The Arizona Cardinals have bandwagon fans Really

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have bandwagon fans.Really, they do. According to a study by a couple of smart people at Emory University, a look at the NFL from 2001 to 2013 yielded that the Cardinals have the most bandwagon fans in the NFL.“The winner, or maybe that should be the loser, of this ranking is the Arizona Cardinals,” the piece says.Loser? Really? This should be cause for celebration.I mean, the Cardinals — the ARIZONA CARDINALS — have a bandwagon. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ask anyone who grew up in Arizona during the 90s and sat in the heat and on the metal bleachers watching terrible football if they ever thought that would happen. Hoped, maybe. But thought? Doubtful.Remember, there’s a reason the team’s “State of Football” video is so cool — it’s accurate.In 2001, the first year of the study, the highest attendance number the Cardinals posted was 47,239, which they drew in a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. In 2013, their lowest home figure was 60,034, which was the total in a Week 2 win over the Detroit Lions. Twenty years ago the only way the Cardinals would sell out a home game was if the Dallas Cowboys or another one of the league’s popular teams was in town. Now, all they have to do is have a home game.And that’s due to the ever-growing bandwagon.Now, it’s understandable that some of you, the folks who sat through the blistering heat week after week, season after season, would be offended by the very notion that the Cardinals have bandwagon fans.But that study is not talking about you, the die-hard who has “earned” the fruits the Cardinals franchise is now starting to bare. It’s talking about the fans who remember Cardinals history all the way back to Edgerrin James and Kurt Warner, the ones who got on board with the team once it moved into that shiny stadium in 2006. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories ErrorOK… ErrorOK When you look around University of Phoenix Stadium next season, though, will you be able to point those fans out? Will you look down on them if their first red jersey says “Fitzgerald” or “Leinart” instead of “Centers” or “Plummer”? Well, maybe if it says Leinart, but that’s a separate issue entirely.The truth is, while there should absolutely be some level of pride and even achievement for someone who has been a fan since the SDS days, there is nothing wrong with anyone who is a recent addition to Cardinals fan hood. Provided they stick around, of course.Some of the people who proudly wear Cardinals gear these days will trade it in for some other team’s gear if and when the Cardinals begin to struggle, and those kind of “fans” are the scourge of the sports world. But chances are the vast majority of new Cards fans are not of that ilk; instead, they were either too young to really be fans or had just been waiting for the right time to finally go all-in with the franchise. Assuming the Cardinals continue on their current trajectory, there is no reason to think their fan base won’t continue to grow. Many of those who hopped onto the bandwagon will in turn raise die-hards, and sooner or later you’ll have an incredibly loud, strong, and passionate base. That’s how it works. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But more than anything, the idea that the Cardinals have a bandwagon is great because of the most simple of reasons, one that should bring a smile to every Arizona fan’s face:Bad teams don’t have bandwagons. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgby, Dr. Bill ThomasTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares[Editor’s Note: ChangingAging will periodically re-publish blog posts from the archive. This post was originally published March 30, 2011. ]This post discusses some nearly forgotten ways of thinking about women’s lives and the way culture shapes the female experience. Some of the concepts presented below have been suppressed and even vilified. Given their rather charged historical context it is important that we separate the concepts from the theology from which they are drawn. I am exploring the maiden/mother/crone nexus mainly because I find it to be an ancient and illuminating station from which to view contemporary culture and expose its rampant ageism and sexism.If you think this might offend you, skip over this post and read something else.No worries!In his book Goddess as Nature. Paul Reid-Bowen writes…“The model of the Triple Goddess is comprised of three idealized or normative stages of female development: the youthful and independent Maiden (or Virgin), the fecund and relational Mother, and the degenerative and wise Crone. […] Deep ConnectionsThe idea that women can experience life-stages each of which contains its own intrinsic claim on dignity and value is especially valuable in today’s world. But, there is more to the story.Some feminists have examined the growing interest in the maiden/mother/crone nexus and found that its use in contemporary society is being colored by an over-emphasis on women’s fertility and sexual desirability to men. Rather than reflecting authentic experience, they argue, these archetypal life stages might actually represent how men perceive women of differing ages. In other words, they ask is the maiden/mother/crone nexus an expression of female experience or is it a representation of the perspective on the female life-cycle?This criticism seems well founded when we look at contemporary cultures nearly single minded focus on the maiden aspect of the female experience. In times past a randy mythologist has lingered lovingly over the smallest details of mythic “Nymph.” Today, it is abundantly clear our society has elevated the “nubile woman” to an archetype against which all women are to measured. Obligatory Painting of a NymphRobert Graves’ 1955 book Greek Myths associates the maiden/mother/crone nexus with the three phases of the moon (new, full, and old) and three of the seasons (spring, summer, and autumn). Graves transforms the static tri-form spatial division of the goddess of antiquity into a living process, which he then relates to the seasons, the phases of the moon, and the human life cycle. More HERE The Lunar Cycle: All Phases Have Their Own VirtuesBecause the burden of ageism falls most heavily on women, it is especially important that we search for, seek to understand and restore, long lost understandings like the maiden/mother/crone nexus. Our culture’s incessant celebration of the “Nymph” traps men and women alike in a dangerous cultural cul de sac. We need new symbology (some drawn from ancient sources), new modes of expression and new systems of understanding that are capable of according the full measure of dignity to each the stages of a woman’s life.We need a set of iconic images that can, you know, fit on a T-shirt. Been There Done That Got the T-ShirtRelated PostsChangingAging Weekly Blog Roundup March 24 to April 1Sign-up here to get ChangingAging’s Weekly Blog Roundup by email Weekly Blog Roundup Maiden/Mother/Crone I’ve been examine some nearly forgotten ways of thinking about women’s lives and the way culture shapes the female experience. Some of the concepts presented below have been suppressed and even vilified. Given their rather charged…Weekly Blog Roundup Nov. 1 to Nov. 6Welcome to the new ChangingAging.org weekly blog roundup for Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, 2010. Announcing the Picker Report on Aging in America with Dr. Bill Thomas! Vist www.PickerReport.org to join the conversation. Do you know anyone interested in ChangingAging? Please forward this email! Picker Report on Aging Refresh and…Here Comes the CroneRegular readers know that I am a fan of crones and croning.   Rick Moody offers an nice roundup of the concept for the uninitiated…   Does a woman merely have to grow older to become a Crone, or does it mean something more? For some answers to that question, see…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: crone womenlast_img read more

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