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9-10-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - One More Day, Good Night For AZ Sports

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Tomorrow will finally mean the start of the NFL Season for the Cardinals.

And hopefully their night will be as good as the ones had by other Arizona teams last night with ASU getting a win on national TV against Missouri, and the Diamondbacks in their throwback unis (which I wish they would wear more often) getting a win over San Diego where Daniel Hudson pitched a complete game.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Wilson Set To Return
Notebook: Safety never doubted comeback; Zastudil happy for opportunity

Arizona Cardinals LB Joey Porter nears sack milestone
Outside linebacker Joey Porter needs three sacks to reach 100 for his career. That's a milestone only 25 players have reached since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Three doesn't sound like many, but Porter had only five last season. It was a disappointment for Porter and the Cardinals, and it led to Porter restructuring his contract, taking a pay cut from the $5.75 million salary he was scheduled to make to $1.5 million. Reaching 100 sacks is important to Porter.

Offensive lineman Deuce Lutui won't start Sunday for Arizona Cardinals
A piece, a very large piece, of the Cardinals usual starting lineup will be missing Sunday when the offense takes the field for the first time. Guard Deuce Lutui will be standing on the sideline in uniform for the first time since midway through the 2006 season, his rookie year.

Word From the Birds Blog - Friday before the Panthers
Ken Whisenhunt admitted, with the regular-season opener just a few days away, the Cardinals can’t be ready for everything. Teams like to address specific situations in training camp and practice, but that’s when there has already been an entire offseason to install offenses and defenses – time that, thanks to the lockout, wasn’t available this year. blogs - Kent Somers - Practice is a wrap
Wouldn't you figure? On the Cardinals lightest work day of the week, the temperatures dipped and there was a nice little breeze throughout Friday's practice. The players were probably wondering why the weather change couldn't have come a couple of days earlier.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers scouting report
Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's Week 1 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Cardinals commemorating Sept. 11, 2011 attacks
The Diamondbacks and Cardinals have strong plans for Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Kolb's biggest mistake could be forcing the ball to Fitzgerald -
A quarterback's job is to get the ball into his receiver's hands, and if Larry Fitzgerald is one of them, well, all the better. One of the best wideouts in the NFL, Kevin Kolb would be wise to get him the ball. As long as he doesn't force the ball to him, which is a concern for Arizona Sports 620's Ron Wolfley.

Arizona Sports Cardinals vs. Panthers predictions -
The regular season opener is upon us as the Cardinals get set to host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals opened last season with a win, will they do the same this year?

Cards Daily: Kolb Takes the Lead - Video
Since Kevin Kolb arrived in Arizona he has taken the reigns as commander in chief. Coach Whisenhunt and other players talk about Kolb's leadership qualities.


Arizona Sports News:

ASU football overcomes No. 21 Missouri in overtime
In some ways, this is a different Arizona State team. One that knows how to win close games. One that can overcome mistakes. One that can seize the moment. The Sun Devils proved as much Friday night, showing off resilience in front of 70,000 black-clad fans, defeating No. 21 Missouri 37-30 in overtime, their first victory against a ranked team in 11 tries, a stretch that dates to 2007. "We finished," receiver Aaron Pflugrad said. "That's what we couldn't do last year."

Daniel Hudson tosses complete game; Diamondbacks beat Padres on throwback night
They're so close to the playoffs now, the Diamondbacks don't just smell the postseason lurking around the corner. They can start to taste it. And like Tom Petty says, "The waiting is the hardest part." Upstart Arizona took another step forward Friday night when, donning its purple and teal "throwback" jerseys, it dispatched the reeling San Diego Padres with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in front of 29,639 at Chase Field.

Arizona State's 'Blackout' brings out Fitzgerald, Nash -
Arizona State's nationally televised Friday night matchup against Missouri had quite the star power -- and we're not talking about between the lines. Spotted at Sun Devil Stadium were Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald and Todd Heap, the latter a Sun Devil alum. Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash enjoyed a hug from Sparky on the sidelines in the middle of the fourth quarter. Keeping it in the NBA, Sun Devil Pac-10 Player of the Year and current Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden was seen still sporting his glorious beard. Speaking of former Sun Devils, PGA Tour member Phil Mickelson made an appearance too. A plethora of professional stars for a Friday night ASU game.

NFL News:

Players NFC West teams cannot lose - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Sando creates a list of three players from each NFC West team that are considered 'indispensable.'

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Something each NFC West team needs to do going into week one.

48 NFC West starters since Manning debut - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There have been 48 NFC West starting quarterbacks since Peyton Manning made his debut as the Colts QB. Wow.

NFL Picks, Week 1: The Over/Under On Confusion Has Never Been Higher -
The NFL is back, and picking winners is harder than ever, but that doesn't mean we'll stop trying. Check out the lines and picks for all this week's games, where there will be Lions and Eagles and Massholes, oh my!

XTRA910 audio: NFC West Week 1 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Jurecki, Dan Bickley and I discuss NFC West matchups and storylines each Friday afternoon on XTRA Sports 910AM in Phoenix.

Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns Working On Long-Term Extension -
Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren publicly acknowledged the club's attempts at signing running back Peyton Hillis to a long-term extension

Plaxico Burress Rips Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin In Upcoming Men's Journal Article - From Our Editors -
Plaxico Burress poured out his heart in the latest issue of the Men's Journal, hitting on his support from his then New York Giants teammates, life in prison and the incident that led to his arrest. Among the stories of prison, Burress recounted the events surrounding his illegal weapons charge, as well as how he was treated by the Giants after the incident came to light.

NFL Stadium In L.A.: California Senate Approves Bill Easing Review Process -
The California State Senate passed a bill Friday that would expedite legal challenges to the potential NFL stadium in Los Angeles. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the backers of the stadium project, was concerned about a variety of possible legal challenges to their plans. While they still face various legal hurdles in the environmental review process, Senate Bill 292 will speed up the appeals process.

Terrelle Pryor Asks NFLPA To Appeal Five-Game Suspension, According To Report -
The saga surrounding Terrelle Pryor's suspension has been almost as confusing as the punishment itself, and now the Oakland Raiders quarterback will, finally, have the NFLPA file an appeal. In the wake of the suspension, handed down as terms of his eligibility for the NFL, conflicting reports emerged about Pryor's intentions and whether or not he would fight the punishment.

Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs' 9/11 uniform tribute is approved by the NFL - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs intends to wear American flag-emblazoned gloves and cleats on 9/11 against the Atlanta Falcons -- and might not be fined for violating uniform policy.

Bart Scott to Jets fans: Get off your iPads and get loud | ProFootballTalk
Jets linebacker Bart Scott thinks the team’s new stadium — and its higher ticket prices — has replaced the team’s loud, blue-collar fans with quiet, white-collar fans. And Scott thinks it’s time to change that.

Suggs says he’ll take a fine to get a "good shot" on a quarterback | ProFootballTalk
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t talk only about his team’s rivalry with the Steelers during Friday’s appearance on The Jim Rome Show. Suggs also discussed the issue of hits on quarterbacks and the fines that often flow therefrom. And Suggs said he’s fine with being fined.

Colts promise not to "just pack up and go home" without Peyton | ProFootballTalk
Without Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts are being written off by everyone. And some players on the team sound like they’re getting sick of hearing that they have no chance without their star quarterback. "We don’t feel like we should all just pack up our things and go home because he’s not there," linebacker Gary Brackett told the Indianapolis Star.