3-5-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Bountygate

Very quiet day for meaningful Cardinals news, I do have some stuff regarding the Arizona sports scene and the rest of the NFL for you though.

Arizona Cardinals News:

T.O. open to landing in Cardinals' nest - ArizonaSports.com
After winning MVP at the Jack In The Box Celebrity Shootout at U.S. Airways Center over the weekend, you'd think that Terrell Owens wanted to prove something to Arizonans -- like he's a quality athlete that is still quick, fast and can handle a ball. Yes, Owens is still looking to get back into the National Football League after not playing in 2011.

Peyton Manning billboards coming to Valley - ArizonaSports.com
Peyton Manning's name may have been plastered across websites and Twitter over the past few weeks, but now it will grace several billboards in the Valley.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns down Sacramento Kings at home
The Suns just put together a three-game winning streak for only the second time this season but they already know the formula to their first four-game winning streak. Just don't get nervous when the Suns go down by a double-digit deficit in the first half Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. It is just part of their process. For a third consecutive game, the Suns fell behind by double digits at home in Sunday night's game at Sacramento. For the first time all season, they entered the fourth quarter trailing and won with another major second-half defensive upgrade in a 96-88 victory over the Kings at US Airways Center.

ASU basketball knocks off rival Arizona
Arizona State finally delivered. Against its rival. In the last game of the regular season. Jonathan Gilling hit a key 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Sun Devils played their best game of the season in knocking off Arizona 87-80 amid an electric atmosphere Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena.

No argument after loss to ASU: Wildcats 'not good enough' for NCAAs
As Arizona State celebrated in its locker room, the Sun Devils' vice president of athletics, Lisa Love, met in the hallway with a small group of people. "Was that fun or what?" she said with a grin. That's the way it is in sports. One rival's fun is another's agony (see, Arizona-ASU football, 2011). On this Sunday in Wells Fargo Arena, Arizona State's most fun day of the basketball season -- by far -- was the one the Arizona Wildcats likely will regret the most.

NFL News:

Evidence piling up against Gregg Williams? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
News the NFL's bounty investigation will expand from New Orleans to Washington cannot be good for the St. Louis Rams' new defensive coordinator.

Greg Blache disliked and discontinued Gregg Williams’ bounty program | ProFootballTalk
The man who succeeded Gregg Williams as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator reportedly didn’t like the bounty program that Williams instituted and made it clear to his players that it needed to come to an end.

Seattle Seahawks Agree To A Multi-Year Deal With Marshawn Lynch - SBNation.com
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms Sunday with RB Marshawn Lynch, allowing them to avoid placing the franchise tag on the free agent RB:

Williams, Payton, Loomis, players all may face long suspensions | ProFootballTalk
Lengthy and unprecedented suspensions appear to be coming for those involved in the Saints’ practice of paying bounties to players who injured opponents. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the NFL is considering long suspensions for head coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and players who were involved in bounties.

North Alabama coach didn’t know about Janoris Jenkins’ kids | ProFootballTalk
Under coach Terry Bowden, North Alabama has become a Division-II hotbed for transfer players seeking another chance after circumstances led them away from a Division-I school. Bucs receiver Preston Parker turned his playing career around at North Alabama after Terry’s father, Bobby, dismissed Parker from Florida State. In 2011, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and defensive end James Brooks played their final years of eligibility for Bowden after leaving Florida and Arizona State, respectively.

Saints’ willingness to play in Hall of Fame game now makes sense | ProFootballTalk
Last week, the NFL announced that the Saints will play in the Hall of Fame game, a decision that seems unusual given the negative attention the Saints’ involvement will now bring to the league’s first game of the 2012 season.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The reason Matt Flynn is a hot commodity as free agency approaches is simple. Commodities are limited, very limited.

Manning video complicates Colts’ P.R. strategy | ProFootballTalk
Before Zapruder-style images of Peyton Manning throwing passes at Duke appeared on YouTube, the Colts had come up with a foolproof plan for not paying Manning $28 million. By hiding behind language in the CBA that doesn’t specifically say they can’t watch him throw a football — and by choosing to avoid what at best would be a no-harm, ticky-tack violation of the labor deal over making a more informed decision regarding the fate of $28 million — the Colts had the ultimate P.R. tool for supporting the coming decision to cut Manning.

In St. Louis, Redskins viewed as favorites to trade up with Rams | ProFootballTalk
With the Rams almost certain to trade the second overall pick in the NFL draft to some team that wants Robert Griffin III, the big question in St. Louis is which team that will be.

Ochocinco was urinated on by a lion and lived to tweet the tale | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Chad Ochocinco was trying to have a normal Saturday night. He went out to a party with his reality star wife and Darrelle Revis, dressed in a custom suit and Louboutins just in case he had to go straight to a 7 a.m. church service and then -- bam! -- he gets micturated on by a lion.

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