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- - - - - An embarrassing start to the season for sure. A home game. An opponent very few have projected to be a playoff contender. And yet, there was little encouragement to take from the 24-6 loss to Washington. Perhaps the only position that was upgraded from last season may have been the special teams coach.
- - - - - This game was not lost on Sunday. Rather it was a collaboration of poor management throughout the off-season that I believe doomed this team to defeat and has put the franchise on the brink of a failed season. Yes, it was only one game, but there wasn't much that appears to be fixable. For several seasons, Cardinals' management has behaved as if they believed they were smarter than the rest of the league, despite evidence to the contrary. Despite initial success playing an under-sized safety in the ILB position, this strategy has been exposed, and its deficiency magnified in the 4-3 defensive scheme. Instead of addressing these needs in the off-season, the Cardinals have doubled-down on this mentality, filling the depth chart with players out of position, with disastrous results after one week. Other teams have not been overly eager to copy the Cardinals' strategy, but, what do they know? We're smarter than all the rest.

NEXT WEEK, @ LOS ANGELES RAMS: Now, things couldn't look more hopeless. On the road. An opponent defending its division title. Not an enviable position, and very few are giving the Cardinals a chance in this one. At least we'll have a chance to change the conversation with a victory. My prediction: Cards win, 27-24.

TWENTY-THIRD SEASON UNDERWAY

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- - - - - As you've probably already noticed, "The Cardinal's" Nest, the Internet's longest-running website dedicated to the Arizona Cardinals, has undergone a few changes over the years as we embark on our 23rd season. This newer setup will hopefully make it easier for you, the fans, to navigate these pages. After all, isn't life already hard enough being a Cardinals fan?
- - - - - The bar at the left will contain the links to the other pages on this site, including icons for some of the larger features. Meanwhile, play in my 23rd-annual On-Line NFL Pool has begun and the Chicago Cardinals Photo Album, featuring photos and other game memorabilia from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s has opened. Also, check out the "Arizona Sports Fans" Message Board. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please feel free to send me E-mail at sgoldber@dom.wustl.edu; I always enjoy hearing from Cardinals fans around the country and the world.

The Red & Black Attack is Back !!!

"THE CARDINALS ARE CHARGING"

THE CARDINALS ARE CHARGING
LET'S CHEER THEM ON THEIR WAY
LET'S SHOUT OUT WITH ALL OUR MIGHT
WE'LL SHOW 'EM HOW A TEAM CAN FIGHT
FOR VICTORY AND GLORY
WILL MAKE OUR JOY SUPREME
THE PRIDE OF ARIZONA
OUR ARIZONA CARDINAL TEAM

"The Cardinals Are Charging" was written for both the St. Louis Baseball and Football Cardinals on June 29, 1960. Although the baseball team stopped using the march several years later, the fight song can still be heard at all home football games for the now Arizona Cardinals. The music and words were composed by songwriters Irving Bibo (1889-1962) and Larry Kent. Originally, the lyrics had "all St. Louis" in place of "Arizona" (Line 7), and "St. Louis" instead of "Arizona" (Line 8). Download from the following versions: Real Audio, and MIDI.
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