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2-7-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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After a good Super Bowl, here are some links to start off your morning. blogs - Kent Somers - Whiz, Fitz talk QBs, etc.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt and receiver Larry Fitzgerald have discussed the team's options at quarterback for 2011, the coach said Sunday morning, but the discussion was part of Whisenhunt's normal relationship with players. blogs - Kent Somers - The next few days
Through the last four months,Ken Whisenhunt has not placed a timetable on selecting a defensive coordinator. Now, he doesn't have to. The season is over and I expect the Cardinals to have a new coordinator by the end of the week.

Espo: Arizona Cardinals should pursue Kolb and Bulger -
I learned a lot of things on Super Bowl Sunday. I learned that everyone has a price, including Eminem. I learned that Coke can solve military disputes. I learned that actual black eyed peas have more musical talent than the Black Eyed Peas. I learned that all you need to make your son believe that he has super powers is a remote starter for your car. I learned that Cosmo Kramer was a Bills fan. I learned that if you don't hit a beaver with your car it will later save your life. I learned that Americans are too lazy to type the m at the end of .com and I learned the most important sales pitch of the day didn't come from a company but from Larry Fitzgerald. - Arizona Cardinals
After three seasons of steady improvement on his watch, the honeymoon for head coach Ken Whisenhunt came to an abrupt end in his fourth season, as the defending NFC West-champion Cardinals dropped into the cellar in by far the league's weakest division. Armed with the fifth pick in the 2011 draft — their highest pick since '07 — the Cardinals enter this year's draft with major needs on both sides of the ball. The team never recovered from the retirement of Pro Bowl QB Kurt Warner and the major hit it took on the first full day of free agency, when it lost three quality starters in WR Anquan Boldin, ILB Karlos Dansby and FS Antrel Rolle. Dansby's dominating inside presence was particularly missed, and many of the team's other previously reliable defenders greatly underachieved. The offense was an even bigger disappointment, primarily because of the subpar play at quarterback.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - February 06, 2011 - ESPN
Forget Lombardi on Broadway. Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit: Aaron Rodgers. Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Packers to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary coach who won the first two Super Bowls and is making his own star turn in New York these days in the play named after him.

Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers named MVP after 3 TD performance - ESPN
Absolutely no need to bring up Ol' What's His Name ever again. Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl championship quarterback in his own right. And the game's MVP, too, an honor Brett Favre, his Green Bay Packers predecessor, never earned.

Green Bay Packers overcome injuries to beat Pittsburgh Steelers
The Green Bay Packers have been dealing with injuries throughout the season, so it's not surprising that they had to do in Super Bowl XLV. news: Early numbers pin Super Bowl XLV as most-watched TV show
Green Bay's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl has surpassed last year's record-setting game in the Nielsen Co.'s preliminary ratings measurement of big cities. The 2010 game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts established itself as the most-watched program in U.S. television history, with 106.5 million viewers.

The Packers Are World Champions, And Super Bowl XLV Reminds Us Why We Watch -
A month ago, Green Bay's road to the Super Bowl seemed impossible, but Sunday night, the Packers were World Champions, and it felt perfect. It's a reminder that in the NFL, reality is usually better than we could ever guess. Isn't that why we love it?

Super Bowl XLV: Winners, Losers From Packers' Victory Over Steelers -
Recapping the winners and losers of Super Bowl XLV finds Aaron Rodgers and Ted Thompson on the right side of the ledger, while Ben Roethlisberger and the NFL take their lumps.

2011 Super Bowl Commercials Superlatives: Best, Worst From Advertising's Big Night -
Handing out superlatives for the best (and worst) moments from the 2011 Super Bowl commercials.

Picture: The worst seat at Super Bowl XLV - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
What do you get when you (unsuccessfully) try to set a Super Bowl attendance record by jamming seating structures into areas of a stadium not designed to accomodate them? Views like this:

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Our Complete Post-Super Bowl First Round -
Our first NFL mock draft following the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV victory still has Nick Fairely going No. 1 overall the Carolina Panthers. But there is plenty of movement elsewhere in the first round.

Super Bowl XLV: Seating woes, attendance shortcomings cap dismal week for North Texas - ESPN Dallas
Cowboys Stadium was supposed to be the great equalizer after ice and snow storms shredded Super Bowl XLV week. Turns out even the $1.2 billion stadium could not deliver as much as hoped.

Fans denied access to seats at Super Bowl - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Angry fans outside a Cowboys Stadium fence chanted "Let us in," "Jerry sucks," and "We want seats" while being denied inside access for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. The ticketed fans, estimated between 200-400, were denied entry inside the stadium because temporary seating sections to be installed for the game had not been completed. In the meantime, the NFL has moved the fans to the Party Plaza area – the stadium’s standing room only section.

Fans furious over Super Bowl temporary seating screw-up | ProFootballTalk
A group of furious fans are lining up outside Cowboys Stadium and trying to figure out where they’re supposed to go after the NFL announced that some temporary seating has not been completed, and some Super Bowl ticket holders may not get into the game.

Super Bowl XLV: Seating issues arise in hours before Super Bowl - ESPN Dallas
A limited number of sections in temporary seating areas at Cowboys Stadium have not been fully completed, according to an NFL statement released two hours before kickoff of Super Bowl XLV.

Video: Christina Aguilera goofs up the national anthem - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Perhaps she was too concerned with breaking Patti LaBelle's record for turning single-syllable words into entire paragraphs during the signing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", but noted ex-teen queen Christina Aguilera (who actually can sing a bit) botched the National Anthem something fierce right before the Super Bowl. Aguilera started out alright, but she had a problem with the ramparts - specifically, the "O'er the ramparts we watched" line, which she left out altogether. ..

Super Bowl XLV: Christina Aguilera repeats line of national anthem - ESPN
Christina Aguilera flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl. When she was supposed to sing the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?" she instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation. She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming," which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word `watched' instead of the word `hailed.'

Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show Review: The Black Eyed Peas Give America The Worst Feeling Ever -
Hey, do you have a ringing feeling in your ears after that abysmal Super Bowl XLV halftime show by the Black Eyed Peas? ME, TOO! Let's recap the carnage.

Super Bowl XLV Hafltime Show: Black Eyed Peas, Slash And Usher Perform, Disappoint As Expected -
For everyone who has always wanted to see Fergie and Slash share a stage and perform "Sweet Child Of Mine," the halftime show of Super Bowl XLV made your dreams come true. It opened with Black Eyed Peas being lowered down to the stage and signing "I Gotta Feeling." Which, well, obviously.

Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show: Who Are The Black Eyed Peas And Why Is Their Music So Terrible? -
The Black Eyed Peas will "rock" Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl XLV halftime show in mere moments, which makes this a good a time as any to learn about the Black Eyed Peas. Who are these minions of keyboard- and synthesizer-heavy hip-pop, and how did they come to rule the world of music? Glad you asked.

VIDEO: Christina Aguilera Sings National Anthem Loud And Proud At Super Bowl XLV -
I was ready to hate Christina Aguilera's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Super Bowl XLV. The gold standard for singing the national anthem at a Super Bowl and emoting it is Whitney Houston's performance during Operation Desert Storm, and I wasn't sure that the big-voiced Aguilera, often prone to over-emoting, could match Houston's efforts. So I watched what you'll see on this video with trepidation.

Black Eyed Peas Vs. Tron: A Super Bowl Contest No One Wins - Stop The Presses!
As it turns out, there are far, far duller ways to pass the time at a half-time show than counting the wrinkles on classic rockers. Like counting the times in just the past few months we've seen the Black Eyed Peas on television doing pretty much this same schtick they did at the Super Bowl. If you want to make sure you have the least anticipated Bowl half-time in modern history, a sure bet is to book a group that would show up to play a supermarket ribbon-cutting.

Add Leaky Cowboys Stadium Roof To 2011 Super Bowl Problems - From Our Editors -
Apparently, Dallas, 2011 Super Bowl week and the weather don't get along. First, we saw Dallas roads covered in ice on Tuesday and Wednesday as a big (big for Dallas, at least) snowstorm hit the city. By Thursday, the roads were clearing up and things seemed to be looking up for the city of Dallas. And of course on Friday it snowed even more. The latest weather-related problem? Cowboys Stadium has a leaky roof.

Super Bowl XLV: Cowboys stadium falls short of Super Bowl attendance record - ESPN Dallas
ce, snow, a taxi strike and stadium seating issues dominated the headlines leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was hoping for some good news in the form of a Super Bowl attendance record Sunday night, but he'll have to settle for second place.

Did Christina Aguilera Forget The Lyrics During The Super Bowl National Anthem? - From Our Editors -
Say this much for Christina Aguilera: if she was trying to make headlines with her National Anthem performance at Super Bowl XLV, it worked. The thing is, they're all good headlines. Or, technically speaking, none of them are good headlines. It all centers on whether she sang the right lyrics. And, um, she definitely did not.

Charles Woodson feeling no pain as Packers win Super Bowl XLV - Peter King -
Packers defeat Steelers without injured Charles Woodson in the second half Disproving Roger Goodell's theory that NFL fans want an 18-game season Super Bowl XLV party anecdotes, Fine 15 and Ten Things I Think I Think

Steelers wanted pass interference on final offensive play of game - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Calm down, Steelers fans. It wasn't pass interference.

Troy Polamalu came up small in big game | ProFootballTalk
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was the NFL’s defensive player of the year, but the NFL year ended with a bad game from Polamalu.

Five plays that won the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
One of the reasons I was so glad that Ed Sabol was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is that Sabol’s creation, NFL Films, is always what I think about after the Super Bowl. I always think to myself, Which of these plays are we going to remember most, decades from now, when we’re watching an NFL Films show about this Super Bowl? These are the five plays I’ll think of, when I think about why the Packers won this Super Bowl:

Displaced fans get Super Bowl tix for next year - ESPN Dallas
Fans displaced by seating issues for Sunday night's Super Bowl get another chance next year.

NFL Videos: The QB matchup
Kurt Warner takes a look at how the two quarterbacks might perform in Super Bowl XLV on "NFL GameDay Morning."

NFL Videos: Super Bowl preparation
Deion Sanders, Kurt Warner and Rod Woodson talk about what it's like getting ready for a Super Bowl on gameday.