The puking sounds you’re about to hear will be coming from the Arizona Cardinals. They just had one of the wildest playoff experiences in NFL history, culminating in an epic Super Bowl that was decided in—what for them—was a gut-wrenching final few seconds. No doubt, Arizona’s unlikely run through last year’s postseason was “a good time” for the ages. But tomorrow morning is about to arrive, which means so is the hangover.
You might be inclined to refute this team’s susceptibility to a Super Bowl hangover. Don’t. Sure, the Cardinals have a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Kurt Warner. Yes, they have the game’s most acrobatic––and arguably best––wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald. And a superstar No. 2 receiver in Anquan Boldin. And yes, the core of their defense returns. And yes, Ken Whisenhunt has instilled a winning mindset in the Bidwell Family’s once perpetually-pathetic organization.
It doesn’t matter. The Super Bowl hangover is the real deal. It’s a football nightmare––an amalgamation of injuries, ego clashes, apathy and miscellaneous bad luck. It will strike the Cardinals because it strikes every Super Bowl loser the following year. Just ask the powerhouse Patriots, who missed the playoffs last season after the indestructible Tom Brady blew out his knee in Week 1. Or ask the eight of nine Super Bowl losers before New England who all missed the playoffs the following season.
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