Super Bowl XLIII: Don't Count Out the Arizona Cardinals

Arthur GastonContributor IJanuary 22, 2009

So why is everyone outside of Glendale counting the Cardinals out?

Does anyone remember how the Giants upset the Patriots last year?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are only favored by seven points. The Patriots were favored by 12.5 points. No one thought the Giants had a chance last year and we all know how that game ended. Even non-football fans that watched the game were amazed.

The game was actually better than the commercials, even better than the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction.

Kurt Warner has won two NFL MVP awards(1999,2001), as well as a Super Bowl MVP award. He is ranked third in career passing and could most like be on his way to the Hall Of Fame.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has a pretty good understanding of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.  Whisenhunt was the Steelers offensive coordinator from 2004 until 2007.

Pittsburgh's defense is undoubtedly the best in the NFL, ranked first in points, yards, pass yards, and only second in rush yards allowed.

The Steelers have a great football history, loved by so many fans from coast to coast. That is equating to those fans expecting this to be a blowout, a shutout, no contest, game over. But the Steelers know better than to just think they can just show up and have the Cardinals hand it over.

This is set to be another great Super Bowl.

The kind where you put the kids to bed and watch both teams scratch, crawl, fight, and hard-nose their way to a win.

My pick?

Arizona by three.