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Updated Feb 4, 2013 - 6:23 am

Arizona Cardinals are long shot to win 2014 Super Bowl

Arizona Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians adjusts his glasses before answering questions from the media after he was introduced during an NFL football news conference at the team's training facility Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Super Bowl XLVII is officially in the books.

Now we can start talking about who is going to win next year's game.

The San Francisco 49ers had a great season in 2012-13, and a Las Vegas oddsmaker said they'll be back in the title game next year.

"The 49ers are the favorite to win next year, at 6-to-1," said Chuck Esposito of Sunset Station Casino. "They're closely followed by the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks."

Other oddsmakers pick the Patriots to win. Who is at the bottom?

"Unfortunately, it's Jacksonville, and the next team up is the Arizona Cardinals," said Esposito. "The Jaguars are a 150-to-1 shot to win it all, while the Cardinals are 100-to-1.

Esposito said there are just too many questions about new head coach Bruce Arians and about Arizona's offense.

"Will the coach be able to get Larry Fitzgerald on track?" said Esposito. "Where will the running game be? Who is going to be playing quarterback for them?"

But, he said, if the team can add a few free agents, "Who knows?"

Things could turn around for the Cards.

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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