6-3-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Stuff

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Time for todays links, including something on how the QB competition can make both of the guys fighting for the job better, and a potential practice against the Chiefs

Arizona Cardinals News:

Healthy QB competition could help Arizona Cardinals again
Competition at quarterback makes a lot of noise. They generate a lot of heat. They can distract and divide a football team. But that's only if you pick the wrong winner. When staged properly, a little controversy can be good for business and all parties involved. "I've always believed that competition makes you better," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Would you prefer to not have it at this position? Sure. But I feel good about our team and this competition because both of these guys can play." In the small picture, it's John Skelton vs. Kevin Kolb. In the broad view, it's whether either can significantly elevate his level of play from 2011, thereby making the Cardinals a playoff contender.

Word From the Birds Blog | Cards reportedly talking Kansas City practice
There has been some "mention" of the Cardinals spending some time in Kansas City and practicing against the Chiefs early in training camp, according to Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. The Cardinals play in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 5 — a Sunday night — and will play at Arrowhead Stadium the following Friday night. The Cards could go to Kansas City early. "I’m not opposed to it," Crennel said. The athletic director of Missouri Western State University acknowledged Cards’ decision makers had visited the campus to evaluate the facilities. That story emphasized nothing yet had been decided and talks were only in the early stages.

Cards Dedicate Salvation Army Field
Arizona Cardnals President Michael Bidwill and several players participated in a field dedication at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix as part of the NFL's Grassroots Program.

Arizona Sports News:

Daniel Hudson has strong outing for Arizona Diamondbacks in win over San Diego Padres
It wasn't so much the way they won. It was that they won. And it was the right-handed pitcher who was a part of it. The Diamondbacks scored a run on a balk. They scored on a bases-loaded walk. They scored another in an inning helped along by a bad call at first base. But for the Diamondbacks, it was a thing of beauty, thanks to right-hander Daniel Hudson. This was the game they'd been waiting all year to see out of their No. 2 starter, who went eight strong innings in a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday afternoon at Petco Park. Hudson's season hardly has gone according to plan. He struggled out of the gate. He spent more than a month on the disabled list. But there he was Saturday, pitching deep into a game, helping out with his bat and looking nothing like a pitcher who's just two starts removed from shoulder problems.

NFL News:

Vilma’s lawyer calls Goodell "misguided and irresponsible" | ProFootballTalk
Attorney Peter Ginsberg, who represents Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the bounty appeal and the defamation lawsuit filed against Commissioner Roger Goodell, has issued a statement in response to Friday’s stories regarding the ledger that supposedly documents bounty payments to Saints players.

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