riddell, has again deployed its Sideline Response System (SRS) to obtain real-time head impact data from Arizona State football student-athletes. Riddell SRS provides researchers with a wide range of valuable information on the frequency and severity of head impacts a player receives during games and practices. Data gathered from the system will be combined with genetic information from players that experience concussion, with the objective of helping physicians diagnose concussion and better identify when a player might be expected to recover and return to the field.

“Player protection has become an essential part of football, and this cutting-edge partnership sets ASU apart from not only the rest of the conference, but every collegiate football program in the nation,” ASU Head Coach Todd Graham said. “We are not only looking out for our student-athletes while they are enrolled at ASU, but for the rest of their lives. You become a part of the brotherhood once you put on the maroon and gold, and that doesn’t end at graduation.”

Riddell will also utilize the player head impact data collected from the ASU and TGen research partnership to inform the development of new football helmets and further refine updates to smart helmet technologies like Riddell SRS and its recently launched Riddell InSite Impact Response System.

“We’re impressed by the enthusiasm exhibited by our partners, Arizona State University and TGen, as we enter the second season of our important research collaboration,” President of Riddell Dan Arment said. “They have matched our level of passion for football, and we are all committed to better protecting those that play the sport we love. We are left encouraged following the first year of our project and look forward to continuing on the path towards advancing concussion detection and treatment of athletes.”

The researchers at TGen are exploring whether the effects of sub-concussive hits are identifiable through blood-based molecular information. Their findings could prove pivotal to the game of football and other sports. Similar to last season, during this phase of the study the TGen faculty and staff are on the sidelines collecting samples and data. A baseline sample was collected from all participating players prior to their pre-season workouts. Since then, the researchers have followed the team through their daily workouts and will continue throughout the season.

Through the collection of samples over various points in time and the data generated by Riddell SRS, the goal is to identify the genomic changes in athletes exposed to routine head impacts during practice and games, athletes with diagnosed concussions that recover on both a routine time scale, and athletes with persistent symptoms following concussion that require additional treatment.

“As the mother of a young son who has played football, I’m keenly aware of the need to improve the current standards in place today for dealing with this issue,” said TGen Associate Professor Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, whose technique for studying the collected samples drives this unique partnership. “As a researcher whose daily work looks for ways to determine the early warning signs of head injury, I get to see first hand how committed Arizona State University and Riddell are to student-athlete safety, and their determination to improve the game at all levels.”

Following the season long campaign, the researchers will gather post-season data and begin the analysis process with their colleagues at Barrow Neurological Institute and A.T. Still University. During this process, TGen will work closely with Barrow, whose B.R.A.I.N.S. (Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System) program treats patients who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. The Barrow data will provide the researchers with additional concussion data and allow for comparison between data sets.

photo provided by Pauls Corporation.

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee signs lease at Renaissance Square

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has signed a 7,535-square-foot lease in Renaissance Square, a two-building, 965,000-square-foot Class A office complex located in the hub of downtown Phoenix.

Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years.

Hines Managing Director Chris Anderson said, “We are honored that One Renaissance Square is the official headquarters building of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. They are an outstanding addition to an already world-class tenant roster.”

“Renaissance Square is one of the premier office buildings in Phoenix, and we are thrilled to call it our new home for the next year. We look forward to hosting the world’s biggest single-day sporting event in 2015, all the surrounding activities, and the 2015 Pro Bowl,” said Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman David Rousseau.

One and Two Renaissance Square were designed by the architecture firm Emery, Roth & Sons, Inc., and were completed in 1987 and 1989 respectively. One Renaissance Square is 25-stories tall, and Two Renaissance Square contains 27 stories. The buildings are clad in red granite, connected by a pedestrian sky bridge, and boast numerous on-site amenities.

Renaissance Square is leased to large corporate tenants, such as Bryan Cave LLP, Ernst & Young and Quarles & Brady LLP, as well as many GSA tenants and prominent local businesses.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee was represented in lease negotiations by Brad Anderson of CBRE. Jerry Noble of Cushman & Wakefield represented Hines, the building’s owner and property manager.

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Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and day spa near the Cardinals’ training facility.

“It has been my dream to open a day spa, salon and ink studio ever since I left the NFL, “ owner David Barrett said. “With the opening of D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink we will bring a new offering to the area that fills the luxury salon and spa niche in the East Valley,” he said.

D’Antonio’s caters to the East Valley’s high-end clientele with a new salon, spa, and ink studio. The sleek interior is finished with dramatic designer fixtures and features a canary and pewter color scheme throughout. This lavish day spa is accessorized with eye-catching artwork, dramatic decor and glamorous chandeliers. D’Antonio’s is designed to balance masculine and feminine energy with a design that appeals to both men and women.

D’Antonio’s Day Spa offers clients a combination of services ranging from professional hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, licensed estheticians, and a body art/tattoo artist. D’Antonio’s offers women’s haircuts, color, and extensions as well as a range of men’s hair design options. A full service nail salon is also available as well as facials, peels, waxing and massages. Part of D’Antonio’s signature services includes scalp massage therapy using luxurious hair oils blended with aromatic herbs and florals custom blended for the salon.

D’Antonio’s also offers a high-end tattoo studio, the first of its kind in Arizona. This luxury, appointment-only atelier is ideal for elite clientele who want their ink done by top artistic talent in chic and private surroundings. With body art becoming increasingly popular, an upscale art gallery-type studio is becoming ever more prevalent and desirable.

Located just minutes from the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility, D’Antonio’s is geared towards serving East Valley residents with a high-end day spa and salon experience. D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink sets a new standard in the luxury salon and spa market. D’Antonio’s is scheduled to open in early August.

To learn more about D’Antonio’s Day Spa or to make an appointment visit their website: www.d-antoniosdayspa.com or call 480-878-4860 to schedule an appointment.

D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink

2040 S. Alma School Rd. Suite #22

Chandler, Arizona 85286

(480) 878-4860

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TGen and Riddell Announce Partnership

Head protection plays a vital role in the health and safety of any athlete participating in helmeted sports.  In a move that could help revolutionize football player safety, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Easton-Bell Sports through its Riddell brand, announced today it would work together on a study designed to advance athlete concussion detection and treatment.  Information gathered through the study will also be used to develop new football headgear and further refine updates to player monitoring technology.

“TGen welcomes this remarkable opportunity to join Riddell in a major research study with the goal of helping to objectively monitor a player on the field (with microelectronics combined with nucleic acid sequencing),” said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Research Director. “TGen’s work over the past several years in the area of head trauma is accelerating new insights to the critical study of concussion injury.”

The genesis of this potentially groundbreaking study is to merge a player’s genetic information with real-time microelectronic information captured by Riddell’s Sideline Response System (SRS). A highly sophisticated, data-intensive system, Riddell SRS provides researchers, athletic staff and players with a wide range of valuable information on the number and severity of head impacts a player receives during games and practices.  Employed since 2003 by several well-respected research institutions, Riddell SRS has captured 1.8 million impacts from youth to elite football competition, and its data has led to impactful changes to rules, how the game is played and coached, and has informed new helmet designs.

“As the industry leader in football head protection, Riddell has the unique opportunity to advance TGen’s groundbreaking medical research into the brain as we work together towards identifying a way to accurately and quickly diagnose concussions in football players,” said Dan Arment, President of Riddell. “With Riddell’s commitment to player protection and history of innovation, we are hopeful that our collaboration with TGen will help us better protect athletes and lead us to meaningful advancements in helmet technology that move the game of football forward.”

A key question the study seeks to answer is: are the effects of sub-concussive hits identifiable through blood-based molecular information? “Based on our current information, we believe this study will have the unique ability to provide a molecular ‘risk’ and ‘recovery’ score, enabling physicians to better identify when a player might be expected to recover from the effects of the concussion and get back on the field,” said Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, TGen Assistant Professor, whose technique for studying molecular information at a micro level will drive the research.

While the joint study will begin with football, the Riddell-TGen partnership has the potential to improve sports equipment manufactured by brands in the broader Easton-Bell Sports portfolio, including headgear for hockey, baseball, cycling, snowsports, and powersports. “As the awareness of head injury grows across all sports, supporting science like this will help us offer a more protective helmet solution to the athlete,” said Arment.

Local Institutes and Advocate to Join Study

As part of the study, TGen will work with the Barrow Neurological Institute whose B.R.A.I.N.S. (Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System) program treats patients who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

“Combining our neurological expertise and the information from our B.R.A.I.N.S. program, with TGen’s genomic knowledge and Riddell’s helmet technology, will provide great insight into how we measure concussions and how they affect the human brain,” said Dr. Javier Cárdenas, a neurologist and brain injury expert with Barrow Neurological Institute. “The genomic data could aid in the treatment process and will greatly add to the growing body of knowledge we’re acquiring about head injury patients.”

Joining Barrow will be athletic trainers from A.T. Still University and SAFE Football, which teaches alternative game-play techniques that reduce the number of head impacts while increasing competitiveness.

“Our partnerships with Barrow Neurological Institute, A.T. Still University, and Safe Football provide a multifaceted approach to identifying athletes in need of medical attention, to educating athletes on concussion and brain injury, to reducing the risk of injury through development of better techniques, and to improving treatment outcomes,” said Dr. Matt Huentelman, TGen Associate Professor and a co-investigator on the study.

Scottsdale Saguaro's DJ Foster (Darryl Webb, East Valley Tribune)

ASU Football: Immediate Impact Players in 2012 Recruiting Class

Outside of the yearly Duel in the Desert game against Arizona and the possible bowl appearances, National Letter of Intent Day is one of the biggest days for ASU football and Sun Devil nation.

With fresh new faces committing to each university, it is a look at the future and the new faces of each school. And on February 1, new ASU football Head Coach Todd Graham brought in his first recruiting class.

Only 50 days into his tenure, most fans in Sun Devil nation have applauded Graham for his work of salvaging what seemed to be a dismal recruiting class. By bringing in some of the best, local talent in Arizona and some nationally-recognized junior college players, Graham looks to make a splash in the PAC-12 this season with his “high-octane” spread offense.


Let’s take a look at some players in this ASU’s new recruiting class who have the ability to be a factor on the field in the 2012 ASU football season:


1. DJ Foster

DJ Foster, ASU Football
With the highest-ranked recruit coming to ASU since 2004, DJ Foster of Scottsdale Saguaro High School has the ability to make an immediate impact on the field. With his speed, play-making ability and ability to play from the back field or lined up as a receiver, Foster can become a dangerous weapon for the Devils. In his senior season, he scored 64 touchdowns, including an Arizona state record 10 touchdowns in one game. While he still needs to develop some size to become an every-down back, look to see Graham move Foster around the offense in 2012.

2. Marion Grice

Marion Grice, ASU Football
A relatively unknown recruit to most Sun Devil fans, Grice was the highest ranked junior college running back in the nation. While most did not believe the Sun Devils had a chance at landing Grice, he was a pleasant signing-day surprise for the maroon and gold. At 6-0, 215 lbs., Grice is a hard-nosed tailback that adds depth to an already stacked back-field for the Devils. With Cameron Marshall returning for his senior season, Deantre Lewis back from injury, and DJ Foster — these four running backs will give OC Norvell plenty of options in 2012.

3. Chris Young

Chris Young, ASU Football
ASU had plenty of needs to be filled with this recruiting class after graduating a handful of seniors from last years starting line-ups. Chris Young, another junior college recruit that Sun Devil fans can look to make an immediate impact in 2012. With the new 3-3-5/3-4 offense that Graham will be running, Young is the perfect Hybrid form to fit this defense. It also doesn’t hurt that he was named the Western States Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

4. Steffon Martin

 Steffon Martin, ASU Football
A teammate of Young at Arizona Western, Martin looks to join Young and fill the shoes at middle linebacker that were left with the departure of Vontaze Burfict. At 6-2, 240 lbs., Martin runs a 4.5 forty. This kind of speed can make Martin a terror from sideline to sideline and hopefully create some stability at the middle line-backer position that ASU never had with Burfict.

5. Evan Goodman

 Evan Goodman, ASU Football
After Foster, Goodman may be one of the most prized recruits in this year’s class. A four-star ranked offensive tackle out of Florida, Goodman is a nationally ranked recruit. With offers from Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and more, it’s obvious that the boy has talent. And his 6-4, 290 lbs. frame doesn’t hurt much either. With ASU graduating three of the starting offensive linemen from last season, Goodman may have to step up as a freshman. With the recruit of Goodman, ASU has hopefully opened a door into the recruiting realm of Florida, a territory that is usually owned by SEC teams.

6. Mike Pennel

 Mike Pennel, ASU Football
Another big time junior college recruit, Pennel comes from just down the road at Scottsdale Community College. A monstrous defensive tackle, at 6-5, 340 lbs., Pennel may be the beastly nose-tackle that is needed to cause havoc in Graham’s three-man defensive line. Without many options at the nose tackle position, look to see Pennel on the field at the beginning of the season.

7. Alonzo Agwuenu

 Alonzo Agwuenu, ASU Football
The pass game at ASU has plenty of uncertainties heading into the 2012 season. Gerrell Robinson, Mike Willie and Aaron Pflugrad, the top three receivers for ASU last year have all graduated — and star-in-the-making QB Brock Osweiler — has opted for the NFL draft. Agwuenu, another junior college recruit, has a big 6-4, 210-pound frame that will make him an easy target for the new quarterback in the fall.

Click here for an in-depth look at ASU’s entire 2012 recruiting class.