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Cardinals Folktales - Drafting Jake, The Podcast
Ep. 4 - Paul Calvisi takes us back to 1997 when the Arizona Cardinals took a chance on local ASU legend Jake Plummer. Going into the NFL Draft, the Cardinals needed more than a franchise quarterback, they needed an identity. This is the story of how Jake 'The Snake' brought a new energy to the Cardinals and delivered a playoff appearance in just his second NFL season.
Cardinals Folktales - Lassiter's Legacy, The Podcast
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.
Cardinals Folktales - Miracle In The Desert, The Podcast
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.
Cardinals Folktales - The Hyphen Wins A House, The Podcast
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.
Cardinals Folktales - One Time In Mexico, The Podcast
Ep. 3 - Paul Calvisi relives the Cardinals historic road trip to Mexico City in 2005 and how the team ushered in a new era of NFL regular season games being played in foreign countries. Plus, Calvisi examines how the Cardinals won the game while winning over the Mexican fans, who set an all-time NFL attendance record.
Cardinals Folktales - Snow Day To Tampa Bay, The Podcast
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.
Cardinals Folktales - Nine More, The Podcast
Ep. 10 - In 2013, former Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson lost more than a football game in New Orleans. He literally lost a part of himself. Paul Calvisi tells the tale of a bloody glove, severed fingertip and viral tweet that made for one of the most bizarre stories in NFL history.
Cardinals Folktales - Thanks, Coach, The Podcast
Ep. 9 - When it comes to epic postgame rants, you can go ahead and crown Dennis Green's "The Bears are who we thought they were" tirade from 2006. Paul Calvisi explores several different layers of Denny's monumental meltdown that followed a truly remarkable Monday Night Football game against the Bears. How did the Cardinals blow a 20-point halftime lead? Did Green actually call his shot before meeting the media? And what exactly did he mean? Countdown to meltdown in 3-2-1.
Cardinals Folktales - Money Mike's Redemption, The Podcast
Ep. 8 - In the 2009 NFC Wild Card game, the Cardinals and Packers lit up the scoreboard thanks to epic performances from QBs Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers. However the game was decided on defense when the smallest player on the field came up with the biggest play of his life. Paul Calvisi tells the story of Money Mike Adams who was able to overcome several miscues to lift the Cardinals to an overtime victory in one of the greatest postseason contests of all time.