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The NFL playoffs enter their second weekend, and although we have no interest in talking about what happened last week (where have you gone Thomas Edward Brady, Jr?  Pats’ nation turns its lonely eyes to you.  Oooh, Oooh, Oooh), we feel it is our duty to report that in three of the four Wild Card round games, evil won out over good (The Cowboys and Jets are unequivocally evil, while the Ravens took out our beloved Patriots.  We really had no feelings either way about the Cardinals and Packers, but at least those teams were able to put on an entertaining show).  Now, this weekend’s Divisional Round is upon us, and we really have no one to root for.  But since we are a full service operation, we will nonetheless fill you in on what is on tap for this weekend, no matter how much it stings us that inferior New York Jets team is still alive while the Patriots have already packed in until next fall. Here’s your weekend preview.

Here it is a nutshell, non-sports fans.  If you want to make plans for this weekend, we suggest that you get them all out of the way before 4 p.m on Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:30, the New Orleans Saints will host the Arizona Cardinals in the first divisional playoff match-up.  The Saints, who started the season 13-0 before stumbling down the stretch and losing their last three contests, will be facing an Arizona Cardinals offense, led by quarterback Kurt Warner (pictured), which put up 45 points in their opening round triumph over the Green Bay Packers. We haven’t made a practice of making predictions on games, but since the Patriots are now out of it, we can say that the Cardinals are the only team left in the playoffs that we don’t find distasteful, so we will openly be rooting for them on Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship game for the second straight year.

In the other NFC playoff game, to be played on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings.  Now we hate the Cowboys like we hate death and Duke basketball.  But we also hate Brett Favre.  What do you do with a match-up like this?  We’re our holding our nose and picking the Vikings because our hate of an entire franchise outweighs our contempt for just one man.

Now for the AFC, where we cannot find a single team remaining that we feel comfortable rooting for.  On Saturday night, the Indianapolis Colts will face the Baltimore Ravens.  The Colts and the Patriots have been blood rivals for most of the decade, so we have no affection for them.  Generally, we don’t mind the Ravens, but they did beat the Patriots last week, and we are not sure that one week is enough time to get over such a loss and root for the team that vanquished us.  We won’t know until game time who we are rooting for.  On Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets (the cockiest and luckiest band of undeserving riff-raff in the entire NFL) will be taking on the San Diego Chargers in San Diego.  We traditionally do not like the Chargers, but we really hate the Jets.  This is one is a no-brainer.  Go Bolts.

Anyway, that’s all for today.  We’ll be back next week to talk about what happened this weekend.  Have a good one.

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