After a tough loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins, close to 200 fans lined up at the Free Agent Sports Fan Cave Sports Collectibles Store in Paradise Valley Mall to meet Cardinals star Running Back David Johnson. Members of the AZ Birdgang Fam were exclusively allowed to say hello, take a picture, and even got an autograph from their favorite Cardinal. We saw plenty of good items being signed; custom helmets, posters, magazine covers. Even a few UNI Mini Helmets showed up to David’s surprise.
The Arizona Cardinals generated a little buzz yesterday, announcing a new naming rights partner, State Farm. The organization has ended their naming rights agreement with The University of Phoenix after a 12-year relationship. The former company will continue to be a partner of the Arizona Cardinals in a smaller relationship. State Farm has agreed to an 18-year naming rights agreement that will rename that stadium “State Farm Stadium.”
The roster has been set, the Arizona Cardinals have narrowed the team down to 53. I have to admit, there were a lot of surprises for me with this roster. Let me start by saying no, I am not surprised that Mike Glennon is still on the roster. I didn’t see any team jumping up to trade for him and it would have been insane if the Cardinals had two rookies behind Sam Bradford to start the season. There were, however, some players that were retained that shocked me…
Steve Keim’s suspension for DUI is now over and many fans are wondering, why haven’t we heard anything yet? Michael Bidwill had stated in the beginning that Keim will return when he meets other requirements, including counseling. One can deduce that not everything has been completed to Bidwill’s standards.
As training camp concludes for the Arizona Cardinals have had two pre-season victories that meant nothing in the standings but mean everything in terms of the 53-man roster. After two weeks there are positions that may have gotten a little clearer, such as cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Looks like Jamar Taylor has solidified that spot and Bene Benwikere close behind him. These two guys continue to shine in camp and more importantly in live game action. Brandon Williams played deep into the first pre-season game and didn’t see much from him in the second game, he is currently on the bubble have had ample opportunity to emerge but continues to struggle to pick up zone coverage.
NFL preseason is well underway and the NFL bubbles are forming. This is where NFL teams are made, where no-name players show up, and where others fade into obscurity. Spoilers ahead, this list may include one of your favorite players (no, not Larry Fitzgerald).
After the loss of Cardinals Center A.Q. Shipley, the team looks to rookie Mason Cole as their heir starter. Many players, fans, and coaches see this as a natural fit. Time will soon tell how he will perform for the Cardinals, so let’s look back at his time in Michigan.
Sports in Arizona is a unique market. In a state that prides itself as a place to retire and remain active, we get many residents from all over the country. When this happens, they bring their “fanhood” with them. We can’t fault them for it. I would only hope that if Cardinals/Suns/Diamondbacks/Coyotes fans move to another state, they would still root for their home teams. We can, however, certainly fault ourselves for selling our tickets to opposing fans, but that’s a topic for a different day. You would generally expect that the Arizona sports market is lacking when it comes to player loyalty. “Why would anyone want to stay in Arizona when the large markets get to have all the fun and glory?” Historically, Arizona athletes have actually been notably loyal.