It's In the Cards!: Why Arizona Will Come Up Aces in the NFC West

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It's In the Cards!: Why Arizona Will Come Up Aces in the NFC West

For those of us that have suffered through the two-plus decades of sun-soaked misery that was passed off as NFL football, it seemed we would never see William V. Bidwill standing alongside, and then actually holding in his own baby-soft mitts and raising the George Halas Trophy over his bowtie-choked noggin. It was a moment that we, the 20-plus year loyal supporters, will never forget.

All eleven of us.

So, what are the chances of last years NFC Champs, Mr. B himself and his Arizona Cardinals, once again celebrating on cheer 'n' tear filled stage at the end of the 2009 title game? What are the chances of seeing coach Ken Whisenhunt trotting around the field, slapping the hands of the faithful in a post title game celebration?

The West was certainly a division that, in 2008, got a lot more ink than their quality and strength as a whole would generally support.

There was the farewell tour of Hall of Fame coach Mike Holmgren. The pained look on this legend's face as injuries and losses piled up wasn't pretty. I almost felt bad for him when the Cardinals unceremoniously ran him and his team out of the building Holmgren's final game. Almost.

Then there was the mid-season replacement of dapper Mike Nolan in San Francisco. He was replaced by intensely passionate HoF linebacker Mike Singletary. And it didn't take long for him to show the team he meant business. Soon after Mike's boxers hit his Nike's, the Niners started piling up wins.

And in St. Louis, the Rams stunk. They stunk before firing Scott Linehan and replacing him with Jim Hasslet. They stunk after replacing him with Jim Hasslet. They didn't get as much ink as anyone else in the division because...well, they stunk.

So, will the Cardinals repeat as NFC Champions and make another trip to Florida (this time, Miami) in 2009? Well, first things first. And that would be "will the Cardinals repeat as division champs in the NFC West?"

Only time will tell. But since it's what people like me to do at this time of year, I'm going to toss out my thoughts and analysis, and let the cards fall where they may.

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