Tickets, Radio, Rage

Posted by Darren Urban on July 28, 2010 – 10:12 am

Some things to point out while I wait to see if Darnell follows up:

— Single-game tickets are going on sale to the general public Saturday, although, if you are honing in on Christmas Cowboys tickets or Monday night Niners tickets, those remain available only through the “Protect The Nest” plans. The other six regular-season home games and two preseason games out in Glendale will be out there, however. Details are all in this story posted last week. If you are trying to get a Protect The Nest package, sign up for an account here and go from there.

— Don’t blink or you could miss it, but I am taking a turn co-hosting with Paul Calvisi as a fill-in for Dave Burns during Sports Interactive on Sports 620 KTAR from noon to 1 p.m. today. I would guess there will be Cardinal talk. I would hope there would be Cardinal talk.

— Another hour you don’t want to miss is Adrian Wilson’s debut as co-host of the Big Red Rage Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler. The show will be taped live and aired on Sports 620 KTAR after Diamondbacks baseball, but as always, fans are encouraged to come out and see the re-tooled BRR.

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The Cards’ Trojans and radio daze

Posted by Darren Urban on July 16, 2010 – 8:42 am

I figured it was just a matter of time before someone caught up with Matt Leinart to ask him about the USC football sanctions, which cost the Trojans a bunch of victories and the 2005 National Championship trophy. As expected, Leinart said it didn’t change what the Trojans accomplished on the field and he feels bad for the current players, who are the most affected. “Everyone who knows football knows we won those games and we won the title. It’s unfortunate what happened and you move on from it but I just feel for the guys who are there now but they’ll move on from it,” Leinart said.

I remember thinking at the time the sanctions came down earlier this summer that it was probably fortunate the offseason workouts had just ended. The Cardinals are a gold mine of personnel from that USC team, from Leinart to tight end Dominique Byrd to guard Deuce Lutui. In fact, the day Lutui signed and I briefly ran into him, I asked about the sanctions. Let’s just say he mentioned his championship ring and dared anyone to try and take it away.

Apropos of nothing — except some Cardinal talk (and other stuff, I am sure) — I will be filling in for Gambo on Friday’s edition of Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show (620 AM, or, if you are at a computer or out of state, click here and go to the upper right “Live Sports Talk” button). With five hours on the air, I would guess there will be plenty of football discussed. Or you can call in and make sure we discuss a topic. (UPDATE: Duh. I suppose putting the time in would be good. It’s on from 1-6 p.m. Arizona time).

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Whiz on Big Ben rumors

Posted by Darren Urban on April 22, 2010 – 9:39 am

Given the issues of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and all the reports he might get traded, I suppose it’s no surprise to see the Cardinals linked to at least a phone call to the Steelers, which ESPN’s John Clayton did this morning on Sports 620 KTAR. Clayton said the Cards “made communication” with the Steelers about Roethlisberger.

I managed to catch up with coach Ken Whisenhunt to ask him to comment, which is never easy in this case because to talk about a player under contract with another team — even if it is to deny interest — could technically be considered tampering (and why Whisenhunt has delicately maneuvered around the subject the few previous times he has been asked about the subject).

“It seems like you’d be hard-pressed to find a team that hasn’t been linked to (Roethlisberger interest),” Whisenhunt said. “At this time of year there’s no shortage of information and misinformation flying around; who teams are interested in drafting, who they’re not, who’s gonna be traded, etc. From our standpoint, it doesn’t seem to make sense to publicly comment on which rumors are fact and which are fiction but I can tell you there’s a fair amount of each.”

That was as specific as Whiz wanted to get. But as I have noted to many fans over the last couple of days before this report even surfaced, bringing Big Ben to Arizona makes little sense. Forget the price it would cost in terms of draft picks. The baggage itself is troubling. I can’t see the Steelers trading Roethlisberger if this incident — as bad as it has been — was all there was. If the Cards weren’t going to chase Donovan McNabb (who is squeaky clean) why Roethlisberger?

You worry about what else is there. As I have mentioned when teams trade good young players — the Ravens trying to trade T Jared Gaither, for instance, the Chargers dumping CB Antonio Cromartie earlier this offseason, the Steelers trading WR Santonio Holmes — it raises red flags. Either the player isn’t quite the player everyone thinks he is, or there are off-field issues. Either way, a team needs to be careful. Otherwise, why would the players be traded in the first place?

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