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Preparing for the NBA All-Star weekend festivities

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The NBA season is more than half way over and, in just a few months, the NBA and its teams have made their fair share of headlines (mostly from the Los Angeles Lakers). This weekend however, the league moves away from all those headlines, and showcases its best players during the 2013 All-Star Game weekend in Houston, TX from February 15-17.

There are plenty of great events taking place for fans heading to the festivities in Houston, including NBA Jam Session, where fans can participate in a slew of basketball activities, and the BBVA Rising Stars Game, which features the leagues best first- and second-year players. For me though, there are four events during the ASG weekend that I look forward to the most: the All-Star Celebrity Game, the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-point Shootout, and the All-Star Game. Here is a look at each of these events:

All-Star Celebrity Game

The All-Star Celebrity game combines celebs from the world of music, movies, and television, with some legends from both men's and women's basketball. The game usually does not display the highest quality basketball, but it is definitely entertaining. I mean, where else are you going to see Justin Beiber crossover Common?

2013 Participants: Nick Cannon, Ne-Yo, Josh Hutcherson, Usain Bolt, etc.

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The following is a guest article by Nat.

UFC

On a UFC card that features a showdown between former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and former PrideFC multi-division champion and MMA legend Dan Henderson, the story of the night will be on the 135lb woman they call “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

If you’re an MMA fan, you already know that the former Olympic bronze medalist is a superstar in the making, but UFC 157 will be the night Ronda Rousey becomes a household name. Combining striking blonde looks, an Olympic pedigree, a penchant for talking trash, and most importantly — an undefeated 6-0 record with every fight ending in a brutal 1st round armbar, Rowdy is single-handedly responsible for bringing women’s MMA into the UFC. It was Rousey’s brilliant fighting style and winning personality that pushed UFC president Dana White to take a chance on women’s MMA — despite once saying that he would never allow a female fighter inside the Octagon.

From UFC 1 in 1993 where Royce Gracie choked and cranked limbs on his way to a shocking tournament victory, to the breakout Ultimate Fighter Show in 2005, to the UFC’s network deal with Fox in 2011, MMA has come a long way from the day when it was just another obscure sport relegated to the fringe. On February 23, 2013, history will be made again as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche step into the Octagon in the first ever women’s MMA fight in the UFC. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming UFC 157 card in Anaheim, California.

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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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Count me in as one of the critics who say that there are way too many bowl games in college football. With 35 bowl games on the schedule for 2012-13, there are 70 teams that will be playing in those games. Just due to the sheer amount of teams, you are bound to find some really great match-ups and some really, really poor ones.

The Good

BCS Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Alabama - I don't know if there could be a more intriguing game than the Fighting Irish vs. Crimson Tide. Both programs have huge fan followings who will be helping to build up the hype for this one.

AT&T Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma - These two teams have perhaps the biggest gripes with the BCS. Both seemingly earned spots in a BCS bowl game but were not selected. Despite not being a BCS bowl game, the Cotton Bowl may be the best match-up other than the BCS title game.

The Bad

Hyundai Sun Bowl: USC vs. Georgia Tech - Now I could complain about how disappointing USC was this season, but let's look at Georgia Tech instead. They had a losing record! They were 6-7! Could someone explain to me how they are playing a postseason game?

Discover Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State - I am firmly on ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit's side—Northern Illinois does not deserve to be in this game. Florida State will probably blow them out and make what should be a big time BCS game into a laughing stock.

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A football fan's guide to Thanksgiving

In just two days another Thanksgiving will be upon us. A day to enjoy family, an unreasonable amount of food and a full schedule of NFL football. While I would love to go on a 500 word rant about all my favorite foods from Thanksgiving (pumpkin pie, obviously), I figured I would instead create a perfect schedule to make sure you get the most out of your holiday.

Pre-12 p.m.

Assuming you are not the person preparing all the food, the morning of Thanksgiving is the time to sit back and rest up; you have a big day ahead of you. Eat something really light for breakfast—no heavy pancakes or waffles. The only exception is if you are offered a plate of bacon. Choose the bacon.

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With just 30 minutes until kick-off, assess the seating situation. If you are with a big group, seating can be at a premium, so be prepared to claim your spot. You don't want to be stuck standing.

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