Greetings from the Valley of the Sun

January, 18, 2009
1/18/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

It looks like three-fourths of the ESPN.com game day crew has arrived at University of Phoenix Stadium -- also known as Shaq's online alma mater. As we pulled into the media parking lot in NFC West blogger Mike Sando's Chevy Malibu, an attendant shouted an expletive at several Eagles fans.

Who knew that we'd be writing about angry parking attendants in Glendale this time of year? It's a Chamber of Commerce day in the Greater Phoenix area. We're looking at 65 degrees with clear, blue skies. Sort of defeats the purpose of having a retractable roof if you're never going to open it. But as Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley reminded me Friday, this place is much louder with the roof closed.

And one quick programming announcement: NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert has joined us for today's NFC title game. You'll be seeing his name pop up here from time to time. Sando has retreated to the parking lot in an attempt to "get some color."

The Cardinals are holding a pep rally on the "Great Lawn" that will feature general manager Rod Graves and team president Michael Bidwill. I may head down there to see if any Eagles fans try to crash the party. Seifert's handling the inactives.

I don't expect any surprises from the Eagles. Brian Westbrook and Jon Runyan will both be playing. We'll see what Andy Reid decides with wide receiver Greg Lewis. He played against the Vikings -- even after being carted off the field pregame with an ankle injury. He was inactive for last week's game against the Giants.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has arrived, but it appears the Daily News is caught in traffic. We'll keep you updated.

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