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Kurt Warner on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"

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Besides Kurt Warner making his debut on "Dancing With the Stars" last night, there isn't really much to discuss right now. So, here are some links, and a video of Ol Greybeard on the show.

(At least he did better than "The Situation" when you look at the scores everyone got... That guy and the rest of his buddies from "Jersey Shore" make me feel ashamed to be from an Italian family. Not all of us are like them!)

Kurt Warner less than stellar on 'Dancing With the Stars'
On the 11th season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," the big news for Arizona viewers was the first appearance of Kurt Warner. For those not in the Cardinals loop, he cheerfully summed himself up this way: "I'm a former pro football player, NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion. But I'm also a loving husband and the father of seven awesome kids!" he announced.

Cardinals Look to Regroup After 41-7 Loss to Falcons -- NFL FanHouse
The Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons came into their Week 2 matchup as teams on different paths. The Cardinals nipped the St. Louis Rams last week and entered Sunday with a 1-0 record, looking to continue their winning ways. The Falcons were defeated in overtime by the Pittsburgh Steelers, their high-powered offense effectively shut down. They were hoping to right the ship.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - The Morning After
Some notes from Monday media availability:

Whiz the day after
The message coming from Ken Whisenhunt a day after the loss to Atlanta is even-keeled, so if you’re looking for the fire-and-brimstone attack, ain’t happening.

An Even-Keeled Approach
Whisenhunt isn't getting emotional after harsh loss

Adrian Wilson's Legacy - Part 2

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Cardinals' Kerry Rhodes regrets 1 of 2 unsportsmanlike penalties
Free safety Kerry Rhodes apologized to his coaches for the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He wasn't about to go that far on the second one, however, which earned him an ejection in the fourth quarter.

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt still trying to get a feel for this team
Ken Whisenhunt knows his football team better than anyone. So when he says he doesn't have a good feel yet for this Cardinals team, as he said Monday, it has to make you wonder.

Warner says Favre looks drained, Leinart bad fit for Cards - Dan Patrick.com
Kurt Warner joined the show to talk about why he retired, Dancing with the Stars and the big storylines around the NFL. Here are some of his takes ...

Broncos WR Kenny McKinley found dead; suicide suspected - KDVR
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead from an apparent suicide, sources tell FOX31 News.

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya - Viennese Waltz (via Codebear3)

Tom Cable won't reveal Oakland's quarterback yet | ProFootballTalk.com
Raiders coach Tom Cable knows who he's going to start at quarterback this week against the Cardinals. He's just not ready to share yet.

Ranking Derek Anderson, Just How Bad Is He? - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Two weeks and 12.5 percent in to the Cardinals quest for the NFC West (is it ever a bad time for a bad rhyme?) and Derek Anderson has underwhelmed so far. But just how bad is Ken Whisenhunt's chosen leader, who is so good at getting hit in the chest, but not so good at throwing the ball? Here's how D.A. stacks up against the NFL's other quarterbacks

Where Did It All Go Wrong? Arizona Cardinals Crushed By Atlanta Falcons 41-7 | Bleacher Report
Yes it's only week two, yes it was our second, back to back game on the road, against a non-divisional rival, and yes, our fellow NFC West teams didn't fare much better. But none of that makes watching your team get dismantled by a team you beat, in this very stadium, on the way to the Super Bowl just two seasons previously any easier. (We didn't beat the Falcons in Atlanta buddy...)

NFC West QB rankings through Week 2 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

KTAR.com - 'Embarrassed' Cardinals try to shake off ugly loss
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt is a man of even temperament, at least in public, even after one of the worst losses since he came to the Cardinals.

Cardinal owner, Colangelo among opponents of marijuana law - Game On!: Covering the Latest Sports News
The ownership of the Arizona Cardinals and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo are among the opponents of Proposition 203 which would make medical marijuana legal in Arizona.

KTAR.com - Wolf: Cards got pushed around
Of all the woes suffered by the Cardinals on Sunday nothing compares to what happened on the line-of-scrimmage (LOS) on the defensive side of the ball: the Cardinals got pushed around.

Cardinals' Adrian Wilson expanding his HighPoint Shoes - Phoenix Business Journal

Gradkowski, Campbell conundrum could spark a locker-room rift | ProFootballTalk.com
With the Raiders unexpectedly yanking quarterback Jason Campbell for Bruce Gradkowski and then apparently doctoring the post-game quotes from coach Tom Cable to suggest . . . well, something, we're picking up strong indications of a potential locker-room problem between Campbell and Gradkowski.

Kurt Warner Shakes His Money-Maker, Brenda Approves - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Welcome to the 11th season of Dancing With The Stars, featuring former Cardinal Quarterback Kurt Warner and his wholesome reputation, with a side of Brenda keeping a close eye on that hussy his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Kurt was challenged with dancing the Viennese Waltz, which, to this uninformed viewer, appears to be a homage to wearing a neck brace while acting out "Look, I'm a butterfly" in charades. Despite the interesting sartorial choice of Anna in fuchsia and Kurt obviously showing up late and having to borrow a suit from Bruno, the dance was pretty good. Certainly good enough for the first week and much better than the waltz attempted Rick Fox and his giant blinding white chompers or Margaret Cho's fluttery-gold-wings-rhythm-gymnastic-debacle.

KTAR.com - Warner after dance debut: can't please everybody
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner impressed two of the three judges and a Valley ballroom dance instructor as he made his debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Week Two Power Rankings | ProFootballTalk.com
We're two weeks into the regular season, and so it's time -- coincidentally -- to offer up our Week Two Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings - Top 32 NFL Football Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
The Saints remain as the top choice, but the Steelers are starting to look like a Super Bowl contender. It will be interesting to see how the Saints deal with the loss of RB Reggie Bush likely for at least six weeks. They could become even more of a passing offense. Don't look now, but the Texans might be for real. Once they get LB Brian Cushing back from his four-game suspension, the Texans could make a serious run for the AFC South for the first time since their inception in 2002. On the bottom, well, it's the Bills. Did you expect any less? I'd rather have a root canal than watch their offense. It's like they are operating in plastic.

Reggie Bush Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Fibula - SBNation.com
Saints RB Reggie Bush suffered what is believed to be a fractured fibula on Monday night against the 49ers, which would keep him out 4-6 weeks.

Braylon Edwards Arrested For DWI Early Tuesday Morning - SBNation.com
Jets WR Braylon Edwards was arrested for DWI early Tuesday morning.

The Designed Rush Redux: Mike Singletary Explodes While Michael Crabtree Disappears - SBNation.com
New Orleans fans shouldn't worry overly much about their team winning two squeakers so far. However, with Mike Singletary growing ever more deranged, 49ers fans have more to be concerned about than just killer turnovers.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Cowboys, Vikings Continue To Slide - SBNation.com
Our third edition of the NFL Power Rankings sees the winless Vikings and Cowboys moving backwards, while teams like the Texans, Packers and Steelers continue to move towards the top.

Premature Prognostication! Predicting Future Of NFL's Undefeated, Winless Teams - SBNation.com
There's no code to predicting Vince Young's performance as an NFL quarterback. It's a crapshoot at this point. Which means... He's exactly like the NFL, actually. So let's use Vince to predict: Which 2-0 teams are for real, and which 0-2 team is about to make a comeback?

Singletary's 49ers, for better and worse - NFC West Blog - ESPN
These were Mike Singletary's San Francisco 49ers pushing the Super Bowl champions all over Candlestick Park, but ultimately tripping over themselves.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 25, 49ers 22 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The 49ers showed significant improvement from Week 1 and restored credibility even though they ultimately made too many mistakes to win the game. They looked like the best team in the NFC West, as expected before the season. The 49ers were not always smart or lucky, but they played tough. They were resilient. They grinded away and didn't seem to get discouraged. Alex Smith came of age in this game, and it still was not enough. That will hurt in the short term, but Smith did his part and that's huge for the 49ers moving forward.

Has Bill Belichick's genius license expired? - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has the reputation of being a defensive mastermind. Cold, Hard Football Facts overlord Kerry J. Byrne scoffs at that.

Cubs' Tyler Colvin hospitalized after broken bat punctures chest - Big League Stew - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
Check out the flying object heading toward the chest of Chicago Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin on Sunday afternoon. As the frightening screen capture provided by Keith Olbermann (of all people) shows, Colvin's upper left chest was punctured by a flying piece of Welington Castillo's bat as Colvin came home from third to score on a double.

Pereira sides with Ravens on roughing call | ProFootballTalk.com
With ESPN playing on a continuous loop comments from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after a five-point loss to the Bengals that look and sound and feel a lot like comments from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after a six-point loss to the Patriots from last season, many of you are brushing off the Lewis lamentations as the product of another defensive-minded player who covets a license to kill quarterbacks.

Dennis Dixon has a torn meniscus | ProFootballTalk.com
And then there were two, apparently.

The Designed Rush, Week 2: Is The Passing Game Finally Taking A Step Back In 2010? - SBNation.com
An unquestioned pro football axiom of the last few years is that the NFL has become a passing league. But through the first two weeks, the teams that are pass-heavy are losing more often. We explore that, and other bits and pieces from Week 2.

Broncos WR McKinley found dead in Colo. apartment - NFL - SI.com
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment Monday in an apparent suicide.

Reid should ditch original plan, stick with Vick - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
So Kevin Kolb will be back under center for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Jacksonville. Um, why?

Packers-Bears I: JayRod reaches relevance - NFC North Blog - ESPN
Here we go! A full 15 months after we tried to christen the "JayRod" rivalry, we finally have a matchup worthy of hyping.

NFL.com news: Offensively challenged Steelers among surprise 2-0 teams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris is feeling a lot better now than he did this time last season.

JerryWorld gets in the way of Cowboys | ProFootballTalk.com
These are tense times in Dallas. Monday included a players-only meeting. Coach Wade Phillips showed rare emotion, saying he didn't appreciate a reporter's line of questioning about a lack of discipline.

Saints vs. 49ers - Recap - September 20, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Last season, the New Orleans Saints won their games with a high-flying offense. So far this year it's been all about defense.