11-25-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Getting Ready For Rams

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Well, hopefully Thanksgiving was good for everyone. I had a good time with mine, especially watching the performance of T-Sizzle last night that is going to give Alex Smith nightmares for weeks.

Time for some links.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals will count on Nick Eason, David Carter to perform well at nose tackle
The bar is set high in the NFL, and Cardinals nose tackle Nick Eason, a nine-year veteran, says all players - no matter what situation they find themselves in - have to strive to reach it.

Word From the Birds Blog - Kolb’s football flow and Thanksgiving notes
Quarterback Kevin Kolb was "a little sore" in practice today after his most extensive work Wednesday since getting hurt, but that was to be expected, coach Ken Whisenhunt said following Thanksgiving practice. "It’s just a thing where he has to warm it up," Whisenhunt said, pointing out Kolb didn’t have any setback. "He has to get back into the flow of football."

Word From the Birds Blog - Is GM a future fit for a King?
When Jeff King played in Carolina, his tight ends coach was Geep Chryst – who, once upon a time, was Jake Plummer’s quarterbacks coach with the Cardinals. Chryst, a Princeton man, would have football discussions with King all the time. "He joked he had football autism," King said. But it was during those discussions where King realized he had a passion for the cerebral part of the NFL – more specifically, the concept of building a team, finding personnel, and constructing such a puzzle.

Eason, Carter Fill The Nose
With Williams out for season, Cards rely on rookie and his mentor

Big Red Rage - Rhodes and Washington
LB Daryl Washington joined Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley, and Kerry Rhodes to talk about his emergence in his second season and the upcoming match-up with the Rams in St. Louis.

Cards Daily - Seeking Series Sweep
The Cardinals beat the Rams in thrilling fashion earlier this season. The Rams will have revenge on their minds and the team is prepared.

Film Study Serves Dual Purpose for King
Cardinals TE Jeff King has aspirations to be an NFL General Manager when his playing days are over. Paul Calvisi takes a look at how King's film study can help him reach his current and future goals.

Arizona Sports News:

ASU basketball sluggish in loss to Fairfield
Rakim Sanders scored 21 points and Fairfield beat Arizona State 55-44 in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.

Arizona Wildcats basketball loses second straight
Arizona basketball has never been kind to San Diego State, often taking the best players out of San Diego and getting the best of the Aztecs for 20 wins in 26 meetings entering Wednesday night. On Wednesday, the No. 23 Wildcats got the Aztecs' best, ending a 22-game home winning streak at McKale Center. San Diego State won 61-57 by holding UA to 33 percent shooting. It was a ranked UA team's first home loss to an unranked team since a Jan. 5, 2008, defeat to Oregon.

NFL News:

Wrap-up: Ravens 16, 49ers 6 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 16-6 road defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12:

Nnamdi Asomugha Injury: Eagles CB Carted Off In Practice - SBNation.com
Nnamdi Asomugha suffered a knee injury and was carted off the field in Eagles practice on Thursday.

ANIMATED: Jason Witten Tackles Cowboys Cheerleader - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Ah the life of a cheerleader. One second your carelessly dancing the day away on the sideline, wonderfully oblivious the action on the field. The next, you're wondering if your contract includes medical coverage.

VIDEO: Ray Lewis Discusses Hunting, Taxidermy - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Ray Lewis is injured and didn't take the field for the Baltimore Ravens' Thanksgiving matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. But that doesn't mean the ferocious middle linebacker didn't provide an excellent moment during the game. You see, Lewis is always a presence, even if he's stranded on the sideline, pacing around and firing up the team.

NFL.com news: Things get tense for 'American Idol' star during national anthem
We're not big on savagely critiquing the failures of a teenage girl, so we won't have too much fun at the expense of Lauren Alaina, "American Idol" Season 10 runner-up who stumbled during her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" on Thursday in Detroit.

NFL.com news: Nickelback's stage leads to a game delay before third quarter
Let's just go ahead and call Ford Field's halftime show on Thanksgiving less than inspired.

Rich Eisen – NFL Network
As Week 12 approaches, the storyline has shifted dramatically in the NFL with two playoff-contending teams potentially losing their signal callers for weeks, if not the remainder of the regular season. Jay Cutler’s thumb injury puts the ball in the hands of backup Caleb Hanie for Chicago. Meanwhile, the AFC South-leading Texans saw their quarterback, Matt Schaub, go down with a foot injury. Enter Matt Leinart: The former Heisman Trophy winner will get his first career start with the Texans on Sunday. Leinart sat down with Rich to chat about the big game, turning down his former USC coach’s offer to reunite in Seattle, and just exactly what went wrong in Arizona.

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