Weekend Diversion: Super Bowl Predictions!

Here in the United States, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the Colts play the Saints for the championship of our National Football League. We listen to music that pumps us up,

we eat lots of food (it’s the second highest day for food consumption behind Thanksgiving),


and — of course — we watch the big game. And I’m here to see what our Starts With A Bang readership thinks — both nationally and internationally — about who’s going to win. Then I’m going to give you my pick. (Feel free to leave your own opinions in the comments!)

Colts and Saints: two teams that looked like juggernauts early on (the Saints started out the season 13-0 and the Colts, 14-0) with two of the best quarterbacks in the league, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Who’s going to win?

The Colts. And why? Their offensive line. The Colts’ defense is pretty good, but Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense will definitely put points on the board. But not on every drive. The Saints’ defense — unlike their last game against the Vikings — will not be able to pressure and pound Peyton Manning like they did to Brett Favre. And if you can’t get to Manning (and you have to be suspicious of the Saints’ defense), he’s going to score at will on you. Especially when it gets close to crunch time.

And that’s what I expect to happen: for the Colts to pull away from the Saints in the second half, and for the Saints’ defense to be unable to do anything about it.

And finally, if you don’t care for my picks, why not try Carl Brutananadilewski’s from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    February 7, 2010

    I think it will end in a wash – there will be as many teams winning as losing – yet another zero-sum game. 😉

  2. #2 Auto Focus
    February 7, 2010

    Happy Superbowl to the American and Worldwide fans!

    Take note that June-July 2010 the event known as “The Soccer World Cup” in American-English, or “THE World Cup” in any other language, will take place in South Africa. The World Cup takes place only every four years, and it’s a true global excitement. You’re welcome to join the fun then as well.

  3. #3 Kate
    February 7, 2010

    I’m afraid that the Saints are going to win. I dislike both teams, but found myself absentmindedly cheering for the Colts. Considering that no team I’ve cheered for has won beginning with the back to back Buffalo Bills Super Bowl appearances, my picks have been dismal enough that the very thought that I would cheer the Colts should sway one to believe that they’re going to lose.

  4. #4 Jack Cowie
    February 8, 2010

    @2: And New Zealand are in it! WOOO HOOO!

  5. #5 Ethan Siegel
    February 8, 2010

    So, this is why I don’t quit my day job.

    And Auto Focus, I completely agree. Somehow, I’ve watched every World Cup final since 1994. (That sounds less impressive when you realize it’s only four soccer games.)

  6. #6 Wayside
    February 8, 2010

    Oh, Saints win!!! In your face. No, just kidding. I couldn’t give a crap about it, but did have fun eating and drinking and rooting for whoever was behind. Now on to so
    e real sports and the Olympics!

  7. #7 rob
    February 8, 2010

    well, it is monday morning. the game was yesterday. i still don’t know who won the game. 🙂

  8. #8 BenHead
    February 8, 2010

    Well, you were right about [the winning team] pulling away in the second half!

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