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Archive: January 2009

Praising Arizona

Throw logic out the window on Sunday. I'm picking Arizona, and the reason is Larry Fitzgerald.

By Gene Wang | January 30, 2009; 7:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Kurt Can Do It

I don't know, who's going to win, but I'm pulling for the Cardinals because of Kurt, and I think it would be great for football to have a new team win.

By Dick Vermeil | January 30, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

St. Louis Symmetry

Steelers 27-17, but that might be my heart talking, not my head.

By David Aldridge | January 30, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cards Win in the Cards

My gut is with Maya Angelou and Phyllis Diller There's something about Arizona that seems impressive.

By Dan Levy | January 30, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards in the Zone

The team's that hot at the end usually wins, and Arizona is hot now.

By Charles Mann | January 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cards Have the Edge

Arizona's offense is almost tailor-made to discombobulate that amazing Steelers defense.

By Doug Farrar | January 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

I Hate the Cards, but I Like Them Sunday

I hate the football Cardinals but...

By Cindy Boren | January 30, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hot? Cool It.

Yes, the Cardinals are hot. But how do you think the Steelers got here? Through a raffle?

By David Larimer | January 30, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cardinal Virtues onto Victory

When it comes to knowing what's going to happen, no one knows anything.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 30, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defense Beats Offense

The age-old adage is that "great defenses win championships," and in reality this is what will happen on Sunday.

By Peter Schaffer | January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Offense Wins a Championship This Time

The Cardinals have shaken off good defenses recently. Why not on Sunday?

By Matthew Bonesteel | January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

One for the Other Thumb

Offense may be sexy, but defense will have Pittsburgh feeling six-y.

By Desmond Bieler | January 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Red Herring

Let's keep this simple: Steelers 28, Cardinals 10.

By Emil Steiner | January 30, 2009; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben or Kurt, You Decide

Your turn to play general manager. Pick which quarterback you'd want to start in Super Bowl XLIII.

By Reader Poll | January 29, 2009; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Reality TV

No denying he's hard not to watch, but will you be tuning into Terrell Owens' VH1 reality show? Vote yea or nae on T.O. here.

By Reader Poll | January 29, 2009; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

They're Physical, Not Dirty

Above all, the Steelers want players who have a mean streak on the field.

By Doug Farrar | January 29, 2009; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

Good, Clean Fun

Don't call the Steelers dirty simply because this current crop of players is advancing their hard-hitting legacy.

By Gene Wang | January 29, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Winning Can Be Dirty

What's wrong with a team being dirty?

By Emil Steiner | January 29, 2009; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Steel Makers

This whole notion that the Steelers play dirty is absurd.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 29, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Take Old Over Big

Ben's only job since coming into the league as been to not make mistakes. And frankly, he hasn't even been so great at that.

By Dan Levy | January 28, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warner, But D Will Win

I don't just want the guy who's been there before -- I want the guy who's been there before and done well.

By Doug Farrar | January 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Both Back for Seconds

Either the Cardinals' Kurt Warner or the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger will emerge as a two-time Super Bowl winner.

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2009; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

3rd Time's the Charm?

Ben Roethlisberger got carried to his Super Bowl off of Ken Whisenhunt's offensive schemes.

By Charles Mann | January 28, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Depends on Scheme

If you're in the Burgh you prefer Ben and if you're in the Valley you prefer Kurt.

By Peter Schaffer | January 28, 2009; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Home-Field Would be Advantageous

The NFL is so successful now it can afford to do the right thing.

By Emil Steiner | January 26, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Spectacle, Not the Game

That's why we'll remember more about Janet Jackson's performance in Super Bowl XXXVIII than we will Tom Brady's.

By Dan Levy | January 26, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Neutral Site Is Better

The Super Bowl is half football game, half entertainment spectacle. Such things go over much better in climates conducive to comfort.

By Doug Farrar | January 26, 2009; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wideout Kobe?

Sure, Kobe Bryant dominates the NBA, but could the Los Angeles Laker make it as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles? Vote Here.

By Reader Poll | January 26, 2009; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Home Work to Be Done

Money and marketing are higher priorities to the NFL than home-field advantage.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 26, 2009; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 25th Winner: rmagritte

I do not know a lot about PETA, but it seems the organization is one that requires occasional celebrity cases to promote its cause and to keep itself in the news.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 25, 2009; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Donovan Done in Philly?

Has the winningest quarterback in Eagles history thrown his last pass in Philadelphia? Vote here.

By Reader Poll | January 25, 2009; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cinderella's a Fairy Tale

The NFL would be better served if Super Bowl XLIII featured the Steelers against another traditional power like the Cowboys.

By Gene Wang | January 24, 2009; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Ball's Better With Cinderella

The hope forged through parity keeps fans riveted

By Peter Schaffer | January 24, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cinderella Must Deliver

Underdogs are welcome, perennially losers are not.

By David Carter | January 23, 2009; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cards May Change the NFL

If Arizona wins we may have to start stocking up on canned goods and digging bunkers.

By Doug Farrar | January 23, 2009; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (5)

No GMU in the NFL

We need Goliaths in sports, because without them, there'd be no Davids to root for.

By Dan Levy | January 23, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Beauty of Cinderellas

When it comes to a Cinderella story, I'd prefer actually having Cinderella than any of her stepsisters.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 23, 2009; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 24th Winner: KEMP13

Dallas fans HATE this. That alone makes it a great development! Here's to the glamor teams.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 23, 2009; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 22nd Winner: JOHANN_CAT

Namath is in the hall of fame not just because of the Super Bowl, but because of the aesthetics of his game.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 22, 2009; 11:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best to Be the Dog

That's how we beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI

By Charles Mann | January 22, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Consistency Counts

It starts at the beginning of the season with a simple message: It's us against the world.

By Dick Vermeil | January 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Canton Calling Kurt

If I hadn't retired too early he would have gone in as a Ram.

By Dick Vermeil | January 21, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

If Namath Then Warner

I have to admit, if the Cardinals pull the upset in Tampa, that may be enough for me.

By David Aldridge | January 21, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Kurt Warrants HOF Talk

It's fitting then that Warner is going up against Steelers because he's already thrown for more career yards than Terry Bradshaw.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 21, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Inauguration First

I've seen every Super Bowl since XII, and I can't imagine anything I've seen in any of them that will come close to the feeling I'll have when a man of African-American heritage walks to that podium and takes that oath.

By Doug Farrar | January 21, 2009; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Under Card Match

The Cardinals will need to play more than just the underdog card. They'll need to keep the Steelers guessing.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 21, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21st Winner: wagz20

It stunks that with half the game to go, the Ravens would be unable to over turn an egregious officiating error.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 20, 2009; 11:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 19th Winner: JPRS

Arizona reminds me a bit of the New England Patriots '85 team in the sense that they're a good team with flaws that's peaked at the right time.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 19, 2009; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Continue the Crazy

The Cardinals are hot now and, in today's NFL, that may be all that matters.

By Doug Farrar | January 19, 2009; 8:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Enough With the Nine-Win Thing

Saying you're the worst Super Bowl team is kind of like saying you're the ugliest super model, isn't it?

By Dan Levy | January 19, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (6)

In The 'Zona

This is not Joe Bugel's Cardinals anymore. They're dangerous, qualified and Whisenhunt wants some Steely revenge.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 19, 2009; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 18th Winner: OZPUNK

Perhaps T.O. will show up in Arizona and tearfully apologize to Andy and Donovan and ask to be traded back to Philly?

By TOP COMMENTER | January 17, 2009; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Win? That'd Be Surprising

In a postseason full of the unexpected, the most shocking scenario would be Arizona beating Philadelphia in the NFC championship game.

By Gene Wang | January 16, 2009; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Year of Surprise

Perhaps, the biggest surprise now would be no surprise at all.

By Emil Steiner | January 16, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Throwing Surprise Party

With two sixth seeds and the Cardinals still alive, at this point, nothing would surprise me.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 16, 2009; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 16th Winner: Dalian China Knows Football

Pioli wants to get out from under the skirt of Belichick, and wave his own magic wand. This is a great move for all concerned, save poor Herman. Stick a fork in him, he's so done!

By TOP COMMENTER | January 16, 2009; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four Teams, Four Surprises

There are quite a few things that bear watching on Championship weekend, as under the radar as they may be.

By Doug Farrar | January 16, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kurt, but Gracious

Donovan McNabb is supposed to be here, Kurt Warner is not.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 15, 2009; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Balancing Ego

A player in the NFL is blessed with incredible riches: fame, fortune and adulation. With these riches come many certainties: pain, criticism, disappointment and public failure.

By Peter Schaffer | January 15, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep Dreaming Donovan

If McNabb had faced the adversity that Kurt Warner has, he might be bagging groceries instead of playing in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday.

By Sean McCann | January 15, 2009; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Resilience Is Relative

It is important to consider that individual responses to stress may be, at least in part, innate.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | January 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Warner Is the Winner

The great thing about Warner's story is that he's come back from obscurity twice.

By Doug Farrar | January 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

Of Rave Concern

I'm taking James Harrison and Troy Polamalu over Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 14, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Steelers' Slight Edge

You couldn't put a thin piece of paper between the NFL's two best defenses, but I think that the Steelers' leaders have the slight edge.

By Doug Farrar | January 14, 2009; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Can't Deal

Why is it that when I hear the words Arizona Cardinals and Super Bowl I think of the words of John McEnroe, as in: "You cannot be serious!"

By Emil Steiner | January 13, 2009; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Can Do

Do the Cardinals stand a chance? Is Pam Oliver the best sideline reporter in the biz?

By David Aldridge | January 13, 2009; 6:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

House of Cards

Enjoy this feel-good moment for now Arizona, because it ends on Sunday.

By Gene Wang | January 13, 2009; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards of Chance

Questioning Arizona's ability to win the NFC Championship and considering them to be frauds is irresponsible

By Zach Leibowitz | January 13, 2009; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13th Winner: GRATIANUS

It's too much to say Plax is to blame for the Giants losing, but he certainly shares the blame.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 13, 2009; 4:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

When Will Tony Dungy Come Back?

Sure, he says he's done, but how long will it be until Tony Dungy changes his mind? VOTE HERE

By Reader Poll | January 12, 2009; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Momentum Beats Location

I don't think it's as much about home field becoming meaningless as it is momentum becoming far more meaningful.

By Doug Farrar | January 12, 2009; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Home Sick

It's not about where you play, but how you play.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 12, 2009; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Was It Plaxico's Fault?

If Plaxico Burress hadn't shot himself in the leg, would the Giants still be in the playoffs?

By Reader Poll | January 12, 2009; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Big Ben, Collins in Danger

The QBs who are most valuable to their teams are the ones who lead offenses with iffy running games behind questionable offensive lines.

By Doug Farrar | January 9, 2009; 6:34 PM ET | Comments (0)


If Donovan can be dynamite Sunday, he could provide the spark to keep the Eagles soaring.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 9, 2009; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 9th Winner: ChaoticCracker

Remember the Philly fans ready to run Charlie Manuel out of town after the 2007 playoffs? Today, he's the most loved sports coach in the city. It's amazing what a trophy will do to fix a tarnished image.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 9, 2009; 3:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Respect Reid

Eagles fans should thank God that they have Andy Reid.

By Dick Vermeil | January 8, 2009; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Best They've Got

Who else could do what Reid has done over the last ten years?

By Doug Farrar | January 8, 2009; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Reid Dogma

But as long as he's head coach, the Eagles are not going to win the Super Bowl without an act of God.

By Sean McCann | January 8, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Andy Man Can

If I were an Eagles fan, I would sleep very well at night knowing that Reid was my coach.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 8, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Low Scoring Gets High Marks

Low-scoring games in the playoffs mean both combatants have aggressive, hard-hitting defenses that give no quarter.

By Gene Wang | January 7, 2009; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fans Want Great Games

The old adage that defense wins championship but offense puts people in the seats applies in the NFL only during the regular season.

By Peter Schaffer | January 7, 2009; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 7th Winner: OZPUNK

Donovan will be back next year, Plax will be in prison

By TOP COMMENTER | January 7, 2009; 12:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Both Could be Gone

While both decisions made sense in the short term, it's the long-term ramifications that should have Eagles and Giants fans wondering.

By Doug Farrar | January 6, 2009; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Benchmark Moment

We should all be benched in our respective professions just so we can respond the way McNabb has.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Give LT a Break

Was Sonny better without Cher? Was Laverne better without Shirley? Am I dating myself terribly with these '70s references?

By David Aldridge | January 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

LT Still the Key

If L.T. wants to give it a go -- he's earned his chance. He's the reason they're even in this position.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 5, 2009; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

The LT Show No More

Darren Sproles has joined with Philip Rivers to become the heart of the San Diego offense.

By Doug Farrar | January 5, 2009; 6:18 AM ET | Comments (2)

Chad's Still Playing, Isn't He?

Brett Favre is at home, presumably hosting a touch football game wearing a pair of dungarees, while Pennington is hosting an actual NFL playoff game. So yes, he's a playoff-caliber quarterback.

By Dan Levy | January 1, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Weak Arm, Strong Decisions

Miami's system emphasizes Pennington's strengths: accuracy, decision making and leadership.

By Gene Wang | January 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

He's Mistake-Proof

Pennington's mistake-proof, as any Bill Parcells quarterback needs to be. While Bret Favre was slopping stuff all over the place last week, Chad was crisp and cool, taking the ball down the field.

By Doug Farrar | January 1, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

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