When training camp opens Friday, Larry Fitzgerald wont need a Segway to get from Northern Arizona Universitys upper practice fields to the Cardinals locker room. Bruce Arians wont need to borrow Dave McGinnis weather button to control rain and storms.
There will be no intimate autograph sessions in the cool shade of Ponderosa Pines. There will be no raucous nights in Old Town Flagstaff. There will be no coffee from Macys or burgers from Beaver Street Brewery, no dogs barking on the sidelines and, if it survives the 140-mile trek down the hill, the quarterbacks trash-can toss will likely have lost its luster.
When NAU rescinded its offer of a three-year deal in March and Cardinals president Michael Bidwill announced in June that the team would train at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the two sides didnt just pull the plug on the teams oldest Arizona tradition; some argued they pulled the plug on the teams only Arizona tradition.
They will definitely lose some of the flavor...