The Arizona Cardinals withstood the Philadelphia Eagles' comeback the other day and earned their first trip to the Super Bowl.
I have to admit that I never thought I would see the day when the Cardinals would be going to the Super Bowl, even though I saw them play when they were in St. Louis in the 1970s — during what was, arguably, one of their best seasons.
The Cardinals didn't have the best record in franchise history this season — but they proved that, once you get into the playoffs, that doesn't matter. They've demonstrated — in case anyone needed further convincing after the Giants' season last year or the Steelers' championship season a few years ago — that anything can happen once you qualify for the playoffs.
I'm not sure that charmed existence will carry on through the Super Bowl. But I do hope that the game will be competitive.
You know, with the Cardinals going to the Super Bowl and Barack Obama becoming president, it's starting to seem like anything really is possible. Who knows what 2009 will bring?