Why the Cardinals will win Super Bowl XLIII

BY Peter Schrager • January 31, 2009

As I stood amidst a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd at Sunday night's Killers concert, I couldn't help but think of Arizona Cardinal special teamers Sean Morey and Monty Beisel.

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Here were The Killers, a band repeatedly dogged by the rock critics and the independent music blogs for years; a group that's been called everything from "David Bowie rip-offs" to "Bruce Springsteen wannabees;" an outfit to whom Rolling Stone has given two-star (out of five) album reviews. And yet here they were playing a sold-out Madison Square Garden. And not only playing it, but rocking it to its very core.

And as they're doing it, song by song, I just couldn't get Morey and Beisel out of my head.

What in the world does an enigmatic rock-and-roll band from Las Vegas have anything to do with two Arizona Cardinals role players?

Three months ago, the Cardinals were a 3-2 squad, hosting the mighty Dallas Cowboys. Despite a flawless record in their building, the Vegas bookmakers pegged them as 6-point underdogs at home. No "experts" anywhere had them winning. After squandering a double-digit fourth-quarter lead, Arizona's D held the explosive Dallas offense deep in its own territory early in overtime. On fourth down, Morey — the Pro Bowl special teamer — blocked a Mat McBriar punt, and Beisel — the journeyman backup linebacker — recovered the loose ball and ran it in for a game-winning touchdown.

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