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5-24-11: Bird Droppings - Bulger And Kolb, Rapture Update

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Time for another day of links about the Cardinals, today the main topics are Bulger and Kolb. There is also some stuff from Sando looking at the best defensive players in the NFC West, a list that includes our own Darnell Dockett.

For those of you who are wondering about the new rule changes in the NFL, there is a link on that too. Those of us who enjoy hard hitting and physical football probably won't like some of the changes.

Also, the guy who said we are all going to die on May 21st said he was wrong on the math, and the day is actually October 21st... Buddy, you were wrong, the world is not going to suddenly explode. Deal with it.

Cardinals News:

Peter King is on the Kolb to Cards bandwagon -
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback rumors are becoming a lot like a high school girl's emotions. Erratic, contradicting and frustrating. On Monday Sports Illustrated's Peter King added more fuel to the fire by suggesting that Kevin Kolb is on his way to the desert.

Marc Bulger to the Cardinals a fading idea? -
When it comes to the Cardinals' QB situation we know that we know absolutely nothing. The top of the list seems like a revolving door of signal callers, not unlike what the team went through last season as it went from Matt Leinart to Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and finally Richard Bartel. While it's assumed the team will bring in someone new to take the reigns, in a mailbag ESPN's John Clayton was asked what will become of both Hall and Skelton, last year's rookies. In answering the question, Clayton let it be known that of all the options, Marc Bulger seems to be less likely than maybe once thought.

Setting expectations for Kendricks, Housler - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams value their tight ends. The division has drafted seven in the first three rounds since 2006, when the San Francisco 49ers made Vernon Davis the sixth overall choice. The other seven divisions have drafted 24 in the first three rounds over the same period.

Bulger might not want to be a starter -
In less than a month Marc Bulger has gone from having a deal in place with the Arizona Cardinals to being unwilling to sign with the quarterback deficient franchise. Thus is the news cycle during the NFL lockout. ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton joined Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf Tuesday morning to try and explain why there has been such a distinct change in regards to Bulger and the Cardinals.

Coaches, Wives at Ronald McDonald House
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Arizona Sports News:

Cardinals, D-backs, Coyotes, Suns try to reassure skittish ticket buyers | Phoenix Business Journal
Sports teams are playing a lot more man-to-man defense as they try to retain ticket buyers in the face of shaky consumer confidence and economic uncertainty. In addition, the National Football League and National Basketball Association face possible lost games next season because of labor disputes. blogs - Coro's Orange Slices - PaulCoro - Nash makes PSA supporting gay marriage
The Suns remain at the forefront of supporting gay issues with the release of a public service announcement featuring Steve Nash backing a marriage equality campaign in New York. blogs - Coro's Orange Slices - PaulCoro - Suns' 1 pick due to Brooks deal, weak draft
Suns draft night will be over in a hurry this year. They will pick 13th and be done, barring a deal. The reason why reflects the weakness of this draft.

NFL News:

Poll: Best defensive players in NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' Patrick Willis stands out as the best defensive player in the NFC West.

Best after Willis: Smith now, Thomas later? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' Justin Smith earned a spot on two ballots -- mine and Kevin Seifert's -- as sought to rank the 10 best defensive players in the NFL. Smith was also faring well in unscientific polling here on the NFC West blog.

NFL: Defenses may suffer in 2011 - ESPN
Player-organized workouts favor offense over defense, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

NFL to punish teams for players' flagrant hits - ESPN
The NFL will punish teams next season if their players commit multiple flagrant hits that result in fines.

NFL cancels rookie symposium due to labor impasse - ESPN
The NFL has canceled next month's rookie symposium because of the lockout.

NFL: Analyzing the top 10 most disappointing trades of the past 25 years - ESPN Insider
When it comes to trades, one team's disaster is often another team's triumph.

Latest NFL safety rules worth defending? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Four quick thoughts on the NFL's latest rules changes addressing player safety:

NFL lockout thoughts on Ray Lewis, Cam Newton, more - Peter King -
Why the NFLPA is completely accurate in calling the NFL a 'cartel' One must-read story this week, and unveiling players 61-70 in my top 100 Quotes of the Week, Stat of the Week, 10 Things I Think I Think and more