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11-13-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Defending The Air
Cards eye Seattle receiver; Roberts entrenched as punt returner

Friday before the Seahawks
It didn’t take Adrian Wilson long to answer the question, sitting there on his own Big Red Rage radio show Thursday night. He was asked to give the Cardinals’ defense a grade for the first half of the season. "F," Wilson bluntly said. And he didn’t back off it.

Arizona Cardinals still have reasons for hope
The Cardinals are in the midst of a three-game losing streak but choose to look at their 3-5 record as a glass 40 percent full, not 60 percent empty. Four of their next five games are at home, including three against NFC West opponents, and they have only one starter, fullback Nehemiah Broughton, on injured reserve. So an optimistic Cardinals fan could make a case that the team is ready to turn a corner.

Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells still a question mark
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells practiced Friday for the first time this week, but his role in Sunday's game is in question. Wells missed two days of practice last week and barely played against the Minnesota Vikings. His practice schedule has been the same this week, but he might be more likely to play because coaches have pared the scope of the run game for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. blogs - Kent Somers - Tough decisions coming
A handful of players coming off injuries will make choosing Sunday's inactive players more difficult for coach Ken Whisenhunt. Running back Beanie Wells practiced just once for the second consecutive week. The Cardinals likely will activate him but it comes with a risk. Do they use a spot for someone who had only one carry under similar circumstances last week? Even without Beanie, the Cardinals would have three backs in Tim Hightower, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jason Wright. With injuries elsewhere, do the Cardinals need to look at keeping a larger number of defensive players active?

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Is Conspiracy Behind Kurt Warner’s Departure From DWTS?
Kurt Warner may not have been the best dancer ever seen on Dancing With The Stars, but dangit, can’t we just all agree that he was better than Bristol Palin? Apparently not. Warner, the last athlete remaining on the show, was voted off on Tuesday, leaving just four groups left for the semifinal. A few days later he’s making it clear that it wasn’t his time to go, but that he understands what happened because it’s TV and sometimes the best dancers don’t always stay. But he didn’t shy away from those who say it was a conspiracy that he didn’t move on. I wonder if he thinks it’s a conspiracy, too, that he didn’t win a Super Bowl in Arizona.

Phoenix Coyotes defeat Calgary Flames behind Vernon Fiddler's hat trick
Vernon Fiddler is a grinder. Not the biggest guy on the ice, not the fastest. The dirty work has his name on it. He did not have a goal entering Friday night's game. Now he has three. He played his most-complete game of the season, and in between scores displayed his usual tenacity on defense and the penalty kill. His first career hat trick triggered a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames in front of 11,117 at Arena as the Coyotes won back-to-back games for the first this season.

Steve Nash leads Phoenix Suns past Sacramento Kings
Look what Daddy did. Matteo Joel Nash was only a few hours old when his father gave him a birthday present that was the family's second biggest delivery of the day. Nash's wife, Alejandra, gave birth to their third child and first son Friday morning. Nash missed the team shootaround but shot all around and over Sacramento for 28 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in the Suns' 103-89 victory at US Airways Center.

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Wolf's Building The Game Plan - Week 10

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First Look - The Ken Whisenhunt Show - Week 10

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Hasselbeck's opportunity. Hasselbeck's return to the lineup at quarterback after a concussion-induced absence gives Seattle the edge at quarterback against Derek Anderson and the Cardinals in Week 10. Although the Cardinals' shaky play this season does give Hasselbeck a fresh opportunity, his passer ratings at Arizona have fallen precipitously in his past three games there (133.5 in 2006, 94.8 in 2007 and 59.4 last season). The Seahawks haven't won in Arizona since their 2005 Super Bowl season. They have never won at University of Phoenix Stadium.

They Can’t Lose ‘Em All: Predictions For Arizona’s Home Football Weekend - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Well, last week they finally did it; they completed the reverse-trifecta. Every single major football team within the state of Arizona lost on the road. One bizarre defeat on an extra point return, one miracle comeback by a football legend, and one soul-crushing massacre. Just another weekend in the Valley baby.

Sam Bradford and Josh Freeman seem to be the latest examples of young first-round QBs who are fast learners - ESPN
The quarterbacks who carry that honor into the NFL have to deal with the kind of suffocating pressure and endless scrutiny that can cripple a career before it ever gets started. That is why what has been happening in the league of late has been so eye-opening.

Detroit quarterback Stafford to see renowned Dr. James Andrews about shoulder injury - NFL -
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has an appointment with well-known sports Dr. James Andrews. Lions coach Jim Schwartz says Stafford will have his injured right shoulder evaluated Monday by Andrews in Alabama.

Ailing Vince Young likely a game-time decision for Tennessee's Week 10 game - NFL -
Kerry Collins got the majority of the starter's reps Friday and the Titans quarterback stayed after practice to throw to new receiver Randy Moss. Vince Young continued to be limited with an ankle injury and will be a game-time decision Sunday against Miami.

Shanahan’s treatment of McNabb about respect, not race | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, author John Feinstein dropped a bombshell regarding Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s handling of the benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb. Feinstein argued that the various explanations offered by Shanahan and his son, Kyle, to support the decision suggest stereotypical thinking based on race.

League slaps Ochocinco with $20,000 fine for wearing gold cleats | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian said that he’d been fined $5,000 for wearing yellow cleats during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. We pointed out at the time that Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, a chronic offender of the uniform rules, should be expecting an even bigger fine for wearing gold cleats on Monday night. AFC information manager Corry Rush tells us that the league has fined Ochocinco $20,000 for violating the uniform policy.

Week 10 Friday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
It’s Week 10. It’s Friday. It’s time for the 10-pack. We could say more. Or we could just get to the 10 takes for the upcoming weekend of action.

Roddy White admits to pass interference on game-winning play | ProFootballTalk
On one hand, a penalty is a penalty only if a penalty is called. On the other hand, if a guy admits to a committing a penalty that wasn’t called, plenty of people will think it was a penalty.

Brett Favre tells NFL Network in interview that he is not coming back for 2011 season
Brett Favre, who has made it practically an annual game of whether he will retire or not each season, told the NFL Network Thursday night he will not play in 2011.

Lockout talk sends mixed messages - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The excitement-filled emails flood my inbox like New York Giants pass rushers descending upon Jay Cutler, each message more triumphant and upbeat than the next.

Jaguars lose Aaron Kampman for the season | ProFootballTalk
In only eight games, Aaron Kampman had transformed himself into the leader of the Jaguars defense, not to mention their best defensive lineman.