It took a while for the undefeated and overall No. 1 seed Kentucky Wildcats to get a legitimate challenge in the NCAA tournament but after a slight scare from Notre Dame in the Elite Eight they are back in the Final Four as the obvious favorites to win it all. Next up for the Wildcats is a matchup most predicted would be their toughest obstacle on their way to potentially winning it all against a Wisconsin Badgers team that has looked dominant to this point in the tournament. Wisconsin has proven that it deserves its opportunity to take down the best in the nation and while the odds are stacked against them against one of the most talented teams in the history of the March Madness the idea that anything could happen in one game has provided some hope that the Badgers could come through with an upset.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West championship in 2010. In 2011, they fell to last place in their division. They lost their head coach. Their organization was torn apart by stories about the obsessiveness and pettiness of their front office, led by general manager Scott Pioli. Yet, they might still be the favorite in the AFC West when all is said and done.

The Oakland Raiders, once such a commanding and compelling presence in the NFL, have met a decade of drought, darkness and despair. It's been nine seasons since the Silver and Black secured a playoff berth, tying the Raiders for the second-longest drought in the league with the Cleveland Browns, trailing only the Buffalo Bills (who have gone 12 seasons without a playoff berth).

There are a number of coaches in the NFL who have pretty much exhausted any remaining amount of leverage they might have enjoyed in the past. Norv Turner is at the top of the list, making this a very consequential season in the history of the San Diego Chargers, albeit one that might serve the organization well if the team fails in 2012.

The 2011 season did not seem to be a particularly sustainable blueprint for long-term success in Denver. The Broncos realized that a fortunate convergence of events lifted them into the second week of the playoffs. Now, however, the Broncos might be veering into another entirely different yet equally unsustainable path. New head coach John Fox's decision to make Tim Tebow the team's starting quarterback paid dividends, to an extent, in 2011.

It's true that when the old Cleveland Browns left for Baltimore to become the Ravens, a city desperately wanted NFL football to return to northeastern Ohio. Clevelanders now have football back in their community, but some people might say that the presence of football in Cleveland is either a rumor or only the most technical of truths.

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