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09:19 AM ET 06.26 | It's not often that the Arizona Cardinals will admit to following the Fiesta Bowl's lead. But when it comes to courting politicians, the Cardinals stole a page from their longtime adversary's playbook. Between 2006 and 2009, the football team said it gave dozens of state lawmakers free tickets - including premium seats in the owner's loft - to NFL games. The goal, according to the organization: to improve its standing at the Arizona Legislature after losing battles to the Fiesta Bowl over stadium-sharing issues.

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June 26, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Buttering up the Politicians eh, Smart move

June 26, 2011  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Buttering up the Politicians eh, Smart move

Why aren't we as a people willing to elect public servants who can't be bought? Is it because we are so corrupt ourselves?

June 26, 2011  09:37 AM ET

One more reason to hate both the Cardinals and politicians.

June 26, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why aren't we as a people willing to elect public servants who can't be bought? Is it because we are so corrupt ourselves?

I'd rather have a moderate crook who can do the job than a Socialist or a right-wing religious nut-case who can't.

Seriously, a lot of places ran better with old-time bribe-taking pols than they do now with honest clean-government types who can't find their **** with both hands.

June 26, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Billy Bidwell.

'Nuff said...

June 26, 2011  09:42 AM ET

You gotta pay to play.

June 26, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Seriously, a lot of places ran better with old-time bribe-taking pols than they do now with honest clean-government types who can't find their **** with both hands.

More efficiently, sure...But it goes to the ridiculousness...Who was more efficient than Nazi Germany, the Mafia, Romans in their prime? Those regimes ran extremely well, but the detractions outweighed the benefits.

Where are there any clean-government types with more than 2 years experience? Nearly every US Senator in the last 50 years who was not a millionaire when elected was one by the end of his second term. Pretty good work on the salaries they get.

June 26, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Nearly every US Senator in the last 50 years who was not a millionaire when elected was one by the end of his second term. Pretty good work on the salaries they get.

What?!?! You're saying that these incompetent bozos who hug the foul poles in both left and right field are crooked, too?

OK. Hard to argue with that.

June 26, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What?!?! You're saying that these incompetent bozos who hug the foul poles in both left and right field are crooked, too?OK. Hard to argue with that.

What a surprise!!

June 26, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

More efficiently, sure...But it goes to the ridiculousness...Who was more efficient than Nazi Germany, the Mafia, Romans in their prime? Those regimes ran extremely well, but the detractions outweighed the benefits.

Mussolini got the trains running on time.

June 26, 2011  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why aren't we as a people willing to elect public servants who can't be bought? Is it because we are so corrupt ourselves?

I try not to vote for the ones who appear shady, but some of these guys are experts at deceiving people. I think some are turned to the Dark side when they see how easy we (taxpayers) make it for them to steal from us. Every day in the news is a story about Billions of $ "misplaced" where is the voter outrage?

June 26, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What?!?! You're saying that these incompetent bozos who hug the foul poles in both left and right field are crooked, too?OK. Hard to argue with that.

Yup. LOL! They get you no matter where you are...right field guys want to regulate your personal behavior, what you can do in the privacy of your own home and who, what(if anything) you choose to (not) worship.

On the other side, they want to steal as much of your money as possible and make you accept the government making all of your decisions for you, since you obviously are incapable of handling life yourself.

June 26, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Mussolini got the trains running on time.

Thank you. Forgot about that old saw.

June 26, 2011  10:05 AM ET

It is highly amusing to me that the thread about politicians, is the one leading with the picture of Big Red.

June 26, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Yeah, lets give money and free tickets to the biggest set of losers we have. Great move Arizona!!

June 26, 2011  11:05 AM ET

Sounds like a bribe to me!

June 26, 2011  11:15 AM ET

Would this be the same racist politicians who voted against M.L.K. day, and imagination?


Come to Arizona...where the Clan resides in style!

June 26, 2011  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yeah, lets give money and free tickets to the biggest set of losers we have. Great move Arizona!!

I'm not sure Arizona is the only team doing this. And away we go...

June 26, 2011  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I'm not sure Arizona is the only team doing this. And away we go...

I am positive they are not.

 
June 26, 2011  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why aren't we as a people willing to elect public servants who can't be bought? Is it because we are so corrupt ourselves?

Libertarian!!! My party of choice.

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