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Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:09 am


In the days before the Arizona Cardinals and Philaldelphia Eagles were scheduled to play in the NFC title game, the home of Donovan McNabb, who lives in Chandler, Arizona during parts of the off-season, was vandalized by two of the biggest idiots in the known universe. has obtained the police report of the incident and portions of the report follows.

McNabb told police that there was $2,000 worth of damage to his property as a result of the vandalism. Police say they arrested two men for the incident, Ryan B. Hanlon and Rex Perkins.

How did the police find these two dopes? In one of the acts of vandalism, according to the report, Perkins used a cardboard box. But he forgot that printed on the box were his name and address. So police went to the home of Perkins where he answered the door wearing an Arizona Cardinals hat.

You can't make this stuff up.

Isn't there a show called "The World's Dumbest Criminals" or something like that?

One last word: What the criminals did wasn't just stupid and insensitive. Burning things in the front yard of a black man has horrific connotations and shows a lack of historical perspective.

Also, why this incident has received such little attention is amazing to me. If Eagles fans had done this to Kurt Warner, it'd be front page news everywhere.

Anyway, here are portions of the police report. It begins with the officer describing his arrival at McNabb's house:

"On 01-17-09 at approximately 1703 hours, I was dispatched to (address redacted) regarding a criminal damage report. When I arrived, I contacted the reporting person, Donovan McNabb, who is a professional football quarterback employed by the Philadelphia Eagles franchise. McNabb stated unknown suspects had damaged yard.

"The Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to play in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game at 1300 hours on 01-18-09. According to McNabb, someone had hung an Arizona Cardinal flag in a tree in his front yard on Thursday 01-15-09, and he left the flag there until the next morning because he thought it was humorous. On 01-17-09 at approximately 0200 hours, McNabb said his family returned to the residence and noticed a cardboard sign had been staged in his driveway. The sign read "Go Cards" on one side and "Beat Philly" on the reverse.

"The next day McNabb said they noticed the smell of fuel emanating from the lawn and saw that someone had used fuel to scribe messages all over the his lawn. The western most areas of the lawn had a message reading, 'Go Kurt' referencing the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Adjacent to that message was another that read, 'Go Cards.' The patch of grass just south of the driveway also had a message reading, "I [heart] AZ." McNabb estimated the cost of replacing the sod in his front yard at approximately $2,000.00 dollars. McNabb stated his residence is equipped with surveillance video, but he was not sure when he would be able to access that video."

Later the report talks about the officer tracking down one of the perps and the perp immediately admitting to the alleged crime. The funny thing is, according to the report, Perkins immediately sold out his accomplice. The report states they used diesel fuel to burn the grass and that the fuel was put into a canister normally used to contain pesticide.

This is a scary part. According to the report, the two men read in the newspaper that McNabb lived in Chandler. Then cooked up the idea to vandalize his home. How'd they find his address? According to police, they looked up McNabb's personal info on the Internet.

It was that easy finding and vandlizing his property.

The report concludes with Perkins allegedly telling officers that they knew their acts were illegal and that the criminal masterminds "didn't think it through." Hanlon allegedly told police, the report states, that he "understood what he did was against the law, but because the 'grass grows back,' he thought the situation would be looked at as along the lines of 'toilet papering' someone's house."


Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:44 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Excellent points and a nice post. However, I would point out to you that the "burning" was actually grass just dying away from diesel fuel being poured on it and in no way resembles a burning cross outside of a minorities home.

I agree, we are on our way and need to be reminded of the way things used to be. Just not sure Mike Freeman is the man that needs to do it.


Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:41 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

If were trying to keep a black man down then why do we have a black president?!  Thunderdan you sound like a typical black militant standing up for his homey no matter if he's wrong or right.  Racism will continue as long as people like you can't move on.  

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:24 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

I think I must change my tune a bit here in this thread. I have not followed Mike's blog so I decided to do a bit of research. I just read all Mike's blogs back to July. I did not see any racial bend in any of them other than the story of Tony Dungy succeeding as a black coach. I feel much of the bashing here is a bit misplaced. In this particular blog the race issue should not have been brought up. This is really more of a case of falsely reporting the facts. No one burned anything in McNabb's yard. The grass was killed with a chemical, in this case it happened to be diesel fuel. It was never ignited.  Equating lawn disfigurement to burning crosses is sensationalism at worst. I bet that has never happend in print before. More likely this is just a case of poor journalism. If you really must fault Mike for anything, fault him for not thinking this one all the way through.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:22 pm

Mike + 2 Perps = 3 stupid/ignorant people

I just thought I would point out that Mike Freeman's "burning" into the yard, amounted to diesel fuel (that apparently was NEVER LIT!) killing the expensive grass in McNabb's yard and not in any way able to be construed as a race based attack. And just to be fair, it was not uncommon for groups, such as the Black Panthers, followers of Malcolm X, or crazy English settlers convinced everyone was a witch, to burn effigies as well, not just white boys from the South wearing white hoods. But evidently, fire in the vicinity of the a minority is a direct connotation to slavery. I'll remember that at my family gatherings as my family (being racialy diverse) sits fireside singing songs and having fun.

Ultimately, the only burning going on in this story is Mike Freeman's racist body years down in the road in a Hell made especially for RACISTS (note: that word is applicable to anyone or color.)!

Does sportsline not get it or is the world so deprived of talented writers that they have to continue to employ this bigot (defined here as a pejorative term to describe a person who is obstinately devoted to prejudices, especially when these views are either challenged, or proven to be false or not universally applicable or acceptable.?).

And if a Caucasian writer would write such baseless, inflammatory stories such as this, he would be fired, shunned, and possibly quartered.  I am just glad the two criminals didn't write "Nappy-headed QB" into the yard.

Boo, Hiss!

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:17 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

The author didn't make it "a racial thing" all he did was point out that it was extremly stupid to burn a black man's lawn. The author never said that the vandals were racist or that they commited a racist actWhat are you talking about? Yes he did!!...He said burning a black man's lawn shows they "don't have a historical perspective"...Now what do you think he meant by that? Come on...Get real!!!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:16 pm

Unreal chain of events and extremely

This just in: not everything is about race, Freeman.  Yes, these actions are idiotic and these bumpkins should be punished but the charges of racism are actually stupid and make you look one dimensional.

If they were racists they would have done something more inflammatory than the inane slogans they put on his house.  They might be dumb (and apparently are) but I don't see anything that qualifies them as racists. 

BTW, if 2 Philly fans had done this to Kurt Warner you wouldn't hear anything about it, except in Philly where it would be celebrated.

Grow up and open your eyes.  You'll be a better writer because of it. 



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:09 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

This guy is the biggest MORON I've seen in years. He's the prime example of stupidity. What racial issue have to do with this story? It's about extreme fanatic fans acting like idiots in support of their team...That's it. Nothing else...McNabb wasn't seek out because he's black, it's because he's the Eagles QB...You need to shut the hell up because people like you that makes it more difficult for blacks and minorities to have a normal equality life.

Crazy Joe Gallo
Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:00 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 5:56 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

The author didn't make it "a racial thing" all he did was point out that it was extremly stupid to burn a black man's lawn. The author never said that the vandals were racist or that they commited a racist act. Had memeber's of Donovan's family seen the lawn was burning, they would have immediatly thought they were being targeted because of their race. Even once they discovered that it was only a football related prank, it would have stirred up some terrible feelings.

Especially in a city like Phoenix, with a history of recent race problems, the burning of a lawn certainly warrants a mention of racism, and that is all the author did.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 5:55 pm

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

You know, I really don't like Freeman as a writer.  What bothers me most is not his obvious racial slant, but rather his incessant need to paint EVERY story as a negative one.  Even when he writes about something positive/uplifting, more often than not he takes the viewpoint of the negative side.  And there is undeniably a racial bias (heck, an overt one, at that) to much of his outlook.

That being said, I think this is one time all of the racial bashers are off-the-mark.  Burning a black man's lawn does, indeed have horrifying historical racial undertones!  And, in reality, being a white male originally from Philly, I saw his comment about the lack of attention that this story is getting not as racial at all.  It seemed to me that he was pointing out how the national media would have had a feeding frenzy on the overly-hormoned, overly-aggressive Philly fan persona that has promulgated for years.

So, go ahead and bash Freeman--he deserves it often enough.  But pick a more offensive story on which to do it.

Just my two cents,

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