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The Arizona Cardinals: NFC Champions

By Wyatt Earp | January 18, 2009

<i>Kurt Warner is possibly the most underrated quarterback in football.</i>

Kurt Warner is possibly the most underrated quarterback in football.

And it is currently snowing in Philadelphia. Coincidence? I think not.

GLENDALE, Ariz. —That’s not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It’s the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl.

Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then coolly marching downfield to Kurt Warner’s 8-yard scoring pass to rookie Tim Hightower with 2:53 left, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 Sunday for the NFC championship. ()

Now, before you ask me why I would be happy that my home team lost this game, allow me to ’splain. I like the Eagles. I am (usually) an Eagles fan. However, I despise head coach Andy Reid and really despise quarterback Donovan McNabb. I believe both of these tools are extremely overrated. (Reid is 1-4 in NFC Championship games, by the way.)

That being said, here are my thoughts on the game:

1. Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald are two genuine class acts. Unlike a certain overrated quarterback, Warner and Fitzgerald play the game with grace and without being thug show offs. I’m glad they will be going to the Super Bowl.

2. Yes, McNabb played well in the second half, but guess what? If he played even half-decent in the first half, the Eagles would have won the game. Rush Limbaugh was right: McNabb is overrated.

3. Local sports talk bog o’ douche Mike Missanelli touched the money this week. On Tuesday, he said the Cardinals had “no shot” against the Eagles, that the Cardinals “stink,” and that the Eagles would “easily win” this game.

How’s that working out for ya, jerkass?

4. Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio sung the praises of McNabb this week, and stated that the Eagles overrated QB was “a mortal lock for the Hall of Fame.” Eh, what? Don’t get me wrong; McNabb is a very good quarterback, but the Hall of Fame? Um, not so much. At least not yet.

<i>Larry Fitzgerald (11) - class act.</i>

Larry Fitzgerald (11) - class act.

So, there you have it, my $0.02. Feel free to rip me in the comments for not “root, root rooting” for the home team if you’d like, but my opinion of Reid and McNabb will not change.

Topics: Coolness! | 20 Comments »

20 Responses to “The Arizona Cardinals: NFC Champions”

  1. cbullitt Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    They’re ripping us off Wyatt just took a td away. Is the fix in?

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    cbullitt – Roethlisberger is hurt. Not good. Not good at all.

  3. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Wait. Are you trying to say you’re not a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and you live (or at least work) in Philadelphia?


  4. cbullitt Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    The ref. is going to retire after this game he should have already retired–he’s fucking senile. Took one td away and gave aother to the ravens another this is fucking bullshit.

  5. Randal Graves Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    McNabb had veryy little to do with this loss. The Defense was a complete failure in the 1st half.

    25 points is plenty to win.

    oh, and “I like the Eagles. I am (usually) an Eagles fan.” is REALLY funny.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    BZ – See? You’re paying attention!

    cbullitt – Jeez, and I thought I was an angry guy.

    Randal – Okay, how’s this: I (usually) don’t wish Eagles players dead. I’ll cheer for them again when McNabb and Reid are gone. It’ll probably be another five years or so now.

  7. Deanna Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Woo hoo! I was so pulling for the Cards today. I LOVE Kurt Warner. He is a class act all the way… on and off the field.

  8. cbullitt Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Well thanks to our defense–barring a miracle–the steelers should have it now with under a minute to go. Ravens have no time outs even if they score it wont matter.

  9. CaptainAmerica Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    McNabb didn’t even SHOW UP in the first half. The Defense gave them the chances they needed to win. The Eagles left at least 6 points on the field.
    This sums it up perfectly:


  10. Joel M Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Well, whatever went wrong in the first half, sucked. I am an Eagles fan…I am still glad that they made it this far but honestly…I wonder where the 3rd qtr Eagles were in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters???

    When do the Phillies start???

  11. JumpOut Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Not that it’s a surprise, I totally agree with you Monsieur Earp. McNabb isn’t the worst quarterback ever, but he is certainly not a Hall of Famer. The years the eggos were good, they good because of their defense and running game.

  12. Ky Person Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Good. Kurt Warner is a gentleman and a fine example of a good man in all respects. I hope he and the Cardinals win.

  13. Morgan Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Frankly, I never thought the time would come when the Arizona (before that, Phoenix) Cardinals would make it to the Super Bowl. However, I shouldn’t be surprised when knowing that Kurt Warner is their quarterback. After all, he did play a part in securing a Super Bowl ring or two for the St. Louis Rams. I wish the Cardinals all the best in their endeavors.

  14. AJ Lynch Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I agreed with everything you said Wyatt. The Eagles will NEVER win a Super Bowl while Reid & McNabb are here. I guarantee that.

    I did not know Missanelli predicted an Eagles win. That is pretty funny because he has been killing the Eagles most of the season and predicted they would lose to Minn and to NY Giants.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Deanna – Absolutely correct. He and Fitzgerald are quality human beings.

    cbullitt – Whatever you do, DO NOT underestimate the Cardinals!

    Captain – If McNabb played even halfway decent in the first half, they would have won the game. Having said that, the defense and David Akers shat the bed yesterday, and Andy Reid was usually terrible.

    Joel M – Less than a month until Spring Training.

    JumpOut – He’s a very good quarterback, but he’s not a Hall of Famer. At least not yet.

    Ky person – Agreed. It’s a great story.

    Morgan – Kurt Warner is a great quarterback, who has a good shot at getting to the Hall of Fame. If the Cardinals win the Super Bowl, I’d say he’s a lock.

    AJ – Yeah, all week he has been crowing aboutt how the Cardinals had no shot. Believe me, today, he will backtrack and say he didn’t mean it. Guy is as big a tool as Michael Smerconish.

  16. Doghouse Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    On Mike and Mike this morning, they actually wavered on who to pick in the Super Bowl! I figured they’d be all over the Steelers bandwagon.

  17. Alan B Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    What odds for the Cards to win the Superbowl?

  18. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Are you sure you’re REALLY not an Eagles fan? Just a LITTLE bit of one?


  19. Joel M Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    There is a phrase “Never Say Never”…for as many true fans that think McNabb should go, there is an equal amount (if not more) that would like him to stay.

    I am one who thinks that he still has game in him, a few years at least. The real problem is that they need to spend a little money and get a few more GOOD WR and a damn god RB to compliment Westbrook’s work.

    Anyways….I’ll probably digress now about the season…let it go and such…

  20. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Doghouse – I thought so, too. If the Steelers underestimate the Cardinals, they are making a big mistake.

    Alan B – I don’t know, but they must be underdogs.

    BZ – I’m fairly sure.

    Joel M – They need a real NFL wide receiver (to complement Jackson), a real NFL fullback (to complement Westbrook – Buckhalter is brutal), and a coach who knows how to run a decent offense.