November 24, 2020

Arizona Angst

Things haven’t been going so well for the Arizona Cardinals ever since their embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round of this year’s playoffs. Possible Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner retired and over the last few days the Cards have lost several key impact players to other teams. Anquan Boldin finally got his wish and was traded to the Baltimore Ravens while starting safety Antrel Rolle signed with the New York Giants and stud linebacker Karlos Dansby decided to become part of the Miami Dolphins. I know the Cardinals still have Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett along with some possible emerging stars in Beanie Wells and Steve Breaston, but they have taken a huge step back in recent weeks.

I think it is safe to say the Cardinals recent run is over and the door is now wide open for either the Seahawks or 49ers to step up and win the NFC West. Ken Whisenhunt is a good coach, but they have a lost a lot of talent and Matt Leinart simply isn’t the answer at quarterback.

The Madden Curse Lives On

The Madden Curse has reared its ugly head again and it didn’t take long at all to happen. Troy Polamalu who divides the Madden 2010 cover with Larry Fitzgerald left the first game of the NFL season last night with a knee injury. Early reports indicate Polamalu sprained his MCL and could be out for 3-6 weeks. If you don’t recall who the curse has affected in recent years there is a list below to reference. If I were Larry Fitzgerald I would tread very lightly.

2001: Eddie George No injury.
2002: Daunte Culpepper Missed five games and played poorly.
2003: Marshall Faulk Missed six games plus he never ran for 1,000 yards again.
2004: Michael Vick Broke his leg, missed 11 games.
2005: Ray Lewis Missed only one game.
2006: Donovan McNabb Missed last seven games of the season.
2007: Shaun Alexander Broke his foot, missed six games.
2008: Vince Young Missed only one game, but his season wasn’t pretty
2009: Brett Favre Missed no games, but should have due to a torn bicep
2010: Troy Polamalu Out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.
2010: Larry Fitzgerald TBD.