When I went to the grocery store or even to church on Sunday, people were wearing their red Cardinals t-shirts. People were smiling and talking about the big game to complete strangers. I love this part.
It brought back memories of the 2001 World Series when the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees. And they actually won!
We had Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Jay Bell, Mark Grace and Steve Finley. Greg and I even got tickets to one of the playoff games. Talk about an exciting time for Phoenix!
Here's a tidbit you probably didn't know but ...Greg's sister Roxann was Curt Schilling's 1st grade teacher at Indian Bend Elementary School in Paradise Valley, AZ! How cool is that?
But then I remember 1993. The Phoenix Suns were in the NBA playoffs and almost won it all! Phoenix was in a sea of purple. Those were the exciting days of Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, AC Green, Dan Majerle, and Danny Ainge.
But oh, the agony of defeat!
I tend to remember the players and love to learn about their families and stories. It helps me to be more engaged in the game. I guess it's a female thing.
The player that captured my heart this season was Kurt Warner, the quarterback for the AZ Cardinals. I love that he wasn't handed anything. He played arena football for years. He married a woman who had two children of her own. And they now have seven!
And I was so glad that he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award and received the trophy just prior to the start of the Super Bowl game yesterday.
Kurt is also a man of faith who chooses to always give God the glory. The press may not like how vocal he is about his relationship with Jesus but he seems to be compelled to do so. And I love and respect that about him.
So, now it's the day after the big game. And even though the outcome wasn't what we hoped for in Arizona, ...life does go on.
We're proud of our Arizona Cardinals. And they did play a very exciting fourth quarter!
But congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of Super Bowl XLIII!