On Saturday, for
the first time in forever, the Cardinals had a full house in which the majority
of fans weren't rooting against them. Amped up in jerseys honoring current
stars James, Warner and Boldin, and the late Pat Tillman, born-again redbird
fans jeered the Steelers--chanting "Helmet, helmet" at quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger during pregame warmups (a reference to his scary motorcycle
accident two months ago)--and cheered as if the Cardinals' victory counted in
When it was over,
James emerged from the climate-controlled stadium and strolled through the
sweltering players' parking lot as if he owned the place. Suffice to say that
the day's events had not overwhelmed him. "It was cool for the guys who've
been here a while," he said, "but for me, it's nothing new. Sold-out
dome, loud crowd--that's what I'm used to. Now we need to get used to
winning." Don't bet against him.
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