1988: After the foolish owner's demands for a new stadium were ignored, and years of dwindling attendance in the city of St. Louis, the Cards were on the move again - they considered Las Vegas for a while. After considering Baltimore, and Jacksonville Bill Bidwell decided the sports betting Cardinals future was best served in the Arizona desert and elected to move the team to Phoenix. On March 15th NFL owners reluctantly, but overwhelmingly approved the move. Bidwell, who had lost 100 lbs and plenty of money since announcing his plans to relocate a year earlier, tearfully described his feelings as "mixed up," as the sports betting Cardinals landed in their new nest Phoenix, Arizona. After a 21-14 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati on September 4th the sports betting Cardinals prepared for the first home game in the desert. On September 12th a franchise record crowd of 67,139 showed up to watch a Monday Night match up with the Dallas Cowboys. The new fans would wind up going home disappointed as Dallas beat Phoenix 17-14. The sports betting Cardinals first win in Phoenix would come 13 days later against the Washington Redskins, as the sports betting Cardinals won 7 of 9 after a 0-2 start to stand at 7-4 and in a 1st place tie. However the Cards would go on one of their traditional nosedives, and would lose heir final 5 games to finish at 7-9.
1989: After a 5-6 start the sports betting Cardinals are stunned as coach Gene Stallings departs to take over at the head-coaching job at his Alma Matter Alabama. The sports betting Cardinals would lose their final 5 games under interim coach Hank Kuhlmann to finish at 5-11. The news for the Cards would get worse when QB Neil Lomax is forced to retire due to degenerative hip condition.
1990: During an unspectacular 5-11 season with new Head Coach Joe Bugel the sports betting Cardinals play the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants tough in both games. In the first meeting on October 21st the Cards hold a lead most the game until the Giants hit a FG with no time left to pull out a 20-19 victory in the Meadowlands. In the December 23rd rematch at Sun Devil Stadium the Cards would only lose by 3 points.
1991: After starting the season 3-2 to give faint hope to long suffering sports betting Cardinals fans, the Cards land in their familiar last place territory by losing 10 of their final 11 games.
1992: Another awful 4-12 season is highlighted by a 24-14 upset of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the elite teams in the NFL.
1993: After a 3-8 start the sports betting Cardinals win 4 of their final 5 games to wind up with a respectable 7-9 record. However, it does not save Coach Joe Bugle's job as he fired after the season.
1994: The sports betting Cardinals undergo another name change becoming the Arizona sports betting Cardinals to sell themselves to the entire state instead of just the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Changes were also made at the top as defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan assumed the coaching reigns. Combined with a strong finish the previous year, and a big named coach excitement filled the Valley of the sun as Cardinal fans anticipated a bright future under "Buddy Ball". However in typical sports betting Cardinals fashion the team gets off to a slow 3-6 start, but the Cards would then catch fire winning 5 of their next 6 to stand at 8-7 with an outside chance of the playoffs heading into the final week of the season. However before even taking the field for their last game the Cards were eliminated, and played a lackluster game losing 10-6 to the Atlanta Flacons to finish up with an 8-8 record.
1995: The excitement is all but gone by the start of year 2 of "Buddy Ball", and fans even began to call it "Cruddy Ball", as the Cards continued to flounder in the NFC East cellar finishing with a woeful 4-12 record that would lead to the departure of Buddy Ryan.
1996: Under new head coach Vince Tobin the sports betting Cardinals get off to their traditional bad start and stand at 3-6 after 9 games. The sports betting Cardinals would then go on a 3 game winning streak thanks to 3 outstanding performances by QB Boomer Esaison, but the Cards would come crashing down to earth losing 3 of their final 4 to finish at 7-9.
1997: While the Cards were on their way to another mediocre season in 1996, the Arizona State Sun Devils were making a run for the National Championship. Led by QB Jake "The Snake" Plummer the Sun Devils easily ran through the PAC- 10 and entered the Rose Bowl with a shot at the National Title. However, and last minute drive by Ohio State ended ASU's Championship dreams. When the NFL draft rolled around, it was only natural that the sports betting Cardinals select Plummer to be the QB of the future. However, the sports betting Cardinals would struggle again with a woeful 4-12 season, while Plummer experienced growing pains in his first preseason at Sun Devil Stadium. The lone highlight of the season comes during the home opener when the sports betting Cardinals end a 13 game losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys with a 25-22 win OT.
1998: The sports betting Cardinals stumble out of the gate losing their first 2 games on the road. However, they would bounce back to win their next 2 including a win in their return trip to St. Louis to take on the Rams. Over the next 2 months the Cards would alternate wins and losses along the way the pulling out games in the 4th Quarter that they normally lost. With 3 weeks left the sports betting Cardinals stood at 6-7, and were looking in the face at mediocrity once again. However, this year would be different. Down 17-10 in the final minutes of a game at Philadelphia against the Eagles the Cards score in the finals minutes to force OT, where the sports betting Cardinals pull out the game on a last minute FG to keep their playoff hopes alive. One week later the sports betting Cardinals were trailing again in the 4th Quarter before Jake Plummer drove the sports betting Cardinals down the field for a game winning FG beat the New Orleans Saints to improve the sports betting Cardinals to 8-7. While the Cards were beating the Saints other teams in contention for a playoff spot were falling opening the door for the Cards to make the playoffs with a win in their final game. 71,670 sports betting Cardinals fans would show up for their December 27th game against the San Diego Chargers hungry for a playoff spot. The sports betting Cardinals would make their fans sweat but PK Chris Jacke would knock home a 52-yard FG with no time remaining to clinch their first playoff spot in 16 years. Going into their Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys nobody gave them a shot, as the sports betting Cardinals were listed as a double-digit underdog. Considering recent history it was hard to argue since the Cards had lost 16 of their last 17 in against their division rivals. Meanwhile The Cards were fighting history, the franchise had not won a single playoff game since the 1947 NFL Championship cumulating in the longest drought in pro-sports history. However magic was in the air that Saturday afternoon in Dallas, and the Cards jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead. The Cards would then pad the lead to 20-0 in the finals minutes of the 4th quarter. The Cowboys would manage to score a TD late in the 4th quarter, but the sports betting Cardinals held on for the stunning upset. The sports betting Cardinals who had suffered for 51 years as the NFL's doormat finally had a playoff win. However, the dream would only last 1 more week as the sports betting Cardinals fell to the high-powered Vikings 41-21 in Minnesota. However the game was close than the score shows, as the sports betting Cardinals were with in 10 points midway through the 3rd Quarter.
1999: Coming of their great playoff run in 1998, the sports betting Cardinals were expected to do bigger and better things in 1999, but instead returned to their losing ways getting off to a 2-6 start. However the Cards would make another run winning 4 straight to get back into the playoff chase, but this year it was not meant to be as Arizona lost their last 4 to finish with a disappointing 6-10 record.
2000: The Cardinals return to dreadful ways of old going trough a horrific 3-13 season, their worst since moving to Arizona. However, the sports betting Cardinals would emerge victorious in their most important contest of the season winning a bond for the building of a new stadium in Maricopa County. Had the voters rejected the bond issue the sports betting Cardinals could have been forced to relocate again. The new stadium, which will feature a retraceable roof as well as a retractable field, is scheduled for competition in 2005.
2001: The Cardinals get off to a miserable 2-6 start, as their offense only manages to score 20 points twice; in fact it was the 2 games they won. The highlight of the season's first half was their stunning come behind win in Philadelphia against the Eagles, which was capped by a Hail Mary pass from Jake Plummer to MarTay Jenkins. However the second half would be a different story as the Cards played well and their offense began to click. The Cards ran out 3 straight wins highlighted by a stunning OT win in Oakland vs. the Raiders. The Cards would win 5 of 7 and would enter their final game with a crack at the .500 mark, but a loss in Washington to the Redskins would end the Cards season at 7-9. Feeling patriotic Safety Pat Tillman would leave behind the sports betting Cardinals to sign up with the US Army Special Forces, to help fight the war on terror, sadly on April 22, 2004; Tillman would be killed in a fire fight near the Afghan-Pakistan border.
2002: Under NFL realignment the sports betting Cardinals are finally moved to the NFC West, 15 years after they moved to Arizona. At first the sports betting Cardinals took a liking to their new surroundings as they stood in first place after a 4-2 start. However, reality would slap the sports betting Cardinals again as they lost their next 6 games while winning just 1 game the rest of the season to finish in last place again with a terrible record of 5-11. Following the season the sports betting Cardinals would be hit hard by free agency as several top players bolted the team including QB Jake Plummer and WR David Boston.
2003: Though the team was not very good the sports betting Cardinals had some reason for excitement with the signing of All-Time leading rusher Emmitt Smith. However, truthfully Smith was well past his prime and he struggled all year rushing for just 256 yards in an injury plagued year. The sports betting Cardinals again were bottom feeders losing 5 of their first 6 games. After 2 straight wins improved them to 3-5 the sports betting Cardinals struggled again losing their next 7 games as they entered the final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings with a 3-12 record. Trailing late in the 4th Quarter 17-6 late in the 4th Quarter the Cards looked like they were heading for another loss. However, QB Josh McCown who established himself as the QB of the future at the end of the season led an amazing comeback hitting Nathan Poole on a 28-yard game winning TD pass on the final play of the game to give the Cards a 18-17 win on the final play of the game to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs. Despite the win it was not enough to save Coach Dave McGinnis's job as he was fired after a 4-12 season. However one bright spot would be Rookie WR Anquan Boldin who captured the offensive rookie of the year award with 1,377 receiving yards.
2004: Under mew Coach Dennis Green the sports betting Cardinals would stumble out of the gate losing their first 3 games, including a Week 2 game against the New England Patriots where the honored their fallen hero Pat Tillman who was killed while fighting near the Afghan-Pakistan border with his Army Ranger unit. The Cards would finally get their first win for Coach Green in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints. With a chance for 2 wins in a row the sports betting Cardinals saw a 16-point 4th Quarter lead vanish in 31-28 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The sports betting Cardinals would bounce back and would show some promise winning 3 of their next 4 games, but it would be short-lived, as QB Josh McCown was benched as the sports betting Cardinals went on a 4-game losing streak which included a 2nd overtime loss to the 49ers, becoming the only team the 2-14 team would beat during the season. The sports betting Cardinals would go on to finish the season strong winning 2 of their last 3 games to finish with a 6-10 record, as their were slight signs of improvement all around, as Rookie WR Larry Fitzgerald had 8 TDs with 780 yards receiving to give them a sold duo at wideout. Meanwhile the sports betting Cardinals saw the end of a legend as Emmitt Smith rushed 937 yards with a team high 9 TDs before retiring.
2005: The Cardinals began the season hoping to take a step forward as they played their final season in Sun Devil Stadium with former two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXIV MVP Kurt Warner as their new Quarterback. However, as their 42-19 opening week loss to the New York Giants showed the sports betting Cardinals where still miles away from having a contender. The sports betting Cardinals would lose their first three games as Warner suffered a groin injury. In Week 4 the sports betting Cardinals made history as they played a home game against the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City. With Josh McCown playing for Warner the sports betting Cardinals overcame an early 14-0 deficit to win the game 31-14 as Neil Rackers made 6 Field Goals four of which were longer than 40 yards, as McCown passed for 385 yards. the following week McCown looked strong again passing for 398 yards. However, 3 costly Interceptions would allow the Carolina Panthers to have a come from behind 24-20 win. Following a bye week the sports betting Cardinals would beat the Tennessee Titans. Following a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Kurt Warner would return and would play well passing over 300 yards 4 of the next 5 games. However, the sports betting Cardinals would win just twice as their running game was stuck in the mud all season, with no individual performance better than 59 yards over the entire season as the sports betting Cardinals as a team rushed for just a NFL worse 1138 yards, as the sports betting Cardinals suffered another awful 5-11 season. Hoping to final turn things around the sports betting Cardinals made a big splash on the Free Agency market signing Indianapolis Colts All-Pro RB Edgerrin James, while drafting USC QB and 2004 Heisman Trophy Winner Matt Leinart tenth overall.
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