The Cards’ decade of note — and other notes

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2009 – 2:13 pm

Just a few tidbits here on the Cards’ extra day off:

— Sports Illustrated is putting together best-of-the-decade lists, and the Cardinals are all over them. To begin with, the Cardinals were in the decade’s best game (the most recent Super Bowl — I know, ouch), they were part of one of the magazine’s best NFL covers (Pat Tillman), and had one of the decade’s best players (Sean Morey). They also had one of the decade’s top 20 individual performances in Larry Fitzgerald’s 2009 playoff run (although they have ties with not one but two others).

— The Cardinals, given their recent success, have done big TV numbers this season locally. But with the Vikings coming in and the Cards getting another appearance on “Sunday Night Football,” their TV numbers were huge last weekend. In the Valley, the Cards got a 31.9 rating and 46 share, reaching 598,000 homes. Those stats set a local market record for a Cards’ regular-season game. The game was also the most-watched TV show in the nation last week. It averaged 20.9 million viewers, six million more than the No. 2 show, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

— The Big Red Rage is set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s Sports Grill. Bertrand Berry’s guest this week is Karlos Dansby. As usual, if you can’t make it, it will air on Sports 620 KTAR.

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21 Responses to “The Cards’ decade of note — and other notes”

  1. By William Lutz on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply

    In many ways, it’s kind of amazing how the Cardinals received so many accolades. For a franchise that was always maligned during the first three-quarters of this decade, it is good to see that their steady rise to the top has caused people to take notice.

  2. By Stacey on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply

    We Rock! (as if im actually one of the players. ha) Go CARDS!

  3. By darrenurban on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply

    Stacey —

    Hey, we do this together.

  4. By Marlon on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply

    Well, this is just an example of how things are changing in AZ. A new kind of mentality has been set, and all this talented players are finally being able to show up on NFL as a team able to win and be consistent.

    No matter what detractor can say or even make fun (as some NFL analisers), this is a very different Arizona Caridinals.

  5. By Cards Fan for 41 Years on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply

    It is so good to see the Cardinals culture change! The current team is wonderful, and it seems to be getting better each week just at the right time.

    I have been a Cards fan since I was a little boy in Colorado (yes, Colorado). I’m now in Fort Worth, Texas (Cowboy country). One day this spring I was walking the dog while wearing my Cardinals NFC Championship shirt. I walked by a house where some boys were playing football. One of them saw my shirt and said to the other boys, “See his shirt! Cardinals! Now that’s the best pro football team!” I had never heard that before in my life. And to think I heard it in Cowboy country.

    How things have changed over the past few years.

  6. By Derek on Dec 9, 2009 | Reply


    For your blog have you ever considering kinda doing your own Arizona Cardinals team of the decade and do a quick position-by-position team?

    Just a thought, I think it would be neat!


  7. By darrenurban on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Derek —

    That sounds like a great idea. Probably something I will get to in the offseason. I’ll be looking for ideas, and that is something I can put together later.

  8. By Richard Moore on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    This team is steadily becoming what we had all hoped for, — a Big Red Machine, that will take part in many big games and playoff games in the future. Now the the stadium is bringing in new revenue streams, Mr. Bidwill and the franchise should be able to compete with contracts that will keep a very stable corps of players on hand from season to season which will bring continuity to the talent needed to compete.
    With a corps of leadership and coaches aboard, we will reap the benefits of great play and quick assymilation of our new rookies.

  9. By Bob on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    I think people like the idea of the underdog rising up. I also think if the Cards sustain success, others around the country will be rooting against them. (thiink Patriots or Cowboys. my two personal favorite love-to-hates)

  10. By LUKE on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    hey darren,great comment to stacey!alot of us have suffered together for as long time and its good to see a positive change for the cards and their fans!!!

  11. By djvic520 on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    darren, how come none of the players come to tucson? send me your responds on your page

  12. By darrenurban on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    djvic520 —

    The Cards sometimes do that in the offseason. But honestly, in season, it’s difficult to ask a player to make a four-hour roundtrip to Tucson plus time there on their day off.

  13. By K-DUB on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Daren,

    Have you ever asked Kurt when he retires, will he retire as a Cardinal or a Ram? No doubt he’ll be in our ROH along with A-DUB right?

  14. By darrenurban on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    Unlike the baseball hall of fame (which puts a cap on its players), the Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn’t do anything like that. It’s just a bust of the enshrinee. Therefore, there’s no reason to “go in” as a Card or a Ram. The player just goes in, and his entire career is discussed on the plaque.

  15. By kauaicardsfan on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Not sure if you are already on top of this but you should Interview strength and conditioning coach John Lott. After the beat down the Vikings took from us it really goes to show how well conditioned they are. Also on PFW the cards are ranked 31 ( from most to least) as far as injuries go which can be attributed to Coach Lott ( also some good fortune).

    He is an Unsung hero and we should resign him quickly !!!!

    Just a thought? keep up the great work on keeping us informed !!!

  16. By Dave on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply


    What are the chances of checking out the stadium in the offseason? Are there tours offered? I am stationed in Florida. Born in Tucson and love the Cards…never been to the home of our great team.

  17. By darrenurban on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Dave —

    Here is the link for stadium tours.

  18. By Fabian on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Its great to finally have respect and awards toward our players. GO CARDS

  19. By Cameron on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    wow sean morey is one of the decades best players?? that really shows that the cardinals are finally getting recognition

  20. By cdredhead on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    I am looking forward to this article, especially with all the Cardinals in it. I am a bit dismayed, however, that Kurt Warner is not on the list of decade’s best players. He has lead two teams to three Super Bowls in less than 10 years. Only Tom Brady has done that as well this decade.

  21. By Dave on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Darren!

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