Thursday, December 14, 2006

OMG! They Won!

It’s been becoming a trend for Cardinal’s fans to not show up until after the kickoff. However, those fans who didn't show up for the first 2 1/4 minutes of the game missed out on some of its most exciting action. There is something amazing about seeing your team start the game with a three and out followed by an amazing punt return and a 54 yard touchdown pass.
Don't get me wrong, we've seen the Cards jump out to big leads several times this year only to watch the lead disappear in time for the final clock tick, but a funny thing happened on the way to the typical Cardinals game, the defense held.
This was a wonderful game. Yes, the Seahawks took the lead with just over 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, but the Cardinals came back and retook the lead never to relinquish it again.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thank God for Cheerleaders

Since the Cardinals are currently 3-9 and still sucking, I figured why not take some time and focus on the cheerleaders.

The Cardinals’ cheerleaders are taking some time away from cheering for a losing team and spreading holiday cheer instead. Eleven members of the Show Team just got back from Fort Hood, Texas where they were performing for the base’s annual Christmas event. Over the course of the weekend, the cheerleaders spread joy throughout the community through kid’s clinics, autograph signings, and a two hour performance.

Now, those are some lucky kids.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Still Losing

With 2 wins this season and 9 loses, what can really be said about the Arizona Cardinals. Pendergast’s so called “unorthodox style of defensive”, which leaves teams guessing as to where the pressure is coming from, doesn’t really seem to be anything extraordinary. Sure, it keeps the Cardinals from having a humiliating defeat, but what about offense? At least rookie Matt Leinart can get some game experience without all the pressure of winning. Maybe next year they’ll be ready to win again.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Cardinals Happy with a Tie

Okay, happy may be a stretch. Especially since Arizona's tie is for bottom of the NFL standings. But at least we no longer are the only dwellers in that cellar. The tie is with the Oakland Raiders, who beat us a few weeks back, and the Detroit Lions, who the Cardinals beat yesterday, thus holding them down while boosting ourselves up.

The most satisfying thing in a way was seeing Matt Leinart get his first NFL win. There have probably been times this season when he longed to be back at USC, where he had so many victories, and where they are having another fantastic year. Hey, Matt, this one felt good, didn't it? And Cardinals fans know you've got some more in you -- maybe Minnesota or St. Louis? Or both?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sports Talk in Glendale

Sports talk in Glendale isn't about the Arizona Cardinals. (Perhaps that's all for the best this season.) It's not even about the NFL. What I've been reading is that Glendale wants to lure the L.A. Dodgers here for spring training. I think it would be a good move for a West Coast team.

I gather that Glendale is also talking with the Chicago White Sox about doing spring training here. That doesn't make quite as much sense. The White Sox already do their preseason stuff down in Tucson. Actually, they share their spring training facilities with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and I think it would be great to have them even more local. But maybe that's not really fair to other D'Backs fans scattered outside the Valley of the Sun.

What I'm really wishing for is a little more NFL action, meaning some positive headlines about our Cards. I can wish, right?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

looking for hope

Optimism, optimism, optimism... it's getting tough to keep it. With four sacks in Sunday's game against the Packers - and I don't mean the "our-guys-sacking-them" good kind, either - it's getting harder to imagine this being the season that breaks the drought. Even wikipedia.com is on the sadness train...

"The Cardinals have historically been known as a chronic loser. They were NFL Champions in 1925 and 1947. However, the team has not won a league title since then, and thus currently holds the NFL record for the longest championship drought."

Then again, maybe this is the time we see who the real fans are, right? I mean, those of us sticking with them this long can't be anything but.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

End of a losing streak...

Well, our hope for finally winning something comes tomorrow. I can hardly watch. C'mon, Cardinals, show Arizona why we keep you, eh?

Everybody cross your fingers for the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Not as simple a fix as they thought?

Okay, so was it really a good idea after all for the Arizona Cardinals' head coach Dennis Green to fire Keith Rowen? Keith Rowen says no.

"Rowen is said to believe that he has been wrongly damaged by his firing/demotion, and wants to bring to light the fact that he wasn't calling plays for the Cardinals as their collapse unfolded Monday night. According to a league source close to the situation, Green took over the play calling at times from late in the second quarter on, after Arizona had built a 17-0 lead."

And the plot thickens...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Goodbye to another offensive coordinator

So Keith Rowen is out, eh? Fired on Tuesday. I gotta say, watching the Arizona Cardinals throw away a 20-point lead was positively excruciating, so I can't complain too much. If there's anything to be thankful for, I suppose it's coach Dennis Green's stance on team changes:

"I don't hesitate to make changes. That's just who I am," Green said. "I like things to go a certain way, and if they don't, I normally do something about it."

Can I get an Amen?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Drop the dough for the Arizona Cardinals

Okay, so I think the Chicago Sun-Times has hit it on the head with their summary of Bill Bidwell's miserly ways being a major drawback to the Arizona Cardinals. Darnell Dockett, Calvin Pace, Wendell Bryant... what have they really contributed? Why can't we spend the money to REALLY bring in the talent we need? We're never gonna sell tickets this way.

C'mon guys, there's so much potential here. Spend the money, get committed, and bring some victories to the Arizona Cardinals in our (oh-so-creatively-named) new University of Phoenix Stadium!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Arizona Cardinals go back to college

So the big naming-rights deal finally goes through, and the best name they can come up with is "University of Phoenix Stadium"? First off, it's weird that they'd call an NFL stadium a college stadium... and second, I suppose it's better than "Arizona Stadium"... but c'mon, where's the originality?

Maybe next they'll rename the Arizona Cardinals the "Arizona Football Throwers."

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Arizona Cardinals VS. Supercuts??

Yep, you heard me. The Cardinals are joining forces with fancy schmancy stylist over at Rolf’s Salons to help raise money for the various charities they support. At $80 a ticket you get a cut and style, along with loads of food and beer! Where do I sign up? The guys at work are starting to tell me I look like one of the guys from Tesla. Maybe I could sign up as one of the celebrity guests?

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Packaging, Same So-So Taste

New stadium, new quarterback, same old results.

At least with Leinart, we’ll have something to build around. And maybe we’ll get to see Alyssa Milano at a game.

Arizona’s Leinart Has Been Waiting Patiently

And (sigh) so have the Cardinals’ fans. To see a few more notches in the victory column, that is. But our outing against the Atlanta Falcons wasn’t to be one of them.

Things went badly enough that Kurt Warner got replaced for the last 13 minutes by Matt Leinart, who also had a less than stellar performance. Coach Green is going to give him the chance he’s been waiting for to start a game next week when Kansas City comes to town. Warner, a genuine example of a good sport, swallowed his frustration and promised to do whatever he can to help his replacement. Maybe we won’t have to wait any longer for win #2.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Arizona gets a bargain

Been away for awhile, but this time of year there’s more MLB action than NFL. And one thing with baseball – sometimes your ticket buys you extra innings. The other night Arizona Diamondbacks fans got two games’ worth of play for the price of one at Coors Field. Not to mention a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Rare as this is, there were two games that went 18 innings Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. In the other one, the Chicago Cubs finally beat the Houston Astros 8-6.

Monday, June 12, 2006

New Arizona Cardinals arrivals

I still can'tquite believe the Cardinals ended up with Heismann winner Matt Leinart. Did the nine teams ahead of us know something Denny Green doesn't? Hey, I'm not worried, I'm ecstatic. And I also can't wait to see his USC teammate, big ol' Taitusi Lutui, in action. (Just glad he has the nickname "Deuce"--I know how to pronounce that.)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Cheering the Phoenix Suns on to Victory

The Phoenix Suns are truly amazing this year. Steve Nash deserved the MVP award he received this year as much as last and I can’t believe how much Raja Bell and Shawn Marion have stepped up in the playoffs. Las night’s loss was unfortunate but we can comeback and win on Tuesday, Thursday and continue on to the Western Conference Finals. Go Suns!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Team Make-up still on the discussion table.

I am sick over what qualifies as news in the NFL off-season. All the team web sites are featuring stories about the teams cheerleading tryouts when there are draft prospects to analyze and holes to fill on this Arizona Cardinals team. With the stadium nearing completion I am curious about who we are going to acquire to fill those holes and what this team is going to look like for the start of the 2006 season.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

James and the Way of the West

The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent Edgerrin James and I couldn’t be happier. He is possibly the best running back in the NFL and gives us a much needed edge on offense. (no pun intended) My only fear is that he will not perform for the Cardinals as well as he did under the Colts zone method.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Wiping the sweat from my brow.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement issue has been resolved and passed. There was a lot of compromising done and it was actually nice to see the players working with the coaches. With all the striking that has gone on in the past 15 years I was bracing myself for the worst.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Super Bowl 2008

I'll be watching Super Bowl XL on tv this year--two reasons: Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. Should be a good match-up, but not hot enough to warm me up if I had tickets to be in the stands at Ford Field -- in the Great White North practially!
Now, I would have been scrounging and scrapping for Super Bowl tickets if the Arizona Cardinals had been in on the action. But it will also add to my interest when the Super Bowl is happening someplace warm, like Miami next year. Better yet, 2008 right here in the Valley of the Sun, at the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale!