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6-5-11: Bird Droppings - Anderson's Rant, Franchise QB's

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As we near the end of June's first weekend, today's links are mainly about Derek Anderson's hours long TwitFight with a Browns fan over Triple Coverage and a link from Sando regarding the Cardinals not needing a franchise QB to win the NFC West.

Cardinals News

Derek Anderson gets in Twitter argument at 2 a.m. -
Oft-mocked Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson couldn't sleep last night and turned to Twitter to amuse himself. He must have been bored, as he decided to get into a full-blown argument with Cleveland Browns fan Bob Wetsel.

Cards don't need franchise QB to win West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Stephen from Allen, Texas wants to know why the Arizona Cardinals would rate Kevin Kolb over Kyle Orton as they consider quarterback options for the 2011 season. He would take Orton by a wide margin based on how well Orton has synced up with receivers such as Brandon Marshall and Brandon Lloyd.

Derek Anderson Got Defensive, Was Possibly Wrong About Defensive Schemes At 2 AM Last Night
Late last night, Derek Anderson tweeted this: "Sometimes I wonder why.... Why I can't sleep.. Why I do some things.." Like any Browns fan given the opportunity, Bob Wetsel decided to kick Anderson while he was down, tweeting, "like throw into triple coverage?" Anderson's response was peculiar:

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks shut out Washington Nationals for second straight game
Joe Saunders escaped two early jams to go seven innings in a combined four-hitter, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals Saturday night.

Phoenix Mercury drop season opener against Seattle Storm
Sue Bird scored 13 points and handed out 10 assists, Camille Little led Seattle with 18 points and the defending WNBA champion Storm opened the 2011 season with a 78-71 win over of the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

Arizona Rattlers dominate Utah Blaze on road
The Rattlers (10-2) defeated the Utah Blaze (5-6) 72-37 on Saturday night in Salt Lake City. Quarterback Nick Davila completed 7 of 13 passes for 79 yards and three touchdowns, finding receiver Rod Windsor (10 catches, 98 yards, four touchdowns) twice in the end zone. Backup quarterback Trevor Harris found Windsor for two of his scores, completing 8 of 14 passes for 87 yards.

ASU baseball crushes Charlotte in NCAA Tempe Regional
Arizona State baseball took two Saturday. The Sun Devils clubbed Charlotte 16-1 to move within one win of a NCAA regional win at Packard Stadium. And with No. 7 national seed Texas losing at home to Kent State, they are one Longhorns loss from the chance to host a fifth consecutive super regional next week.

Arizona Wildcats baseball routs Wright State in NCAA regional
Arizona, on the strength of a shutout by Kyle Simon, stayed alive in the College Station regional of the NCAA tournament with a 13-0 thumping of Wright State in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon.

Arizona Little Leaguer killed after pitch hit chest
A 13-year-old Arizona boy died in a freak accident after a baseball hit him over the heart as he tried to bunt, officials in his Little League said Friday.

Ian Kennedy's success a symbol of Diamondbacks' season
It can be disarming to meet Ian Kennedy in person. He is so . . . unassuming. Maybe it's the lack of bravado, the freckles that belie his 26 years, the smile that cracks when he speaks about the superior athleticism of his wife, a former USC basketball player. "I'm man enough to admit she can beat me on the court," he said. He is a perfect representative of the 2011 Diamondbacks. Misleading appearance, impressive results.

Phoenix Suns face forks in the road to recovery, 2012 flexibility
Nobody liked last season: not the Suns employees at 201 E. Jefferson St., those who cheered from their purple seats at US Airways Center or those fans wearing orange while watching Suns games from their couches. Lower expectations were even too high for a team that missed the playoffs with a losing record. It was an 82-game road to nowhere. The path back to success requires movement, but the direction is unknown.

NFL News:

Seahawks best organization in NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Adam Schein recently created his annual list of the best organizations in the NFL based upon ownership, quarterback situation, coach, front office, coaching staff and intangibles. As Jess announced, the Cardinals were placed as the 16th best team in terms of organization, which took the silver medal in the NFC West. Ahead of our beloved team was the Seattle Seahawks organization. Paul Allen is probably the main reason the Seahawks were considered to be the 12th best organized team in the league, as he has what seems to be unlimited resources. The intangibles also came into play, which is basically fan support, facilities and public relations. The Seahawks scored a 9.5 in this section (largely due to the 12th man situation), while the Cardinals scored a meager 4. As for the Rams and 49ers, they placed 19th and 24th respectively.