While the Cardinals and Steelers are enjoying their Super Bowl experience, I will be here in Scottsdale living the dream. I have begun exercising in the morning from 8 to 9:30, then I head to the Breakfast Club in Scottsdale. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I take a class at Scottsdale Community College, but the rest of my week is pretty much free for golf, yoga, and general recreation.
This weekend is the Phoenix Open so I will join about 100,000 other "golf enthusiasts" for a weekend of fun in the sun. I jokingly refer to Open attendees as "golf enthusiasts" because in the many years I have attended the event, I don't know anyone who has watched more than three shots. I'm pretty sure the Open is more like NASCAR than the British Open (neither of which I have attended).
Today while playing golf at the Phoenician, I couldn't help but think about the unlikely appearance of the Cardinals in the Super Bowl. For the sake of full disclosure, which I arguably should have mentioned in an earlier post: I will always pick against the Cardinals.
For some reason, in 1988 the Cardinals moved to Arizona and I (like many AZ residents) wanted to become fans. Unfortunately, in their 19 pre-Whisenhunt seasons, the Cardinals won an average of 5.4 games a year. Made it tough for reasonable people to consider themselves fans of the lose-67%-of-their-games-Cardinals.
Based on results, I have to acknowledge that with a new stadium and Michael Bidwell in charge, their coaching staff and players have been on fire during the playoffs. It's as if the Cardinals are a whole different organization. Maybe these guys know what they're doing? But then again, people in Arizona are transplants from other cities with hobbies, interests, and an entire state to explore so next year when the Cardinals lose 3 or 4 games in a row, their shiny new stadium will become an expensive echo chamber.
That brings me to the beginning of the end for the Cardinals... Super Bowl Sunday. The Steelers are a team prepared to win another Super Bowl. With the best defense in the NFL, a physical offense that can score points, and a special teams unit that chews up "hidden" yardage, the Cardinals will not finish first in this game. ("If you're not first, you're last." - Ricky Bobby)
Much like the 1988 Bengals who where defeated by the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, the Cardinals will return to obscurity. Until they prove me wrong... Steelers win.