Darnell Dockett shares a laugh with a fan during Monday night's Kingpin Challenge. For a complete photo gallery, click here.
Bruce Arians loves to talk about how he is a teacher. And once, that teaching included bowling.
That made the Cardinals' head coach fit in just fine during his first go-round Monday night at the team's annual Kingpin Challenge at Brunswick Kyrene Lanes in Chandler. Arians can't bowl these days, not after he had knee-replacement surgery. But once upon a time, that
was his deal.
"Teaching bowling in college, that's how I got through school," said Arians, whose all-time high score in a game was 287.
"There's a lot of technique involved. I used to have a lot of fun with the engineering students who needed that one credit to graduate. I was tough on them."
Arians joked he probably got about 24 credit hours of straight A's in college by leading a bowling class. Because of his knees, and his love of golf, Arians still prefers the Cardinals' charity golf tournament, but "bowling is number two."
Especially the way it unfolded Monday.
"It's great for the community to raise money for Cardinals Charities but also for the chemistry of the team doing this all together," Arians said.
The event is more than just bowling. There was a silent auction to raise more money, and it allows the fans attending to get autographs and simply strike up a conversation with many of the players.
"Our fans are really good, especially at this kind of event," defensive end Calais Campbell said. "You really get a chance to know them."
Like Arians, Campbell likes the idea of bowling. For Campbell, it is the best event the Cards have.
"I am better at bowling than golf," Campbell said, "so it's a lot better for me."
The team from All Copy, who played with offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, won the event. Second place was San Tan Ford, who played with center Lyle Sendlein. Third place went to the team from Coke, who was teamed with wide receiver Michael Floyd.