Cardinals Abdullah Has a Point but Should Point Finger at Self First


Arizona Cardinals safety Hamza Abdullah had the guts to do something few athletes do, to call out his own fans.  As we all know by now, this past Sunday University of Phoenix Stadium more resembled Heinz Field in Pittsburgh with all the Terrible Towels being waved around like it was cool.  Abdullah actually had the audacity to say he was disappointed in the Birdgang (the affectionate name for Cards fans).  He said the team thrives on its home fans to help them win.

While it was embarrassing to a point, at times, on Sunday, Hamza you are dead wrong to blame fans for the loss.  If you need fans to help you win, you are in the wrong business.  You get paid to perform no matter who is in the stands.  Besides, Birdgang was represented.  The true fans who haven’t give up on the team were there and even those who support the team through thick and thin who couldn’t be there were in bars and their homes to cheer on the team.  If you want to donate some of your salary to get fans into the games, be my guest.

Now, I too was disappointed to hear Steelers fans being louder on Sunday much of the time.  However, the Cards play on the field kind of dictated that, didn’t it?  No team should have to rely on its fans to pull them through.  Great teams, heck even just good teams find ways to win without making excuses and blaming the lack of fans for a team’s loss.  I say your tweets the other day after the game were more embarrassing than who was or wasn’t in the stands.  The play on the field by the defense was ugly too.  Let’s start there.

Before any player, and I mean ANY player goes and blames someone else, they should look in the mirror first.  Listen Hamza, I get your frustration, but it should be directed at yourself and your team, not fans.  Let’s remember UOP Stadium has been sold out 58 consecutive times.  On most Sunday’s over the past couple of years, it has been Birdgang there.  Now, for whatever reason, the Cards record, the cost of tickets, the opportunity to make a few bucks by selling tickets to a Steelers game, whatever, the noise being made is for the opposition and you want to call fans out.  How about making plays when they are given to you?  How about not giving up a 95 yard touchdown pass?  How about not taking sacks in the end zone when it could have been avoided?

Look at yourself first.  Maybe play better and you’ll see more Cards fans in attendance.  Unfortunately this is a bandwagon town, always has been.  People don’t jump on till there is a winner.  About the only team that is the exception to that in this town is the Phoenix Suns.  Play better Hamza.  Play better and shut up.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals Birdgang Hamza Abdullah Heinz Field Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towels University Of Phoenix Stadium

  • Cardattack

    I 100% agree! I dont have to be at the game to be a fan . I leave work early I speed home I wear my Cardinals jersey to work every Friday and I always pick them on my football poll . I even drove down to flagstaff to see them practice so ill be damned if you tell me I’m not a fan because I dont have season tickets!!…..

  • Cardattack

    I 100% agree! I dont have to be at the game to be a fan . I leave work early I speed home I wear my Cardinals jersey to work every Friday and I always pick them on my football poll . I even drove down to flagstaff to see them practice so ill be damned if you tell me I’m not a fan because I dont have season tickets!!…..

  • Cardattack

    Are corners need help in the secondary and all Ray Horton whats to do rush the QB.Look Ray if it didn’t work against a rookie QB like Cam , what makes you think its going to work on veteran QB’ s!..Note to coach K if Pitt let those coach’ s and players go its for a reason!!! oh and one more thing why is a 6’5 receiver like Stephen Williams not in the game? Last yr he made DA look decent I had real high hopes for him .Maybe ken reads this and plays the kid for once.!!.

  • Cardattack

    Are corners need help in the secondary and all Ray Horton whats to do rush the QB.Look Ray if it didn’t work against a rookie QB like Cam , what makes you think its going to work on veteran QB’ s!..Note to coach K if Pitt let those coach’ s and players go its for a reason!!! oh and one more thing why is a 6’5 receiver like Stephen Williams not in the game? Last yr he made DA look decent I had real high hopes for him .Maybe ken reads this and plays the kid for once.!!.

  • AZScottA

    Hamza did the right thing, he is giving away 100 tix to the Rams game. I followed up and re-read his comments. Then I s/w him on Twitter. He wasn’t blaming fans, but was being critical. However I just wanted him to back his words up and he is more than doing that I’ve discovered

  • AZScottA

    Hamza did the right thing, he is giving away 100 tix to the Rams game. I followed up and re-read his comments. Then I s/w him on Twitter. He wasn’t blaming fans, but was being critical. However I just wanted him to back his words up and he is more than doing that I’ve discovered

  • TimSWMO

    Bidwill reaps what he sows. He loses Breaston but doesnt get a vet WR (money). He loses DRC but doesnt get a good vet CB like Asomaugh (money). Bidwill gets one or two marque players to put butts in the seats and then doesnt surround them with talent so they can win. Whiz will get fired and they will bring in their umpteenth HC. What is the average tenure of Cards HCs since the 70s? Why is that? Seems like all HC hired by Bidwill suck. So if Bidwill cant judge talent then why is he an owner? Mayybe no HC can win barring having Warner in AZ becuase he isnt provided the assets needed to win. Bidwill is committing fraud and the NFL knows it but is an accessory to the crime.

  • TimSWMO

    Bidwill reaps what he sows. He loses Breaston but doesnt get a vet WR (money). He loses DRC but doesnt get a good vet CB like Asomaugh (money). Bidwill gets one or two marque players to put butts in the seats and then doesnt surround them with talent so they can win. Whiz will get fired and they will bring in their umpteenth HC. What is the average tenure of Cards HCs since the 70s? Why is that? Seems like all HC hired by Bidwill suck. So if Bidwill cant judge talent then why is he an owner? Mayybe no HC can win barring having Warner in AZ becuase he isnt provided the assets needed to win. Bidwill is committing fraud and the NFL knows it but is an accessory to the crime.

  • clssylssy

    Anyone who has lived in Phoenix for any time knows that the Steelers following here is tremendous and was before the “rebirth” of the team when it moved into the new stadium and it’s fans actually begin to have a visible presence. There are still loyal fans, many of whom can’t afford to go to the games anymore but nevertheless remain loud and proud of our team, coaching staff and who are confident that the red sea will once again rise up and shock the world. It’s really easy for the press to make copy out of all the negatives but the fact is, with the exception of Green Bay, all teams have suffered some degree of Lockout Hangover and have their bad moments…the Ravens, Colts, even the Patriots. The Steelers are a great team but alot of their “fans” here in the valley have become “fans” because it’s easier to root for a winner than the underdog and for them it’s all about the party. They’ll pull out their AZ jersey the next time we have a good season and can make a run for the SB…LOL…kinda like the shifting sands of the desert. I’m sure it’s discouraging but hope the players can just roll with it, kinda like the real fans are doing.

  • clssylssy

    Anyone who has lived in Phoenix for any time knows that the Steelers following here is tremendous and was before the “rebirth” of the team when it moved into the new stadium and it’s fans actually begin to have a visible presence. There are still loyal fans, many of whom can’t afford to go to the games anymore but nevertheless remain loud and proud of our team, coaching staff and who are confident that the red sea will once again rise up and shock the world. It’s really easy for the press to make copy out of all the negatives but the fact is, with the exception of Green Bay, all teams have suffered some degree of Lockout Hangover and have their bad moments…the Ravens, Colts, even the Patriots. The Steelers are a great team but alot of their “fans” here in the valley have become “fans” because it’s easier to root for a winner than the underdog and for them it’s all about the party. They’ll pull out their AZ jersey the next time we have a good season and can make a run for the SB…LOL…kinda like the shifting sands of the desert. I’m sure it’s discouraging but hope the players can just roll with it, kinda like the real fans are doing.

  • TimSWMO

    One of the things I dont miss about going to Football Cardinals blogs is fans willingness to tolerate perpetual losing and make excuses for it. I have heard all the excuses over the years. Other winning organizations dont seem to fall victim to those excuses. The organizations win and consistently field competitive teams. That is the exact opposite for Bidwill. I hope people in AZ will wake up and force the hand of Bidwill and the NFL. He is running out of cities to flee from after they figure out his con game. How much further west can he go? I guess Mexico would be thrilled to have ANY NFL team.

  • TimSWMO

    One of the things I dont miss about going to Football Cardinals blogs is fans willingness to tolerate perpetual losing and make excuses for it. I have heard all the excuses over the years. Other winning organizations dont seem to fall victim to those excuses. The organizations win and consistently field competitive teams. That is the exact opposite for Bidwill. I hope people in AZ will wake up and force the hand of Bidwill and the NFL. He is running out of cities to flee from after they figure out his con game. How much further west can he go? I guess Mexico would be thrilled to have ANY NFL team.

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