At the Assist4Africa charity basketball game Sunday, it was the Cardinals who stole the show. There ended up a couple of MIAs (Mike Adams and Early Doucet couldn't make it after they wanted to play) but with Kurt Warner – sidelined as a coach only because of his hip surgery – and Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston on hand, that was enough. There were definitely plenty of Cardinals' jerseys on in the crowd at U.S. Airways Center. The team with Fitz and Breaston won, and Breaston showed he could play a little hoop in place of perennial game star Anquan Boldin, who didn't make it this year (Breaston missed a few too many open layups though – he needs to finish).
But with the point of the game to raise money for HIV/AIDS relief in Malawi, Africa – the brother of Channel 10 sportscaster Gayle Jansen runs a clinic there, so Jansen organizes this fundraiser with her local ties – the highlight of the game came on the live auction with Fitz and Warner. With a break in the action, up for bid was a familiar Super Bowl photo of Fitz, which Fitzgerald would sign and deliver when he went to dinner with the winning bidder. It started at $150. Within just a couple hectic minutes, one young guy ended up bidding $2,500 for the package.
Fitz was hoping for an equal bid when Warner offered up jersey of his that he would sign. There was no meal involved, but the money jumped fast again, to the delight of the crowd. Eventually – I think Warner did throw in dinner or lunch by the end – it turned out that two different guys agreed to donate $3,400 apiece for each of them to get the same package. Not bad, $9,300 worth of help for a few minutes worth of bidding and some time from the Cards' stars.