Same Old Cardinals?


Be truthful, how many of you watching the Cardinals vs. Dallas game on Sunday said “same old Cardinals” after seeing Arizona blow a 10-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation play?

OK, I know there are a lot of you who had that dismal thought running through their noggins just as I did.

After all, how many times have we watched in agony as the Cardinals have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory?

But these aren’t the same old Cardinals as evidenced by their crazy 30-24 OT victory that began with a 93-yard kickoff return for a TD and Sean Morey’s blocked punt that was scooped up by Monty Beisel and run into the end zone from three yards out.

Unlike past seasons, these Cards are a gritty bunch led by a veteran quarterback, Kurt Warner, who doesn’t know the word quit and is an outstanding role model for all of America’s young football players.

Most impressive about the victory was that the Cardinals overcame about every obstacle thrown at them including two blown calls. On one, officials blew a play dead when Tony Romo clearly fumbled at the Dallas 19-yard line. On the other, officials called another Romo fumble, this one in the end zone, an incomplete pass.

Antonio Smith recovered the fumble for an Arizona touchdown but after Dallas challenged the original TD ruling, the call was reversed.

At that point, past Cardinal teams would have hung their heads in dismay claiming woe is me.

Remember that Monday night game in 2006 when the Dennis Green-coached Cards swallowed the golden olive in a loss to the Chicago Bears?

That was the Cards we all had known to love and cry over.

But Sunday’s epic finish in University of Phoenix Stadium gives new hope to long-suffering Cards fans who have seen about every gridiron disaster possible stonewall their team.

It’s early in the season, but if Arizona’s victory over the Cowboys is an indication of things to come, it’s time to shout, “Finally, the Cardinals have arrived.”

Little League meets

Little League officials are laying the foundation for the 2009 campaign.

League president Slade Gibson says a meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Payson Elementary School to elect the next board of directors.

Only those members in good standing will be eligible to vote for the directors.

Those who cannot attend may obtain an absentee ballot from Gibson at bgibson@npgcable. com.

Fall outdoor photo class

Town Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen hails an upcoming class as a fantastic opportunity to pick up photography skills.

The class, Fall Outdoor Photography, will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Green Valley Park P&R offices.

The curriculum will include an instructional fall photography slide show followed by a trip along the Oak Springs Trail near Pine. McMullen says the trip will be an opportunity to shoot fall color in that area.

The hike on Oak Springs will only be about one-half mile round trip.

McMullen said originally the field trip portion of the class was to be along FR 300 but “we found fall color closer to Payson.”

On hand to teach the class is Clare Fritz who will offer up tips on some of the best hikes and drive up places in the Rim Country to shoot fall color.

Registration fee is $15 for those who have their own transportation to Oak Springs Trail. The fee is $20 with transportation provided by the P&R department. Registration ends at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17.

Sign up can be done online at or at the GVP offices.

For more information, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext 358.

OTB now open on Tuesday

For those who like to watch, and sometimes wager on horse racing, the Payson off-track betting site at Famous Sam’s is now open seven days a week.

The off-track site had been closed on Tuesday. Turf Paradise operates the site and holds racing Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday along with racing from around the country seven days a week.

It opens at around 11:25 each day. Several horse owners from the Rim Country have horses running at Turf Paradise and at West Coast tracks.


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