Cardinals should reject taking a home game to Ireland
Originally published: Jan 28, 2011 - 7:28 am
Interesting article on ProFootballTalk.com Thursday in regards to the Pittsburgh Steelers playing a game in Ireland next season.
Interesting because it says the Arizona Cardinals could be a prime candidate to sacrifice a home game and be the Steelers opponent. The article even says the Cardinals "are in a down cycle and who could be destined for a blackout or two in 2011."
Memo to Pro Football Talk, a Steelers home game in Arizona would be a sellout not a blackout. Granted the Cardinals may have a blackout or two next year, but it certainly wouldn't be the Steelers game.
And memo to Michael Bidwill, don't you even think about it, no matter how many millions may end up in your pocket.
It would be absolutely absurd for the Cardinals to give up a home game against the potential Super Bowl champion Steelers and travel to Ireland to take them on. What kind of message would that send to the fans?
"Hey Cardinal fans, thanks for selling out every one of our games since we moved into the new building, we hope you don't mind us taking the biggest game of the year on our schedule away from you so we can find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Dublin."
I'm sorry but Cardinals fans don't deserve that. The Steelers will be the best game on the 2011 schedule. No amount of money should entice the Bidwill's to agree to send that game to Ireland. And I hope that if and when the worst Commissioner in professional sports (Roger Bad-dell) calls the Cardinals to inquire about it, he is told to go find some other sucker to do it.
In fact, to take it a step further there is really no reason to have a game in Ireland anyway.
What because Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland he has obligations to bring an NFL game there?
Tell Rooney to send them a bag of Idaho potatoes some Lucky Charms and an autographed photo from Lou Holtz and we can call it even.
The National Football League is our game, there is no reason any city should lose a home game to Ireland, Germany, France, England or any other country in Europe. Someone please tell Bad-dell that we have been there and done that, it was called the World League, NFL Europe and NFL Europa, and it failed!
This bozo Commissioner has even talked in the past about hosting a Super Bowl in London.
Yes, we have had some regular season games played at Wembley Stadium for the last few years, but why? There is just no reason. Is the NFL's popularity in this country not enough? Is selling some more merchandise really worth taking a home game away from the fans in this country who support the product and only get eight home games a year anyway?
Nothing against the Irish, they make a mean stew, but the fans of the Cardinals prefer Glendale to Dublin for a home game.