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This article details the history of the Arizona Cardinals American Football Club. The Cardinals are the oldest existing professional football club in the United States. City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference...


Chicago years (1898-1959)

The Cardinals began as an amateur athletic club team in Chicago named the Morgan Athletic Club, which was founded by Chicago painter/builder Chris O'Brien in 1898. Early in the 20th century (by 1913), the team turned professional.


O'Brien later moved them to Chicago's Normal Park and renamed them the Racine Normals, since Normal Park was located on Racine Avenue in Chicago. In 1901, O'Brien bought used maroon uniforms from the University of Chicago, the colors of which had by then faded, leading O'Brien to exclaim, "That's not maroon, it's cardinal red!" It was then that the team changed its name to the Racine Cardinals. Normal Park is the name of a former football field in Chicago, Illinois. ... Maroon is a color related to dark red. ... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ...


The team disbanded in 1906 mostly for lack of local competition, but reformed in 1913. They were forced to suspend operations for a second time in 1918 due to World War I and the outbreak of the Spanish Flu Pandemic. They resumed operations later in the year, and have since operated continuously. “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Chart of deaths in major cities The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish flu, was a category 5 influenza pandemic between 1918 and 1920 caused by an unusually severe and deadly Influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. ...


In 1920, the team became a charter member of the American Professional Football Association (which became the NFL in 1922), for a franchise fee of $100USD. The Cardinals and the Bears (originally founded as the Decatur Staleys before moving to Chicago in 1921) are the only charter members of the NFL still in existence, though the Green Bay Packers, who joined the league in 1921, existed prior to the formation of the NFL. The person keeping the minutes of the first league meeting, unfamiliar with the nuances of Chicago football, recorded the Cardinals as Racine, Wisconsin. The team was renamed the Chicago Cardinals in 1922 after a team from that city entered the league. That season the team moved to Comiskey Park. For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The 1922 NFL season was the 3rd regular season of what was now called National Football League (the league changed their name from American Professional Football Association on June 24). ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders (Green Bay Packers Foundation) Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the original Comiskey Park. ...


The Staleys and Cardinals played each other twice in 1920[1] as the Racine Cardinals and the Decatur Staleys, making their rivalry the oldest in the NFL. They split the series, with the home team winning in each. In the Cardinals 7-6 victory over the Staleys in their first meeting of the season, each team scored a TD on a fumble recovery, with the Staleys failing their extra point try.[2] In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ...


The Cardinals' defeat of the Staleys proved critical, since George Halas' Staleys went on to a 10-1-2 record overall, 5-1-2 in league play. The Akron Pros were the first ever league champions, they finished with an 8-0-3 record, 6-0-3 in league play, ending their season in a 0-0 tie against the Staleys. Since the Pros merely had to tie the game in order to win the title, they could afford to play not to lose. Had the Staleys not lost to the Cardinals, they would have gone into that fateful game with an 11-0-1 record, 6-0-1 in league play. As it was, it all but assured that the Staleys/Bears and Cardinals would be intense rivals. George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... The Akron Pros was a team in that played in Akron, Ohio in the National Football League from 1920-1925 and as the Akron Indians in 1926. ...


The two teams played to a tie in 1921,[1] when the Bears won all but 2 games, thus the Cardinals came within 1 point of costing the Bears a second consecutive championship in the league's first 2 years of existence. In 1922, the Bears went 9-3-0,[3] losing to the Cardinals twice. The Bears still edged the Cardinals for 2nd place in the league, but those losses dashed all hopes of the Bears repeating as champions.[4] In 1923 and 1924, the Bears got the better of the Cardinals all 3 times the 2 teams played.[5][6] But in 1925, the Bears went 0-1-1 against the Cardinals with the tie meaning the Cardinals were only a 1/2 game in front of the Pottsville Maroons heading into their fateful 1925 showdown.[1] The Pottsville Maroons played in the National Football League from 1925 to 1928. ...


Thus, in the first 6 years of the NFL's existence, the Bears-Cardinals games had a direct impact on the league championship 4 times. The Bears and Cardinals each took home 1 title during that span. But the Bears nearly cost the Cardinals their title, the Cardinals nearly cost the Bears their title and but for the Cardinals tenacity against the Bears, the Bears very well might have won 2 others. The Bears were such a dominant team against everyone but the Cardinals in those days that from 1920-1925 the Canton Bulldogs, champions in 1922 and 1923, beat them just 2 times and no other team in the NFL defeated the Bears more than once over that entire 6 year span...except the Cardinals.[1] The Canton Bulldogs played in Canton, Ohio in the National Football League from 1920 - 1923 and 1925 - 1926. ...


Legend has it that the Cardinals played the Chicago Tigers in 1920, with the loser being forced to leave town. While this has never been proven, the Tigers did disband after one season. ...


The Cardinals won their first NFL championship in 1925, finishing the season with a record of 11-2-1. In a controversial ruling by the league, the Pottsville Maroons, the team with the best record, had their franchise revoked for violating the territorial rights of the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Thus, the Cardinals won the 1925 title by default. (For more on the controversy, see Pottsville Maroons.) The 1925 NFL season was the 6th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Pottsville Maroons played in the National Football League from 1925 to 1928. ... The Frankford Yellow Jackets were a team in the National Football League. ... The Pottsville Maroons played in the National Football League from 1925 to 1928. ...


The Cardinals posted a winning record only twice in the twenty years (1931 and 1935) after their championship—including 10 straight losing seasons from 1936 to 1945. The 1931 NFL season was the 12th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1936 NFL season was the 17th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1945 NFL season was the 26th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Dr. David Jones bought the team from O'Brien in 1929. In 1932 the team was purchased by Charles Bidwill, then a vice president of the Chicago Bears. The team has been under the ownership of the Bidwill family since then. The 1929 NFL season was the 10th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1932 NFL season was the 13th regular season of the National Football League. ... Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National...


In 1944, owing to player shortages caused by World War II, the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers merged for one year and were known as the "Card-Pitt", or derisively as the "Carpets" as they were winless that season. The 1944 NFL season was the 25th regular season of the National Football League. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Card Pitt was the name for the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals, during the 1944 season. ...


The Cardinals won their last NFL championship game in 1947 (28-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles) with their "Million-Dollar Backfield", which included quarterback Paul Christman, halfback Charley Trippi, halfback Elmer Angsman, and fullback Pat Harder, piling up 282 rushing yards. However, Bidwill was not around to see it; he'd died before the season, leaving the team to his wife Violet. He had, however, beaten the Chicago Rockets of the upstart All-America Football Conference for the rights to Trippi. This signing is generally acknowledged as the final piece in the championship puzzle. They advanced to the championship game the next season, but lost 7-0 in a rematch with the Eagles, played in a heavy snowstorm that almost completely obscured the field. The next year, Violet Bidwill married St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner. The 1947 NFL season was the 28th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Paul Christman (March 5, 1918-March 2, 1970) was an American football player and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... Charley Trippi(born December 14, 1922, in Pittston, Pennsylvania)was in 1946 a two-time All-American from the University of Georgia, and was a key figure in the inter-league battling between the new AII-America Football Conference ( AAFC) and the National Football League. ... Elmer Angsman (December 11, 1925 – April, 2002) was an American football running back in the NFL. He was born in Chicago in 1925, the son of Elmer and Helen Angsman. ... In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield. ... Marlin M. Pat Harder (May 6, 1922 in Milwaukee, WI – September 6, 1992 in Waukesha, WI) was a college and professional football player, playing fullback and kicker. ... The Chicago Rockets was an American Football team that played in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. ... The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ... The 1948 NFL season was the 29th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The 1950s were dismal for the team, with only 33 victories for the decade. Most years found the Cardinals in last place and in their best year of the decade (1956), they finished in second with a 7-5 record. These poor performances, coupled with the near-mythic status of the Bears, resulted in a decline in attendance and revenue. The Bidwills engineered a deal with the NFL which sent the Cardinals to St. Louis beginning with the 1960 season, a move which doubled to block St. Louis as a market against the emerging American Football League. The 1960 NFL season was the 41th regular season of the National Football League. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...


St. Louis years (1960-1987)

During the Cardinals' stay in St. Louis, two major Cardinal teams (football and baseball) called the city home. Sports fans and local news broadcasters called them "the football Cardinals" or "the baseball Cardinals" to distinguish the two. Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


The new St. Louis football Cardinals were much improved, and the team was competitive for much of the 1960s. New stars emerged in Larry Wilson, Charley Johnson, Jim Bakken, Sonny Randle, and Jim Hart. In an era when only two or four teams qualified for the NFL playoffs, the Cardinals' playoff drought continued, though the team did advance to the Playoff Bowl in 1964. Lawrence Frank Wilson (born May 24, 1938, in Rigby, Idaho) is a former American football free safety who played for the St. ... Charley Johnson (born November 22, 1938) was a quarterback in the NFL. Category: ... James LeRoy Bakken (born November 2, 1940, Madison, Wisconsin) was an American football punter and placekicker for the St. ... Sonny Randle (born January 6, 1936) was a wide receiver in the NFL. Categories: | | | ... James W. Jim Hart (born April 29, 1944 in Evanston, Illinois) was the quarterback of the St. ...


Violet Bidwill Wolfner died in 1962, and her sons, Bill and Charles, Jr. took control. Bill Bidwill became sole owner in 1972 and still owns the team today. Only the New York Giants and Chicago Bears have been in the hands of one family longer than the Cardinals. William V. Bill Bidwell, Sr. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National...


In 1973, Don Coryell became head coach and the Cardinals registered a 7-0 record to open the 1974 season. They won the NFC East and again in 1975, losing in the divisional playoffs both times. During this period, the Cardinals boasted an effective offense in the wake of a record-setting offensive line which included standouts Dan Dierdorf, Conrad Dobler, and Tom Banks. The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... Don Coryell (born October 17, 1924) is a former American football coach, who coached in the NFL first with the St. ... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. ... Daniel Lee Dierdorf (b. ... Conrad Dobler (born October 1, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American football offensive lineman. ...


This period for the franchise was characterized by exciting close games, come-from-behind nailbiters, and several frustrating near-misses. The press and league fans began to call the team the "Cardiac Cardinals". Team stars from the 1970s included Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Roger Wehrli, wide receiver Mel Gray, and running backs Terry Metcalf and Jim Otis. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Roger Wehrli (born November 26, 1947) was a former National Football League cornerback who played his whole 14-year career with the St. ... Terrance Randolph Metcalf (born September 24, 1951 in Seattle, Washington) was an American football running back who played six total seasons in the NFL, five of them with the St. ... James Lloyd Jim Otis (born April 29, 1948) was a college and professional American football player in the 1960s and 70s. ...


On Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Cardinals suffered a controversial loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Cardinal tight end J.V. Cain, running an apparent game-winning route, was shoved out of the end zone by Dallas defensive backs Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters in what appeared to be obvious interference, but a penalty was not called.[1] With this loss, the Cardinals were dethroned from the divisional lead and became the first NFC team to reach 10 wins without qualifying for the playoffs. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks, traditionally to God, for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... James Victor Cain (born July 22, 1951, died July 22, 1979) was a tight end in the NFL for the St. ... Cliff Harris was an American Football player. ... Charlie Tutan Waters (born September 10, 1948 in Miami, Florida) was a safety for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970-1981 in the National Football League. ...


In 1977, the Cardinals started slowly but won 6 consecutive games before losing the Thanksgiving Day game to the Miami Dolphins, 55-14. Bob Griese's record-setting day turned out to be the first of 12 straight losses for the Cardinals (extending into 1978), a streak which included being only the second team ever to lose to the previously-winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coryell and several key players, including Dobler and Metcalf, departed the team at the end of the 1977 season. The Cardinals would make the playoffs only once in the next 21 years, and that appearance was in a 16-team tournament at the end of the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season. The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... For more information on the franchises current season, see 2007 Miami Dolphins season. ... Robert Allen Griese (born February 3, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former American football quarterback who earned All-American honors with the Purdue Boilermakers before being drafted in 1967 by the American Football Leagues Miami Dolphins. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Cardinals experienced several years of notoriously poor drafts and unfortunate personnel moves in the late 1970s, typified by the first-round selection of kicker Steve Little and hiring of college coaching legend Bud Wilkinson in 1978. However, the Cardinals had some success in the early 1980s, posting three consecutive winning seasons from 1981 to 1984. The heart of this squad was the prolific tandem of quarterback Neil Lomax and wide receiver Roy Green. Charles Burnham Bud Wilkinson (April 23, 1916–February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach, and broadcaster. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Neil Lomax (born February 17, 1959 in Portland, Oregon) is a former American Football quarterback. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


During the Cardinals' 28-year stay in St. Louis, they advanced to the playoffs just three times (1974, 1975 & 1982), never hosting or winning in any appearance. The team left St. Louis before the 1988 season, after Bidwill was unable to convince the city to build a new stadium. Their last home game was on December 13, 1987 (a 27-24 victory over the New York Giants in front of 29,623 fans on a late Sunday afternoon). The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In spite of what was considered lackluster performance in St. Louis, their overall record there, of 187 wins, 202 losses, and 13 ties (.481 winning percentage) is easily the highest winning percentage for any of the three locations that the Cardinals have been associated with. In Chicago they had a record of 163-247-25 for a .403 winning percentage, in Arizona (through 2006 season) a record of 105-199, or a .345 winning percentage.


Arizona years (1988-Present)

Early years (1988-97)

In 1988, the Cardinals moved to Arizona, and the Phoenix Cardinals started playing home games in Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Sun Devil Stadium, Frank Kush Field is located on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public institution of higher education and research with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ...


In March of 1994, in a move designed to better market the franchise to a statewide fan base, team owner Bill Bidwill announced his intention to change the name of the team to the Arizona Cardinals.[7] The rest of the NFL owners quickly approved the name change.


The Cardinals spent most of their first decade in Arizona as a cellar-dweller. This was in part because, in defiance of geographic reality, they remained in the NFC East—resulting in some of the longest road trips in the league. Attendance averaged roughly 35,000 in a 73,000-seat stadium, meaning that the Cardinals were seen on television at home twice a year at most. Bidwill ran the team in what many considered an excessively frugal manner. The high draft picks from those losing years, more often than not, left the franchise and enjoyed greater success with other teams. Joe Bugel coached from 1990 to 1993, usually finishing last in the dominant NFC East, which produced the Super Bowl winner in each of those seasons (Giants in '90, Redskins '91, Cowboys '92-93). Buddy Ryan replaced Bugel in 1994, serving as both general manager and head coach, but lasted 2 seasons. He infamously guaranteed victory in the 1994 Week 3 game at the Cleveland Browns, which Cleveland subsequently won, 32-0. Ryan was followed by Vince Tobin, under whom the Cardinals enjoyed brief success during the 1998 season. Joe Bugel is the current assistant head coach-offense for the Washington Redskins. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Buddy Ryan (born James David Ryan on February 17, 1934) is a former American football coach. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vince Tobin is a former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. ...


Playoff year (1998)

During the 1998 season Jake Plummer enjoyed his greatest stretch of success during his tenure with the franchise, in terms of victories at least, as his quarterback rating was still an average 75.0. The team during that time had once again been dubbed the Cardiac Cards by the local and national media[8] as eight of their 16 regular-season games were decided by three points or less, and seven of those games ended in favor of the Cardinals. Solidifying their status as the team to beat in the clutch, as the Cardinals, with a 6-7 record going into the 15th week, won 3 straight games to clinch a playoff spot, including one that very week which had to be decided in overtime, and the total margin of those 3 victories was a mere 8 points. Jason Plummer redirects here. ...


This and the fact that none of their victories had been to teams with winning records made them heavy underdogs going into their Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. Considering their two regular season losses to the Cowboys and the fact that they had been on the losing end of 16 of the last 17 games against their division rivals, including 9 straight losses at Texas Stadium,[9] the "Team of the Nineties" seemed to have history, among other forces, on their side. To further the situation, the Cardinals franchise had not won a single playoff game since their title year of 1947, resulting in the longest active drought in professional sports history. In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football Leagues Dallas Cowboys. ... In professional sports, athletes receive payment for their performance, as opposed to amateur sports and college sports where they do not. ...


The Cardinals won the game 20-7; however the final score made the game appear closer than it actually was, as Arizona dominated the Cowboys on both ends of the football throughout the game. At Texas Stadium that afternoon, the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead. The Cardinals would later increase that lead to 20-0 in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. The Cowboys only score was a touchdown late in the 4th quarter, and the Cardinals held on for the upset. The Cardinals, who had suffered for 51 years as the NFL's doormat, finally had a playoff win. However, the distinction was short lived as the Cardinals fell in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings who possessed a 15-1 record as well as the highest scoring offense in NFL history. The Vikings won the game 41-21 in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.[10] City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... This needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ...


Return to mediocrity (1999-2006)

Coming off of their playoff run in 1998, the Cardinals were expected to do bigger and better things in 1999, but a tough schedule ranked in the top 5 as well as key injuries returned the team to their losing ways, getting off to a 2-6 start. However, the Cards would make another run winning 4 straight to get back into the playoff chase, but this year it was not meant to be as Arizona lost their last 4 to finish with a disappointing 6-10 record.


Tobin was fired during the 2000 season and replaced by defensive coordinator Dave McGinnis, who remained head coach until his firing in 2003; McGinnis compiled a win-loss record of 17-40 during his tenure. Dave McGinnis is a former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. ...


The Cardinals have not won more than seven games in a season since their 1998 playoff appearance, and have had one of the worst yearly attendance records in the NFL. Sun Devil Stadium has gained a reputation for being one of the quietest stadiums in the league (which is a far cry compared to ASU home games). The few fans who do show up for games are most often rooting for the away team, partially due to the fact that much of Arizona's population during the winter months is comprised of residents whose homestate lies elsewhere, creating such home games on the road for opposing teams. In addition, many of Arizona's permanent residents grew up in other states. Such incidents are most noticeable when teams with great national followings, such as the Packers, Bears, 49ers, Raiders, Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys, come into town.[11]


In 2004, the Cardinals hired former Vikings head coach Dennis Green as their head coach. Prior to his signing with the Cardinals, he compiled a 97-62 record in ten seasons with Minnesota (1992-2001), leading that franchise to four NFC Central Division titles and two NFC Championship games. He was fired after the 2006 season. Dennis Denny Green (b. ...


New stadium (2006)

In 2000, Maricopa County voters passed a ballot initiative by a margin of 51% to 49%, providing funding for a new Cardinals stadium (as well as for improvements to Major League Baseball spring training facilities in the greater Phoenix region; and youth recreation). After some legal obstacles, the Cardinals began construction of their new facility in April 2003, in Glendale, one of the western suburbs of Phoenix. University of Phoenix Stadium features a retractable roof and a slide-out grass surface, which is good for the hot desert weather; the new stadium has a state-of-the-art air conditioning system and high-back seats. The 2006 Arizona Cardinals season began with the team trying to improve on their 5-11 record in 2005. ... Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Elaine Scruggs Area  - City  55. ... | {{Infobox_Stadium | stadium_name = University of Phoenix Stadium | image = | address = 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305 | construction start = July 30, 2003 | opened = August 1, 2006 | owner = Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority | operator = Global Spectrum | surface = Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda Grass | construction_cost = $455 million | architect = Peter Eisenman|HOK Sport | former_names = Cardinals Stadium (August... A retractable roof is a technology used in many sports venues. ...


For some time, many team officials blamed Sun Devil Stadium for the Cardinals' woes. Playing in a college-owned stadium denied the Cardinals access to many revenue streams that other NFL teams took for granted.


The 63,500-seat stadium (expandable to 72,800) opened on August 12, 2006 when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-13, in a preseason game. The Cardinals then hosted their first regular season opening day game since moving to the Phoenix area in 1988, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the 2005 blowout in Mexico City, 34-27, in front of a sellout crowd of 63,407. In 2008, the stadium will host Super Bowl XLII. August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded (as Tenochtitlan) c. ... Super Bowl XLII will be the 42nd Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) between the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) champions. ...


Despite the new stadium, the team has continued to struggle on the field, beginning the 2006 season with a 1-8 record, punctuated by a 24-23 loss to the Chicago Bears on October 16 (before a sellout crowd enjoying a rare Cardinals appearance on Monday Night Football) in which Arizona blew a 20-point lead in an extremely bizarre game as Chicago scored zero offensive touchdowns and the Cardinals led in several statistical categories including Time of Possession, Passing Yardage, Rushing Yardage, Giveaways, Takeaways, and Interceptions. Despite all the overwhelming statistical evidence the Bears capitalized on the two turnovers the Cardinals did commit, a pair of fumbles, and promptly returned them both for touchdowns. They also converted a punt return into a touchdown. The Cardinals had a chance to redeem themselves with a last minute field goal which would give them the victory, but their offense went into a conservative state and stalled just past midfield, which set up a 40 yard field goal attempt by Neil Rackers, which was wide left. Afterwards Dennis Green fired off an uncharacteristic, angry tirade in the postgame press conference. He also fired his Offensive Coordinator, as he and the media felt the blame had to fall on somebody, and the focal point was on the game's final drive with the conservative play calling being the reason behind the firing. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Neil W. Rackers (born August 16, 1976 in Florissant, Missouri) is a placekicker for the Arizona Cardinals. ...


On January 1, 2007, after a 5-11 season and a 3-year record of 16-32, the Cardinals announced the firing of Head Coach Dennis Green. Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be the next head coach for the 2007 season. Ken Whisenhunt (born February 28, 1962, Augusta, GA) is the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. ...


In the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals selected Offensive Tackle Levi Brown from Penn State with the 5th Overall Pick.


References

  1. ^ a b c d Pro Football Reference, Cardinals index
  2. ^ NFLHistory.net
  3. ^ Pro Football Reference, Bears index
  4. ^ Pro Football Reference 1922 year in review
  5. ^ Pro Football Reference 1923 year in review
  6. ^ Pro Football Reference 1924 year in review
  7. ^ Arizona Cardinals team history, azcardinals.com
  8. ^ "'Boys wary of cardiac Cards", ESPN.com December 29, 1998
  9. ^ National Football League (2004). 2004 NFL Record & Fact Book. Time Inc. Home Entertainment, 444. ISBN 1-931933-71-5. 
  10. ^ National Football League (2004). 2004 NFL Record & Fact Book. Time Inc. Home Entertainment, 535. ISBN 1-931933-71-5. 
  11. ^ Boeck, Greg "Cardinals Feel the Heat", USATODAY.com October 23, 2003

 
 

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