One of the more improbable moments of Friday night’s Suns game was when the public-address announcer introduced the Arizona Cardinals’ Bertrand Berry seated in the second row. The crowd roared its appreciation of a postseason run that had seen the Cardinals win twice – a postseason first for the franchise – and earn the right to host today’s NFC Championship Game.
Those of us sitting on press row looked at each other and decided that there would be few things in life more improbable to hear than “Cardinals” and “NFC Championship Game.”
One of the few? “Arizona Cardinals” and “Super Bowl.”
Showing a resiliency rarely seen in more than six decades, the Cardinals claimed a 24-6 lead, promptly blew that lead, then came back with a decisive touchdown drive to beat Donovan McNabb, Chunky Soup and the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25.
Confetti filled the air inside University of Phoenix Stadium at the south end of Glendale’s Westgate City Center, and one can only imagine the hell breaking loose inside places such as the Fox Sports Grill and Margaritaville now and well into this evening.
Having spent 20-plus years rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of their Super Bowl victory six years ago, I honestly can say to those Cardinal fans who have been there since the team arrived in 1988 (all seven of them) … Forget the Super Bowl. Enjoy the moment. The journey’s what makes it all worthwhile.
(Photo was taken 90 minutes before kickoff while stuck in traffic on Loop 101)[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]