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- - - - - With our playoff fate resting in our own hands, the Cardinals came out flat and stumbled to a 20-12 loss to a depleted team heading nowhere. The defeat was emblematic of how much has changed since Week 1, when Arizona defeated San Francisco on the road with its full roster. Yet, one thing hasn't changed: the Cardinals do retain control of their playoff fate, needing a win over the Rams in Week 17. However, there is no backing in; a loss eliminates the Cardinals from playoff contention. With a tie, we would then need the Bears to lose.
- - - - - The Cardinals seemed unprepared for the 49ers' rushing attack despite knowing they were facing a third-string quarterback. Nothing new, it seemed. Destined to make backups look like Johnny Unitas and Gayle Sayers is Cardinals tradition, and could be real trouble as our playoff hopes hinge on beating an equally depleted Rams team. Perhaps last week's loss will serve as a wakeup call.

NEXT WEEK, @ LOS ANGELES RAMS: The Rams will have something for which to play; a loss by Los Angeles coupled with a Chicago victory, would eliminate the Rams. Oddly enough, if the "Hail Murray" play never happened, the Cardinals, though with one less victory, would have had tie-breaker advantage over Chicago at 8-8 and the Rams would be safely in, allowing them to have rested their entire roster against us. Just seems to be our destiny to do things the hard way. My prediction, Cards win, 19-17.

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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 25th 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 24th-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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