As the Arizona Cardinal's turned each page of the 2008 season, bandwagon fans across Arizona jumped on in excitement. As the team faced strong competition, it seemed the players accepted a die hard attitude. As football fans across Arizona were numb with excitement over the fact of a winning season, few believed it would end up facing the Superbowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers. But as fate would have it, Warner and company, under the guidance of Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt found a winning groove and made it to Florida.
As the pain of a last minute defeat layered Arizona like a hot summer sun, fans began to wonder if this was a fluke, or if Coach Whisenhunt did what a former Cardinal coach proclaimed, "There is a winner in town".
With few changes to the roster, fans in Arizona awaited for the pre-season to begin. And to their dismay, the team that took the Cinderella path to the Superbowl last year, could not find a win. Fans bailed off the bandwagon like a fat man chasing after an all you can eat food buffet. Analysts on local news in Phoenix started to prepare the remaining die hards for a long and painful season. But with a pathetic start, the Cardinals dug deep and found the glass slipper from a year earlier. As the season started, the Cards started to do something they haven't done in many years, win on the road.
As each game passed, one thought remained. The Arizona Cardinal's are a force to be dealt with, as long as quarterback Kurt Warner remains healthy. If Warner was injured, doubt loomed over Leinart and if he could carry the Cardinal's in their winning ways.
As Warner struggled with his decision to play last Sunday against the Titans, he admitted he had blurry vision and trouble with light. As the NFL looks further into the effects of multiple concussions, Kurt Warner has become a guinea pig. As Warner deals with his injury, a cloud of depression has started to crawl into the University of Phoenix. Can Matt Leinart fill the shoes of Kurt Warner? Warner has led his team to a 2 game lead in their division. And with five games left, Coach Whisenhunt has stated Warner is day to day. In other words, Coach Whiz has no idea!
Five games remain and Leinart may have the chance to make a living. The Cards stepped up to the plate offering him a huge contract. Now Leinart can show the fans of Arizona, the fans who have suffered through years of embarrassment that he is the leader he was while he played in college.
But now, it is time to play with the big boys! Take us to the promised land Leinart, we enjoyed it while we were there last year!