The Super Bowl plays a huge role in the public conscience, occupying our attention for weeks (or if you’re a football fanatic—months) leading up to the big game. So, it’s only natural that pundits, athletes, journalists, newscasters, and fans, will try to predict the outcome of the game. Plus, besides the excitement of the game itself and the fun in attempting to guess the outcome, there’s also the matter of the hundreds of millions of dollars in bets placed on the Super Bowl each year.
But the opinions of experts are not the only way we try to see into the future to spot the winning team. Every year there’s a bunch of absurd methods for picking the winning team. We’re talking everything from piglets to Presidents and now that the game is over, lets check in and see how accurate some of these bizarre predictors were. And just to refresh your memory, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
A Monkey in a Zoo
A Utah Zoo has a yearly tradition of having one of their animals predict the Super Bowl. This year an orangutan named Tuah was given two cardboard Panthers and Broncos signs and helmets and was then studied to see which one he prefered. He chewed up the Panthers sign and never touched the Denver Broncos stuff indicating to the zoo staff that Carolina was Tuah’s choice. You screwed up Tuah! Wrong choice!! Next year if you’re betting on the game don’t listen to a monkey.
A Video Game
Video game company EA Sports ran a simulation of the Super Bowl through their popular video game Madden NFL, 16, but just like the monkey it picked the wrong team. Madden had Carolina winning with a final score of 24-20.
Late night host Jimmy Fallon has a pack of puppies with supernatural powers because his 9 cute doggies chose the winners. Fallon laid out two food bowls with the team names on them and stated whichever bowl got the most puppies would be the Super Bowl champion. The doggies went with Denver.
The President of the United States
In a sketch for Stephan Colbert’s Late Show President Barack Obama predicted that Denver would win the Super Bowl. This may not count since President Obama may have had inside info. “I’m the President,” said Obama about how he knew which team would prevail. “And it turns out all the Super Bowl winners for the next 50 years are written on the back of the constitution.”
Morning show Live with Kelly and Michael raced piglets to see which team would triumph. And how did the piggies do compared to all of the other ridiculous sports prognosticators? The swine did excellent and chose the Broncos!
Now you know who to listen to next year when you’re putting down a wager on Super Bowl 51! And why not share this post with any football fanatics you may know, shouldn’t they know who to listen to when it comes time to pick a winner?