Burns: You just can’t trust the Cardinals

Nov 3, 2009, 11:18 PM | Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 4:23 pm

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies:

“It seems to me that if there was any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word.”

Uttered by Tom Cruise’s character Joel in “Risky Business”, that quote is right up there with the more famous line in the movie (“Sometimes, you just gotta say…..)that actually does involve a four letter word.

Trust. When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals it does feel like a four letter word. I want to trust my football team, but I can’t. I want to have faith that the Arizona Cardinals will always play hard. Will never look past anybody. Will have the maturity to never take a play off, or a quarter off, or a game off. But I can’t.

After the Panther game it’s obvious….you can love them, but you can’t trust them.

The Panther game provided that perfect opportunity to demonstrate they’ve earned it. It was the classic trap game. Sandwiched in between a big road win the week before and a big road game the week after, against a team that was 2-4, was last in the league in turnover differential and had been mauled by the Cardinals back in the playoffs. Had the Cardinals done what they were supposed to do they might have made a statement that was just as defining as their win over New York.

We can handle prosperity. We’ve grown up. You can trust us.

Instead, they crumbled, like the first time the dieter faces the donut. That Boston Kreme never stood a chance.

The good news in all of this: They’ll play with a purpose against Chicago. Just like the Giants game, they might not win, but they’ll play hard. The division is still there for the taking, especially with the injury bug plaguing the 49ers. The Cardinals still have the best talent in the NFC West.

And remember, in Risky Business when it looked for sure like Joel would never get into Princeton (proclaiming to Rebecca De Mornay “looks like the University of Illinois!!!”) he made it.

Because, as his dad said, sometimes you just got to say, what the heck.

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