17 episodes

You may think you know the whole story, but you don’t. Cardinals Folktales gives new life to several unbelievably true tales in team history through the personal recollections of the people who were there for each incredible moment.

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    • Society & Culture

You may think you know the whole story, but you don’t. Cardinals Folktales gives new life to several unbelievably true tales in team history through the personal recollections of the people who were there for each incredible moment.

    Cardinals Folktales - When Arizona Met The Cardiac Cards

    Cardinals Folktales - When Arizona Met The Cardiac Cards

    When the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, there was a major buzz around the Valley of the Sun. A high-powered offense led by quarterback Neil Lomax and wide receiver Roy Green gave Phoenix Cardinals fans many exciting moments during their debut season, none more thrilling than an epic second-half comeback against the loaded San Francisco 49ers. Paul Calvisi tells the story of how the Cardinals erased a 23-0 third-quarter deficit to stun the eventual Super Bowl Champs at Sun Devil Stadium. What followed was a major gut punch that would put a premature end to Lomax's career.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 17 min
    Cardinals Folktales - Kurt Warner: Renaissance Man

    Cardinals Folktales - Kurt Warner: Renaissance Man

    Kurt Warner arrived in Arizona in 2005 looking to revive his career in search of the same glory he achieved with the St. Louis Rams. The two-time MVP and Super Bowl winning quarterback had to prove himself all over again. Warner overcame the odds, silenced his doubters, won the starting job and eventually led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance. Paul Calvisi details the ups and downs of Kurt’s career in Arizona, an improbable era that sealed his position in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Cardinals Folktales - Lassiter's Legacy

    Cardinals Folktales - Lassiter's Legacy

    S2, E3 - Kwamie Lassiter the football player may be best remembered for his four-interception game that helped send the 1998 Cardinals to the playoffs for the first time since arriving in Arizona. Kwamie Lassiter the man will be remembered for much more. Paul Calvisi explores Lassiter's path to a successful NFL career, his larger-than-life personality, the special relationship he forged with Pat Tillman, teaming with his wife Ericka to be champions in the community and his tragic passing in 2019. Lassiter's legacy lives on through The Kwamie Lassiter Foundation which focuses on Sickle Cell awareness and educational resources for those who need it most.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    Cardinals Folktales - Miracle In The Desert

    Cardinals Folktales - Miracle In The Desert

    S2, E2 - The final game of the 2003 season against the Vikings was expected to be a formality for the Cardinals. It was anything but that. Paul Calvisi tells the story of an unknown receiver making the biggest play of his life while sending shockwaves through three NFL markets and significantly altering the 2004 NFL Draft. In a matter of seconds, Nathan Poole won the game for the Cardinals, pushed the Packers into the playoffs and broke the hearts of the Vikings and their fans.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Cardinals Folktales - The Hyphen Wins A House

    Cardinals Folktales - The Hyphen Wins A House

    S2, E1 - Former Cardinals running back and kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling made several incredible plays during his four seasons in Arizona, but it was a kick return during the 2010 season that had the biggest impact. In the Cardinals' home opener against the Raiders, 'The Hyphen' took the opening kickoff to the house and won a house for a local couple. This is the story of how the stars aligned that September afternoon to allow a kick return to produce big returns for Cardinals fan Dave Johnson and his wife Darci Nimz.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Cardinals Folktales - Snow Day To Tampa Bay

    Cardinals Folktales - Snow Day To Tampa Bay

    Ep. 11 - When the 2008 Cardinals were dismantled by the Patriots in wintery conditions, many experts gave Arizona a snowball's chance in hell to succeed in the playoffs. After some brutal practices in the rain, the newly-focused Cardinals played well in the season finale before going on an epic run to earn a spot in Super Bowl XLIII. Paul Calvisi details the journey from nightmare roadtrip to the biggest stage in sports.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min

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