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11-9-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Time for some more links. And I want a maching gun so I can go out and blow away all of the damned spambots.

I also included a video of a trick play from a middle school game that most of you have probably seen already.

Arizona Cardinals' Kenny Iwebema may be out for season
Arizona Cardinals reserve defensive tackle Kenny Iwebema could be lost for the rest of the season with a right knee injury.

Arizona Cardinals' heartbreaker Sunday against Minnesota Vikings still tough to stomach
Ken Whisenhunt showed up to his weekly Monday news conference wearing a jacket. Somebody asked him if it was that cold outside to warrant a windbreaker. In truth, he was just sick. Sick to his stomach about Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Looking To The Second Half
Remaining schedule lines up favorably; Whisenhunt talks run game - Free-agent QBs remain on Cardinals' radar
With both Derek Anderson and Max Hall struggling more often than not so far this season, a big buzz is already brewing in the desert regarding the likelihood that the Cardinals will seriously scour the free-agent market for starting-caliber QB help for a second straight offseason. - Cardinals continuing to run on empty
It has been pretty easy to place most of the blame for the Cardinals' mediocre first half of the season on QBs Derek Anderson and Max Hall, neither of whom has done much at all to rise hopes in the desert. But a strong case can be made for the team's weak ground game becoming just as big a problem this season.

What to expect on Beanie Wells front - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Beanie Wells carried only once against the Minnesota Vikings after knee swelling caused him to miss practice time during the week. I'm expecting Wells to play considerably more against Seattle in Week 10. - Whisenhunt thinks running game is improved, statistics disagree
After Kurt Warner retired, the Arizona Cardinals were expected to become the "Pittsburgh Steelers West". The moniker has been anything but fitting through the first eight games of the season. - Cardinals look for positives in painful defeat
After a loss that coach Ken Whisenhunt said ``makes you feel sick to your stomach,'' the Arizona Cardinals are trying to count the positives and be encouraged by the reality that they are still in the hunt in the NFC West. blogs - Dan Bickley - So close, and yet so Favre
For most of the season, I laughed at Brett Favre. His compulsion to be a football hero and a drama queen had cost him dearly. From the heat of training camp (which Favre skipped) through the first month of the season (when he was embarrassed, exposed, and carted off the field with a jaw injury), the old gunslinger has dealt with: An agent who called him a drama queen. The voicemails to Jenn Sterger. A NFL investigation (allegedly). A series of injuries (oh, my arm!). A game in Green Bay when he became a turnover machine, mocked by the fans who once loved him. Getting called out in a post-game interview by his own goofy coach. Two wins in the first seven games. Being called a, "sexty beast" in a Washington Post headline (see link and great story below).

Phoenix Suns fail to repeat Friday comeback in 109-99 loss against Memphis Grizzlies
Don't spot the Memphis Grizzlies an 18-point lead twice. The Suns got away with falling that far behind the Grizzlies at home Friday with some unlikely assistance, but could not overcome the hole in the fourth quarter of a second game in two nights, losing 109-99 Monday night at FedEx Forum.

Phoenix Coyotes fall in second overtime bout with Detroit Red Wings
After a tiring trip to the West Coast, Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings were happy to sneak away with a win. Zetterberg scored 1:23 into overtime, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Still not good, still not out of contention
Think of the NFC playoff race as a swanky, urban café.

Cardinals report (11.08): Offense, defense share blame for letdown
The legend of Brett Favre continues to grow, and the Cardinals are the latest victim of the Future Hall of Fame quarterback’s late-game heroics. Arizona held a 24-10 lead with less than four minutes remaining Sunday, but the Vikings gunslinger engineered his 46th career fourth-quarter comeback, handing the Cardinals a deflating 27-24 overtime defeat.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 10: Who's On First? How About The Ravens. - SB Nation Arizona
Here's how the top 31 teams stack up against the Cardinals. Blogs " Blog Archive Whisenhunt not fantasy enemy … yet "
Baaawwwww, I drafted Fitz and Beanie and they are not getting enough fantasy points for me! BAAAAAAWWWWW!!! Crybaby.

Browns, Hillis capitalize on terrible Broncos trade - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Maybe the hooded sweatshirt was hanging over Josh McDaniels’ eyes the entire 2009 season. Or maybe he never took the time to watch all of the Denver Broncos’ game film from 2008. Or maybe Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns’ new front office is a whole lot smarter than we realized. Or maybe there’s no reasonable explanation for how Peyton Hillis ended up where he is – sparking the suddenly feisty Browns, and leaving Broncos fans writhing in agony over the worst trade of last offseason.

Sources: Dallas Cowboys fire coach Wade Phillips - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones fired coach Wade Phillips on Monday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder.

Report: Cowboys players not big Jason Garrett fans |
As Jason Garrett gets settled in as interim coach of the Cowboys, Albert Breer of NFL Network sprays a little rain (or possibly a less clear liquid) on Garrett's parade. Breer reports that he hears a majority of the players in the locker room "don't like [Garrett] at all."

The Cowboys can't even fire a coach the right way |
When news of Wade Phillips' firing started to spread, the official website of the Dallas Cowboys was down, like is has been for most of Monday. (It still is.) Local and national beat reporters didn't know what the deal was either because the folks inside the Cowboys building had no clue what was going on. Including Phillips himself.

Wade Phillips out as Cowboys coach |
Jerry Jones has reportedly put Wade Phillips out of his misery. CBS-11 in Dallas first reported that Phillips was fired Monday as Cowboys coach. The news was quickly confirmed by the local FOX station and NBCDFW's Newy Scruggs.

Bad week in Dallas extends to Cowboys' website |
Three years ago, the Dallas Cowboys tried to expand their web presence by acquiring the "" domain name. The only problem? The Cowboys thought they'd secured it for $275, but in reality the price was $275,000.

Matthew Stafford doesn't think he'll play Sunday at Buffalo |
If the 2010 Bills are going to avoid joining the 2008 Lions as the only 0-16 teams in NFL history, their best chance is beating the Lions on Sunday in Buffalo. Today's injury news out of Detroit should make the Bills' task a little easier. news: 'Boys go from Phillips to Garrett, but real change has to wait
The Dallas Cowboys did what they had to do in firing coach Wade Phillips on Monday. The team that he coached to 11 wins and a playoff victory last season began to take on too much of his laissez faire persona, with excuses, not accountability, more of the norm. Even though there has been change, things won't change, much. Jason Garrett, who a larger-than-you'd-think crop of NFL executives believe will make a much better head coach than an offensive coordinator, will have a hard time getting Dallas' players to man up.

Week Nine power rankings |
It's that time again. The PFT power rankings. Feel free to complain. We're used to it.

Chad Ochocinco no longer sees double teams as a compliment |
Anyone who watched Monday Night Football could see how much Chad Ochocinco was getting frustrated.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 10: Ravens Rise To The Top; NFC Makes Noise -
SB Nation's NFL Week 10 power rankings are out and we've got a new No. 32 and a new No. 1. The Panthers take over the bottom of the rankings after a blowout loss to the Saints and the loss of their QB, Matt Moore. The Ravens meanwhile take the top spot after losses by the Patriots and Colts.

Matthew Stafford Injury Could End His Season, According To Report -
Lions QB Matthew Stafford suffered a shoulder injury that reportedly could threaten his season.

Steelers vs. Bengals - Recap - November 8, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The ball headed straight for Jordan Shipley . So did James Harrison . Care to guess which one won?

Driscoll Middle School Trick Play (via MillerBucVision)