X: The eldest son reigns

Kevin K. sailed to a historic triumph with the largest margin of victory, the highest score and the greatest distance from the mean in POPS PROPS history.

Chicago
few clouds
60.1 ° F
61 °
59 °
51 %
1.3mph
20 %
Tue
74 °
Wed
75 °
Thu
75 °
Fri
76 °
Sat
72 °
Fifty years before POPS PROPS X, Kevin K. picks up photography pointers from Pops Freshenmeyer on a Scottish street.

In the most spectacular display of mastery in POPS PROPS’ first decade, Kevin K. seized the POPS PROPS X crown and set new records for points scored (56), margin of victory (8 points) and finishing ahead of the mean (+22 points). Tony S. held the previous records for all three feats (54, 5 and 15, respectively) after his five-point POPS PROPS VIII title, but the two-time defending champion ended POPS PROPS X in a distant 26th.

This one wasn’t in doubt for long. Kevin K. built a small advantage by the end of the entertainment questions and absolutely crushed it the rest of the way.

Phil H. grabbed second with 48 points, while Darien H. took third with 45 points. Our top 12, 21 of the top 22 finishers, and 66 percent of our 66 players, picked Kansas City to win. Shane D. (13th overall, 389 points) had the best finish of any player that picked San Francisco. Thirty-five entrants picked Patrick Mahomes to win MVP.

CATEGORY LEADERBOARD

FIRST FOUR (4 questions)6 pts. max
Catherine B., Jon E., Kevin K., Kris K., Niko R.6
19 tied with5
EARLY GAME (8 questions)8 pts. max
Karen S.6
Carrie, Darien H., Holly O.5
20 tied with4
ENTERTAINMENT (10 questions)10 pts. max
Jordan S., Kevin K., Terra D., Uncle Vampire5
10 tied with4
THE TWO HALVES (13 questions)14 pts. max
Phil H.10
Catherine B., Kevin K., Tim B.9
Cousin Kay, Spank's Mom8
TEAM TOTALS (11 questions)13 pts. max
Marika B.8
5 tied with7
INDIVIDUAL TOTALS (31 questions)33 pts. max
Kevin K.18
Eric M.16
Darien H., JJ G., Shane D.15
CROSSOVERS (8 questions)9 pts. max
Brittany R.9
Phil H.7
Aaron S., Holly O., Kevin K.6
LETTERS (6 questions)6 pts. max
10 tied with3

LIVEBLOG

  • Welcome to POPS PROPS X! We have 66 entrants and 65.1 percent of the field picked Kansas City to win!
  • Demi Lovato and Yolanda Adams both wore white when they sang! Lovato’s National Anthem (1:49.85) was way under our o/u of 2:04, while Adams’ “America The Beautiful” was over our o/u of 1:41! This was the first time since Super Bowl XLVII that ATB (Jennifer Hudson, 2:37) was longer than the anthem (Alicia Keys, 2:36)!
  • San Francisco won the coin toss, correctly picking tails!
  • The opening kickoff was returned for 29 yards!
  • Derrick Nnadi recorded the first solo tackle for a loss (Nnadi: 5 or fewer letters)
  • San Francisco crossed the 50-yard-line first!
  • Kansas City was the first team to be penalized and Frank Clark was guilty of the infraction (Clark: 5 or fewer letters)!
  • The first score was a field goal from Robbie Gould (Gould: 5 or fewer letters)! San Francisco scored first! Gould’s FG was NOT in the first 5 minutes, 30 seconds!
  • Mahomes scored from 1 yard out, so the shortest touchdown will be under 2 yards!
  • Kansas City led at the end of the first quarter! The total number of first-quarter points was 10, so “8 to 13!” was correct!
  • The first commercial after the first quarter was for … Mountain Dew Zero!?! (Soft drinks)
  • For the first turnover of the game, Breeland (8 letters!) intercepted Garoppolo (9 or more!)
  • Kansas City called the first timeout!
  • 10 points were scored in the second quarter and the teams were tied at halftime (Bonus)!
  • Shakira was wearing red at the start of her halftime performance, and J.Lo was wearing black!
  • Shakira began with “She Wolf” and didn’t play two of the songs in our list!
  • J.Lo began with “Jenny From The Block” and played ALL of the songs on our list!
  • 10 points were scored in the third quarter!
  • San Francisco threw the first challenge flag!
  • Williams (8 letters) was the last person to score!
  • The Chiefs came back and won handily!
  • The total points (51) was odd!
  • Mahomes won MVP!
  • 21 pts were scored in the 4th quarter, a greater numer of points were scored in the second half and KC scored twice in the last 4 minutes!
  • There were six touchdowns, the longest being 38 yards and the shortest being 1!
  • There were nine third-down conversions and exactly two (bonus) fourth-down conversions.
  • There were exactly four interceptions (bonus) due to the late one that Garoppolo threw up!
  • The total number of passing yards was less than 520!
  • Damien Williams picked up 104 yards and Tyreek Hill collected 105!
  • Someone else (bonus) won both the combined tackles questions!

CROSSOVERS

  • The average price in cents of a gallon of gasoline in the United States on Sunday, Feb. 2 is 247. Add 30 to that for 277, which was greater than the midpoint (252.5) of Mahomes and Garoppolo passing yards! Gas wins!
  • The average price of an ounce of gold on Feb. 2, divided by 100: 15.86. The sum of all third- and fourth-down conversions + 2: 13. Gold wins!
  • The average price of an ounce of silver on Feb. 2, + 2: 20. Mostert rushing attempts: 12. Silver wins!
  • Boca Juniors beat Talleres Cordoba 2-1, plus 1: 3. There were six total touchdowns. TDs win!
  • Deportes Iquique and Everton CD tied 2-2, plus 1: 5. There were also five sacks. THE TWO SUMS WERE EQUAL (Bonus)!
  • Marathon knocked off Honduras Progreso 2-1, plus 2: 5. There were four interceptions. Total goals wins!
  • Webb Simpson fired a final-round 69 and won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a tiebreaker. San Francisco ran 54 plays, plus 5: 59. Webb Simpson wins!
  • Tony Finau shot a final-round 70 and was the runnerup. Add 5 to get 75. Kansas City ran 75 plays. THE TWO SUMS WERE EQUAL (Bonus)!

QUESTION SUMMARY

1. Who will win Super Bowl LIV?

Kansas City!43
San Francisco!25

2. How many total points will be scored?

29 or fewer!2
30 to 39!8
40 to 49!25
50 to 59!20
60 or more!13

3. Will the total number of points be even or odd?

Even!24
Odd!44

4. Who will be named the Most Valuable Player?

ValueCount
Damien Williams1
Frank Clark1
Garoppolo1
Garropolo1
George Kittle1
Gorropolo1
Jimmy G2
Jimmy Garaopollo1
Jimmy Garapallo1
Jimmy Garapolo1
Jimmy Garoppolo5
Jimmy Garropolo2
Kittle1
Mahomes7
Mahommes3
Mohames1
Mostert1
Mr. Mahomes1
Mrs. Pins, MVP 4 life (RIP)1
Nick Bosa1
Pat Mahomes3
Pat Mahomes1
Pat mahomes1
Patrick Mahomes17
Patrick Mahomes1
Patrick Mahones1
Patrick Majomes1
Patty MaHomes1
Raheem Mostert2
Tevin Coleman1
Travis Kelce1
Tyrann Mathieu1
god knows1
raheem1
raheem mostert1

5. How long will Demi Lovato’s rendition of the national anthem last? (The timer begins at her first note, stops when she concludes singing and rounds to the nearest second.)

Longer than 2:04!30
Shorter than 2:04!35
Exactly 2:04! (Bonus)3

6. What color of dress, gown, jersey, shirt or suit will Demi Lovato be wearing when she sings the National Anthem?

Black!17
Blue!8
Gold or silver!13
Red!13
White!10
Some other color! (Bonus)7

7. How long will Yolanda Adams’ version of “America The Beautiful” last? (The timer begins at their first note, stops when they conclude singing and rounds to the nearest second.)

Longer than 1:41!49
Shorter than 1:41!15
Exactly 1:41! (Bonus)4

8. What color of dress, gown, jersey, shirt or suit will Yolanda Adams be wearing when she sings “America The Beautiful”?

Black!12
Blue!11
Gold or silver!16
Red!10
White!10
Some other color! (Bonus)9

9. Will the opening coin toss land on heads or tails?

Heads!38
Tails!30

10. Which team will win the opening coin toss?

Kansas City!37
San Francisco!31

11. The opening kickoff return will be…

0 yards, because the ball will be kicked through the end zone for a touchback!30
0 yards, because the returner will kneel in the end zone for a touchback!9
1 to 15 yards!13
16 to 20 yards!10
21 to 25 yards!3
26 or more yards!3
Fumbled and turned over! (Bonus)0

12. Which team will be assessed the first accepted penalty?

Kansas City!39
San Francisco!28
Neither team will be penalized! (Bonus)1

13. Which team will call the first timeout?

Kansas City!35
San Francisco!33
Neither team will call a timeout! (Bonus)0

14. Which team will cross the 50-yard line first?

Kansas City!39
San Francisco!29

15. Which team will throw the first challenge flag?

Kansas City!29
San Francisco!29
Neither team will throw a challenge flag! (Bonus)10

16. The first commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter will advertise…

Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages (including soft drinks)!11
Automobiles or tires!11
Food or snacks!17
A movie, television show or streaming service!12
Some sort of banking, financial or insurance organization!7
Something else! (Bonus)10

17. Will the first points be scored in the first 5 minutes, 30 seconds?

No!29
Yes!38
The first points will be scored at exactly 5:30 into the first quarter! (Bonus)1

18. Which team will score first?

Kansas City!33
San Francisco!35

19. The first points will be awarded as a result of a…

Defensive or special-teams touchdown! (Bonus)1
Field goal!25
Passing touchdown!33
Rushing touchdown!9
Safety! (Bonus)0

20. The total number of first-quarter points will be…

0!0
2 to 7!16
8 to 13!42
14 or more!10

21. Which team will lead at the end of the first quarter?

Kansas City!33
San Francisco!30
The score will be tied! (Bonus)5

22. The total number of second-quarter points will be…

0!0
2 to 7!9
8 to 13!28
14 to 19!26
20 or more!5

23. Which team will lead at halftime?

Kansas City!38
San Francisco!27
The score will be tied! (Bonus)3

24. Which of these songs will J.Lo perform first? (Performing snippets of these songs count as “performing the song.”)

Booty!8
Get Right!5
Jenny From The Block!11
Let’s Get Loud!19
On The Floor!4
Waiting For Tonight!13
Something else! (Bonus)8

25. Which of these songs will J.Lo NOT perform? (Performing snippets of these songs count as “performing the song.”)

Get Right!9
Jenny From The Block!14
Let’s Get Loud!2
On The Floor!2
Waiting For Tonight!4
She won’t play two of these songs!22
She won’t play three or more of these songs!3
She’ll play all of these songs!12

26. What color will J.Lo’s dress, shirt or top be when she first appears?

Black!13
Blue!2
Gold or silver!26
Red!5
White!13
Something else! (Bonus)9

27. Which of these songs will Shakira perform first?

Dare (La La La)!7
Hips Don’t Lie!22
Powerful!15
She Wolf!7
Whenever, Wherever!13
Something else!4

28. Which of these songs will Shakira NOT perform?

Dare (La La La)!8
Hips Don’t Lie!6
Powerful!9
She Wolf!11
Whenever, Wherever!7
She won’t play two of these songs!18
She won’t play three or more of these songs!3
She’ll play all of these songs!6

29. What color will Shakira’s dress, shirt or top be when she first appears?

Black!11
Blue!3
Gold or silver!22
Red!8
White!11
Something else! (Bonus)13

30. The total number of third-quarter points will be…

0!0
2 to 7!15
8 to 13!29
14 to 19!19
20 or more!5

31. The total number of fourth-quarter points will be…

0!0
2 to 7!6
8 to 13!32
14 to 19!23
20 or more!7

32. In which half will there be a greater number of points scored?

The first half!11
The second half!56
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)1

33. Which team(s) will score in the final 4 minutes?

Only Kansas City!13
Only San Francisco!16
Both teams! (Bonus)28
Neither team!11

34. Which team will score last?

Kansas City!38
San Francisco!30

35. Will the team that scores first win the game?

No!29
Yes!39

36. The total number of touchdowns will be…

2 or fewer!1
3 or 4!10
5!20
6!20
7 or more!17

37. The longest touchdown will be..

0 to 15 yards!0
16 to 30 yards!18
31 to 45 yards!32
46 yards or longer! (Bonus)18

38. The shortest touchdown will be…

Less than 2 yards!48
Exactly 2 yards! (Bonus)7
More than 2 yards!13

39. Will there be a defensive or special-teams touchdown?

No!36
Only defensive! (Bonus)25
Only special teams! (Bonus)1
Both! (Bonus)6

40. The total number of successful third-down conversions will be…

7 or fewer!7
8 or 9!17
10 or 11!27
12 or 13!8
14 or more!9

41. The total number of successful fourth-down conversions will be..

Less than 2!35
Exactly 2! (Bonus)23
More than 2!10

42. How many accepted penalties will be assessed in the game?

7 or fewer!21
8 or 9!24
10 or 11!14
12 to 14!8
15 or more!1

43. Which team will have the most penalty yards against?

Kansas City!35
San Francisco!33
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)0

44. The total number of sacks will be…

3 or fewer!15
4 or 5!35
6 or 7!17
8 or 9!1
10 or more! (Bonus)0

45. The total number of interceptions will be…

0!2
1!18
2!39
3!7
4 or more! (Bonus)2

46. The total number of lost fumbles will be…

0!16
1!39
2!12
3 or more! (Bonus)1

47. Patrick Mahomes’ net passing yards will be…

Less than 260! (Bonus)6
261 to 290!13
291 to 320!27
321 to 350!11
351 or more! (Bonus)11

48. Jimmy Garoppolo’s total passing yards will be..

Less than 210! (Bonus)16
211 to 240!21
241 to 270!25
271 to 300!4
301 or more! (Bonus)2

49. The total number of passing yards in the game will be..

Less than 520!12
521 to 550!10
551 to 580!29
581 to 610!12
611 or more!5

50. The total number of passing attempts in the game will be…

50 or fewer!5
51 to 60!32
61 to 70!24
71 to 80!3
81 or more!4

51. The total number of passing attempts by someone other than a starting quarterback will be…

0!18
1 to 3!44
4 to 6!5
7 to 9!1
10 or more!0

52. Kansas City’s leading rusher will gain..

Less than 55 yards!11
56 to 65 yards!17
66 to 75 yards!14
76 to 85 yards!15
86 yards or more!11

53. San Francisco’s leading rusher will gain…

Less than 55 yards!6
56 to 65 yards!5
66 to 75 yards!9
76 to 85 yards!12
86 yards or more!36

54. Which team will gain the most rushing yards?

Kansas City!17
San Francisco!51
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)0

55. The total amount of rushing yards will be…

Less than 180!5
181 to 210!24
211 to 240!21
241 to 270!13
More than 271!5

56. The longest play from scrimmage will be…

1-15 yards!0
16-25 yards!8
26-35 yards!14
36-45 yards!22
46 or more yards! (Bonus)24

57. The Kansas City receiver that gains the most receiving yards will tally…

Less than 80 yards!9
81 to 95 yards!17
96 to 110 yards!22
111 to 125 yards!6
More than 126 yards!14

58. The Kansas City receiver that gains the second-most receiving yards will tally…

Less than 70 yards!44
Exactly 70 yards! (Bonus)1
More than 70 yards!23

59. The San Francisco receiver that gains the most receiving yards will tally…

Less than 80 yards!18
81 to 90 yards!20
91 to 100 yards!19
101 to 110 yards!3
More than 111 yards!8

60. The San Francisco receiver that gains the second-most receiving yards will tally…

Less than 60 yards!46
Exactly 60 yards! (Bonus)4
More than 60 yards!18

61. The sum of the receiving yards by the Kansas City and San Francisco players with the third-most receiving yards will be…

Less than 60 yards!14
61 to 75 yards!20
76 to 90 yards!18
91 to 105 yards!9
106 or more yards! (Bonus)7

62. Which player will gain the most all-purpose (receiving + return + rushing) yards?

Tevin Coleman, San Francisco!7
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City!22
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco!16
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco!3
Sammy Watkins, Kansas City!6
Damien Williams, Kansas City!5
Someone else! (Bonus)9

63. How many times will a Kansas City player be tackled or forced out of bounds for a loss of yards?

2 or fewer!6
3 or 4!26
5 or 6!28
7 or 8!7
9 or more!1

64. How many times will a San Francisco player be tackled or forced out of bounds for a loss of yards?

2 or fewer!8
3 or 4!32
5 or 6!22
7 or 8!2
9 or more!4

65. Who will lead Kansas City in combined tackles?

Anthony Hitchens!7
Tyrann Mathieu!22
Daniel Sorensen!10
Charvarius Ward!12
Damien Wilson!7
Someone else! (Bonus)10

66. Who will lead San Francisco in combined tackles?

Nick Bosa!21
DeForest Buckner!6
Dre Greenlaw!8
Richard Sherman!17
Fred Warner!11
Someone else! (Bonus)5

67. Which kicker will have more total points?

Harrison Butker, Kansas City!21
Robbie Gould, San Francisco!47
Someone else! (Bonus)0
There will be some sort of tie! (Bonus)0

68. Which team will make the longest field goal?

Kansas City!29
San Francisco!39
There will be some sort of tie! (Bonus)0

69. The longest field goal will be…

25 yards or less!0
26-33 yards!2
34-41 yards!13
42-49 yards!36
50 yards or longer! (Bonus)17
There will be no field goals! (Bonus)0

70. The shortest field goal will be…

25 yards or less!31
26-33 yards!31
34-41 yards!6
42-49 yards!0
50 yards or longer! (Bonus)0
There will be no field goals! (Bonus)0

71. The total number of field goals will be…

0!0
1!2
2!7
3!30
4!24
5 or more! (Bonus)5

72. The total number of missed field goals will be…

0!31
1!34
2!3
3!0
4 or more! (Bonus)0

73. Which punter will have the longest punt?

Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City!33
Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco!32
Someone else! (Bonus)3
There will be some sort of tie! (Bonus)0

74. The total number of punts will be..

3 or fewer!5
4 to 6!41
7 to 9!19
10 to 12!2
13 or more! (Bonus)1

75. The total number of returned punts (non safe-catches) will be..

0 or 1!7
2 or 3!42
4 or 5!18
6 or more!1

76. The longest punt return will be…

0-10 yards!3
11-20 yards!35
21-30 yards!19
31 yards or longer! (Bonus)11

77. The longest kickoff return will be…

0-10 yards!3
11-20 yards!12
21-30 yards!30
31-40 yards!12
41 yards or longer! (Bonus)11

78. Which number will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

[The average price (in cents) of gasoline in the United States, according to AAA] + 30!31
The midpoint between Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo total net passing yards!36
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)1

79. Which number will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

(The price, at kickoff, of an ounce of gold in U.S. dollars) divided by 100!35
(The sum of all successful third- and fourth-down conversions) +1!32
When rounded up, the two numbers will be equal! (Bonus)1

80. Which number will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

The price, at kickoff, of an ounce of silver in U.S. dollars + 2!23
Raheem Mostert rushing attempts!43
When rounded, the two numbers will be equal! (Bonus)2

81. Which sum will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

Total touchdowns!59
(Total goals scored by Talleres and Boca Juniors) + 19
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)0

82. Which sum will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

Total number of sacks!41
(Total goals scored by Deportes Iquique and Everton CD) + 123
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)4

83. Which sum will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

Total turnovers15
(Total goals for Honduras Progreso and Marathon) + 250
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)3

84. Which sum will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

The final-round score of the winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open!30
(Total number of plays for the Super Bowl loser!) + 532
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)1
For some reason, the Waste Management Phoenix Open won’t conclude on Sunday! (Bonus)5

85. Which sum will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?

(The final-round score of the runner-up of the Waste Management Phoenix Open!) + 524
Total number of plays for the Super Bowl winner39
The two sums will be equal! (Bonus)2
For some reason, the Waste Management Phoenix Open won’t conclude on Sunday! (Bonus)3

86. How many letters will be in the last name of the first player to score?

5 or fewer!18
6!10
7!29
8!8
9 or more!3

87. How many letters will be in the last name of the last player to score?

5 or fewer!16
6!11
7!30
8!6
9 or more!5

88. How many letters will be in the last name of the first player to turn the ball over?

5 or fewer!4
6!9
7!26
8!14
9 or more!12
There will be no turnovers!3

89. How many letters will be in the last name of the first player to recover a fumble or intercept a pass?

5 or fewer!9
6!13
7!29
8!11
9 or more!5
There will be no turnovers!1

90. How many letters will be in the last name of the first player to be penalized?

5 or fewer!8
6!11
7!31
8!12
9 or more!6

91. How many letters will be in the last name of the first player to record a solo tackle for a loss?

5 or fewer!24
6!13
7!25
8!4
9 or more!2

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here