by Adam Gretz
The Arizona Cardinals shocked the NFC by advancing to Super Bowl XLIII. It's an incredible accomplishment for two reasons: 1) They're the Arizona Cardinals, a team that has forever been synonymous with losing and 2) They were a 9-7 team in the regular season, losing four of their final six regular season games, some in embarrassing fashion. And here they are in the biggest game of the season, playing for all the marbles.
The Cardinals' meteoric rise to the spotlight has prompted some discussion as to how fair the NFL's one-and-done playoff system is compared to the BCS, and if the Cardinals are "bad for the NFL" -- including this article by Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated. Naturally, the NFL FanHouse crew had some opinions on the matter.