The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 32- 20 Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the Arizona Cardinals lost their fifth straight game.
But the team's motto is "We do this together," and that includes the fans. So, as safety Hamza Abdullah pointed out on his twitter page after Sunday's game, they deserve part of the blame.
I'm sorely disappointed in the #BirdGang. You might be disappointed in us, but we play well at home. And we lean on y'all to pick us up.
True, homefield advantage can help. A loud, screaming crowd can intimidate an opposing offense, sometimes even making it difficult to run plays. But Abdullah saying the team plays well at home, while accurate, is an assertion largely helped by the team's ineptitude on the road.
So in a way, "well" is relative.
20,000 out of 60,000 were Pittsburgh fans. That's absurd and uncalled for. The #BirdGang is better than that.
Indeed, there were a lot of Steelers fans at the game, and they were a loud and boisterous bunch. Then again, the players could have done their part and played well, giving the visitors no reason to cheer. Maybe that's just silly, but the only thing at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday that was uncalled for was the Cardinals' play.
Say what you want, but I'm a fan first. When my team is down, that's when you are the loudest, that's when you need the most support
That sounds all well and good, but the fact of the matter is it's hard to cheer when your team keeps losing and looks bad in the process. University of Phoenix Stadium was rocking when LaRod Stephens-Howling scored on a 73- yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to three, but had little reason to cheer after that.
It is what it is. Yeah, you can call us names, and say we haven't given anyone anything to cheer for, but it's 17- 14, and we have momentum
Fair enough, if there were more Cardinals fans in the stadium the Cardinals defense would not have allowed a 10- play, 64-yard touchdown drive on Pittsburgh's next possession. Whatever the fans are making is clearly too much, as they don't deserve their high salary when they are cheering like that. For shame.
But the crowd is pro steelers, so we can't even use our greatest asset, Our Home Crowd... Home field is huge in sports.
If the team's greatest asset is really the crowd then they're in trouble because, well, they'll only have their crowd in five of the remaining 10 games. Suffice to say the team should not be expected to win on the road because, of course, they will be without their greatest asset. Pity their greatest asset isn't talent, because that could show up in any stadium.
That's why they give it to the best team...all in all, if your for me and for us, then be for me and for us.
If you're a real #BirdGang member, I salute you, and we need you going forward. Peace
That's kind of Mr. Abdullah, saluting the real Cardinals fans. But you fairweather fans, you know, the ones who decided not to watch your team lose Sunday, do not get his praise. So what if maybe you had better things to do or decided to sell your tickets so you could pay a bill or two, the point is you weren't at the game and therefore are not a real fan.
And your absence helped the Arizona Cardinals lose Sunday. Really.