January 15. 2013

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And then there were four.

This season's NFL playoffs have been among the most riveting in recent memory and that intrigue should continue into this weekend's AFC and NFC conference championship games. Only the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons remain in the hunt to go to Super Bowl XLVII, and each team carries its own set of storylines. So I got to thinking, which of the potential Super Bowl match-ups will make for the best (or at least most interesting) game?

Here is my list: (vote for your favorite below on the right)

#1 - Patriots vs. 49ers

As a Patriots fan myself, it is very difficult to remain objective when looking at potential match-ups, but this one in my opinion would make for the most exciting Super Bowl. The two teams met earlier this year in a game that the Patriots overcame a 31-3 deficit, only to eventually lose 41-34. That game was one of the best of the season, but it isn't what would make this game so enthralling. Patriots QB Tom Brady is looking to cement his legacy as perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time and win his fourth Super Bowl ring, which would tie him with 49ers legend Joe Montana. Oh and by the way, Brady grew up in the Bay area and was a huge 49ers fan.

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Anthony versus Garnett

Following a fight between New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony and Celtics player Kevin Garnett, Knicks owner James Dolan ordered two technicians to hold microphones during the team's Madison Square Garden games — just to capture everything Anthony said.

If it sounds weird, that's probably because it is, and the photo of one of the technicians actually holding up the "high-tech, sensitive microphones" is even weirder. Not only were the mics used during Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls, but also Sunday's game against the Hornets.

The mics came after Anthony was suspended from last Thursday's game against the Pacers because he'd confronted Garnett several times after they had exchanged heated words on the court during their game Jan. 7. Anthony said Garnett had "spewed a verbal insult at Anthony," according to ESPN; some rumors said that insult involved Anthony’s wife and Honey Nut Cheerios. (What?!)

Although the two have allegedly made up since then, that didn't stop Dolan from feeling the need to listen in on the conversations taking place on the basketball court.

And you thought you were having a rough week.

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