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10-9-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Gameday

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He is ready for gameday, are you? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
He is ready for gameday, are you? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Its gameday and here are some links to start off your morning, so make the swagtastic pose and lets hope the Cardinals beat the Vikings today!

Arizona Cardinals News:

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Cardinals, Vikings going through same kind of problems

Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals realistic about where they stand
All this week, the valve to a vat of excuses was there for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb to open and provide inquiring minds with reasons for the team's 1-3 start. Kolb declined to turn it every time he met with reporters. "I'm not going to tell you it's a work in progress," Kolb said. "I'm ready to get it done. You have to learn from it. We all want to get frustrated and feel like, 'What the heck is going on?' But you can't let yourself do that. It's part of being a professional." The Cardinals have lost three consecutive games by a total of eight points. An optimist would say they are a few plays away from being 4-0. A realist would say that's the lament of every losing team in the NFL, and note that in 2010, 47.3 percent of NFL games were decided by no more than seven points. Good teams win close games; bad teams find ways to lose them.

Grooming Joey Porter's successor no snap - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals worry about Joey Porter playing too many snaps at age 34 and after 186 career regular-season games. So far, they haven't done much about it.

Wired: OT Brandon Keith vs NYG
Cardinals OT Brandon Keith was wired for sound against the New York Giants.

Cards Arrive in Minnesota, Reunions on Tap
The Arizona Cardinals arrived in Minnesota on Saturday night ready to face the Vikings on Sunday. There will be a couple of reunions on tap. WR Larry Fitzgerald returns to his hometown and safety Hamza Abdullah will play against his brother Husain, a Vikings safety. Paul Calvisi reports.

Fitz and "Jet Stream" Green Share Special Bond
Since being drafted in 2004, Larry Fitzgerald has developed a special relationship with legendary Cardinals receiver Roy Green. Their bond remains strong as Fitzgerald breaks Green's records. Paul Calvisi sits down with the two of the most prolific wide receivers in Cardinals history.

Building The Gameplan @ MIN
Jody Jackson and Ron Wolfley build the gameplan for the Cardinals as they face the Vikings at Mall of America Field.

Arizona Sports News:

Turnovers help ASU football get convincing road win at Utah
Forget the past. It no longer matters. Arizona State is a different team. The No. 22 Sun Devils have improved upon last season's shortcomings, and more important, they have positioned themselves at the top of the Pac-12 South. Saturday's 35-14 win over Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium was another step in ASU's maturation process, a journey that has taken far too long, but one that could pay off with a trip to the Pac-12's inaugural championship game in December.

Oregon State holds off Arizona, hands Wildcats 5th consecutive loss
Sean Mannion threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State defeated the mistake-prone Arizona Wildcats 37-27 on Saturday for the Beavers' first victory of the season. Quarterback Nick Foles was intercepted twice and the Wildcats (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) lost two fumbles in their fifth straight loss overall and eighth straight conference loss.

Coyotes open season with 6-3 road loss vs. Sharks
Joe Pavelski and Andrew Desjardins scored two goals apiece and the San Jose Sharks used their highest scoring season opener ever to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Saturday night.

Arizona Diamondbacks rookies savor the experience
If the Diamondbacks were going to go from 65 wins to National League West champions, it was not going to be with just who they had in the majors. The Diamondbacks developed their young players on the fly to transform the team as the season went. Even with late-season rookie starter Wade Miley off the postseason roster, the Diamondbacks carried six rookies in the National League Division Series. At times, the rookies carried them.

Arizona Diamondbacks lose the surprise factor
There goes the fun in being underdogs.

NFL News:

NFL owners lean right in political donations | ProFootballTalk
NFL owners donate plenty of money to candidates for elected office. According to Reuters, roughly two-thirds of the money goes to Republicans.