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NFL Final Four


I am a fan of all sports. I have season tickets for the Tampa Bay Bucs, and I love the NFL. With that in mind, I am excited about the Final Four -- NFL style!

There are so many storylines leading into the NFC and AFC championship games.

The Saints are an amazing comeback story, going from 3-13 to the conference title game. Consider what the city of New Orleans has gone through with Hurricane Katrina, and the way it has bounced back and then look at the Saints and you can understand why fans across America love this story.

Reggie Bush is on the verge of playing for the NFL championship one year after playing for the college football national title at USC last season. Drew Brees could get the last laugh on the Chargers, who are sitting home now.

Chicago is clamoring for a champion and Brian Urlacher would love to get to the Super Bowl. The Bears last made it to the NFL title game under Mike Ditka.

I pick the Bears are too strong defensively and should get past the Cinderella Saints.

The Colts-Patriots game has its share of storylines too. You will hear enough this week about Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick's overall success against Manning, Brady being Mr. Clutch with three Super Bowl rings.

The fans in the dome will be rockin' and rolling, baby! The noise could be a factor against the Brady Bunch.

I think Indianapolis will prevail as Marvin Harrison has another big game. The Pats did not stop him (eight catches, 145 yards) in their first meeting of the season.

I see the Colts beating the Bears in Miami and Manning walks off the field with the gold trophy and a monkey off his back. Manning's success will be very similar to that of John Elway when he first won the Super Bowl.

It should be a special weekend with two games that fans will be interested in.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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