To stay in money, Cards need to spend

Flush with unexpected success, Arizona's thrifty owners need to loosen the purse strings this offseason. Reinvesting in the team now will build a consistent winner, Seth Wickersham writes.

Originally Published: February 9, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

The joy of being an Arizona Cardinals fan stopped at approximately -- no, exactly -- 9:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 1, when Santonio Holmes slipped free with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIII. After that Pittsburgh Steelers game-winning score, it's been one giant root canal for the Cardinals. As if fans need a reminder that since then:

Two questionable calls -- Holmes' touchdown and Kurt Warner's fumble a few plays later -- were upheld.

Warner, the prince of Greater Phoenix, ...

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