NFL Network colleague Kara Henderson and I were joking pregame about her propensity to blog about so much of the “random” things — her words — that are going on with the NFC Championship Game today between the Cardinals and Eagles. I told her that her information is great, and plus, she’s a lot more fun than me, so she can add a much more entertaining perspective to things than I can. So, here’s my “mundane” — my word — rip about what’s going on so far.
- On the field, Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, who will start today despite missing last week’s divisional playoff game against the Panthers with a hamstring injury, isn’t wearing any type of support or wrap on the hamstring. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said it will be important that Boldin keeps the hamstring warm when he’s not playing, and there is a stationary bike in place on the sideline for that.
- There are a good amount of Eagles fans in the house. University of Phoenix Stadium is mainly coated in Cardinals red and white, but there are plenty of patches of green. Whether these are transplants or folks who traveled from Philly to support the team, Eagles fans are represented nonetheless.
- Lastly, I’m going to sample Kara, here. On the field before the game, Kara, player correspondent Willie McGinest and I were speaking with a group of policemen who were on security duty for the game. One of the guys, sporting an abundance of arms and Smokey the Bear hats, said he drew the assignment of protecting Eagles coach Andy Reid. It was explained to us that earning that job actually is a privilege. Officers have to spend a certain amount of time doing coach detail at Arizona State games and with the Cardinals over several seasons. One officer who had security detail for opposing head coaches for years told a few quick stories, and he dished that recently fired Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was probably the roughest on his players.
-– Steve Wyche is reporting from University of Phoenix Stadium