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5-28-11: Bird Droppings - Orton

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Not a lot of news out there relating to the Cardinals right now, but I do have a link about Orton being rated as the top available Quarterback so here is a picture of Ol' Neckbeard in those beautiful mustard yellow throwbacks the Broncos wore in 09.

Also, for those of you who need a football fix, there will be a Rattlers game on Fox Sports AZ at 7:00 PM Arizona time.

Cardinals News:

ESPN Insider thinks Orton top QB available -
When it comes to grading the top quarterbacks available by either free agency or trade in the NFL, the Eagles' Kevin Kolb seems to be the most popular name. Not all share this assessment. ESPN Insider KC Joyner believes the Denver Broncos' signal-caller Kyle Orton, who is believed to be available via trade, is the best option for a team searching for a new quarterback.

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks rally to win series opener vs. Astros
Alan Trammell grinned at reporters as they shuffled through a jubilant visitors' clubhouse. "Crazy game, wasn't it?" the Diamondbacks bench coach asked. "You never know in this crazy game." And, lately, you never know with this crazy team.

ASU softball moves on to Women's College World Series
The ASU softball team beat No. 16 Texas A&M 4-2 on Friday night to clinch a spot in the eight-team Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Arizona Wildcats softball shut out by Oklahoma in NCAA Super Regional opener
Lefty Keilani Ricketts of the Sooners shut down the Arizona softball team, handing it a 6-0 loss in Tucson in the teams' Super Regionals opener.

Phoenix Suns looking to add a defensive assistant
The Suns already are working on improving defensively, even though the draft is four weeks away and free agency is uncertain with a lockout looming. Until the Suns' roster can be changed, the attempt to improve will come with a coaching addition. Suns coach Alvin Gentry is interviewing candidates to add an assistant with defensive expertise.

Kirk Gibson continues to push Arizona Diamondbacks
As the Diamondbacks' hot streak continued with their 12th win in the past 14 games, manager Kirk Gibson hasn't lost sight of the big picture. He likes what he has seen, but, in his view, there is much more improvement to be made.

Phoenix Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov holds key to budget dominoes
Although his budget for next season will fall short of what General Manager Don Maloney would like, there could be a domino effect forming that also helps determine the makeup of the Coyotes. There are three moving parts in that scenario

NFL News:

Fans not buying Goodell’s ‘Fans want 18 games’ rhetoric - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been saying for months that the fans of the game want an 18-game regular-season schedule, and for months, actual fan reaction to the idea has run almost exactly counter to Goodell's claims. What fans really seem to want is for preseason games to cost less than regular-season games, and Goodell appears to have taken that to mean something altogether else. He says that fans are practically running up to him on the street and begging for more regular-season games. Sounds unlikely at this point; I'd imagine that if fans are talking to him on the street, they're begging for an end to the lockout and perhaps using words one wouldn't use in polite company.

NFL: 10 coaches hit hard by the lockout - ESPN
Some NFL coaches -- already in difficult spots -- are hit especially hard by the lockout, writes John Clayton.