Yardbarker- Likely responding to Harbaugh in an indirect way, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians — always an interesting character — had a hilarious experience to share with the masses:
"The hot dog vendor came on and started talking about how they needed hot dogs in some section, and we couldn't get the play call," Arians said Tuesday, via ESPN. "A coincidence."
Just imagine attempting to get a play call to your quarterback and hearing some vendor attempting to hawk food or merchandise in the stands. That has to be a little distracting.
The specific situation Arians was speaking about actually took place earlier in his career against the Ravens in Baltimore.
The reigning NFL Coach of the Year did have some advice for Harbaugh and Co. a day after Arizona's hard-fought win, though:
"If they had a problem," Arians said, "they should have notified the referee and the referee would have notified us."
See, this is why I think that the Arizona Cardinals have a very real shot at a Super Bowl this year. They have the single biggest quality that separates the contenders and pretenders. That quality is leadership, and it's not of the Greg Hardy variety. Bruce Arians has the coaching acumen to lead this team to big things. How do I know, you ask? Well, his ability to block out tertiary factors is evident, because there is no bigger distraction then the mere thought of eating a hot dog.
I don't want to call Bruce Arians fat, but I think it's safe to say he knows his way around a kitchen. Nothing wrong with that, but I do think it's evidence that Arians is a lover of the occasional hot dog. For that reason, it's truly amazing to me that he was able to compartmentalize his thoughts when he heard vendors discussing hot dogs over his headset. I hear the word hot dog and the only thing I can compartmentalize is condiments. Seriously, I don't eat them that often, but I have heard people having a side conversation that included a hot dog reference and gone out of my way to make sure I eat some that very same day. I don't think I am alone in that. They are the one food that gets mentioned and 90% of people instantly say to themselves "damn, I could really go for a hot dog". The one food that makes me sympathize with the cravings of pregnant women. I commend Bruce Arians for being able to continue coaching at a high level. Shit, I commend him for not calling timeout and jumping into the crowd. I hear "hot dog" and I can barely finish my beer before I absolutely need to have one. Bruce Arians heard "hot dog" and had to finish coaching an entire NFL game. He could have punted on third down and used hot dogs as the excuse and I would have accepted it as legitimate. He would never do that, however, because Bruce Arians doesn't make excuses. That's why the Cardinals have a chance to great. They are led by a man strong willed enough to push hot dogs out of his mind until he's able to put them in his mouth. A man that is mentally tough enough to see the big picture, even when the little picture seems so goddamn delicious.