Rather than agonizing over the Cardinals’ 24-9 loss on Monday Night Football to the San Francisco 49ers, let’s take the “glass half full” approach and remember all the Cards have accomplished in the past few seasons.
Last year was a magical one for Arizona, as the team finished 9-7, won the NFC West and beat Carolina for the National Division Championship.
In the Super Bowl, the Cards pushed the Pittsburgh Steelers to the limit before losing in the final minutes.
Unlike Monday night’s loss, most onlookers called that game one of the most entertaining in recent memory.
Just three years before reaching the Super Bowl, the Cards debuted in their new stadium in Glendale. The facility is a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned building, but its strange architecture has drawn comparisons to a Jiffy Pop self-contained popping pan.
No matter, it’s a great place to watch football.
Most importantly, the recent successes of the Cards has put an end to those dumb football jokes Arizona fans had to endure when the team was the laughing stock of the NFL.
Remember how insulting they were?
• What do you get when you put the girlfriends of a dozen Arizona fans in one room?
A full set of teeth.
• Why did the Cardinal players miss their flight for the big game?
They were stuck on a broken escalator.
• If you see an Arizona fan on a bike, why should you not swerve to hit him?
It could be your bike.
• What do you get if you see an Arizona fan buried up to his neck in sand?
• You’re trapped in a room with an angry grizzly bear, a hungry lion, and a fan of the Cardinals. You have a gun with two bullets. What should you do?
Shoot the Arizona fan… twice.
• What do you call a Cardinals fan with half a brain?
And the worst joke of all was:
• Why is Arizona like a possum?
Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.
Calling all hoopers
The Parks and Recreation-sponsored fifth- and sixth-grade youth basketball league has long been one of the town’s most popular offerings.
But not this year — registration is lagging, with only a few days remaining to register.
Town sports coordinator Joseph Harris is not sure what’s behind the sudden drop in popularity.
He remains determined, however, to attract the players he needs to put at least 10 teams on the court by the Dec. 22 deadline.
Four girls’ and six boys’ teams, or about 70 players, is the minimum needed to make an ideal-sized league.
“That’s how many (teams) we had last year,” he said.
Harris’ best hope is that registration soon picks up, and enough youths will be available for put on a league beneficial to all.
Harris calls youth basketball, “the most fun sports leagues the town has to offer, and it definitely has some of the coolest gear.”
He’s referring to the NBA-like team reversible jersey each of the players receives.
The registration fee is $25, which includes two months of play.
For parents who coach a team, the fee is waived.
Practices are held in the Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium on Tuesday and Thursdays and games are played Saturdays in the Rim Country Middle School gym.
To register online, go to www.paysonparks.com or sign up at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.