Game Blacked Out in Jacksonville; Turns Out Jaguars Have Even Worse Fans Than Cardinals

Congrats Phoenicians! You are officially not the worst football fans in the country.

After confronting our own fair-weather attendance patterns last week at the Cardinals' home opener, the Cards-Jaguars game is getting blacked out this week in Jacksonville.

As part of a policy designed to punish a cities bandwagon fans, the NFL blacks out games for the local audience if a team doesn't sell out a home game.

Guess who didn't sell out their home opener for the third time in six years; the Cardinals' repugnant week-two opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Don't worry, if despite last week's pathetic performance you're still willing to watch the Cardinals, they will be on local television.

Last week, the NFC champion Cardinals found themselves in a similar predicament, but a last-minute extension from the NFL saved the game for those of us too lazy to drive to Glendale, or too poor to afford a ticket.

After last year's 5-11 season and losing 17,000 season ticketholders, the Jacksonville front office didn't even seek an extension.

Teams across the league are struggling to sell tickets. The San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Lions both didn't sell out there next game and were granted an extension by the league today, but the struggling economy is clearing out the Sunday crowd all over the country.

"We can't do anything about the economy and tickets," Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew tells the Associated Press. "All we can do is win games, and that's what we're going to do."

Hey Maurice; you guys went 5-11 last year. It seems to us that winning games isn't all you can do, it's what you struggle to do.

If the Cards lose this one, is there any way to send them to Canada with the Coyotes?



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