Pondering the Future of An-Kwan Boldin and the Arizona Cardinals

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2009

(Now listening to Bruce Springsteen, "Glory Days" and "Born to Run")

Recently, the Philadelphia Eagles made an offer to the Arizona Cardinals for Anquan Boldin, and I must say: Why are the Cardinals still trying to trade him?

There's a much simpler solution...


This franchise had wallowed mostly in mediocrity since the end of the Second World War. 

World empires had declined or fallen since the previous time that the Cardinals had been a legitimate contender in the NFL. 

Israel became a nation in 1948 and has fought two other major wars in 1967 and 1973, along with a bundle of incidents, invasions, and insurrections.

In fact, the Cardinals have had a championship drought longer than the US has had an embargo against Cuba.

It does seem to me that history is passing the Cardinals by, and that it's time for the NFL's oldest team to return from the oblivion from whence they came.

And clearly, I need to come down from the pedestal for forcibly using the word "whence" in a sentence.

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This franchise has squandered success with wide receivers (i.e. Roy Green, JT Smith, Rob Moore, David Boston) even with mediocre quarterbacks (one year, their lead passer was a future punter) only for their receivers to get disgruntled and leave or taper out. 

For a while, their best receiver was fullback Larry Centers.

I do believe that it is relevant to mention the history of the Cardinals, simply because those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.

It has looked like Arizona has been on the same road with Anquan Boldin as they were with David Boston and the fictional Cardinal from Jerry McGuire Rod Tidwell who of course used the word ‘kwan’ (or quan), which has reminded me of the name Anquan, which has of course reminded me of, “Show me the money!”

Well, Arizona, I think it is time to show him the money and protect, possibly, the best receiver trio in the NFL (Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston), rather than repeat the same broken record of disgruntled receivers.

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