Will the announcers say “marijuana?”: Each Super Bowl team represents a state that has legalized recreational use of marijuana. Will this be brought up by Joe Buck or Troy Aikman? When I was a student assistant at the University of Missouri in the early 90s, we served pizza to media members before each basketball game. A young Buck frequently called Tigers games back then, and let me tell you, that dude could scarf down a pepperoni pizza like nobody’s business. I’ll take yes at better than 5-to-1.
Will Bruno Mars wear a fedora, fur hat, tuque, or nothing on his head at the start of the halftime show?: According to Wikipedia, a tuque is a knit cap. Also according to Wikipedia, Bruno Mars is an American singer-songwriter. Who knew? I sent a Facebook message to my niece, a freshman at Union-Endicott High. Her take is that Mars is a “girly man” and, therefore, likely will wear a fedora. So, I’ll take the “girly” fedora at 2-to-3 odds. In honor of Danielle, a huge fan of 90s rock, I’ll parlay the hat with the chance of a Red Hot Chili Pepper member going shirtless at even odds.
As for an actual game result: My brother Ben and I have been using a board game called Pizza Box Football to predict Super Bowl outcomes since Peyton Manning’s Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLVI. We have a 6-1 record of correctly predicting the outcome against the spread. If you’d like to follow the riveting action of Pizza Box Super Bowl VIII, you can get live scoring updates via twitter using #pizzaboxfootball beginning at noon on Super Bowl Sunday.
Peyton Manning and the high-scoring Broncos will look to unravel the confident and determined Seahawks, led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson.