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4-12-11: Bird Droppings - Preseason Schedule Unveiled, New ASU Uniforms

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Time for some links. The Preseason schedule has been unveiled, along with the new jerseys that ASU is going to wear next season. After all the hype they got over the last couple of weeks, I am underwhelmed. I think they look good, but my expectations were probably too high, I'm just glad Sparky is still on the helmet even though he is on the back now and a sideways pitchfork is the new main logo on the side of the helmet. I'm also not sure if the black one or the red one is supposed to be the main jersey now, but I'm hoping it is the red jersey. To see the full photo gallery, go here.

Also, some stuff on Hasselbeck being a possible QB option for the Cards, Leinart waiting for an opportunity after his unceremonious departure from Arizona, draft stuff and much more.

Preseason Against The Pack
Trip to Green Bay in Week 2; home opener against Chargers Week 3

Arizona Cardinals announce preseason schedule
The Arizona Cardinals have announced the team's 2011 preseason opponents. Specific dates and times for the four games have not yet been announced.

ASU unveils new look for athletics teams
ASU is launching a new look for its athletics department today.

Seahawk QB Hasselbeck heading to Arizona? - ArizonaSports.com
According to ESPN's John Clayton, Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck is not likely to return to the franchise he's spent the last 10 seasons playing for. And, if he does leave?

Word From the Birds Blog - All In the draft room, combine interview
So you want "All In," here’s a chance to come pretty close – a glimpse of some of the behind-closed-doors things that go on before the draft. The latest webisode from the "All In" series is up, a riveting piece from Tim DeLaney that not only goes over some of the ins-and-outs of the pre-draft process but also gives some visuals of the Cards’ decision-makers in the draft room as the draft meetings are underway.

Word From the Birds Blog - In a rush to find a draft pick
A couple of odds and ends as the draft draws closer and — as we are apt to do this time of year — we all continue to analyze and over-analyze all things draft:

Trading up into the third overall spot - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Eamonn asks via Facebook what it would take for the Arizona Cardinals to trade up to the third overall pick for a shot at Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller.

2011 NFC West exhibition schedule - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few things for NFC West fans to know after the NFL announced its 2011 exhibition schedule:

Seven years later, race in honor of Pat Tillman continues to grow | ProFootballTalk
Pat’s Run, the race in honor of the late Pat Tillman set for this Saturday, isn’t your normal charity run. The distance is unique — 4.2 miles to honor the No. 42 jersey Tillman wore at Arizona State before his life was tragically cut short by friendly fire in Afganistan.

Video Gallery
All In: Ray Horton Profile

Video Gallery
All In: Combine All Access

Phoenix Suns' Channing Frye hits career highs in win over Minnesota Timberwolves
The Suns needed to dip into their savings to save face for a home victory against the NBA's worst team Monday night.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Barry Enright pays for miscues against St. Louis Cardinals in series opener
Pitchers who cannot make batters swing and miss are leaving their fate in the hands of the baseball gods. Balls in play, be they bleeders or a liners, are known to have eyes. In the fourth inning Monday night, right-hander Barry Enright could not keep his pitches down, and the St. Louis Cardinals were not missing them, and the three runs they scored provided a lead the Diamondbacks could not overcome in an 8-2 loss at Chase Field.

Phoenix Mercury take Colorado's Brittany Spears in WNBA draft
It's going to be a battle from the beginning. For Colorado forward/guard Brittany Spears, who the Mercury selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the second round of Monday's WNBA draft, the celebration of being drafted will be a short one.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cam Newton Strengthening Grip On Top Overall Status - SBNation.com
With the 2011 NFL Draft creeping ever closer, Auburn junior QB Cam Newton's stranglehold on the top overall pick seems to be strengthening as he remains the No. 1 selection in our NFL Mock Draft. Can anyone challenge him by April 28?

Best young linebacker after Patrick Willis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Patrick Willis sets the standard for linebackers in the NFC West -- and in the NFL overall. The rest of the division has invested considerable resources in the position over the past two drafts.

Leinart hopes to reshape his NFL fortunes | Daily Trojan
In an oft-replayed television commercial, legendary quarterback Archie Manning pretends to adopt former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, telling his real children, current NFL quarterbacks Eli and Payton Manning, "I always wanted a lefty." Coming out of USC, it did not seem unrealistic for Leinart to follow in the professional footsteps of the Manning brothers.

Mailbag: Whether pass-rusher would fit - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt from Phoenix thinks the Cardinals could have a difficult time filling a primary need such as pass-rusher with the fifth overall choice, given that Von Miller might not be available. He wonders how well North Carolina's Robert Quinn would fit in Arizona, and at what point the Cardinals might lean more toward taking the best player regardless of immediate need, such as LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Arizona Cardinals QB Stock Watch - ArizonaSports.com
With all the talk and speculation about who will line up under center for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 -- if there is an NFL in 2011 -- we decided it was time for someone to simplify the entire process. With that in mind we put together our QB Stock Watch where you can find out who's moving up, who's moving down and who's just not moving at all.

Two words for NFC South: You're welcome - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The contract extension general manager Thomas Dimitroff signed with the Atlanta Falcons last month came to mind Monday when another NFC South GM, Mark Dominik, extended his deal with Tampa Bay. The NFC West should offer hearty congratulations followed by a barely audible "you're welcome" under its breath.

NFL preseason schedule is out despite lockout - ESPN
The NFL announced its preseason schedule Tuesday -- assuming the lockout is over in time for games to be played in August.

Sources: The Chicago Bears will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London - ESPN Chicago
The Chicago Bears will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London during the 2011 season, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Leinart just waiting for opportunity. Wait, what? - ArizonaSports.com
Matt Leinart would like you to know that his NFL career has been a roller coaster. Arizona Cardinals fans would like Leinart to know watching him left them feeling like they had just gotten off one.