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Pro Bowl FootballAfter overshadowing him all season Fitz did it again on Sunday. Fitz had an MVP day with 81 yards that included 2 TD catches. Come on you couldn’t let Anquan have the Pro Bowl?

Yes, I saw Boldin celebrate with Fitz after one of the TD catches. Still, you know Anquan was thinking that this seals the deal.

Don’t get me wrong I think Boldin needs to shut his mouth and quietly try to get his contract redone. Which historically, in Arizona, is probably not the easiest thing to get done.

Clearly Boldin has been looking out for numero uno since the Cards reworked Fitz over him last off-season. Sunday must have just been a culmination of a year of playing second fiddle to Fitz. Even in this meaningless show, Fitz proved to be head and shoulders above the rest of the league. (more…)


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A couple days ago Michael Silver over at Yahoo! Sports asked:

What was going through the mind of the misguided juveniles who used gasoline to desecrate the front lawn of the house in Chandler, Ariz., where McNabb and his wife, Roxie, live with their children over the offseason.

Yesterday, it was announced publicly that the two “juveniles” were a pair of men aged 29 and 37. Weird.

Now today The Arizona Republic has a report stating that 69 arrests were made at last Sunday’s Conference Championship game in Glendale. The article also states that police got 17 reports of fraudulent tickets.

Two weeks ago the team needed an extension to sell out vs. Atlanta and avoid being blacked out on local TV. Now they need fake tickets to get in?!

Arizona fans are something else… no really, look. (more…)

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76024701GT008_ARIZONA_CARDIWere you watching the NFC playoffs wondering why Larry Fitzgerald (#11 of the Cardinals) is so damn good?  Where do I start, how about the beginning.  (more…)

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84226884MW059_NFC_ChampionsThe 9-7 Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl! Somewhere Mr. Leitch has a little warm floppy. He refers to them as the ‘buzzsaw‘, I call them ‘America’s team’.

Regardless, all is well in Cardinal… nation… or is it?

After the game Anquan Boldin was not in the mood to celebrate no stinking NFC championship victory. Boldin did not celebrate with the team instead opting to head for the locker room.

I am a huge Fitzgerald (Pitt), Boldin (FSU), Marcel Shipp (UMASS) to Steve Baylark (UMASS), Tim Hightower (RICHMOND) fan. Thus, since about Madden 2004 I have had some slight pity admiration for the Arizona Cardinals. (more…)

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This week the two games are drastically different. In the AFC we have two of the favorites all season. On the other hand, in the NFC we have a match-up that no one would have believed prior to the season (Arizona) or even midway through (Philly).

I believe I am 5-3 so far in the playoffs as far as picks go.


A home playoff game in Arizona? On Championship weekend? Really?

I’m not even going to think about the on the field, football aspects within this match-up. You have to take into account the total body of what is happening to accurately assess the outcome.

Arizona is playing out of their minds. That is something that you cannot account for when looking at stats or even looking at the entire season they have played. Remember the Giants last year? This team stumbled into the post-season but once their they have been playing some of their best ball.

Like a good novel, I have a plot twist. You think I’m on the Cardinals but…

You have to look even deeper now. Philadelphia is the current home of the World Series Champion Phillies. They broke the Philadelphia championship drought this fall. Now look at the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox of this decade. Dominate in both sports. History always has a way of repeating itself. Philly has been to 5 NFC Championship games now. What better story than both major Philly teams breaking their loosing streaks in the same year?!

Karma Pick: Philly


I’ll actually talk a bit of football regarding this one. This is a football game. A defensive battle between the number one and number two ranked defenses in the NFL this year. Hard hitting and tough old school football for the true football fanatic.

I think that you honestly have to give the edge to the Steelers in every aspect of the game.

One of the more important keys might be that the Steelers have the superior running game with Willie Parker which has proven to be a key aspect of being able to beat the Ravens. Last week Chris Johnson was averaging 6.5 yards per carry before having to leave the game due to an injury.

The teams that the Ravens lost to in the regular season (Steelers, Giants, Titans and Colts) all have dynamic running games. They add an additional dimension to the game that the Ravens older linebackers must account for. It also looks like Suggs will not be able to play and if he does make it on the field he will not be near 100%.

I have thought that the Ravens would be in this game for weeks and weeks. On the outset I saw that the spread in this game was Ravens +6 and I thought that they would certainly at least keep it close. Upon thinking further about it this week I now see the Steelers running away with this one.

The Pick:  Steelers

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Sports Business Daily has published the ratings for this past weekends NFL playoff games and shockingly they are in decline.

Even the high powered Cardinals offense, or as I like to call them… America’s team, could not hold the viewers attention.

Think about last years divisional weekend; we had the Giants and the Cowboys–two heated rivals. San Diego and Indy in a battle of two flashy offenses. And we had the undefeated Patriots. Those are 3 big storylines heading into the weekend. Oh yeah, and Brett Favre was playing too.

This year no Patriots, no Brady, no Colts, no Peyton. Not even Favre. And here was the result:

2008 Ravens-Titans (CBS): 17.0
2007 Seahawks-Packers (FOX): 18.5

2008 Cardinals-Panthers (FOX): 15.8
2007 Jaguars-Patriots (CBS: 20.2

2008 Eagles-Giants (FOX): 20.9
2007 Chargers-Colts (CBS): 21.2

2008 Chargers-Steelers (CBS): 21.4
2007 Giants-Cowboys (FOX): 25.8

A 15.8 for the Panthers-Cardinals “showdown”. Heck, that was a great game too. How can you not be riveted to watch the ARIZONA CARDINALS absolutely dismantle a 10 point favorite. The Cardinals where nearly 4:1 underdogs to win that game. That does not happen very often in the divisional round; let along the fact that they did in fact win.

I made the best of it. I put on my Marcel Shipp, #31 Arizona Cardinals jersey, braved the winter storm and went to the bar. Yes, people were baffled with my Cardinals allegiance.

On the horizon, this weeks numbers should be even further off from last years.

Last year we were treated to a barnburner with Favre against the Giants and the Patriots staying unbeaten against the Chargers. This year we have a battle of the two best defenses in Baltimore-Pittsburgh. Before that we get a Cardinals home playoff game? On the conference championship weekend? I cannot wait to see these numbers.

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Some tough games to pick are on the slate for this weekend. They should be some damn good ones though.


These two teams played in week 5 and the Titans won 13-10 on a late TD drive. The Ravens are considerably better now. Back in week 5 they had just lost in Pittsburgh, went to  Tennessee and lost and went on to lose in week 6 in Indy–giving them a 3 game losing streak against some tough teams.

The Titans biggest pro has to be that they are rested while Baltimore had to play their physical style of game play just last weekend. The Ravens best asset is still their defense even if not fully rested.

The Ravens cause for concern has to be the rookie QB going against a good Titans defense. On the other hand the Titans have not been playing meaningful games the last several weeks. That can sometimes hurt a team.

The Pick: Ravens


Most people are not giving the Cardinals a snow balls chance in Phoenix to win this game. I’ll tell you right now I’m not picking them straight up but I wouldn’t bury them just yet.

They could be getting as many as 10 points by kick off. The Cardinals already kept it close in Carolina earlier this year and now they have to be playing with even more confidence.

That being said, there is not much to say. The Panthers are the better team.

The Pick: Panthers


I give the Eagles the best change at getting the road win this weekend. They already beat the Giants in New York in week 14.

It’s hard because you never know which Eagles team is going to show up or should I say which McNabb. At the same time the Giants have struggled for several weeks now.

One key is is Brandon Jacobs is truly healthy. In the Giants loss to the Eagles he was held to 52 yards.

The Pick: Eagles


The big question; is Roethlisberger healthy? I do not think that it is going to matter THAT much. The Steelers passing game is not what is going to win the game for them. Compared to last week, I don’t think that the Chargers running attack is going to be as affective against the Steelers.

If this ends up being an ugly, low scoring game again then you have to think that the Steelers and their defense have the upper hand.

The Pick: Steelers

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