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Now for a moment of sports-related extreme cuteness: A Wisconsin-based household just got a new feline family member, and in true Kitten Bowl fashion gave it a football name.
Meet Ha Ha Kitten-Dix, who is named after Green Bay Packers first-round draft pick and former Alabama Crimson Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, according to the cat's new owner Stephanie Van Groll. Van Groll is also co-owner of a semi-pro football team called the Wisconsin Ravens. Kitten-Dix follows in a long line of pets named for Packers -- most recently the family's cat Jordy, named of course for Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.
Saints, Niners prevail in NFC
The wild-card round of the 2013-14 NFL playoffs nearly belonged to all the road teams. In the AFC, the Chargers beat the host Bengals, while a furious rally was all that saved the home-standing Colts versus the Chiefs. In the NFC, there were no exceptions. Thanks to last-second field goals in both games, the Saints on Saturday tipped the Eagles, and the 49ers on Sunday braved bitter-cold conditions to take out the Packers. Does either NFC team have another road win in it?
This is a bit awkward. You're familiar with football, right? The hugely popular sport that, in both amateur and professional forms, essentially dominates the American sporting scene? That football? Well, the pro league is having a bit of trouble getting people to go to some of its playoff games. The Bengals and Packers still have thousands of tickets available for their home playoff games this weekend. The teams have been granted an extension to early Friday evening in order to avoid a television blackout in their home markets, which would be just a bit embarrassing. The Colts were in the same situation until a few hours ago, when the Meijer grocery store bought 1,200 tickets to ensure a sellout. Credit where credit is due, however: The Eagles, who are hosting a game against the Saints, seem to have no such issue selling tickets. Good job, Philadelphia fans.
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