The Cardinals I know and love!

So much for the Arizona Cardinals being the best team in the NFL. So much for the Cardinals carrying momentum into the playoffs.

The Cardinals were absolutely pitiful today, losing to the Seahawks 36-6 at home. What a bunch of SHIT. Arizona looked like absolute garbage, the team I have come to expect from the club which has lost more games than any professional football team.

What the hell was Bruce Arians thinking? What in the hell was his game plan? Whatever it was, it was total shit. SHIT. The Cardinals now have to swallow hard and look themselves in the mirror before taking on Minnesota, Washington or Green Bay in an NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 16.

I’ve seen so many losses by the Cardinals, I lost count long before they left St. Louis for Arizona in 1988.

This year’s team is nothing more than a giant tease, much the same way the Cardinals of Don Coryell in 1974 and 1975 were–great for awhile, then flaming out badly. The 1974 team started 7-0, only to go 3-5 the rest of the way, with the last loss coming in the playoffs at Minnesota. The next year, they were 11-3 but got mauled by the Rams. In 1976, it was worse–10-4 and no playoffs.

Between the time I was born and 1997, the Cardinals were losers. Big losers. I don’t count the 1982 strike-shortened season. Even though the Cardinals somehow made the playoffs at 5-4 that year, they were beaten twice by the Redskins and once by the Cowboys, then got blasted 41-16 by the Packers, who won their first playoff game since Super Bowl II, and wouldn’t win another postseason game until some fellow named Brett Favre was the starting quarterback.

Don’t even get me started on the fraud that was the 1998 playoff appearance. It would have been much better had the Cardinals not even made the playoffs. Instead, they back in and somehow beat the Cowboys, which only led to supreme embarrassment on the national stage when they were totally destroyed by the Vikings.

Then there was Super Bowl XLIII. Oh boy. If Kurt Warner, Steve Breaston and a few others could have just TACKLED James Harrison, the Cardinals win it. Brilliant.

I don’t know why the hell I thought this would be any different. Carson Palmer is old. Larry Fitzgerald is old. Michael Floyd gets hurt. Chris Johnson goes down. Tyrann Mathieu goes down. What’s next? Might as well get ready for the disappointment to come.

I’d like to be wrong. But given what went on today, I can’t help but be pessimistic.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on January 3, 2016, in National Football League and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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