36 hours. Within the initial 36 hours of this blog, you the reader fellow writer have had the pleasure of enjoying a Suns post, a D-Backs post, and even a Coyotes post. Depressing right? With the Suns out of the playoffs, the D-Backs well on the way to 90 losses, and the Coyotes apparently still participating in some ice based stick type sport in Glendale, its time’s like these where I look longingly towards September and my chance to get back in bed with the new hot chick in town…the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals (looks good in print doesn’t it?).
While the magical ride through January of 2009 was fun – there was actually a time boy and girls when the Cardinals were NOT on top of their conference. As I’m sure Cardinals fans Number’s 1 and 1(a), Will Leitch and Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon can attest it was a relatively dark *cough* century, for our beloved Cards. So while I don’t have the time or patience to bang through 100 years of Cardinals history or issue my child-like scouting report on Charley Trippi, I feel like we need to sit back and appreciate some of the greater moments in Cards history.
Thus with the NFL Draft approaching lets all take a moment and appreciate how far the Cards have come with an emphasis on draft’s of the 1990’s.
1990 – The Cards need a running back and yes perhaps future 4-time All-Pro DB Leroy Butler was on the board, but you’re the Cardinals. ..you need Anthony Thompson. 251 glorious career carries later you’ve got your franchise back. Oh. No you don’t.
1992 – We’ve opted to skip 1991, positive the Cards were feeling pretty good about pulling Eric Swann out of semi-pro ball. So with the defense locked down it was time for Joe Bugel to look for his QB of the future. But they draft Tony Sacca instead. Fail.
1993 – 96 – A couple highlights:
- Garrison Heart (’93 1st round) was a great pick for the 49ers.
- Chuck Levy (’94 2nd round) was suspended for his entire first season due to substance abuse.
- Stoney Case (’95 3rd round) on the plus side led Permian High to the Texas State Championship and famously nailed the Doritos girl Ali Landry for a period. On the minus side – very bad at the sport of football.
- 9 of the 18 picks in the ’95 and ’96 drafts didn’t make it past 1998 as active NFL players. Among those that actually DID make it? Johnny McWilliams, Aaron Graham, James Dexter, and everybody’s All-American Mr. Stoney Case. That’s a who’s who of stars right there.
1997 – Tommy Knight. You remember Tommy Knight right? Of course you don’t. At least he was quiet, they could have picked this guy.
1998 – You’ve already got your QB in the future in Jake Plummer, and no better year as you miss the Ryan Leaf pick by one selection. So the Cards are sitting pretty at spot #3 with the ability to pick the best non-QB available. And my god it’s a goldmine ; Heisman Trophy winning CB Charles Woodson (you’ve got Tommy Knight though…remember?), Georgia Tech linebacker Keith Brooking, Nebraska DE Grant Winstrom, mercurial Marshall WR and future record setting star Randy Moss, future 8-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca! The possiblities are endless, unless you decide to pick Andre Wadsworth. I’ll leave you to figure out how that one went down.
1999 – The Cardinals pick up David Boston. Hard to argue with a guy who caught 98 balls in 2001 for 1598 yards. Unless he turned into this guy:
Steroids are a wonderful drug eh David?
Well it’s all in the past now. I feel like I need a shower. Or at least this: