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Douin Stuff is going to be a special contribution article from frequent radio guest Douin. Below is the article archieve for the Douin Stuff blog:

Douin Stuff #1: NFC Preview

This year’s NFC Championship matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles is a game filled with potential. There is the potential for upset or destiny fulfilled. Neither team was really a serious thought to be in this game; even though the Eagles were always a contender, the Cardinals were written off as one-n-done as soon as they clinched. They became known as “the worst playoff team ever” only because Denver could not hold off the surging San Diego Chargers. However, the Eagles have a case equally as weak. They tied the lowly Bengals while being led by a quarterback who is unaware that the tie exists in the NFL…explains the lackadaisical play calling in Overtime. To be a team written off for dead makes Arizona an extremely dangerous and unpredictable team. Philadelphia however may be destiny’s dance partner, finally. This is the 5th NFC Championship attended by quarterback Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid. The duo has failed to win the Lombardi Trophy however and the unlikely entrance into the playoffs gives them the perfect opportunity to seize the championship. A fruit basket is due to the Buccaneers for graciously losing to an awful Raiders team, at home no less; deep gratitude is also in order for the Bears who, even though in a playoff hunt of their own, lost to an incredibly streaking Texans team. To the benefit of the Eagles and their fans, the stars have aligned and the pieces have fallen nicely into place to put them, once again, on the edge of the Super Bowl.

The Arizona Cardinals have benefitted greatly from a very weak NFC West (what is it about these western divisions?) and secured the 4 spot in the playoffs. This gives them a home game against the wildcard Eagles. This advantage is very important because the Cardinals are 7-2 at home this season. The Eagles meanwhile are 3-3-1 on the road this season. This bodes well for the Cardinals. There is the distinct possibility that “the worst playoff team ever” will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Many people are already saying that this year’s Super Bowl is Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh and therefore regardless of who wins the NFC Championship there will not be much of a challenged posed to the AFC Champion. This was the case last year as well and everyone knows how that worked out for the Giants and the Patriots.

Although the Cardinals look like an ugly pick to win, I am going to take them over the Eagles. Kurt Warner is a savvy veteran who can pick apart a defense if he doesn’t make stupid mistakes. He is also throwing the ball to two the best wide receivers in the game today in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Edgerin is running for his job and hasn’t shown legs like these since the early 2000s with Indianapolis. With the defense gaining confidence every snap (but don’t expect 5 interceptions this time around) the Cardinals will be a dangerous team when this game kicks off.

Blog Chomp #2: AFC Championship

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Douin is the ultimate New England sports fan. A die hard Red Sox fan who found himself at Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the World Series when the Sox ended 86 years of frustration also loves the Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. Douin also has a passion for the UNC Tar Heels and is a huge fan of Michael Jordan.

Age: 22

Location: Augusta
Favorite Teams: Boston Redsox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, UNC Tar Heels
Favorite Sports Moment: 2004 American League Championship game 4.


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