) are fawning nostalgically over our former NFL franchise in Arizona and our beloved ex-quarterback Kurt Warner
, not everyone is in love with the underdog Cardinals.
writer Charles Pierce
as one of the team's biggest detractors. His piece this week
is a must-read if only for the author's colorful descriptions and poison tongue.
Pierce complains that the Cardinals' "landfill of a division" (the NFC West) is the only reason the franchise got a spot in this weekend's Super Bowl. Had the team competed in a division north of the Mason-Dixon line, argues Pierce, they'd have finished middle of the pack in perhaps every league but "the Ivies."
Still, the Cardinals and their devoutly Christian QB
remain a media darling, says Pierce, because football announcers love "wrapping football in the Great American Family Values comforter."
While many of us here in St. Louis (