Matt Leinart got the start, went 7 of 8 for 91 yds, and, again, is being hailed at “without a doubt, the team’s starter.” Nothing like a premature decision, if you ask me.
For me anyway, the highlights of the first half were WR Steve Breaston and RB Tim Hightower. Both are playing for starting positions: Breaston as the #3 receiver behind Fitz and Q in addition to his PR/KR duties which were excellent last season; and Hightower battling for the #2 RB job behind Edge.
The Cardinals’ DST was adequate. Not spectacular but it’s only the first half of the first preseason game. They’ll get there, particularly with the talent they drafted and acquired in the offseason.
It must be nice to be a referee for 17 years, as apparently Ed Hochuli was able to walk to work tonight. Perhaps he has a court appearance tomorrow.
Michelle Tafoya spoke to Kurt Warner who was pacing the sidelines, looking eager to play but has not made an appearance yet as Ken Whisenhunt elected to replace Leinart with Brian St. Pierre. Warner said that his heart belongs in Arizona and that he wants to play a few more years, then end his career as a Cardinal. It’s nice to see this degree of loyalty in this day and age (ahem, cough, Favre, ack, cough, ahem.)
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Pardon my tangent:
ESPN really needs to find another group of commentators….PLEASE. Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser, and Mike Tirico are so annoying; particularly tonight with their incessant inane Favre remarks.
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I can’t believe I missed these:
Additional rule changes which I neglected to mention earlier this year are, first, the abolition of the 5-yd face mask penalty. I will truly miss Mike Carey’s passionate “major face mask” penalty calling. Secondly, teams now have the option of deferring the coin toss, an option favored by college coaches.
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Ugh, Favre’s on television AGAIN, so I’ll be turning momentarily to watch the finale of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
And just in case you missed it (maybe you live in a box or under a rock)….Oh, by the way, the sale of #4 Jets Favre jerseys set a record today. Whoop de doo!