A couple of late afternoon things to touch on:
— The NFL officially announced the 2014 schedule will be released Wednesday at 5 p.m. Arizona time (8 p.m. eastern). Be sure to check azcardinals.com then not only for the schedule but for various schedule-related content, including one to download. Yes, it’s kind of funny that the schedule release means so much, especially since we are only talking dates and times here (and TV appearances), but not opponents. We already have long known not only who the opponents are but where the Cardinals will play them. Still, it’s a big deal. People want to make plans. Certainly I am paying attention to what weekends I will be out of town.
— Larry Fitzgerald has been working out here with the Cards, but he’s got a non-football game to play too. Saturday night is his annual charity softball game at Salt River Fields. Fitz again has a pretty nice guest list, including Colin Kaepernick, Richard Sherman, Anquan Boldin and Kurt Warner. Now, Fitz isn’t exactly Mike Trout out there — he didn’t exactly shine when he took batting practice at a Diamondbacks game a few years back — but he hangs in there. It’s all about the Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, right? Click here for tickets.
— April 26th is also Pat’s Run, in which I will be taking part once again and hopefully some of you are too. It’s been an emotional couple of days thinking about Pat Tillman and his legacy on the 10-year anniversary of his death. Pat’s Run is one of those great things that came out of it.
— The 2014 Cardinals cheerleading squad will be announced Thursday night, during an FSN Arizona special televised at 6:30 p.m. (and then immediately posted on azcardinals.com).
— Finally, don’t forget about Thursday night’s Spring Tailgate, including the live TV show. All the details are here.
Tags: charity, cheerleaders, Larry Fitzgerald, NFL schedule, Pat Tillman
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A few odds and ends on a Monday morning during the second week of voluntary workouts:
— The Cardinals signed punter Will Batson Monday. Batson also can kick field goals and kick off, so he’ll fill the role of Ricky Schmitt for this offseason and preseason, I’d think — which means he’s a major long shot. Ultimately, Dave Zastudil (who was very good last year) will be the punter and Jay Feely the kicker. This just gives the Cards an extra helper with a 90-man roster. Batson was with the Titans in preseason last year.
— There will be a special edition of the Big Red Rage this Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the regular spot, Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler. Exact details are still being firmed up, but it will be live on Arizona Sports 620 and one of the guests will be General Manager Steve Keim.
— The 2013 Cardinals Cheerleaders will be announced on the site Friday. We will have a series of videos posted this week (1 p.m. so don’t miss them) detailing the audition process.
— I find it interesting that Kevin Kolb signs with the Bills after it could be argued that, had he not gotten hurt against the Bills last season, he might still be a Cardinal. (Then again, following that logic, there might not have been a coaching change at all. But I digress.) He’s got big plans for Buffalo.
— Presented without comment: Former Cardinals QB Max Hall has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
Tags: Big Red Rage, cheerleaders, Kevin Kolb, Max Hall, Senio Kelemete, Steve Keim, Will Batson
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As we maneuver through the offseason, azcardinals.com is ready to debut Monday (March 21) a new video series. The brainchild of senior director of broadcasting Tim DeLaney, the series is titled “All In — Mission: The 2011 Season.”
As for what it will entail, well, I had Tim write up a little something detailing what’s to come:
— The series will chronicle the offseason for both the team and the cheerleaders as they prepare for the upcoming year. The first episode follows the cheerleaders on their recent trip to visit U.S. Military Troops in Japan. In early February, cheer director Heather Karberg and 14 team members embarked on a week-long tour of several bases, just a few weeks before the recent tragic events that have gripped Japan. “All In” takes you along for the journey as the team experiences a new culture, and, brings a little bit of home to our service men and women stationed abroad.
The leadership of the Cardinals will be the focus of the first football-related “All In”, debuting March 28th. President Michael Bidwill, general manager Rod Graves, coach Ken Whisenhunt, and director of player personnel Steve Keim will explain the process of developing an off-season strategy, amongst challenging circumstances, to put the Cardinals back on top of the NFC West.
Look for a new video on azcardinals.com each Monday throughout the offseason. Future episodes will spotlight preparation for the draft, an in-depth look at the scouting staff, and what coaches are up to this time of year. Future cheerleader episodes will highlight the second half of their trip to Japan and the upcoming tryouts for the 2011 team.
“All In – Mission: The 2011 Season” episodes will also be available for download as a podcast on iTunes by going to the Cardinals Official Podcast homepage at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arizona-cardinals-podcasts/id333230043
Tags: All In, cheerleaders, Ken Whisehunt, Michael Bidwill, Rod Graves, Steve Keim
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Pro Bowl voting for players is already underway. Here’s your chance to vote for the Cards’ Pro Bowl cheerleader. Fans votes — for either Allie, Taryn or Emily (pictured below, left to right) — will be factored into this year’s selection for the Cards’ representative to the Pro Bowl. So give it a shot:
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Lots and lots in the week ahead.
Obviously, the draft is coming Thursday. Again, the first round is Thursday night, with rounds two and three Friday night and the rest Saturday (starting at 7 a.m. Arizona time). Everything Cards-related with the draft will be right on azcardinals.com, and more specifically, this cool draft page which will have all my pre-draft stories (I touched on linebackers and offensive line this weekend) and a whole bunch of videos, including draft day memories from a ton of players like Joey Porter and a three-part analysis roundtable by our in-house experts.
The NFL’s regular-season schedule will be released at 4 p.m. Tuesday. We’ll have a story up as soon as the clock reaches 4, so check out azcardinals.com for the path the Cards will take in 2010 tomorrow.
The 2010 cheerleading squad will be announced Wednesday at 1 p.m. I’ll put out a mock first round that day too.
What was that about an offseason?
Tags: cheerleaders, draft, schedule
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