News is few and far between since the Arizona Cardinals closed up their first mini-camp over a week ago. It's the time of year for 'feel good' stories since most players have plenty of spare time on their hands including these stories from the past week or so:
- Reggie Wells, offensive guard, and his father graduated from Clarion University, a tiny school in Pennsylvania, on the same day last Saturday (5/10). Both Wells and his father, Reggie Sr, left school earning with aspirations of professional athletics. Reggie Sr left school as the second leading scorer and rebounding and had a short professional basketball career. The graduations of these two members of the Wells family bring the total of Clarion graduates from the family to four as Reggie Jr's mother and younger brother are both Clarion alums as well.
- There's also a heart-warming story centered around Nathan Hodel, the Cardinals' long snapper, and Neil Rackers. Hodel teamed up with Rackers to put together a charity golf tournament to help a family that is dealing with cancer.
There's also an interesting conspiracy theory that was floated today that dates back to 2004. The talk started around a story written by former Buffalo Bill offensive lineman, Ross Tucker, who talks about a fired offensive line coach calling his offensive line coach to share some 'insider information.' When you track the story back it's pretty obvious that the Cardinals were the opponent that Tucker is talking about. Dennis Green fired his offensive line coach days before a game against the Bills and the Cards didn't fair so well that particular Sunday.
Other than that it's just another slow football day in mid-May. The good news is that the Diamondbacks are rolling after a three game sweep of the Rockies. They still sit in first place and open a weekend series against struggling Detroit tonight.