Friday, November 4, 2016

Arizona Cardinals Hold a New Title: Longest Championship Drought in American Sports

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - By Derek Staahl

The Chicago Cubs’ first World Series win in 108 years means there is a new team with the longest...

The Cardinals’ last championship was in 1947 before the Super Bowl even existed. Back then, the team played in Chicago.

Chicago Cardinals memorabilia is hard to find in the Valley of the Sun. Mike Weber, owner of Hall of Fame Collectables in Mesa, said he last had some in stock 12 years ago.

“Phoenix and the history of sports is not like the No. 1 thing,” Weber said. “If I had my choice of stocking Mickey Mantle or somebody from the yesterday Cardinals, there's no contest.”

But Weber thinks it might behoove the future of the franchise to play up the past.

“The more talk about history and not winning, the more publicity the Arizona Cardinals get. The more you mention it, the more talked about, the more action,” he said.

The Cubs played the “loveable loser” card to perfection over the last few decades, but the Cardinals have been reluctant to embrace their history at the more modern-looking University of Phoenix stadium, said Greg Smith, who runs ChicagoCardinals.org.

“You see the pictures of the old Chicago guys in the atrium as you're walking around. The pictures are there, but there's no explanation as to who these guys are,” he said.

Smith said the Cardinals have traditionally been a “have not” franchise; a smaller market team that operated in the red in the early years and may have been hurt most over the years by their mediocrity.

“They weren’t bad enough to get the No. 1 draft pick,” he said.

If the Cardinals stay true to their Chicago roots and wait 108 years to win a championship, it won’t happen until 2055.

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active championship drought in professional sports. That title now belongs to the Arizona Cardinals.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Week 7- What More Can One Say?


Fortunately they didn't lose, but damn they should have won! More on the Cards later. Time to crash after watching the Cubs lose game one of the World Series.  Friday's game will be at the former home of the Cardinals- Wrigley Field.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Week 5- The Day After Throwback Thursday


Last night the Cardinals and 49ers played an old style game on Throwback Thursday, which reminded me of those games in the 1970s when the running game trumped the passing game. In this case it was more about the lack of quality quarterbacks playing on the field. So now the Cardinals are 2-3 after beating up on a pretty awful 49ers team, whose only redeeming value last night was their black Lycra clad cheerleaders in their "Color Rush" cheer uniforms (truly the best ones in the league)... We pause here for a long look!

Mmmmm.... Ok time for leering and gazing is over, back to football! Let's take a look at the highlights from last night... 




Thank God the defense played great, for the passing offense with Drew Stanton under center looked sluggish. To many dropped balls. Fortunately David Johnson brought his Walter Payton moves and ran all over the 49ers defense. In sum, despite their quarterback and struggling back up quarterback, the Cardinals prevailed.  Midway through the first quarter this writer was calling for Josh McCown to come in and take over, for he could have moved the ball with much more fluidity up and down the field, for he is the type of quarterback the Cardinals need on the bench, a 21st Century version of Don Strock.

The Cardinals should never have gotten rid of Josh
Don Strock was the ultimate pinch hitter and relief pitcher in the 1970s and 1980s, just ask Don Shula!
Well, those are my early morning thoughts on last night.  More later today, especially on the subject of uniforms and the need for the NFL to remember its history...