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The NFL playoffs start today!

I know what some of you are thinking (Oh gawd, not football!) but some of us actually enjoy watching highly paid athletes sacrifice their bodies for our amusement.

There are a total of 12 playoff teams, 4 division winners and 2 wild-card teams from each of 2 conferences. Of those 12 teams, 11 will lose their last game. The 2 conference champions will meet in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, February 6th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Eight teams will play this weekend. Today the New Orleans Saints will face the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 pm eastern and the NY Jets will face the Indianapolis Colts at 8:00 pm eastern. Tomorrow it’s the Baltimore Ravens at the Kansas City Chiefs at 1:00 pm and the Green Bay Packers at the Philadelphia Eagles at 4:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers all have a first round bye so they get to rest this weekend. Next weekend they will each host one of the four winners of the first round games.

According to the experts in Nevada, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Philadelphia are all favored to win. But mistakes, bad calls, funny bounces and injuries can make the experts look like fools. That’s why they play the games.

Unlike baseball and basketball where teams have to win a series of game over each opponent, football is one game, all or nothing. Even the best teams have bad days and on any given Sunday (or Saturday) the worst team can win.

Once again the Oakland Raiders have guaranteed that the playoffs will not be an emotional roller coaster for me by finishing 8-8 which, while an improvement over recent years, still earned their coach (Tom Cable) his walking papers. If they want to go to the Super Bowl they’ll have to buy a ticket just like the rest of us.

Let the games begin!

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    Sorry about the absence. Been taking care of some personal things. Trying to start a business. Trying to get the other half here from home. Been reading the posts, though. Great as always! Kudos!!

    Hillary 2012

  2. I’ve got the Seahawks on now… hopefully the experts are wrong and I get to watch the Seahawks for another weekend after this.

  3. Halftime: Seattle 24 – New Orleans 20

    The Seahawks are 10 point underdogs. Anyone who bet on them is feeling good right now.

  4. Go Packers!! I can dream, can’t I. 🙂

  5. How the hell did he do that?

  6. Seattle wins, 41-36

  7. Colts and Jets starting now

    Colts get the ball first.

  8. Saints and Colts both lost?? What’s up with that.

  9. I don’t keep up with the NFL, but I went to check the standings and WTF?

    The NFL needs to revamp its playoff system when a 7-9 team gets into the NFC playoffs while a 10-6 team stays home. 🙄

  10. gotta go with the homies…..Go Steelers! Go Bears!

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