The Arizona Cardinals enjoyed two straight seasons in which they went to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, including a trip to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season, and football fans in America's South West were happy. Then Kurt Warner retired and the team was left in Derek Anderson's less-than-capable hands in 2010 and those smiles became frowns. Even the addition of the very expensive quarterback Kevin Kolb, who helped lead the team to an 8-8 record in 2011 hasn't been enough to turn those frowns upside down.
One guy who could make Cardinals fans happy again is future hall of famer and current free agent Peyton Manning. There were rumors that he would be visiting the Cardinals on Saturday, and while those rumors haven't been confirmed, one fan has gone above and beyond to make Glendale Manning's new home.
John Merwin, the owner of R&S Mattress has put up billboards all over the city that say "Peyton Manning, please stop here." Those billboards were mentioned in an NFL.com article in which it was said that those mattresses better be stuffed with cash if Manning is going to head to the desert. Merwin took that advice and ran with it, making a new mattress in Cardinal Red with the number 18 on it and then he literally filled it with cash.
Who knows if a cash-filled mattress will help lure Manning to Glendale, but I know that even though sleeping on a giant pile of $20 bills may be uncomfortable, I would enjoy it.
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