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2-6-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

Larry Fitzgerald Super Bowl
Larry Fitzgerald Super Bowl

Its Super Bowl Sunday, and even though the Cardinals aren't in it I'll still watch hoping to see a good game even if I don't really care who winds up winning in the end.

Also, some news on Fitzgerald and the QB.

Sources: Cards query Fitzgerald on QB options - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals like to go to Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald when it matters most. This offseason the team has turned to Fitzgerald in a different way. The Cardinals have solicited Fitzgerald's opinion on which quarterback the team should trade for or sign, according to league sources.

Bidwill promises change for 2011 Cardinals -
Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill sent a letter to the team's season ticket holders last week, addressing an underwhelming 2010 season and continuing labor negotiations surrounding the NFL. Bidwill thanked fans for their support through the 5-11 season and promised the team would get back to evaluating how to reach the playoffs next year.

Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald somber Super Bowl spectators
The three kings of Cardinals football were spotted at the Super Bowl. Kurt Warner now is a shining face on television. Larry Fitzgerald has one year left on his contract and one hand on the doorknob. Ken Whisenhunt is lurking, networking, doing anything he can to keep the flame lit in Arizona. As tourists in Texas, they all shared the same sinking feeling - the intense longing to play in the big game once again.

Stacking up: NFC West vs. Super offenses - NFC West Blog - ESPN
How NFC West offenses measure up with those of the Super Bowl participants based on 2010 regular-season averages, ordered by yards per game:

Stacking up: NFC West vs. Super defenses - NFC West Blog - ESPN
How NFC West defenses measure up with those of the Super Bowl participants based on 2010 regular-season averages, ordered by yards per game:

Kurt Warner: Brett Favre’s off-field actions tarnished his legacy | ProFootballTalk
Kurt Warner retired a year ago, when he was still playing at a high level. Brett Favre stuck around for another season, and it was the worst of his career. When asked in a New York Times interview whether Favre has hurt his legacy in the last year, Warner said that he has — but not because of the Vikings’ miserable season on the field.

Ilya Bryzgalov gets back on track, leads Phoenix Coyotes to 1-0 win over Minnesota Wild
Ilya Bryzgalov needed a win in the worst way. The big Russian goaltender had been roughed up for nine goals in his previous two starts as the Coyotes began to lose their grip on a playoff spot. He got the redemption he was seeking Saturday night in a 1-0 win over Minnesota in front of 14,587 at Arena. The win snapped a five-gam home losing streak.

Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe headline 2011 Hall of Fame class - ESPN
Deion Sanders always was Prime Time. Now he's All Time. Sanders and Marshall Faulk led a class of seven voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining them were Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.

NFL Videos: Top 10 Super Bowl games
Which game comes in at No. 1? Find out as "NFL Total Access" counts down the top 10 Super Bowl games. blogs - Kent Somers - Hall of Fame announcement
The selection meeting for this year's Hall of Fame class lasted 7 1/2 hours and produced six players and one contributor as inductees.

Larry Fitzgerald as personnel consultant - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rod Graves is the Arizona Cardinals' general manager. Or is it Larry Fitzgerald?

Cardinals get input from Fitzgerald on quarterback position | ProFootballTalk
Three years ago, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had the franchise over a contractual barrel. Eventually, the Cards folded, giving Fitzgerald a four-year, $40 million contract with an eight-figure annual average that no other receiver has met or surpassed since. Now, as Fitzgerald prepares to enter the final year of the deal, which includes a provision preventing the team from using the franchise or transition tag to keep him in Arizona for 2012 (or to trade him for value after the season), the Cards are soliciting his advice when it comes to a acquiring their next quarterback, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Tom Brady first to be voted unanimous AP NFL MVP - ESPN Boston
Here's a Brady Bunch for NFL fans: Tom Brady got all 50 votes for MVP. The New England Patriots quarterback on Sunday became the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award since the AP began using a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.

Sources: Owners have $320M saved for lockout - ESPN
Under the terms of the CBA that govern uncapped years, each of the NFL's 32 teams was not required to fund player benefits such as 401K plans that are not in effect in uncapped years, according to multiple team sources. news: Howard says he felt threatened by Simms run-in at NFL event
Desmond Howard says he felt threatened by Phil Simms during a confrontation about comments the ESPN analyst made about Simms' son, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick named AP Comeback Player of the Year - ESPN
Michael Vick took a most unusual path to The Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award he received Saturday night. In the 12-year history of the honor, no player has returned from jail to earn it.

NFL, players' union hold first formal meeting since November - ESPN
The NFL and its players' union have met for two hours in their first formal bargaining session in more than two months.

Streak over: Hospitalized fan Robert Cook will miss first Super Bowl - ESPN
The streak is over: One of the four men featured in a national commercial for never missing a Super Bowl game will not be at Sunday's showdown between Pittsburgh and Green Bay. Family members said Saturday that 79-year-old Robert Cook of Brown Deer, Wis., is hospitalized and had sent his two daughters to Arlington, Texas, instead.