Fellow Cards fans,
I write this to introduce myself as an Arizona Cardinals fan. From this day forward and up until my death, I will be an unconditional and proud Arizona Cardinals fan. Some of you may suggest that I shouldn't inflict such pain on myself, but I beg to differ.
Firstly, I must admit that I previously was a fan of the 49ers. Had been from 2002 to this past off-season. But, I had decided during last season that if the 49ers would bring back Alex Smith, my fan-hood of the team would cease. I could no longer put up with his chronic inconsistent play. I simply gave up on them.
As fate would have it, the 49ers are now one of the hottest teams in the league, but I refuse to cheer for them. I divorced myself from them and am unwilling to admit that I was wrong. I am sticking with my decision. In my mind, going back on my decision and cheering for the 49ers would make me a bandwagon/fair-weather fan. I did not want to be such.
So, I get to start from scratch and I choose the Cardinals. It can be safely assumed that I learned my lesson. Cheering for the 49ers over the last decade was an extremely painful experience. Watching them succeed after turning my back on them is even more painful. But, going through this has taught me that I must remain loyal to a fault and stick with my teams through thick and thin. Thus, nothing will ever stop me from cheering on the Cardinals.
Now, why the Cardinals, and not any of the other teams? One of the reasons was not wanting to take the easy way out. Cheering for teams such as Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, or Pittsburgh, would be too easy of an alternative. Rooting for the Cardinals will make my love authentic as I will go through some trying times with them. Another reason is simply because of Larry Fitzgerald. I have admired him since his days at Pitt. Plain and simple as that.
Any questions, comments, concerns, or thoughts on my decision to cheer for the Cardinals are welcome. There is A LOT for me to learn of the Cardinals and I am looking forward to your insights and opinions.