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Will Arizona Cardinals fans now come out of the wordwork and populate American like Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have? Being a Bucs fan since '83, I find it weird and cool that I see a lot of Bucs fans here in SoCal; yet there is something that kind of disappoints me about it. I'm no longer that unique, because the Bucs are just another NFL team. It use to be impossible to get anything of the Bucs here except for football cards and horrible highlights on NFL Prime Time with Chris Berman and the Yuckaneers. Now I can go into pretty much any store that has NFL stuff and find Bucs gear. I'm wondering if the same thing will happen with the Cardinals across the country.

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Will Arizona Cardinals fans now come out of the wordwork and populate American like Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have? Being a Bucs fan since '83, I find it weird and cool that I see a lot of Bucs fans here in SoCal; yet there is something that kind of disappoints me about it. I'm no longer that unique, because the Bucs are just another NFL team. It use to be impossible to get anything of the Bucs here except for football cards and horrible highlights on NFL Prime Time with Chris Berman and the Yuckaneers. Now I can go into pretty much any store that has NFL stuff and find Bucs gear. I'm wondering if the same thing will happen with the Cardinals across the country.

Should be interesting, because every time the Broncos play the Cardinals in AZ...it sounds like a Broncos home game.

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Will Arizona Cardinals fans now come out of the wordwork and populate American like Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have? Being a Bucs fan since '83, I find it weird and cool that I see a lot of Bucs fans here in SoCal; yet there is something that kind of disappoints me about it. I'm no longer that unique, because the Bucs are just another NFL team. It use to be impossible to get anything of the Bucs here except for football cards and horrible highlights on NFL Prime Time with Chris Berman and the Yuckaneers. Now I can go into pretty much any store that has NFL stuff and find Bucs gear. I'm wondering if the same thing will happen with the Cardinals across the country.

Should be interesting, because every time the Broncos play the Cardinals in AZ...it sounds like a Broncos home game.

That was a few years ago though, I know games I have been to this year have been more Red than any other color. Only problem is the bandwagoners around here start to pop out.

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I'm not sure if there will be a jump. For the Buccaneers, they started to turn it around while still in Tampa (Houlihan's) Stadium and while wearing orange. The local fan base was turned off by Hugh Culverhouse for years, then after he passed, there was more care since there was the possibility they could move. Attendance went up as soon as Glazer bought the team. To the tune that my family bought season tickets. They started winning, changed logos, colors, and uniforms then boom. Popular. People like the logo and colors. I also think that Mike Alstott also helped with his bruising style for highlights.

The role of NFL Properties to nationally distribute gear (and the internet) made news/product of the Bucs readily available.

Arizona will get a post season spike, but I doubt that there will be that big an increase outside of #11 jerseys.

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What I'm wondering is if there are still Cardinal fans in Chicago and St. Louis, the team's former homes, (Chicago has long supported the Bears, and St. Louis is Rams' territory). I bet there are a trickle of fans who remember the Chicago Cardinals, and 3-4 times the amount in St. Louis, who remember that version of the Cards.

L.A. cheered for the Rams when they played in Super Bowl XXXIV, a game which a certain QB played, I might add. But if you ask me, I think St. Louis fans would watch the game and say, "The Rams gave us a Super Bowl Championship already. Why would the Cards winning it be any different now?" I may be wrong on that one.

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My aunt who just moved here is a Cardinals fan, and she is ECSTATIC. She basically sent me (and the entire immediate family in Atlanta) a picture of her in her Cardinals jersey.

That's the only Cardinals fan that I know outside of the internet.

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There are some scattered remnants of the Gridbirds' fanbase in St. Louis and downstate Illinois. A notable example would be Deadspin's Will Leitch, from Mattoon IL (about equidistant to Chicago and St. Louis, I think).

I don't know a single Chicagolander who roots for the Cardinals because of their Chicago roots, but I do know there are some south siders who root for the Packers because the Cardinals skipped town and they couldn't support the then-north side Bears. These are mainly old people, because come on, the Cardinals have been gone for damn near fifty years, in which time the Bears have become an institution.

It always blew my mind that NFL Properties was pushing the stinkin' Cardinals so hard, like the commercial where the chick has the Cardinals tramp stamp and everyone at the board meeting is terribly concerned about the outcome of a Cardinals game. All this time, I'm thinking, "come on, you couldn't get ten Arizona Cardinals fans in a room," and now they're in the Super Bowl. Not to mention listening to ESPN pick the Cardinals to win the West for the last five years because "they just might surprise ya" or something. This is pretty awful.

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I know there is a Cardinals fan in heaven smiling right now. My great uncle Dean lived in Bullhead City, AZ for years. He always wore this dirty old Cardinals hat.

Reminds me of a funny story. My dad and I were watching yet another dreadful Saints loss back in the day. He turned off the TV and said in disgust, "I'll be dead before those clowns win anything."

He died in April 1991, and later that year the Saints won their first division title. :D

I'm just hoping I live long enough to see a Saint hoist the Lombardi trophy.

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My aunt who just moved here is a Cardinals fan, and she is ECSTATIC. She basically sent me (and the entire immediate family in Atlanta) a picture of her in her Cardinals jersey.

That's the only Cardinals fan that I know outside of the internet.

That's one more than I know. I can't think of a single one...

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My aunt who just moved here is a Cardinals fan, and she is ECSTATIC. She basically sent me (and the entire immediate family in Atlanta) a picture of her in her Cardinals jersey.

That's the only Cardinals fan that I know outside of the internet.

That's one more than I know. I can't think of a single one...

I live in New Mexico where Phoenix is the nearest NFL city and know only ONE Cardinals fan out here .... That is before the year began, where it seems like the entire state has since jumped onboard the Cards bandwagon.

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Will Arizona Cardinals fans now come out of the wordwork and populate American like Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have? Being a Bucs fan since '83, I find it weird and cool that I see a lot of Bucs fans here in SoCal; yet there is something that kind of disappoints me about it. I'm no longer that unique, because the Bucs are just another NFL team. It use to be impossible to get anything of the Bucs here except for football cards and horrible highlights on NFL Prime Time with Chris Berman and the Yuckaneers. Now I can go into pretty much any store that has NFL stuff and find Bucs gear. I'm wondering if the same thing will happen with the Cardinals across the country.

You really gotta let me know where these sports stores in SoCal you're shopping at are. I've yet to find a sports store, Northern or Southern California, that I haven't walked out of extremely disappointed in their Buccaneers selection.

And you know what REAL Cardinal fans are gonna have to deal with more than anything? Supporting their team for years through all the misery, only to be called a bandwagoner after they finally do win. That pissed me off to no end after the Bucs won 37.

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I had thought this would have been true when the Falcons won the NFC in 1998. Living in S.Arkansas at the time and being a HUGE fan of the team for about 10 years at that point, I was sure...no, I was POSITIVE...that when the next football season rolled around that my beloved Falcons would have a place alongside the Cowboys, Packers, Broncos, 49ers, Saints, Steelers, and Raiders at the local sports stores and even walmart*, which had a decent supply of caps and tees and other things from the teams I mentioned. Unfortunately it was not to be, and what was worse is that the Titans started their first season in '99, and since Tennessee borders Arkansas, we got an influx of Titans gear. Never got any Falcons stuff.

As far as existing Cards fan, I know one true diehard fan that lives in Little Rock. He grew up in N.Arkansas close to Missouri and grew up a ST.LOUIS Cardinals fan with Neil Lomax, Ottis Anderson, Roy Green, ETC and he maintained his loyalty when they moved. In fact, for many, many years, Arkansas WAS Cardinals territory until the Cowboys took hold from the central part of the state on down, and once Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys and the Cards flew to Phoenix, Cardinal fans in Arkansas were almost non-existant. Will be interesting to see how many come out of the woodwork now.

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I think it's worse that I can hardly find any Ohio State merchandise here in Michigan. Sure it's a rivalry, and I'm in enemy territory, but there are so many Ohio State fans here in Michigan, I just wish they would capitalize on the profit prospect and start selling more Ohio State gear.

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I had thought this would have been true when the Falcons won the NFC in 1998. Living in S.Arkansas at the time and being a HUGE fan of the team for about 10 years at that point, I was sure...no, I was POSITIVE...that when the next football season rolled around that my beloved Falcons would have a place alongside the Cowboys, Packers, Broncos, 49ers, Saints, Steelers, and Raiders at the local sports stores and even walmart*, which had a decent supply of caps and tees and other things from the teams I mentioned. Unfortunately it was not to be, and what was worse is that the Titans started their first season in '99, and since Tennessee borders Arkansas, we got an influx of Titans gear. Never got any Falcons stuff

Well, that's because the Falcons killed their momentum immediately when Chandler & Anderson went down in the first couple of games and they stumbled out of the gate. That really killed whatever chance they had at getting a foothold on southern fans. :(

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