POPS PROPS I: The Gendron Rules

POPS PROPS I: The Gendron Rules

POPS PROPS I FINAL RESULTS

THE FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Dennis Gendron 40
2. Kris Keeker 39
3. (tie) Read Drexel 38
3. (tie) Andrew Krueger 38
3. (tie) Tom Lorusso 38
6. (tie) Bryan Sansom 37
6. (tie) Sara Scobell 37
6. (tie) Aaron Suring 37
9. (tie) John Karr 36
9. (tie) Gerald Liebhardt 36
9. (tie) Eric Morrison 36
12. (tie) Kousin Sara 34
12. (tie) Pedro Diaz 34
12. (tie) Pagan Hill 34
12. (tie) David Noon 34
12. (tie) Tony Stasiek 34
12. (tie) Ben Tsai 34
18. (tie) Rachel Bayne 33
18. (tie) Brian Bushaw 33
18. (tie) Tim Clauss 33
18. (tie) Eric Gendron 33
18. (tie) Anita McG 33
18. (tie) Corporal Punishment 33
24. (tie) Bob Carter 32
24. (tie) Kevin Keeker 32
26. (tie) Brittany Retherford 31
26. (tie) Spank 31
26. (tie) Neil Swanson 31
29. (tie) Tony Briggmin 30
29. (tie) Will Christensen 30
29. (tie) Jesse Guy 30
29. (tie) Eric Schuh 30
33. Pete Mohlsick 29
34. (tie) Susan Dziadosz 28
34. (tie) Jonathan Fann 28
34. (tie) Eric Scull 28
37. (tie) Scott Ayers 27
37. (tie) Jon Eckberg 27
37. (tie) Scrubs 27
40. (tie) Eric Caldwell 26
40. (tie) Andrew Falth 26
40. (tie) Katie Herriott 26
40. (tie) Maria Mulvaugh 26
44. (tie) Kevin Larson 25
44. (tie) Kousin Ann 25
44. (tie) Kousin Kay 25
44. (tie) Jason Schklar 25
48. (tie) Beth Clauss 24
48. (tie) John Davy 24
48. (tie) Korry Keeker 24
51. (tie) Marika Brussel 23
51. (tie) Erin Sanders 23
53. Kyle Drexel 22
54. Becky Lomax 18

Mean score: 30.54716981; Median: 31; Modes: 33, 34; Standard deviation: 5.164844319

The Packers playing against the Steelers with the Black Eyed Peas performing at halftime?!?!? YES, that absolutely nauseating scenario really happened! Fortunately, Super Bowl XLV also was the first year of the POPS PROPS Memorial Super Bowl Challenge, so we had a pleasant diversion from the on-the-field hellscape.

In a stunning display of dominance and savvy, the always-confident DENNIS GENDRON outwitted 53 competitors to become the FIRST ANNUAL POPS PROPS MEMORIAL SUPER BOWL CHALLENGE CHAMPION. Kris Keeker, youngest son of POPS FRESHENMEYER himself, finished second with 39 points. Meanwhile, Read Drexel, Andrew Krueger and Tom Lorusso tied for third with 38 points. In a shocking turn of events, sixth-place finisher Aaron Suring (37 points) could have tied for the championship had he successfully picked Aaron Rodgers as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Instead, Suring picked Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, who left the game late in the second quarter with a broken collarbone. Suring was the only one of our top 11 finishers who did not pick Rodgers and garner a 3-point bonus for question #59.

A FEW OBSERVATIONS:
* What a grudge match it was! Our 54-person field was split EXACTLY EVEN (27-27) between choosing the Packers and Steelers to win the game (question #1)! Curiously, there were 3 other questions where our contestants were split evenly: Will the opening coin-flip land on heads or tails (question #4); What will be the total number of points scored in the second quarter (question #14); and will the shortest field goal be over or under 23 ½ yards? (question #35).

* For (question #2), I unofficially timed Christina Aguilera’s anthem at 1:53.2 during the Super Bowl. But I admit to getting an itchy trigger-finger at the end of the song, as she was holding on to BRAAAAVE. Thus, I made 6 retimings (2 each on 3 different stopwatches). All 6 were well over our O/U mark of 1:54.

* For (question #5), only ONE competitors was bold enough to predict that the opening kickoff return would be 30 or more yards. Congratulations, KOUSIN KAY, for anticipating that Antonio Brown would run the kick back 38 yards.

* For (question #9), 30 of us believed that the first score would be in the initial 5 ½ minutes. Of course, GB didn’t score until 11 min, 16 seconds were gone in the first quarter.

* For (question #13), the first commercial after the conclusion of the First Quarter was for…Bridgestone Tires. After some debate, the official FIRST ANNUAL POPS PROPS MEMORIAL SUPER BOWL CHALLENGE COMMITTEE FOR FAIRNESS AND INTEGRITY decided that this commercial was advertising TIRES and NOT CARS. Thus, the correct answer was: None of the above.

* How fitting that in a contest where we were evenly split 27-27 over who would win, we were just about evenly split over who would lead at halftime (question #16)! The Pack did, 21-10, much to the delight of 26 voters. Twenty-five others voted for the Steelers, while 3 insisted the game would be tied at the break.

* Though 39 entrants successfully predicted that the Black Eyes Peas, Usher and Slash would NOT cover a Michael Jackson song (question #17), who in the fuck would have thought that they WOULD COVER G’N’R. I mean, really? WTF was that about? Are you kidding me, Fergie? Seriously?

* I found (question #25) to be one of the most riveting, perhaps because it took both teams so damn long to cross the 50. Anyway, that was fun.

* I found it surprising that there was only 1 fumble lost (Mendenhall), (question #31). Granted, the Packers didn’t run the ball much, but still. Apparently, you all did, too. 36 people thought there would be over 1 ½ fumbles in the contest.

* Due to Sean Suisham’s colossal hook-job from 50-plus, we didn’t come anywhere close to the O/U for longest field goal being 44 ½ yards. (question #34). Still, due to Crosby, we just sneaked under the 23 ½ mark for the shortest field goal. That shit was exciting. (question #35).

* Awwww yeah, baby. What a great 2-point conversion by PITT in the 4Q. All the more great, considering that 11 people called it in (question #43)!

* A whopping 31 of 54 entrants predicted that Aaron Rodgers would gain the most all-purpose yards of all players. They were right. He got 302—304 by air, -2 by rush. He was helped along by the fact that neither team rushed or returned for much.

* Really, Packers? You win the Super Bowl with 52 yards rushing from James Starks (question #43). If you had shown me that stat before the game, I would have guessed the Packers had LOST the game.

* Heath Miller sort of screwed the pooch on (question #47), only getting 12 yards. I didn’t see that one coming and thought he’d be featured more prominently. Then again, Donald Driver got held out of the end zone (question #49), which was awesome. Screw that guy. And no surprise that all-around-goon Hines Ward found the end zone (question #50).

* Blake Griffin only scored 21 against the Heat on Sunday (question #51). I was sure he was going to be motivated enough to go off for 30, which would have made this question a little more interesting. Meanwhile, LeBron only scored 12 points to go with D-Wade’s 29 (question #52), so the Pack/Steelers total-pointers easily won that cross-prop.

* (Question #53) turned out to be one of the most entertaining question, despite Emmanuel Sanders’ limited playtime. Ohio State and Minnesota actually scored points (151), rather than playing traditional Big 10 grab-ass-and-dribble hoops. And Jordy Nelson gobbled up 140 yards on his own, giving he and Sanders the big cross-prop win here (157).

*Today’s prop-results had to wait for Phil Mickelson to conclude fourth-round play in the weather-delayed Waste Management Phoenix Open. He had 2 birdies on Sunday and a third on Monday morning, giving him the edge on Roethlisberger’s TDs (2).

*I honestly thought the Pens would show up for (question #55), but they haven’t been the same since the Winter Classic. Therefore, easy win for Pack+Steelers TDs (7).

*Not surprisingly, both English Premier League games (questions #56, #57) ended 1-0.

* Another thrilling question was the O/U for total points at 55 ½ (question #58). Obviously, the two teams combined for 56. But what was interesting was that 42 entrants picked the under, only 12 with the over! Overall, most competitors anticipated a defensive struggle. I thought everyone would lean toward high-scoring.THE FINAL ANSWERS (with # of votes cast for each multiple-choice in parenthesis):

POPS PROPS I QUESTION SUMMARY

1. Who will win Super Bowl XLV?
Green Bay Packers (27 votes) – 31-25
Pittsburgh Steelers (27 votes)

2. Total duration of Christina Aguilera’s “Star Spangled Banner” (Timer starts when she begins to sing.)
Over 1 minute, 54 seconds (38 votes)
Under 1 minute, 54 seconds (16 votes)
Exactly 1 minute, 54 seconds (0 votes)

3. Which team will win the coin toss?
Pack (38 votes)
Steelers (16 votes)

4. Will it be?
Heads (27 votes)
Tails (27 votes)

5. Will the opening kickoff return be?
0-20 yards (35 votes)
21-30 yards (18 votes)
30+ yards (1 vote) – 37 yards

6. Which team will get the 1st penalty (not declined)?
Pack (29 votes)
Steelers (25 votes) – false start

7. Which team will score first?
Pack (31 votes) – Nelson 29 yd. pass from Rodgers
Steelers (23 votes)

8. Will the first score be a…?
Field goal (22 votes)
Pass TD (19 votes) – Nelson 29 yd. pass from Rodgers
Rush TD (12 votes)
Defensive or Special Teams TD (1 vote)
Safety (0 votes)

9. Will the first score be in the first 5 ½ minutes?
Yes (30 votes)
No (24 votes) – 3:44 in 1Q

10. Will the team that scores first win the game?
Yes (35 votes)
No (19 votes)

11. Total pointers in the 1st Quarter?
Over 10 ½ (20 votes) — 14
Under 10 ½ (34 votes)

12. Which team will lead at the end of the 1st Quarter?
Pack (24 votes) – Pack 14-0
Steelers (22 votes)
The score will be tied. (8 votes)

13. Will the first Super Bowl commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter advertise?
Potato or corn chips (4 votes)
Candy (0 votes)
Alcohol (20 votes)
Cars (15 votes)
None of the above (15 votes)­—Bridgestone Tires!

14. Total pointers in the 2nd Quarter
Over 14 ½ (27 votes) — 17
Under 14 ½ (27 votes)

15. Which team will score last in the 2nd Quarter?
1. Pack (25 votes)
2. Steelers (29 votes) – Ward 8-yd pass from Roethlisberger

16. Which team will lead at halftime?
Pack (26 votes) – Pack 21-10
Steelers (25 votes)
The score will be tied (3 votes)

17. Will the halftime show (featuring The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash) include a Michael Jackson cover song?
Yes (15 votes)
No (39 votes)

18. Total pointers 3rd quarter?
Over 14 ½ (25 votes)
Under 14 ½ (29 votes) — 7

19. Which team will lead at the end of the 3rd Quarter?
Pack (23 votes) – Pack 21-17
Steelers (29 votes)
The score will be tied. (2 votes)

20. Total pointers in the 4th Quarter?
Over 14 ½ (24 votes) — 18
Under 14 ½ (30 votes)

21. Which team will score last in the game?
Pack (28 votes) – Crosby 23-yd FG
Steelers (26 votes)

22. Will the team that scores last win the game?
Yes (33 votes)
No (21 votes)

23. Will there be overtime?
Yes (4 votes)
No (50 votes)

24. Which team will call the first timeout?
Pack (33 votes)
Steelers (21 votes)

25. Which team will cross the 50-yd. line first in the game?
Pack (32 votes)
Steelers (22 votes)

26. Which team will have the most penalty yards against?
Pack (28 votes) – 67-55
Steelers (26 votes) – 55

27. Total QB sacks in game?
Over 3 ½ (35 votes) — 4
Under 3 ½ (19 votes)

28. Will there be a safety?
Yes (6 votes)
No (48 votes)

29. Will there be a fake punt or a blocked punt?
Yes (14 votes)
No (40 votes)

30. Total interceptions?
Over 2 ½ (30 votes)
Under 2 ½ (24 votes) — 2

31. Total fumbles lost?
Over 1 ½ (36 votes)
Under 1 ½ (18 votes) — 1

32. Which team will make the longest field goal?
Pack (36 votes)
Steelers (18 votes) – Suisham from 33

33. Which team will make the shortest field goal?
Pack (20 votes) – Crosby from 23
Steelers (34 votes)

34. Will the longest field goal be?
Over 44 ½ yds (24 votes)
Under 44 ½ yds (30 votes) – Suisham from 33

35. Will the shortest field goal be?
Over 23 ½ yds. (27 votes)
Under 23 ½ yds. (27 votes) –Crosby from 23

36. Total field goals in the game?
Over 3 ½ (30 votes)
Under 3 ½ (24 votes) — 2

37. Will the longest touchdown be?
Over 46 ½ yds. (20 votes)
Under 46 ½ yds. (34 votes) – Nick Collins (GB) 37-yd. interception return

38. Will the shortest touchdown be?
Over 1 ½ yds. (28 votes) — 8
Under 1 ½ yds. (26 votes)

39. Will there be a special team or defensive touchdown?
Yes (31 votes) – Nick Collins (GB) 37-yd. interception return
No (23 votes)

40. Will there be a 2-pointer conversion?
Yes (11 votes) – by Pitt in the 4Q
No (43 votes)

41. Which player will gain the most all-purpose (passing + rushing + receiving + returning) yards?
Aaron Rodgers (GB) (31 votes) – Rodgers, 302
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) (10 votes)
James Starks (GB) (1 vote)
Greg Jennings (GB) (4 votes)
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) (0 votes)
Antonio Brown (PIT) (1 vote)
Someone else! (7 votes)

42. Total passing yards by Aaron Rodgers?
Over 300 ½ (29 votes) – Rodgers 304
Under 300 ½ (25 votes)

43. Total rushing yards by James Starks (GB)
Over 60 ½ (28 votes)
Under 60 ½ (26 votes) — 52

44. Total receiving yards by Greg Jennings (GB)
Over 75 ½ (32 votes)
Under 75 ½ (22 votes) — 64

45. Total passing yards by Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Over 300 ½ (20 votes)
Under 300 ½ (34 votes) — 263

46. Total rushing yards by Rashard Mendenhall (PIT)?
Over 65 ½ (39 votes)
Under 65 ½ (15 votes)– 63

47. Total receiving yards by Heath Miller (PIT)?
Over 75 ½ (18 votes)
Under 75 ½ (36 votes) — 12

48. Who will have more pointers?
Mason Crosby (GB) (24 votes) — 7
Sean Suisham (PIT) (17 votes) — 5
The two players will tie. (13 votes)

49. Will Donald Driver (GB) score a TD?
Yes (31 votes)
No (23 votes)

50. Will Hines Ward (PIT) score a TD?
Yes (34 votes) – at :39 of the 2Q
No (20 votes)

51. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Steelers pointers (20 votes) — 25
Blake Griffin (LAC) pointer vs. Miami Heat (NBA) (30 votes) — 21
The two sums will be equal (4 votes)

52. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Pack+Steelers pointers (11 votes) — 56
LeBron James (MIA) + Dwayne Wade (MIA) pointers vs. LA Clippers (NBA) (43 votes) — 41
The two sums will be equal. (0 votes)

53. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Jordy Nelson (GB) + Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) receiving yards (21 votes) — 157
Ohio State + Minnesota pointer’s (men’s basketball) (33 votes) — 151
The two sums will be equal (0 votes)

54. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Ben Roethlisberger TD passes (11 votes) — 2
Phil Mickelson 4th round birdies (Waste Management Phoenix Open) (33 votes) — 3
The two sums will be equal (10 votes)

55. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Pack+Steelers touchdowns (32 votes) — 7
Pittsburgh Penguins+Washington Capitals goals (NHL) (19 votes) — 3
The two sums will be equal (3 votes)

56. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Aaron Rodgers TD passes (34 votes) — 3
West Ham United+Birmingham goals (English Premier League) (14 votes) — 1
The two sums will be equal (6 votes)

57. Which will be greater on Sunday?
Pack-Steelers FG (33 votes) — 2
Chelsea-Liverpool goals (16 votes) — 1
The two sums will be equal (5 votes)

58. Over/Under total pointers in game
Over 55 ½ (12 votes) — 56
Under 55 ½ (42 votes)

59. Who will be the MVP of Super Bowl XLV?
21 out of 54 entrants successfully guessed Aaron Rodgers

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