Cardinals. Division Title. Finally.Monday, December 8, 2008 17:25
It seems like every year the pundits say, “This is the season that the Arizona Cardinals will finally break through. This is the year they finally will be competitive. This is the year they have enough talent to win the division.”
And every year the Cardinals find a way to disappoint. Until now.
Quite simply, Arizona has been the NFL’s equivalent of the Chicago Cubs. Predictions galore, always shattered in the end… well, that’s not exactly accurate. The fate of the Cardinals has usually been determined long before the end, and it often has not been pretty. They last made the playoffs in 1998 as a wild card with Jake Plummer as quarterback, the Cards’ only winning season in the last twenty-four years. The franchise last won a division title in 1975 when the team still called St. Louis home, and the last time the Cardinals actually hosted a playoff game was in 1947 when they were still the Chicago Cardinals (they actually won the NFL title that year, defeating Philadelphia in that last home game).
But this season, things are different. Miracle worker Kurt Warner has led the resurgence of the long-suffering franchise, which has locked up one of only three playoff berths clinched as of Week 14 of the NFL regular season. Admittedly, Arizona’s 8-5 record being enough to win the division title says more about the woeful state of the NFC West than it does about the play of the Cardinals, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the team’s accomplishment. The Cardinals are playoff bound with a quarterback who can make things happen.
In Arizona, next year is finally here.
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