Barry moved to Phoenix in 1979 and has never left. After graduating from Chaparral High School, Barry went on to ASU where he received both undergraduate and law degrees.
Barry is a partner in the Phoenix law firm Thomas, Thomas and Markson, where his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. In addition to his legal and radio work, Barry also serves on the board of directors for both charitable and legal organizations.
Barry is married and has two young sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his kids' baseball teams and playing and watching sports.
Chris Lewis has been the co-host of the Fantasy Forum for 19 years. He likes to say he started when he was 12, but we know better.
Originally born in NY (Long Island), Chris has been in the Phoenix metro area for 22 years and is an Arizona State Sun Devil alum. While he still roots for his hometown teams, the local squads have gained his loyalty over the years, and he has been a D-Backs season ticket holder since day 1 (and has remained so despite having to see Bauer every game).
So, I was up way too early on a Saturday morning...couldn't sleep, lots to do. So I decided to get out of bed and get some work done. While checking email, I noticed that my good friend and former XTRA910 host John Cannon had written a column regarding the tragic events at Penn State. John is calling for the cancelling of today's game and the rest of the Nittany Lion season, with the possible addition of a "self-imposed" death penalty for next year as well.
If you would like to read John's entire column on the topic, and you should because I have not done it justice here, drop him a tweet @JCannonSports and I'm sure he'll find a way for you to read it.
Those of you who know John and I know that I always wanted to do a show with him, but that show most likely would not have been very exciting because I almost ALWAYS agree with him. But I do not agree in this case. I do not believe the season should be cancelled, and I do not believe a "death penalty" should be imposed. My reasoning is:
So…if it were me (and thankfully it is not), I would:
The football program has basically given itself the death penalty anyway. It will be a long time before even a brilliant new coaching staff (and there aren't many of those)can recruit players...who would want to walk into that situation right now? What bowl game will invite this team to play?
I understand that we have no idea the full scope of this mess. More information can and will be learned that might change the situation (and thus I reserve the right to say I was wrong later). As a good friend said to me yesterday, "do you think this guy really learned this behavior at the age of 60?" We have no concept of how long this has been going on or how many victims there have been.
In the end, football doesn't matter. It isn't going to save the victims, whether they play the games or not. No one will forget this, everyone will take the issue VERY seriously, and hopefully a serious subject that needs to be addressed in this country will be dealt with.
I also believe that there are a lot of very good people in Happy Valley who frankly wouldn't mind a distraction for three hours today.
But hey, that’s just my opinion. If you have your own, or would like to call me names, follow me on twitter @chrislewisforum.