So here we have the annual request for fan photos and the chance to be shown in a game program this season. If that interests you, send in your best photo of yourself, friends, or family wearing your favorite Cardinals gear. Doesn’t have to be at a home game. It can be from a road game, or at home, or at the Grand Canyon, whatever.
The top shots will be featured in a regular-season Cardinals Kickoff Magazine.
Just submit the picture, your name and the town where you live to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures will be selected based on size and photo quality.
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The Cardinals have sold out 58 games in a row at University of Phoenix Stadium — in fact, every game they have ever played there, preseason and postseason included. But with the way the season has gone in 2011 (and the way 2010 went), along with the visit from a fellow 1-6 team in the St. Louis Rams Sunday, the question has built up for a while: Will the streak continue Sunday?
Coach Ken Whisenhunt, not surprisingly, is hoping it does.
“It’s obviously something that’s important to our team,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re working hard to try to make sure we’re taking care of business, and we haven’t done that. It’s been a tough stretch for our fans, I understand that, and we’re working hard to try to get that fixed. Hopefully they’ll continue to support us. We’ve had a number of exciting games (at UoP) and they’ve been a big part of that. All I can tell you is that we’re going to have more (exciting games) there, and we sure would appreciate the support.”
That led to a follow-up question about hearing criticism coming from fans, and Whisenhunt pointed it out it’s delivered by “you guys,” as in the media, because even if he isn’t reading message boards or listening to talk radio, he isn’t unaware of what’s being said.
“I understand that’s part of this business,” Whisenhunt added. “We’re not performing the way we expect to perform and we’re not performing the way our fans expect us to perform. But let me tell you this, it’s not because out guys aren’t working and they’re not trying. When we walked off that field yesterday, our guys were crushed. It’s hard. We want to win and we’re working hard to try to do it. It’s one of those things where we have to stick together.”
Tags: fans, Ken Whisenhunt, sellout, University of Phoenix stadium
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Just in case anyone is wondering, there are still tickets available for every one of the seven remaining home games. With the 49ers game over, the “Protect the Nest” plans are over, so that has opened up the ability to buy tickets just for the Vikings and Packers games. Now, there are fewer tickets available for some games than the others — Vikings, Packers, Colts come to mind — but none of the games have yet sold out.
And frequently, even a game that is officially announced as a sellout usually has a few tickets left when the other team returns part of their allotment. So if there is any game you want to go to, don’t give up hope that a ticket can be found until you make a call. (That’s 1-800-745-3000).
Tags: Colts, fans, Packers, tickets, Vikings
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Coach Ken Whisenhunt has said a few times (along with his players) that is is time for the team to move on from 2008 and concentrate on 2009. So with that in mind, what were Whiz’s thoughts on the NFC Championship banner ceremony that will be held prior to Sunday’s opener against the 49ers?
That it is important for the fans.
“For me personally, (the banner ceremony) is not that important,” Whisenhunt said, “because I know it’s going to be there. But for our fans, I absolutely think it’s important because it is as much theirs as it is ours. Without them, I don’t think we would have had home-field advantage and maybe not the success. It is important for our fans because it is a small reward for their contributions to our team.”
Tags: fans, Ken Whisenhunt, NFC Champions
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