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Archive: January, 2009

Taking The Long Way Home

Sunday, January 18, 2009, 9:32 PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals are in the Super Bowl. It doesn't matter how many times you say it or write it, that doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Still, that will be the case when the game is played Feb. 1, and the Eagles, who were good enough to prevent that, didn't finish the job... Read more

So, How Will It Play Out?

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:18 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Every week, NFL teams compile thick statistical dossiers for their own use and for distribution to the media. There are play-by-play sheets and week-by-week statistics, miscellaneous factoids and an update of each player's season to date. By this point of the season, the books are... Read more

IN THE HALL OF THE DESERT PEOPLE

Friday, January 16, 2009, 1:41 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Just about to get to the bottom of things at the Cardinals' practice facility today. Anquan Boldin will have no secrets from us. This just in: The Cardinals definitely don't have to practice in the bubble. It's in the low 70's, sunny and beautiful. How's it back there? Around town... Read more

BOLDIN WALKS, TALKS

Friday, January 16, 2009, 5:00 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. -- As he walked through the locker room after practice yesterday, you wouldn't know that receiver Anquan Boldin is still dealing with the hamstring strain that kept him off the field last weekend against the Carolina Panthers. "I'm not getting into the percentages, but I know I can... Read more

AT LEAST OUR MAYOR IS OLD ENOUGH TO SHAVE IF HE WANTED TO

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 9:16 AM
You had to like, or at least tolerate, the story about the Pittsburgh mayor with the unfortunate name, this week anyway, of Luke Ravenstahl. I mean, really. Luke? What kind of a name is Luke? At the suggestion of a Pittsburgh radio station -- where mayors get all their good ideas -- he petitioned... Read more

AND THOSE GREEN BEANS WITH THE MUSHROOM SOUP AND FRIED ONIONS, TOO

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:59 AM
In our quest to leave no analysis unanalyzed this week, the mystery of why the Cardinals were so awful against the Eagles on Thanksgiving night has been solved. According to Arizona nose tackle Brian Robinson: "I remember I had turkey in my stomach, and it seemed like nobody felt like playing... Read more

RESPECTFUL DISTANCE

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 4:11 PM
I've got nothing against sports writers, commentators, radio guys, bloggers, chatters and even regular old fans trotting out tired cliches and sleepy metaphors as they try to travel the long weekly distance from Game A to Game B in the NFL, but I will have new-found respect for the writer who doesn't... Read more
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Bob Ford has been writing about Philadelphia sports since 1981, and is still trying to figure it all out. A former beat writer covering the Phillies and the 76ers, Ford became a general sports columnist for the Inquirer in 2003, following in and occasionally falling in the deep footsteps of Bill Lyon, Frank Dolson and many distinguished others. He comes to the Philly.com blogosphere after award-winning success as designer/editor of the fabulous Pen & Pencil Club softball blog. Likes: Palestra, inside-the-park home runs, sunny days. Dislikes: phony people, cloudy days, rewrites. Reach Bob at bford@phillynews.com.

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