Win or Lose Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals have been a terrific story this season. Often considered a laughing stock organization with a horrible owner (Bill Bidwell), the Cardinals have proven what can be done when everyone’s on the same page. With the use of high draft picks (from all those dismal seasons), a free agent here and there, and a coaching staff stacked with men who have been to the summit, the Cardinals have turned into a contender. Unfortunately for the Cards and their fans, this season’s story will not have a happy ending.
The Cardinals will face the big, bad Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. The Steelers will be making their 7th appearance in the “Big Game”. This is a winning organization and a model for everyone else. From Art Rooney to his son Dan to every other Rooney, this family is a class act, and it’s trickled down to their football team. Think about this, the Rooney’s only have had to hire three head coaches in the last four decades. THREE! (Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin). And both Noll and Cowher left on their own accord.
Winning football is not a passing fling in the Steel City, it is part of the fabric of the city. The blue collar worker in Western Pennsylvania has grown up with the Steelers, and they expect nothing from the team but its best effort every single game. From Bradshaw to Swann to Lambert to Woodson to Roethlisberger to Ward it’s been a cavalcade of greatness.
I know, I know, what does history have to do with the present? Well in a word…plenty!! The Steelers know how to win the biggest game in sport, the Cardinals have never had a chance until now. Give me the organization with the history, the winning tradition, the nerves. Give me the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-13.
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