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Green: Irony can be a funny thing

Irony can be a funny thing.

All season I kept telling friends and family that the two teams I wanted to see play each other were the Cardinals and the Saints.

I saw an electric Saints offense led by a great, cerebral and accurate QB that I felt could only be matched by the Cardinals’ electric offense, also led by a cerebral and accurate QB.

Sure enough, the game will happen Saturday afternoon, but there is no guarantee I’ll be able to watch it.

At this very moment I am thousands of miles away in Kenya. A family vacation to visit my younger brother led me here, and a woman planning the trip led to it being scheduled during the middle of the NFL playoffs.

Now, before you start to feel sorry for me, know that I am having an absolutely wonderful time. Over the last few days I have seen sights and animals that most people only dream of seeing, and I look forward to returning next week and sharing pictures with all of you.

But until then, I am “stuck” over here, watching animals but not sports.

As someone who grew up watching sports and now has a career that involves just that, being out of touch with what is going on is a bit difficult. During a Cardinals playoff run, it can be downright unbearable.

But, there is a sliver of hope. Being 10 hours ahead of Arizona time, the game will start at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and we do not exactly have anything planned for that time frame.

So, with either the power of satellite TV or the Internet, I (and my Cardinals-fan father) will hopefully be able to watch what I think will be one of the best games of the year – even topping the ridiculousness of last week’s shootout.

Which brings me back to the game itself. After I picked the Cardinals to lose to the Packers in the KTAR “experts” predictions page, I absolutely expect the Cards to march into New Orleans and knock off the top-seeded and favored Saints.

Irony can be a funny thing.