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Anthony Stalter
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Anthony Stalter

Senior Sports Editor for The Scores Report

NFL dominates


Through the process of gathering enough friends to be in your pool, figuring out where the hell Long Beach State is and filling out your bracket, there might not be a more fun time of year then when March Madness kicks off.

Think about it, there's absolutely nothing going on in March outside of regular season NBA and NHL games, so college basketball madness is something that everyone can enjoy. Plus, you know exactly what you're getting with the tourney: Upsets, drama and Adam Morrison crying. (Oh come on, you know they're going to show that goofy kid tearing it up in a commercial or promo again this year.)

That said, there's nothing that beats the last month in the NFL season: NOTHING. It all depends on who you are and what you're into, but when it comes down to it, the matchup of football vs. basketball never ends pretty for basketball.

Thanks to parity, the last month in the NFL season is one of the most thrilling times in sports. Even teams that are .500 at this point still have a shot and most of the teams that are out of it will take personal pride in making sure their opponent won't have a shot at the postseason either.

Take this year for example: Do you know how much intrigue there is? The Patriots are now only a game up on the Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East. The Steelers are fighting for their lives just trying to make the playoffs in order to defend their title. The Broncos are hot on the Chargers' tails in the AFC West. The Giants, Eagles and Cowboys all have a shot to make the postseason in the NFC East. The Saints and Vikings are battling it out for the top seed in the NFC. The Packers are winning without Brett Favre. The Falcons are in the midst of trying to convince the league that Matt Ryan and Michael Turner should be allowed to play with a protective bubble just so they have a shot at making the playoffs as well.

And did I mention the Colts and Saints are attempting to go undefeated this season?

I realize that there are plenty of storylines that center around March Madness. But again, we're comparing basketball to football and to me, there's just no comparison. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't even watch most of the tourney games until there's about 30 seconds left and my No. 12 seed is about to knock off a No. 4. But you better believe that I'll be watching every snap of the Eagles-Giants tilt on Sunday night.

I love March Madness. I love the shear fun of it all and if I were to tune into a couple of weeks of basketball, the tourney would be it. But it doesn't hold a candle to the NFL games that will have playoff implications over the next four weeks.

By Anthony Stalter  |  December 9, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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