Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Helen Wong’s Tours held its annual Christmas function at their Sydney offices on Wednesday. Mike Smith, general manager public relations and marketing for World Trade Travel, the principal company of Helen Wong’s Tours, was excited about the opportunities 2010 has brought and what is on the horizon for the coming year. “It’s been a challenging twelve months, for everyone in the industry and we’re seeing positive results with the re-introduction of Macau and Hong Kong to our range of products,” Mr said. According to Mr Smith, a growing trend toward independent travel has placed extra emphasis on Helen Wong’s Vietnam program for 2011-2012. “Our Vietnam sales are up. “Independent touring coupled with the popularity of World Heritage sites such as Ha Long Bay and Angkor Wat in South East Asia has driven an active focus on our Vietnam market,” said Mr Smith. Helen Wong’s Tours recently released an exciting new cruise program, spanning to Alaska, making it a cruising feature for their comprehensive 2011-2012 China catalog. “We’ve really squeezed the best deals from outgoing operators we possibly can and passed those savings onto our consumers,” Mr Smith told e-Travel Blackboard. Helen Wong’s Tours will be launching their new-look website early in 2011, along with an online booking tool for travel agents.Be sure to check HERE for a full photo gallery of the afternoon’s event.
The major earthquake and tsunami earlier this year have not deterred travellers from choosing to travel to Japan, with the country ranking third top global travel destination for this year.According to a Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey 2011, up to 16 percent of respondents said they are likely to travel into Japan this year, following the US and the UK, 20 percent and 19 percent.The survey of up to 11,620 people from 23 countries found that on average, people are planning to make four international trips over the next two year.A further 11 percnet more people said they intend to travel over the two years.According to the study, Aussie are the biggest spenders, spending on average US$3,636 on their last trip taken, followed by Saudi Arabians, who spent US$3,129. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne Announced at the 2012 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Vic) State Awards for Excellence on Tuesday 12 June, Executive Chef at The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne, David Albert, has taken out the award for Food & Beverage Services Employee of the Year.Recognised in front of more than 400 hoteliers and hospitality industry leaders at a gala event in Melbourne, David outshone a strong list of finalists to win the Individual Excellence award.A proud moment for Chef and his team, David said, “I am so thrilled to be receiving this award. It is always very humbling to receive accolades from your peers in the industry. I would like to thank Quentin Axtens for nominating me and giving me the chance to be recognised in the industry, as well as thank all of my team for their hard work and for making me look good everyday!”Based at The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne, David has long been considered „the people?s chef?. Always keen to meet and greet guests, whether casual diners at Windows Restaurant or corporate clients of large, high profile parties, David is an immeasurable asset to The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne.Proving nothing is too grand a feat, on one occasion David organised a one-off batch of sorbet made specifically to match meals at a beer-makers dinner held at the hotel. Always looking to go the extra mile in individualising client menus, whether it?s a Chandon Winemaker?s Dinner for 110 people, corporate conferences for upwards of 800 people, or a Christmas lunch for 400, David is up for a challenge and rises to the occasion.Aside from his culinary skills, David shows his commitment to the hospitality industry through his willingness to mentor and coach new staff. Previously, the kitchen at The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne did not employ trainee apprentices, however they now have three. The apprentices were hand-picked by David to ensure they would provide the right fit for the team and gain the most from the learning opportunity.Capping off a successful first half of the year following the hotel?s 2012 Micenet Reader?s Choice Award – Preferred Hotel win, The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne continues to cement itself as a beacon of superior hospitality in Victoria?s capital.
Source = Swiss International Air Lines Swiss International Air Lines has been named “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” in the 2012 World Travel Awards, retaining the title it earned last year. The awards reflect the views and votes of more than 183’000 professionals from the worldwide travel and tourism sector. This latest success is the fourth time since 2005 and the second year running that SWISS has topped the “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” category in the annual World Travel Awards, confirming the consistency of the carrier’s high product and service quality in the air and on the ground. “Winning is tough but staying on top is even tougher, and SWISS has proven its world-class credentials by winning ‘Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class’ for the second year in succession,” says Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder of the World Travel Awards. “SWISS has developed an exceptional level of service, both on the ground and in the air, and I am pleased that this has been acknowledged by our voters.”SWISS has had its innovative and industry-leading SWISS Business cabin installed throughout its long-haul aircraft fleet since early September 2011. The centre piece of the product is the two-metre-long lie-flat SWISS Business seat, which incorporates advanced pneumatic air-cushion technology for added inflight comfort. As well as enabling its firmness or softness to be individually adjusted, the seat further features a built-in massage function. With its ground-breaking seating arrangement, the long-haul SWISS Business cabin also ensures that eight out of nine seats have direct aisle access. As a result, the cabin offers both superior seating and sleeping comfort and ample personal space to Business Class travellers aloft.On the inflight foodservice front, SWISS Business Class customers are treated to the award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” regional cuisine concept on intercontinental services and the “SWISS Traditions” concept on European flights, both of which accentuate the sheer SWISSness of the experience while offering welcome culinary variety. On the ground, SWISS Business Class customers at Zurich and Geneva enjoy such exclusive benefits as separate check-in desks, priority treatment at check-in, security and baggage reclaim and lounge access. Business Class travellers arriving in Zurich during peak hours whose flight is directed to a remote parking stand are also provided with their own separate bus to take them swiftly and immediately to the terminal building.
Cebu Pacific Air has officially commenced its four-weekly service between Sydney – Manila today, with Sydney Airport welcoming its newest airline today.The Philippines’ largest airline is the fourth international low cost carrier for Sydney Airport, Australia’s largest international low cost carrier airport, offering connections from 24 cities in 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East.With the Philippines population reaching 100 million this year, and many of those having loved ones in Sydney which has Australia’s largest Filipino community, the new service will provide more choice for those travelling to Australia.“This new service provides more choice and value for tourists and friends and family wishing to travel to Australia and is good news for Filipino students making up the eighth largest contingent of international enrolments in vocational education in NSW,” Sydney Airport chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.Moreover, the new service is expected to increase Filipino visitors and contribute around AUD $66 million to the NSW economy, and Sydney continues to become an increasingly popular destination with visitor arrivals from the Philippines having jumped 16 percent over the recent 12 month period.“This is also a great outcome for Australians with low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific Air providing travellers with more destination choice and great value, and driving strong demand to travel.”Cebu Pacific Air will operate the service on a brand new 436 seater A330-300 and will increase from four to five services per week as of 10 December.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
Australians’ demand for US and European currencies has increased year on year despite the AUD weakening against major currencies, according to Travelex data released today.This new finding contradicts ongoing trends for Australians’ short-haul international travel habits, which sees travelers choose popular destinations such as Fiji and Bali where the dollar will go further.Despite the AUD trading below 90 cents against the US dollar (USD) since September 2014, the top selling currencies for Australian travellers remain to be the USD, Euro (EUR), New Zealand dollar (NZD), and British Pound (GBP).Conversely, demand for the Fijian dollar (FJD), Indonesian rupiah (IDR), Vanuatu vatu (VUV) and French Polynesia franc (XPF) fluctuates significantly depending on how the AUD is performing against each currency.Travelex head of pricing Southern Hemisphere Miroslav Trisic, said that because Australians are savvy currency buyers they are confident to travel with a lower AUD.“Aussies are savvy currency buyers, as a nation we often prefer to buy the major currencies, such as USD and Euro, during periods when there is increased volatility in the exchange rate. Despite the AUD continuing its fall below parity with the USD in recent months, interestingly USD and Euro are increasing their share in total sales,” Mr Trisic said.“We do know though that Aussie travellers take into account affordability of the destination when they’re planning holidays closer to home – to Fiji or Vanuatu for example – and demand will increase for a currency that the AUD is performing against well.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
BEA land LHRBeautiful British Airways liveried aircraft takes to the skiesBritish Airways today unveiled the second in its series of heritage liveries – a British European Airways (BEA) design on an Airbus 319 – as it touched down at Heathrow this morning.The arrival drew large crowds to Shannon, where the aircraft was painted, and Heathrow, British Airways’ home.The A319, registration G-EUPJ, is adorned with the BEA livery, which flew predominantly on domestic and European routes between 1959 and 1968. However, there is one significant difference with the replica; the aircraft will have a grey upper wing, rather than the traditional red, to meet current wing paint reflectivity requirements.The aircraft, which has been painted to mark British Airways’ centenary, enters service this afternoon with its maiden commercial flight in its new colours to Manchester. After this, it will continue to fly routes across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year. As with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) liveried 747, the aircraft can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which will feature a special image of the livery.Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “It was another really special day as we welcomed our BEA liveried A319 in to Heathrow this morning, which forms part of our centenary heritage fleet. Yet again there were huge crowds lining the perimeter fence to see the aircraft coming in, which shows just how excited people are about these designs. We’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback from customers and colleagues.”The BEA liveried A319 is the second aircraft with heritage designs to enter the British Airways fleet following the arrival of its BOAC 747 long-haul counterpart last month. Next to arrive with be another 747, this time with a British Airways Landor livery. And one final design will be revealed later this month as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future.In its centenary year British Airways is hosting a range of activities and events. As well as looking back, the airline is also hosting BA 2119 – a programme, which will lead the debate on the future of flying and explore the future of sustainable aviation fuels, the aviation careers of the future and the customer experience of the future.The airline will be working with expert partners to identify BA’s 100 Great Britons; the people up and down the country who are currently shaping modern Britain, and of course, the year would not be complete without some special flying and moments for customers.The centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline’s current five-year £6.5bn investment for customers. This includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline will also be introducing new Club World seat with direct aisle access later this year.Source = British Airways
January 8, 2016 639 Views in Government, Headlines, News David SilbermanIn July 2015, Steven L. Antonakes, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s second-in-command official, announced in a memo to employees that he would step down from his position with the Bureau. To replace Antonakes, the CFPB named Meredith Fuchs to serve as Acting Deputy Director.Now, six months later, the CFPB has made yet another change to its Acting Deputy Director.The CFPB recently announced that David Silberman will serve as Acting Deputy Director, replacing Meredith Fuchs. The new change will go into effect starting next week. He will serve as Acting Deputy Director until the CFPB names a new replacement.At the present time, Silberman serves as Associate Director for Research, Markets, and Regulations, where he has worked since 2011 and will retain in the interim, the CFPB announced.Silberman served for 12 years as General Counsel and EVP of Kessler Financial Services, a privately-held company focused on providing advisory services in developing and marketing financial service products through distribution partnerships.“David has been an integral part of the Bureau’s leadership team from the very beginning, and I am pleased that he will be taking on the role of acting deputy director,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.Cordray continued, “David has helped to lead the Bureau’s policy and regulatory efforts and put in place new protections that will benefit all Americans. David’s knowledge, fairness, and judgment will continue to be invaluable to the Bureau as we carry out our work improving markets for consumers. And although we will miss Meredith, we remain grateful for her contributions to the Bureau and the public we serve.” CFPB Replaces Acting Deputy Director, Again Acting Deputy Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 2016-01-08 Staff Writer Share
Share Built for Rent Single Family Rental Market 2016-11-28 Seth Welborn Single-Family Rentals are Not Just Existing Homes November 28, 2016 696 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The market share of single-family homes built for rent is currently below its peak but is higher than its historical average and has been gaining over the past year, according to the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design.Measured on a one-year moving average, the market share for single-family homes for rent as of the end of Q3 2016 was 4.4 percent—higher than the 2.8 percent historical average market share but still below its 5.8 percent peak reached in 2013.“With the onset of the Great Recession and the ongoing declines in the homeownership rate, the share of built-for-rent homes rose,” NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said. “Despite the current elevated market concentration, the total number of single-family starts built-for-rent remains low in terms of the total building market. However, after falling during 2013, the market share has grown over the past year.”For the 12-month period ending with Q3, 34,000 homes were built for the purpose of hold and rent—an increase of 28,000 for the four quarters prior, according to the Census Bureau.While the Census Bureau’s data includes just homes that are built and held for rent, there are also opportunities for third-party investors who are looking to get into the space. George Huang, founder and managing partner of Bridge Tower Group, said his company owns about 600 homes in the Dallas area and is looking to expand to about 1,000 homes—primarily through acquiring built-for-rent starter homes.Huang started the company in 2013 about a year after the Dallas market bottomed out and began buying foreclosure inventory. But with the normalization of the market over the past three years and the decline in foreclosure volume, he, like many investors, have turned elsewhere for opportunities.“It turns out on the subdivision level—50, 100, or 200 homes, and 200 is our largest subdivision that we’re building—you can get decent cost efficiencies and the return is quite comparable to the foreclosure inventory that we were picking up in 2013,” Huang said. “With REOs, the neighborhoods are typically older and a typically little bit closer to the city, so you can subtract about 5 or 10 minutes from the commute. You’ll have a lower cost at first, but overall, higher renovation costs and over time, higher maintenance costs to those homes.”Huang said he gets about an 8 percent net return on foreclosed properties, and with new starter homes, about an 11 percent net return in the beginning—possibly more after the subdivision is fully rented out.“The returns, ultimately, on the new homes, are pretty similar,” Huang said. “You also get some cost efficiencies on the back end in terms of management. If you want to rent out three homes simultaneously because there is some degree of vacancy or turnover, that can be done much more efficiently. The cost is way lower when you have multiple homes in a subdivision that you have to deal with as opposed to just one, and you have to drive another 10 minutes to the next subdivision to deal with the next house. We found that the returns, pretty much, from our last couple of years of experience, is pretty similar even though new homes are a little pricier.”
July 26, 2017 667 Views Developers: Keep Grandma in Mind Exercise and healthy eating have always been important, but have become a more recent trend with organic juice joints popping up around the U.S. as well as consumers opting to ride their bike instead of drive. Though this seems like it would be more of a millennial trend, recent findings by A Place for Mom, a senior living referral service, show seniors prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods.According to the report, by 2020 approximately 56 million Americans will be over the age of 65, meaning that many will be moving to senior housing and care, but also that they could be moving to areas with better walkability.”The population is also physically aging more slowly, so many older adults will be able to stay more active later in life than past generations,” says A Place for Mom’s Data Scientist Ben Hanowell. “Across the spectrum of care needs, older adults will have a major impact on housing development over the next two decades. As a society, we need to start paying more attention to their behavior and preferences.”Neighborhood preferences among seniors are a relatively new subject to be studied, specifically how the preferences change by age and needs. This can be an important facet to keep in mind for developers, however, as according to the study it gives an opportunity to accommodate all generations through sustainable, mixed-use, dense, and multigenerational communities.”There are obvious health benefits of walkable neighborhoods for seniors, but dense neighborhoods can benefit from the presence of seniors who can reduce traffic and the stress on local services,” said Larry Gerber, founder of EPOCH, a senior living facility. “As more and more cities deal with the strains of rapid growth, they would be smart to consider creating housing and walkable communities that appeal to both seniors and millennials.” Share HOUSING Senior Living 2017-07-26 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
Share For people pursuing a funding source, tapping into the value of their primary dwelling can be a good way to get some cash. With house values mounting and the economy mending, the home equity loan market has secured a serious toehold over the past few years. So why do folks opt for a home equity loan over a personal or another type of loan? And what’s their opinion of said loans? To gauge an understanding of current customers’ perspective, LendEDU posed 15 such questions to a group of 1,000 Americans who are home equity loan borrowers. They also asked participants’ opinion of the tax code changes, with surprising answers.The survey found that 52.2 percent of survey respondents are utilizing home equity loans to bankroll home improvements since they are usually the least costly source of funding for fixer-upper projects.Coming in several notches below that number, 23.3 percent used their home equity loan primarily to consolidate debt, the survey indicated. That’s likely because home equity loans typically offer lower interest rates than credit cards, student loans, personal loans, and car loans.On an especially bright note, 83.8 percent of poll takers thought the value of their home would grow over the next three years, the survey noted. Just a teensy bit fewer—81.9percent—believed their home’s value would rise over the next five years. When asked what they thought the value would be later on down the road, however, the numbers dipped to 74.1 percent expecting it will be more valuable in 10 years and 65.2 percentprophesying that their place of residence would be more valuable in 20 years.As for the changing tax law we mentioned earlier, most people don’t understand it, the survey reveals. A mere 4.4 percent of respondents correctly identified that the law would be detrimental to home equity loan borrowers by eradicating the interest deduction. And that, the survey found, could deal a blow to the home equity lending business. February 6, 2018 653 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Borrowers Big on Home Equity Lending Borrowers Home Equity Loan Home Improvement Home Value Interest Deduction LendEDU tax bill 2018-02-06 Alison Rich
in Daily Dose, Government, News September 4, 2018 518 Views Appreciaiton Home Values Tax Act Zillow 2018-09-04 Seth Welborn Tax Act’s Impact on Home Value Appreciation Nine months in, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 appears to have had an impact on home value growth, according to a report from Zillow. However, according to the site, the impact is only slight and mostly limited to certain markets.Some of the changes brought by the December 2017 Act were a $10,000 cap on total state and local tax (SALT) deduction, lower threshold for full mortgage interest deductions, and higher standard deductions for most filers.Following the introduction of the Act, home growth appeared to have slowed particularly in areas with homeowners that historically used the SALT deduction, compared to areas with a lower percentage of homeowners who use the SALT deduction. Around 22 percent of tax filers used the SALT deduction in the typical U.S. ZIP code in 2015, and of those areas, the July 2018 annual home value appreciation was 0.3 percentage points lower than in fall 2017. In the zip code areas where 44 percent of tax filers typically took the SALT deduction, home value appreciation had slowed by 0.6 percentage points.Some specific markets saw the Act make its impact more noticeably, especially in metro markets on state lines. The Boston and Portland areas, which straddle the Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Oregon and Washington lines saw a large chunk of their residents take the SALT deduction.According to Zillow, In Boston, 41.2 percent of taxpayers took the deduction on the Massachusetts side, compared to 18.4 percent of filers on the New Hampshire side. After the Act was put in place, home value appreciation slowed by 1.3 percentage points in Massachusetts ZIP codes, while it increased speed by 0.5 percent on the New Hampshire side.It was a similar story in Portland. On the Oregon side, where 38.6 percent of filers took the SALT deduction, annual home value appreciation slowed by 0.5 percent, while Washington ZIP codes saw a 0.1 percent increase.Find the report from Zillow here. Share
Amazon Japan has partnered with the Eastern nation’s major supermarket chain Life Corporation to sell fresh produce online. May 31 , 2019 You might also be interested in The e-commerce giant says it will handle delivery and processing payments through its Prime Now platform. As with typical Prime Now orders, produce items will be delivered in as little as two hours, says Amazon.Life is the first food supermarket in the country to participate as a branch company in Prime Now. The supermarket chain will supply Amazon Japan’s Prime Now members with a range of products, including those from its in-house brand, notes The Japan Times.The corporations plan for this collaborative service to start in select areas of Tokyo later this year. It is meant to especially appeal to elderly and busy customers, adds the news publication.“By opening a store at Prime Now, we can deliver products to people who have not been able to use Life until now, and they will be able to feel the charm of life. It will also be an opportunity, and we will do our best to provide products that satisfy our customers,” explains Koji Iwasaki, CEO of Life. Jasper Chang, president of Amazon Japan, emphasizes how “convenient” the system will be for customers to buy fresh produce online.Both companies view the partnership as advantageous. Through collaboration with Life, Amazon Japan expects to be able to expand its product offerings. Meanwhile, the Japanese supermarket operator hopes to reach a younger customer demographic and people who live in areas without its stores, reports The Japan Times.Currently, Life ranks first in Japan in terms of sales as a single food supermarket. It operates a total of 273 stores, mainly located in metropolitan areas.In recent years, the chain says it has been strengthening its online business.
To mark its 30th anniversary, Helen Wong’s Tours has partnered with Qantas to launch a newly-branded program of guided tours with a host of benefits designed for bargain hunters.The 2017-2018 Bargain Escapes program focuses on China and Japan, combining guided sightseeing with ample free time for travellers to shop, dine and cover other sites – at their leisure. ChinaHelen Wong’s ToursJapan Prices start from $1299 per person, twin share for a seven-day A Taste of China tour, including return Qantas air fares from Australia.As a bonus, travellers who book and pay in full before June 1, 2017 for one of the new tours in 2017 will save $100 per couple. Book and pay in full by the end of 2017 for one of the 2018 tours and customers will save $200 per couple.
China Airlines has announced it will grow its Taipei-Brisbane and Brisbane-Auckland services to a daily schedule from December 2017. The airline currently flies four times weekly between Brisbane and Taiwan, including across to Auckland.“The relationship between Queensland and Taiwan continues to strengthen with more and more people travelling between the two states for business and pleasure and we are pleased to be able to provide a direct daily connection from November,” said Ray Chang, China Airlines General Manager Brisbane Branch.“The new schedule is perfect for travellers looking to fly conveniently up to Asia, over to Europe or across to North America.“China Airlines also connects with 12 points in Japan, delivering travellers from Queensland right to the doorstep of the ski-fields in full service comfort with baggage and meals all included.“Our evening departure from Brisbane to Taipei means travellers can relax overnight and make easy onwards connections the next morning.” Julieanne Alroe Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director warmly welcomed the announcement saying the additional services would meet growing demand on the route.“The Taiwanese visitor market to Brisbane has grown consistently in the last few years with passenger numbers jumping by more than 10,000 new traveller every year since 2013 to just under 100,000 (inbound and outbound) in 2016.“China Air’s new seven days a week schedule with an evening departure from Taipei is also attractive to Australian business travellers looking for options to conduct their work in Asia and return home on a convenient overnight flight.IMAGE: Lance Broad airlinesairportsAucklandBrisbaneChina AirlinesTaipeiTaiwan
Tim Hightower was the Cardinals’ leading rusher last year, but he’s in Washington now.So, while many may look at this as Beanie Wells’ chance to step up and take over as the team’s featured back, rookie second round pick Ryan Williams may be the one who ultimately benefits.“Ryan Williams pretty much does the same stuff [as Hightower], except he’s got a little bit more speed, a little bit more burst,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley said. Indeed, the surprising selection of Williams was likely to spell the end of someone’s tenure in Arizona, and it just so happened to be Hightower.Now, will the Cardinals be able to make up for the loss of a player who averaged nearly five yards per carry last season with a rookie getting his first crack at the NFL or a third-year pro who is on the verge of being labeled a “bust?”They’re going to have to. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Keep the costly contracts? The team won 11 games last season despite numerous key injuries, and there’s a strong and understandable belief that with a healthy squad, the Cardinals can do some serious damage. But that does not mean the team isn’t entering the offseason without some questions. In no particular order, here are five of the biggest: From the moment the clocked ticked down to 0:00 on the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers Saturday, attention was turned to the 2015 season. “Normally, when a season comes to an end, I’m ready for a break,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “But I can honestly say I can’t wait to start this next one knowing the quality of the people that we have in that room and the team that we can build around them is very excited.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ‘Tis better to have played in a Super Bowl and lost than never to have played in a Super Bowl at all. Probably. The Cardinals’ tale of woe is similar to that of Carolina above—underdog gives the favorite all it can handle, only to come up short. Arizona overcame a 100-yard James Harrison interception return and a 13-point deficit to take a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard score.The NFC champs had no answers for Santonio Holmes down the stretch, though. Holmes caught four passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 73 yards on the Steelers’ decisive drive, including a tip-toeing touchdown grab at the 42-second mark. Sounds about right.Thinking back, other options could include the Monday Night Meltdown against the Chicago Bears in 2006 or maybe even last season’s Sunday Night Football defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, a game that had the Cardinals won, would have led to them winning the NFC West. But really, it’s difficult for any game to top a championship affair that, for at least a little while late, seemed to be going in Arizona’s favor. The Arizona Cardinals have lost a lot of games over the course of their history.A lot.But as any sports fan can tell you, not all losses are created equal. SI.com’s Chris Burke sought out to identify the most “gut-punch loss” in every team’s Super Bowl-era history, and his choice for the Arizona Cardinals really comes as no surprise and with no argument.It came on Feb. 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cardinals 23. Super Bowl XLIII. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches a fourth quarter touchdown pass in front of Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco (47) during the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
While Clayton doesn’t seem confident in the Cardinals ability to win out and finish 9-6-1, fellow ESPN NFL insider Ron Jaworski thinks otherwise.“I think there’s more than hope, I think they’re going to be a playoff team,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Burns and Gambo on Thursday. “I believe the Cardinals will be a playoff team. (Finishing) 9-6-1 will get them in the playoffs. I think they can win their next four games. Obviously, the big test is going to be the Seattle Seahawks, but the other games are winnable football games. Call me crazy but that’s how I see it. I got excited over that win against the Redskins.”Jaworski points to coach Bruce Arians’ decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Cardinals’ 34-yard line in their 31-23 win over the Redskins as reasons why the team could be dangerous down the stretch. It’s reminiscent of last year’s successful 13-3 team that fell one win shy of the Super Bowl, and Arians’ philosophy of his “no risk-it, no biscuit” ways.“It was reckless going for it,” Jaworski said. “Teams like this are very hard to play against because they’re willing to try anything. It’s a desperate football team.” Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marcus Cooper (41) stops Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant (14) short of the goal line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The best chance for the Arizona Cardinals to make the playoffs this year is to win nine games, according to a pair of ESPN analysts. Meaning the Cardinals would need to win their final four games.Is it possible? Yes. But it’s a difficult task that ESPN’s John Clayton thinks is unattainable.“It’s going to be very difficult,” Clayton told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf on Friday. “The standard right now is that sixth spot and I think it’s going to be nine wins. If they can sweep out and get to 9-6-1 then yeah they can do that. But I think if there is one more loss in there, then I don’t think it will happen. That loss could be Sunday, it could be against the Seattle Seahawks.” Traveling to the East Coast hasn’t been kind to the Cardinals this year, as they are 0-4 when traveling east of the Rockies with losses to Buffalo, Carolina, Minnesota and Atlanta.The Cardinals are 1-4 on the road, with their lone win coming in Week 5 against San Francisco, and play three of their final four games away from University of Phoenix Stadium. They host New Orleans next week before closing out the season with road games in Seattle and Los Angeles.The Seahawks have been on a tear of sorts since tying the Cardinals back in Week 7, going 4-2 to hold a strong grip on the NFC West with an 8-3-1 record.If the playoffs started Friday, Dallas and Seattle would be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, followed by Detroit and Atlanta, with New York and Tampa Bay holding down the two wild card spots.If the Cardinals are to make the playoffs, they are going to need some help in leap-frogging Green Bay, Minnesota, Washington and Tampa Bay to secure the final spot.“You look at the dynamics, you know the Giants are going to win 10 or 11, most likely 10,” Clayton said. “Is it going to be Minnesota? I think the nine is going to be dangling there as a possibility, even Tampa Bay at 7-5, I don’t see them being nine. So even nine is a possibility, but to get nine means a sweep.” LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) In fact, all three quarterbacks were drafted by teams that traded up to get them: Trubisky at No. 2 to Chicago, Mahomes at No. 10 to Kansas City and Watson to Houston with the 12th overall pick. Arizona ended up taking linebacker Haason Reddick in the first round.That left Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on the board at the start of day two, who, like Mahomes, was also linked to the Cardinals heavily in the pre-draft process. Like those three teams, the Cardinals traded up, but not to take Kizer. Instead, they selected safety Budda Baker, giving up multiple selections later in the draft.The Cardinals made seven picks over the the three-day draft, though none were spent on a passer. Top Stories All eyes were on the Arizona Cardinals to add a quarterback in the NFL Draft, but it turns out, instead of drafting one, they are reportedly looking into a different avenue.Multiple reports indicate the Cardinals are interested in free agent Blaine Gabbert, and a source told AZCentral’s Kent Somers the team plans to work him out this week. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals looking into acquiring QB Blaine Gabbert. Cardinals in talks with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 2, 2017 — Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) May 2, 2017Gabbert, 27, was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Missouri. After spending three seasons in Florida, Gabbert played for three years with the San Francisco 49ers.For his career, Gabbert has completed 56 percent of his passes for 7,351 yards, 38 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. In 2016, 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Gabbert, who went on to start the first five games of the season and throw for 925 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions on the season.Gabbert made one of those starts against the Cardinals in Week 5, with Arizona coming out on top 33-21. Gabbert was 18-of-31 for 162 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.In Arizona, Gabbert would figure to occupy the third spot on the depth chart behind starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton. Arizona also has Zac Dysert on the roster, as well as undrafted rookie free agent Trevor Knight.There was ample discussion surrounding the Cardinals and several of the highest rated quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, such as Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson. With the No. 13 selection, however, the Cardinals saw all three taken before their pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact