How the AZ Cardinals and HP Printers are likely to break your heart. [1/4/09]

Regardless of how pathetic the NFC West was this year, the Cardinals made the playoffs for a reason.

Turns out the Cardinals are one of the oldest pro sports franchises in the country, and the oldest continuous pro football franchises. Founded in 1898 as an outgrowth of the Morgan Athletic Club in Chicago, their “continuous” and “professional status began in 1918, and they would be a charter member of the American Football League (the direct predecessor to the NFL) in 1920. They won an NFL Title in 1925 (by virtue of having the best record) and an actual championship in 1947 – the last time the franchise hosted a playoff game until yesterday.

Everything in a football stadium is farther away than you think.

If you’re ever labelling giant banners to hand across a football stadium, use compass directions instead of “left/right”.  Most stadiums and arenas use compass directions routinely anyway (north tunnel, west loading dock, east elevators, and so forth). That way, no-one guesses wrong about which way you face to determine left or right, and you don’t end up hanging two 30′ square banners backwards – like we did.

You can print about 125 pages with an HP 21 ink cartridge in an HP 4315 printer – kinda disappointing when the cartridge costs $25-30. I had two copies of my 170 page book made at Fedex for $33 – and I didn’t have to punch my own holes.

Now you know.

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