The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Life as a Cardinals' Fan: As Told by Charlie Brown and Lucy

Just as I had started to move on with my life and accept that the Cardinals lost the Super Bowl, in last-minute, heart-breaking fashion at the "hands" of admitted drug dealer and rabbit killer from Ohio State (who, despite his un-Disney past, managed to get a parade down Disney's Main Street in his honor), the Cardinals as we knew them began to fall apart.

Here's an animated interpretation of what's transpired between the Cardinals and their fans since the end of the Super Bowl:

Charlie Brown plays the role of the loyal, but constantly burned Cardinals fan.

Lucy plays the Arizona Cardinals, specifically their front office.

The "signed document" represents the implied contract between the Cardinals and their fans. In real life this is represented by the Cardinals new stadium, their better record (of late) in the draft, and recent dedication to actually fielding a competitive team.

What is not seen in the interpretative short is what happens as Charlie Brown approaches the football held by Lucy. Here's a run down:

1. Free agent Karlos Dansby says the team has not approached him about a new contract. That was earlier in the week. Since then the two sides have talked. Dansby says he'd like to stay with the team, but wants to see what happens with Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Edgerrin James, and others before making a decision.
2. Kurt Warner says his decision to return to the Cardinals or to retire hinges on what happens with the team, including offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
3. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley is hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as their new head coach (good for him).
4. Anquan Boldin says his relationship with the Cardinals is irreperably damaged. It seems like he's on his way out of town.
5. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has been relieved of his duties (this is good news for the team, but it's more turnover).

The apocalyptic scene at the end of the film likely represents the fate that awaits the Arizona Cardinals as they likely return to being the team they've been so frequently.


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