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Friday, September 27, 2013
Flush the Pocket: GQ not high on Cards

By Josh Weinfuss

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- There are a lot of lists out there.

Some try to rank stadiums and players, others try to rank sports’ best franchises.

GQ, the distinguished men’s magazine, took a shot at ranking the 20 worst sports franchises, and placed the Arizona Cardinals at No. 19.

“The Cardinals have been so bad for so long -- just eight playoff trips in eighty years, including one twenty-six-year dry spell -- that they could be right at the top of this list. But they’re just too marginal, too irrelevant. (Think about it: Have you ever met an Arizona Cardinals fan?) Their awfulness has no grandeur,” Rob Tannenbaum wrote in GQ.

The Cardinals have been bad for a long time, despite a three year stretch of .500 or better from 2007-09 that included a Super Bowl berth. There's no debating that.

However, GQ’s list can be debated.

The magazine’s lead in to the list read like this:
“For some sports fans, losing is poetry. And the longer it goes on, the more literary it becomes, like an aria of suffering. The teams on this list are not those teams. These teams suck. They suck epically, inventively, in all kinds of ways. They’re stupid. They’re greedy. Some of them are even a little bit evil. All of them torment their fans, confronting them with the same question, over and over, year after year: Have you considered rooting for somebody else?”


What caught my attention was the first four sentences: “For some sports fans, losing is poetry. And the longer it goes on, the more literary it becomes, like an aria of suffering. The teams on this list are not those teams. These teams suck.

Then why are the Chicago Cubs ranked No. 3 on this list? Isn’t the narrative for their whole franchise the "loveable losers?" The Cubs are the team GQ says this list isn’t about. Yet, they're on it.

Makes me wonder about the rest of the list.

Here are links to my stories from today:

Cardinals defensive coordinator has all his fingers, can’t gauge Rashad Johnson’s effectiveness.

The rash of injuries at OLB are hurting more than the Cards’ defense, it’s limiting their special teams.

Here’s your guide to who’ll suit up at linebacker for the Cardinals this week.

And Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes about the offense’s desire for more, well, offense.