POPS PROPS IV: Caldwell, Drexel Stand Tall

POPS PROPS IV: Caldwell, Drexel Stand Tall

POPS PROPS IV FINAL RESULTS

38: Eric Caldwell, Kyle Drexel
36: Kevin Keeker, Tony Sauder, Tony Stasiek
35: Roger Breeze
34: Beth Clauss, Gianni Fanelli, Andrew Krueger, Steven Mathiesen
33: Mike Allende, Blue, Tim Clauss, Matt Friedman, Adam Greenberg
Matt Hector, Erin Sanders, Jason Schklar, Sara Scobell
32: Kay Sauder, Jon Eckberg, Tom Lorusso, Laura Sauer, Aaron Suring
31: Brian Bushaw, KB Columbia Kaught, Korry, Kris, Mike Meledandri
Matthew Mills, Kate O’Connor, Eric Schuh
30: JJ Guajardo, Pagan Hill; Lenny Jackson, Joel Kaplan, Randy Pagulayan
Rose, David Sauer
29: Rachel Bayne, Jesse Guy, Phil Huckelberry, Kevin Larson, Elena O’Curry
Brendan Quigley, Wesley Winter
28: Jeff Breeze, Tim Breeze-Thorndike, Marika Brussel
Richard Christiansen, John Davy, Anita McG, Eric Peacock
27: Gary Tucker
26: Patrick Davis, Brittany Retherford, Sue Sauder, Stephanie Templeton
25: Rob Roys, Kris Wade, Jill Waycie, Sara Zeller
24: Gerald Liebhardt, Ann Sauder
23: Marc Lampton, David Tortuga
21: Steve Clavers
20: Annie Herriott
18: Pedro A. Diaz de Leon

My, oh my!Of our POPS-PROPS-record 69 entrants this year, 37 (53.62 percent) of them correctly picked the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII. But who knew that the game would be out of hand just seconds into the second-half? None of the bold competitors in POPS PROPS IV, that’s for damn sure.

With a POPS-PROPS-record 73 possible points on the board, ERIC CALDWELL and KYLE DREXEL tied for the Fourth Annual POPS PROPS Memorial Super Bowl Challenge Championship with 38 points (the lowest winning score(s) in POPS PROPS history!) Just five points separated the top 19 finishers in the closest POPS PROPS of all time!

The Caldwell/Drexel triumph was particularly striking, when you consider that neither of this year’s co-champions even submitted answers to the Bonus Logic Puzzle (with 4 possible points). Both Caldwell and Drexel picked Seattle to win, but had one of them taken the time to fill out the puzzle, they could be standing alone as champion! As it is, they will share the glory and half of this year’s jackpot of $17.25 (one quarter, donated by the POPS PROPS CHALLENGE TREASURY, for each of our 69 entrants.)

Kevin Keeker, eldest son of POPS FRESHNEMEYER, tied Tony Sauder and Tony Stasiek for third place with 36 points. Keeker submitted a logic puzzle but picked Denver to win and earned 0 of 4 possible bonus points. Meanwhile, Sauder earned two points in the logic puzzle for correctly picking the Seahawks to win, but predicted that Wes Welker would earn the first positive yardage in the first half and Marshawn Lynch would earn the first positive yardage in the second half. As it turns out, Welker gained the first positive yardage in the SECOND HALF and Lynch gained the first positive yardage in the FIRST HALF — and Sauder was denied two bonus points. Stasiek, like Caldwell and Drexel, failed to complete a bonus puzzle but picked the Seahawks to win and performed admirably.

* In the long history of POPS PROPS, this was the first time that a quarterback has NOT been selected the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Six of our 69 entrants guessed the name of a Seahawk defender, but no one guessed Malcolm Smith. Henceforth, no bonus points were awarded for this question. (30 of our entrants guessed Peyton Manning.)

* Of our top 10 finishers, five picked the Seahawks to win and five picked the Broncos to win.

* 44 of our entrants (64 percent) thought Renee Fleming’s National Anthem would last longer than 2 minutes, 10 seconds. She finished in 2 minutes, 2 seconds, according to the POPS PROPS SCOREKEEPER. Meanwhile, only 12 entrants (17 percent) correctly guessed that Fleming would be wearing no gloves at all! Most of our field thought her gloves would be either black (35 percent) or white (21 percent)!

* The kickoff-temperature question (#6) was sort of a dud. It was 49 degrees at kickoff, so the temperature was never an issue. 39 entrants (57 percent) correctly predicted that the temp would be over 33.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

* It took them long enough, but Joe Buck and Troy Aikman finally cut to Erin Andrews before Pam Oliver. Congratulations to the 38 entrants (55 percent) who got that right for question #8.

* Most of our field thought the Broncos would come out strong and score quickly. 48 entrants (70 percent) incorrectly predicted that they would cross the 50-yard-line first (question #11), 44 entrants (64 percent) erred in thinking that the Broncos would score first (question #12) and 45 contestants (65 percent) were wrong in their belief that Denver would lead at the end of the first quarter (question #18)!

* No one guessed that the first score would be a safety (question #13)!

* The first commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter (question #19) was that terrible Chevy commercial that was somehow also about cancer. 16 entrants (23 percent) correctly predicted that the commercial would be about automobiles. The majority (19 entrants) thought it would be about alcohol!

* Sixteen entrants (23 percent) correctly guessed that Bruno Mars’ first song would be none of the seven possibilities we listed! He opened with part of “Billionaire,” which I guess is an early song of his or something. Just 11 entrants (16 percent) correctly guessed that he would not be wearing a hat!

* Congratulations to the 14 entrants (20 percent) who correctly predicted that TWO of the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be shirtless (question #24)!

* A whopping 87 percent (60 entrants) of the field correctly guessed that more points would be scored in the second half than the first half! But 75 percent of our field thought the final score would be in the last 3 ½ minutes – it occurred with just over 11 minutes to play!

* One of the closet questions in POPS PROPS IV was whether the total number of touchdowns would be over 5 ½ (question #42). 51 percent correctly said YES!

* Percy Harvin gained the most (137) all-purpose yards (receiving + return + rushing) in the game, and thus 14 entrants (20 percent) got question #46 right when they guessed “Someone else!” Harvin also gained the most rushing yards (45) in the game (question #53), but only 3 entrants (4 percent) correctly guessed “Someone else!” for that one. Finally, despite Harvin’s big night, he gained just 5 receiving yards. So the 38 entrants (55 percent) who guessed the under for question #56 got a well-earned point.

* Most of the field (52 percent) thought there would be under 50 ½ points scored in the game. In fact, there were 51 points scored!

POPS PROPS IV QUESTION SUMMARY

1. Who will win Super Bowl XLVIII?
Denver Broncos 32 46%
Seattle Seahawks 37 54%

2. What will be the total duration of Renee Fleming’s version of the National Anthem? (The timer starts when she begins to sing, not when the music begins.)
Over 2 minutes, 10 seconds 44 64%
Under 2 minutes, 10 seconds 23 33%
Exactly 2 minutes, 10 seconds 2 3%

3. What color gloves will Renee Fleming wear while singing the National Anthem?
Black 24 35%
Red 3 4%
White 21 30%
Some other color! 9 13%
She will not be wearing gloves at all! 12 17%

4. Which team will win the pre-game opening coin toss?
Denver Broncos 40 58%
Seattle Seahawks 29 42%

5. Will the opening coin toss come up heads or tails?
Heads 39 57%
Tails 30 43%

6. What will the temperature be at kickoff?
Over 33.5 degrees Fahrenheit 39 57%
Under 33.5 degrees Fahrenheit 30 43%

7. Will the opening kickoff return be…?
0 to 20 yards 49 71%
21 to 30 yards 17 25%
31 or more yards 3 4%

8. Which sideline reporter will Joe Buck and Troy Aikman cut to first after the kickoff?
Erin Andrews 38 55%
Pam Oliver 31 45%

9. Which team will be assessed the first penalty (not declined)?
Denver Broncos 23 33%
Seattle Seahawks 46 67%
Neither team will be penalized! 0 0%

10. Which team will call the first timeout?
Denver Broncos 41 59%
Seattle Seahawks 28 41%
Neither team will call a timeout! 0 0%

11. Which team will cross the 50-yard-line first?
Denver Broncos 48 70%
Seattle Seahawks 21 30%

12. Which team will score first?
Denver Broncos 44 64%
Seattle Seahawks 25 36%

13. Will the first score be a…?
Defensive or special-teams touchdown 1 1%
Field goal 27 39%
Passing touchdown 32 46%
Rushing touchdown 9 13%
Safety 0 0%

14. Who will throw the first challenge flag?
Denver Broncos coach John Fox 21 30%
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll 34 49%
Neither coach will throw a challenge flag! 14 20%

15. Will the first score be in the first 6 1/2 minutes?
No 31 45%
Yes 38 55%

16. Will the team that scores first win the game?
No 37 54%
Yes 32 46%

17. What will be the total number of points scored in the first quarter?
Over 10 1/2 25 36%
Under 10 1/2 44 64%

18. Which team will lead at the end of the first quarter?
Denver Broncos 45 65%
Seattle Seahawks 19 28%
The score will be tied! 5 7%

19. Will the first Super Bowl commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter advertise?
Alcohol 19 28%
Automobiles or tires 16 23%
Chips or snacks 12 17%
Computers or technology 7 10%
Soft drinks 7 10%
Something else (none of the above)! 8 12%

20. What will be the total number of points scored in the second quarter?
Over 14 1/2 22 32%
Under 14 1/2 47 68%

21. Which team will lead at halftime?
Denver Broncos 36 52%
Seattle Seahawks 29 42%
The score will be tied! 4 6%

22. Which song will Bruno Mars perform first during the halftime show?
Gorilla 7 10%
Grenade 9 13%
Just The Way You Are 9 13%
The Lazy Song 3 4%
Locked Out Of Heaven 15 22%
Marry You 3 4%
Treasure 7 10%
None of these! 16 23%

23. What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime-show performance?
A baseball cap 1 1%
A fedora 31 45%
A fur hat 7 10%
Some sort of knit cap or tuque 19 28%
He will not be wearing a hat! 11 16%

24. How many members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shirtless during their halftime performance?
Zero 29 42%
1 19 28%
2 14 20%
More than 2! 7 10%

25. What will be the total number of points scored in the third quarter?
Over 14 1/2 23 33%
Under 14 1/2 46 67%

26. What will be the total number of points scored in the fourth quarter?
Over 14 1/2 22 32%
Under 14 1/2 47 68%

27. In which half will there be a greater number of points scored?
The first half 8 12%
The second half 60 87%
The two sums will be equal. 1 1%

28. Which team(s) will score in the final 3 1/2 minutes?
Denver Broncos 13 19%
Seattle Seahawks 27 39%
Both the Broncos and the Seahawks 12 17%
Neither team! 17 25%

29. Which team will score last in the game?
Denver Broncos 27 39%
Seattle Seahawks 42 61%

30. How many penalties will be called in the game?
Over 12 1/2 24 35%
Under 12 1/2 45 65%

31. Which team will have the most penalty yards against?
Denver Broncos 19 28%
Seattle Seahawks 50 72%
The two teams will tie! 0 0%

32. Will the total number of sacks be?
Over 4 1/2 37 54%
Under 4 1/2 32 46%

33. Will the total number of punts be?
Over 8 1/2 32 46%
Under 8 1/2 37 54%

34. Will the total number of interceptions be?
Over 2 1/2 39 57%
Under 2 1/2 30 43%

35. Will the total number of lost fumbles be?
Over 1 1/2 42 61%
Under 1 1/2 27 39%

36. Will the total number of successful third-down conversions be?
Over 15 1/2 32 46%
Under 15 1/2 37 54%

37. Will the total number of successful fourth-down conversions be?
Over 1 1/2 38 55%
Under 1 1/2 31 45%

38. Which team will make the shortest field goal?
Denver Broncos 41 59%
Seattle Seahawks 28 41%
Neither team will make a field goal. 0 0%

39. Will the longest field goal be?
Over 44 1/2 yards 39 57%
Under 44 1/2 yards 30 43%

40. Will the shortest field goal be?
Over 24 1/2 yards 37 54%
Under 24 1/2 yards 32 46%

41. Will the total number of field goals be?
Over 3 1/2 47 68%
Under 3 1/2 22 32%

42. Will the total number of touchdowns be?
Over 5 1/2 35 51%
Under 5 1/2 34 49%

43. Will the longest touchdown be?
Over 42 1/2 yards 41 59%
Under 42 1/2 yards 28 41%

44. Will the shortest touchdown be?
Over 2 1/2 yards 24 35%
Under 2 1/2 yards 45 65%

45. Will there be a special teams or defensive touchdown?
No 30 43%
Yes 39 57%

46. Which player will gain the most all-purpose (receiving + return + rushing) yards?
Doug Baldwin (Seattle) 6 9%
Eric Decker (Denver) 9 13%
Trindon Holliday (Denver) 3 4%
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) 23 33%
Knowshon Moreno (Denver) 4 6%
Golden Tate (Seattle) 9 13%
Someone else! 14 20%
There will be some sort of tie! 1 1%

47. The total number of passing yards by Peyton Manning (Denver) will be?
Over 275 1/2 41 59%
Under 275 1/2 28 41%

48. The total number of passing yards by Russell Wilson (Seattle) will be?
Over 235 1/2 28 41%
Under 235 1/2 41 59%

49. The total number of passing yards in the game will be?
Over 510 1/2 38 55%
Under 510 1/2 31 45%

50. The total number of passing attempts in the game will be?
Over 72 1/2 29 42%
Under 72 1/2 40 58%

51. The total number of rushing yards by Knowshon Moreno (Denver) will be?
Over 80 1/2 20 29%
Under 80 1/2 49 71%

52. The total number of rushing yards by Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) will be?
Over 88 1/2 52 75%
Under 88 1/2 17 25%

53. Who will have the most rushing yards?
Montee Ball (Denver) 3 4%
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) 52 75%
Knowshon Moreno (Denver) 7 10%
Russell Wilson (Seattle) 4 6%
Someone else! 3 4%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

54. The total number of receiving yards by Demaryius Thomas (Denver) will be?
Over 75 1/2 34 49%
Under 75 1/2 35 51%

55. The total number of receiving yards by Doug Baldwin (Seattle) will be?
Over 70 1/2 yards 25 36%
Under 70 1/2 yards 44 64%

56. The total number of receiving yards by Percy Harvin (Seattle) will be?
Over 42 1/2 31 45%
Under 42 1/2 38 55%

57. Which receiver will have the most yards receiving?
Doug Baldwin (Seattle) 6 9%
Percy Harvin (Seattle) 7 10%
Jacob Tamme (Denver) 2 3%
Golden Tate (Seattle) 5 7%
Demaryius Thomas (Denver) 17 25%
Wes Welker (Denver) 19 28%
Someone else! 11 16%
There will be some sort of tie! 2 3%

58. Which kicker will have more total points?
Matt Prater (Denver) 30 43%
Steven Hauschka (Seattle) 33 48%
Someone else! 4 6%
There will be some sort of tie! 2 3%

59. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
(Michigan Wolverines + Indiana Hoosiers total points) + 15 (men’s college basketball) 29 42%
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) + Knowshon Moreno (Denver) total rushing yards? 39 57%
The two sums will be equal! 1 1%

60. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
Missouri Tigers total points at South Carolina Gamecocks (women’s college basketball)? 46 67%
Wes Welker (Denver) total receiving yards? 22 32%
The two sums will be equal! 1 1%

61. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
(Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic) total points) + 5 at Boston Celtics (NBA) 29 42%
Russell Wilson (Seattle) passing attempts? 39 57%
The two sums will be equal! 1 1%

62. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
Total touchdowns scored by the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks? 42 61%
Total goals scored by the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens? (NHL) 20 29%
The two sums will be equal! 7 10%

63. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
Peyton Manning total touchdowns (passing and rushing)? 42 61%
Total goals scored by West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool (Barclays Premier League)? 21 30%
The two sums will be equal! 6 9%

64. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
Denver Broncos + Seattle Seahawks total sacks? 34 49%
Total goals scored by Celtic and St. Mirren (Scottish Premiership)? 32 46%
The two sums will be equal! 3 4%

65. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 2?
Denver Broncos + Seattle Seahawks total turnovers? 31 45%
Total goals scored by Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town (English League Championship)? 35 51%
The two sums will be equal! 3 4%

66. How many points will be scored in Super Bowl XLVIII?
Over 50 1/2 33 48%
Under 50 1/2 36 52%

67. Will the total number of points scored be even or odd?
Even 29 42%
Odd 40 58%

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POPS PROPS III: Sauder, Zeller Share The Throne

POPS PROPS III: Sauder, Zeller Share The Throne

POPS PROPS III FINAL RESULTS

1. (tie) Sue Sauder 39
1. (tie) Sara Zeller 39
3. Rachel Bayne 38
4. (tie) Rob Aseron 37
4. (tie) Phil Huckelberry 37
4. (tie) Kevin Larson 37
4. (tie) Eric Peacock 37
8. (tie) Mike Allende 36
8. (tie) Matt Friedman 36
8. (tie) Pagan Hill 36
11. (tie) Eric Caldwell 35
11. (tie) Jesse Guy 35
11. (tie) Annie Herriott 35
11. (tie) Kate O‘Connor 35
15. (tie) Beth Clauss 34
15. (tie) Erin Sanders 34
17. (tie) Aunt Bobbi 33
17. (tie) Bob Carter 33
17. (tie) Tim Clauss 33
17. (tie) Korry Keeker 33
17. (tie) Eric Schuh 33
22. (tie) Jeff Freeman 32
22. (tie) Kris Keeker 32
22. (tie) Spank Meledandri 32
22. (tie) Gary Tucker 32
26. (tie) Pedro Antonio Diaz de Leon 31
26. (tie) Lenny Jackson 31
26. (tie) Thomas Truax 31
26. (tie) Kristopher Wade 31
26. (tie) Jamie Zoeller 31
31. (tie)Dick Christiansen 30
31. (tie) Dennis Gendron 30
31. (tie) JJ Guajardo 30
31. (tie) Brittany Retherford 30
31. (tie) Aaron Suring 30
36. (tie) Marika Brussel 29
36. (tie) Jon Fann 29
36. (tie) Kousin Kann 29
36. (tie) Andrew Krueger 29
36. (tie) Gerald Liebhardt 29
41. (tie) Wayne Bailey 28
41. (tie) Brian Bushaw 28
41. (tie) Kyle Drexel 28
41. (tie) Matt Hector 28
41. (tie) Tom Lorusso 28
41. (tie) Anita McGillie 28
41. (tie) Kay Sauder 28
41. (tie) Sara Scobell 28
49. (tie) Karen Gunkel 27
49. (tie) Blake Kaplan 27
49. (tie) Becky Lomax 27
49. (tie) Eric Morrison 27
49. (tie) Randy Pagulayan 27
49. (tie) Jason Schklar 27
49. (tie) Jill Waycie 27
56. (tie) Eric Gendron 26
56. (tie) Jon Eckberg 26
56. (tie) Tim Inklebarger
56. (tie) Kevin Keeker 26
56. (tie) Soozan 26
56. (tie) Tony Stasiek 26
62. Gary Bacino 25
63. (tie) Achal Modi 24
63. (tie) Rally Pagulayan 24
63. (tie) Rob Roys 24
66. John Davy 21

Mean scores: 30.54545455; Median: 30; Mode: 28; Standard deviation: 4.073108124

They stand separated by 2,061 miles, yet in POPS PROPS III, Sue Sauder and Sara Zeller stood connected in greatness. For the first time in PROPS history, there were co-champions at the top.

Sauder and Zeller’s devastatingly adroit prop-picking acuity enabled them to defeat 64 competitors and become the THIRD ANNUAL POPS PROPS MEMORIAL SUPER BOWL CHALLENGE CO-CHAMPIONS! Each won $8.25 – one half of the $16.50 jackpot from our record-breaking field of 66 POPS PROPS competitors!

Sauder and Zeller each scored 39 points out of a possible 70, besting third-place Rachel Bayne (38 points) by a single point! Meanwhile, Rob Aseron, Phil Huckelberry, Kevin Larson and Eric Peacock tied for fourth with 37 points! It was the closest POPS PROPS in history, with just 4 points separating the top 14 finishers!

LET’S LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:

1. The 49ers weren’t just favored by the world; they were picked to win by 61 percent (40) of POPS PROPS III contestants. Just 26 contestants picked the Ravens. Of those who incorrectly picked the 49ers to win, Rob Aseron, Kevin Larson and Eric Peacock fared the best. They all tied for fourth (37 points) with Phil Huckelberry.

2. 36 contestants (55 percent of the field) correctly thought that Alica Keys’ version of the “Star Spangled Banner” would last longer than 2 minutes, 10 seconds. It went way over—stretching to 2:36.93, by the official count of the POPS PROPS III Committee For Fairness and Integrity.

3. The field was perfectly split (33-33) on whether the opening coin toss would land heads or tails! For the record, it landed HEADS. 37 contestants (56 percent) correctly predicted the Ravens would win the coin toss.

4. Most of the field was convinced the 49ers would start the game strongly. 47 contestants (71) percent believed the 49ers would cross the 50-yard-line first and score first. Of course, the Ravens crossed the 50-yard-line first and scored first, so hats off to those 19 (29 percent) correct contestants.

5. A whopping 88 percent of the field (58 entrants) correctly predicted that there would be less than 14 ½ total points scored in the first quarter. There were 10. However, 73 percent of the field incorrectly predicted there would be fewer than 14 ½ total point scored in the second quarter. There were 17. And 73 percent incorrectly thought there would be fewer than 14 ½ points in the third quarter. There were 24.

6. A shocker on question #16, as the first commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter was a lame commercial for the latest “Fast and the Furious” movie. This made “none of the above” the correct answer, which only 2 contestants (Karen Gunkel and Rally Pagulayan) correctly picked.

7. Only 35 percent of the field (23 of 66 entrants) correctly predicted the Ravens would lead at halftime!

8. Chaos on question #20, as Beyonce did NOT perform “Irreplaceable” (which 7 correctly predicted) or “Nuclear” (which 14 correctly predicted). That meant that 21 contestants received a point for this question. 27 contestants (41 percent) incorrectly thought she would NOT perform “Bootylicious.”

9. 17 contestants (26 percent) believed Beyonce would wear a gold top at the start of the halftime show, and 15 contestants (23 percent) thought it would be silver. It was black, which was the third-most popular answer (11 contestants, 17 percent).

10. There was a large consensus that more points would be scored in the second half (52 entrants, 79 percent). It turned out to be right.

11. Only one of our 66 contestants, Tim Inklebarger, thought the game would go into overtime. He was wrong.

12. The field strongly believed (43 contestants, 65 percent) that the Ravens would accumulate more penalty yards. That was incorrect. San Francisco did: 33-20.

13. There was a perfect spit (33 to 33) on whether the longest touchdown would be O/U 46 ½ yards. It was over, on that weird broken bomb to Jacoby Jones.

14. Meanwhile, the shortest touchdown (O/U 1 ½ yards) prompted a 34-32 split in favor of the OVER. It was under.

15. And the field was again perfectly split (33 to 33) on whether there would be a special-teams or defensive touchdown. THERE WAS. Jacoby Jones ran back the opening kickoff 109 yards in the second half.

16. Due to his long bomb reception and his kickoff return, Jacoby Jones led all players with the most all-purpose (receiving+rushing+return) yards. He has 290, which made “someone else!” the answer to question #44. 29 contestants (44 percent) got it right.

17. POPS PROPS contestants were mostly wrong on Kapernick’s total passing yards being under 240 ½ (56 percent). He ended with 302. They also were mostly wrong on Ray Rice’s total rushing yards being over 80 ½. (53 percent) He finished with 59. Finally, they were mostly wrong on Anquan Boldin’s total receiving yards being under 75 ½ (55 percent). He finished with 104.

18. In question #55, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis TIED for the most receptions with SIX. But no one predicted “there will be some sort of tie,” so no one received points for this question.

19. Most of the field (55 percent) thought Justin Tucker (BAL) would end the game with more kicking points than David Akers (SF). But in defeat, Akers had 11 to Tucker’s 10.

20. Despite a late charge by Kapernick, he had fewer rushing yards (62) than the Illini had total points against Wisconsin (68). So congratulations to the 58 percent of contestants who correctly answered question #57.

21. 74 percent of the field believed that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would combine for a greater number of points in their respective games than the total points that were scored in Super Bowl XLVII (question #59). That was incorrect. Total points was 65, and Kobe (18) and LeBron (30) combined for 48.

22. 68 percent of the field believed that there would be more total field goals in the game than total goals in Sunday’s Dundee/Greenock Morton Scottish Cup game. But Dundee beat Greenock Morton 5-1 for 6 goals, which was 1 more than the total number of field goals (5).

23. A whopping 76 percent of the field incorrectly predicted that the total number of points in Super Bowl XLVII would be under 55 ½. It was far over (65).

24. Ten of our 66 contestants correctly predicted that Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco would be named MVP. Meanwhile, 26 of our contestants incorrectly predicted that Colin Kapernick would win MVP honors.

A LOOK BACK AT THE QUESTIONS, THE ANSWERS AND THE PICKS FOR POPS PROPS III!:

1. Who will win Super Bowl XLVII?…BALTIMORE 34, SAN FRANCISCO 31
Baltimore Ravens 26 39%
San Francisco 49ers 40 61%

2. What will be the total duration of Alicia Keys’ version of the “Star Spangled Banner”? (The timer starts when she begins to sing, not when the music begins.)…2:36.93!
Over 2 minutes, 10 seconds 36 55%
Under 2 minutes, 10 seconds 29 44%
Exactly 2 minutes, 10 seconds 1 2%

3. Which team will win the pre-game opening coin toss?…BALTIMORE!
Baltimore Ravens 37 56%
San Francisco 49ers 29 44%

4. Will the opening coin toss come up…?…HEADS
Heads 33 50%
Tails 33 50%

5. Will the opening kickoff return be…?…0 YARDS
0 to 20 yards 45 68%
21 to 30 yards 18 27%
31 or more yards 3 5%

6. Which team will be assessed the first penalty (not declined)?…49ERS
Baltimore Ravens 36 55%
San Francisco 49ers 29 44%
Neither team will be penalized! 1 2%

7. Which team will call the first timeout?—BALTIMORE (2:19 of 2Q)
Baltimore Ravens 24 36%
San Francisco 49ers 42 64%

8. Which team will cross the 50-yard-line first?…RAVENS
Baltimore Ravens 19 29%
San Francisco 49ers 47 71%

9. Which team will score first?…BALTIMORE
Baltimore Ravens 19 29%
San Francisco 49ers 47 71%

10. Will the first score be a…?…PASSING TOUCHDOWN
Field goal 27 41%
Passing touchdown 20 30%
Rushing touchdown 19 29%
Defensive or special-teams touchdown 0 0%
Safety 0 0%

11. Which coach will throw the first challenge flag?…JIM (SF)
Jim Harbaugh 37 56%
John Harbaugh 23 35%
Neither! 6 9%

12. Will the first score be in the first 5 minutes?…YES
Yes 20 30%
No 46 70%

13. Will the team that scores first win the game?…YES (Baltimore)
Yes 40 61%
No 26 39%

14. What will be the total number of points scored in the first quarter?…UNDER (10)
Over 14 1/2 8 12%
Under 14 1/2 58 88%

15. Which team will lead at the end of the first quarter?..RAVENS
Baltimore Ravens 17 26%
San Francisco 49ers 44 67%
The score will be tied 5 8%

16. Will the first Super Bowl commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter advertise…?…MOVIE (FAST AND FURIOUS)
Alcohol 24 36%
Automobiles or tires 14 21%
Chips or snacks 11 17%
Computers or technology 7 11%
Soft drinks 8 12%
None of the above 2 3%

17. What will be the total number of points scored in the second quarter?…OVER (17)
Over 14 1/2 18 27%
Under 14 1/2 48 73%

18. Which team will lead at halftime?…BALTIMORE (21-6)
Baltimore Ravens 23 35%
San Francisco 49ers 43 65%

19. Will Beyonce be joined by Jay-Z on stage during the halftime show?
Yes! 38 58%
No! 28 42%

20. Which of the following songs will Beyonce NOT perform?
“Bootylicious” 27 41%
“Crazy In Love” 4 6%
“Irreplaceable” 7 11%
“Nuclear” 14 21%
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” 9 14%
None! She will perform all of these songs! 5 8%

21. What will be the predominant color of Beyonce’s top at the beginning of the halftime show?…BLACK
Blue 8 12%
Black 11 17%
Gold (yellow) 17 26%
Green 0 0%
Orange 0 0%
Pink 3 5%
Red 7 11%
Silver (gray) 15 23%
White 5 8%
Some other color! 0 0%

22. What will be the total nuber of points scored in the third quarter?…OVER (24)
Over 14 1/2 18 27%
Under 14 1/2 48 73%

23. Which team will lead at the end of the third quarter?..BALTIMORE (28-23)
Baltimore Ravens 23 35%
San Francisco 49ers 38 58%
The score will be tied. 5 8%

24. What will be the total number of points scored in the fourth quarter?…UNDER (14)
Over 14 1/2 25 38%
Under 14 1/2 41 62%

25. In which half will there be a greater number of points scored?..SECOND HALF (38)
The first half 11 17%
The second half 52 79%
The two sums will be equal 3 5%

26. Which team will score last in the game?…SAN FRANCISCO (safety)
Baltimore Ravens 38 58%
San Francisco 49ers 28 42%

27. Will the team that scores last win the game?..NO (San Francisco)
Yes 44 67%
No 22 33%

28. Will there be overtime?…NO
Yes 1 2%
No 65 98%

29. Which team will have the most penalty yards against?..SF (33-20)
Baltimore Ravens 43 65%
San Francisco 49ers 22 33%
The two teams will tie! 1 2%

30. Will the total number of sacks be…?…OVER (5)
Over 4 1/2 36 55%
Under 4 1/2 30 45%

31. Will the total number of punts be…?…UNDER (6)
Over 8 1/2 30 45%
Under 8 1/2 36 55%

32. Will the total number of interceptions be…? ….UNDER (1)
Over 2 1/2 35 53%
Under 2 1/2 31 47%

33. Will the total number of fumbles lost be…? OVER (2)
Over 1 1/2 41 62%
Under 1 1/2 25 38%

34. Will the total number of successful third-down conversions be…?… UNDER (11)
Over 15 1/2 20 30%
Under 15 1/2 46 70%

35. Will the total number of successful fourth-down conversions be…? … UNDER (0)
Over 1 1/2 30 45%
Under 1 1/2 36 55%

36. Which team will make the shortest field goal? … BALT (19)
Baltimore Ravens 34 52%
San Francisco 49ers 32 48%

37. Will the longest field goal be…? … UNDER (38)
Over 44 1/2 yards 42 64%
Under 44 1/2 yards 24 36%

38. Will the shortest field goal be…?…UNDER (19)
Over 23 1/2 yards 39 59%
Under 23 1/2 yards 27 41%

39. Will the total number of field goals be…?…OVER (?)
Over 3 1/2 46 70%
Under 3 1/2 20 30%

40. Will the total number of touchdowns be…?…OVER (?)
Over 5 1/2 31 47%
Under 5 1/2 35 53%

41. Will the longest touchdown be…?…OVER
Over 46 1/2 33 50%
Under 46 1/2 33 50%

42. Will the shortest touchdown be…?…UNDER (1)
Over 1 1/2 yards 34 52%
Under 1 1/2 yards 32 48%

43. Will there be a special-teams or defensive touchdown?….YES
Yes 33 50%
No 33 50%

44. Which player will gain the most all-purpose (receiving + rushing + return) yards?…JACOBY JONES (290)
Ray Rice (BAL) 22 33%
Frank Gore (SF) 15 23%
Someone else! 29 44%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

45. The total number of passing yards by Joe Flacco (Ravens) will be…?…OVER(287)
Over 240 1/2 34 52%
Under 240 1/2 32 48%

46. The total number of passing yards by Colin Kapernick (49ers) will be…?…OVER(302)
Over 240 1/2 29 44%
Under 240 1/2 37 56%

47. The total number of passing attempts in the game will be…?…UNDER (61)
Over 78 1/2 27 41%
Under 78 1/2 39 59%

48. The total number of passing yards in the game will be…?…OVER(560)
Over 480 1/2 31 47%
Under 480 1/2 35 53%

49. The total number of rushing yards by Ray Rice (BAL) will be…?..UNDER (59)
Over 80 1/2 35 53%
Under 80 1/2 31 47%

50. The total number of rushing yards by Frank Gore (SF) will be…?…OVER (110)
Over 80 1/2 35 53%
Under 80 1/2 31 47%

51. Who will have the most rushing yards?…GORE (110)
Ray Rice (BAL) 27 41%
Bernard Pierce (BAL) 3 5%
Frank Gore (SF) 23 35%
Colin Kaepernick (SF) 12 18%
Someone else! 1 2%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

52. The total number of receiving yards by Anquan Boldin (BAL) will be…?…OVER (104)
Over 75 1/2 30 45%
Under 75 1/2 36 55%

53. The total number of receiving yards by Michael Crabtree (SF) will be…?…OVER (109)
Over 75 1/2 36 55%
Under 75 1/2 30 45%

54. Which receiver will have the most yards receiving?…CRABTREE (109)
Anquan Boldin (BAL) 15 23%
Dennis Pitta (BAL) 2 3%
Torrey Smith (BAL) 10 15%
Michael Crabtree (SF) 22 33%
Vernon Davis (SF) 9 14%
Randy Moss (SF) 5 8%
Someone else! 3 5%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

55. Which receiver will have the most receptions?…TIE (CRABTREE/DAVIS)…6
Anquan Boldin (BAL) 16 24%
Dennis Pitta (BAL) 6 9%
Torrey Smith (BAL) 6 9%
Michael Crabtree (SF) 23 35%
Vernon Davis (SF) 10 15%
Randy Moss (SF) 3 5%
Someone else! 2 3%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

56. Which kicker will have more total points?…AKERS (11)
Justin Tucker (BAL) 36 55%
David Akers (SF) 26 39%
Someone else! 1 2%
There will be some sort of tie! 3 5%

57. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…WIS (74) + IL (68) = 68…KAEPERNICK (62)
Colin Kaperneck (SF) rushing yards 26 39%
Fighting Illini total points vs. Wisconsin (men’s college basketball) in Champaign 38 58%
The two sums will be equal! 2 3%

58. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…STAN (81)+ORE ST (73)=154+20=174…RICE (59)+GORE (110)=169
Ray Rice (BAL) rushing yards + Frank Gore (SF) rushing yards 36 55%
Oregon St. points + Stanford points + 20 (men’s college basketball) 29 44%
The two sums will be equal! 1 2%

59. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…KOBE (18)+LEBRON (30)=48…TOTAL POINTS (65)
Total points in Super Bowl XLVII 16 24%
Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) total points at Detroit + LeBron James (Miami) total points at Toronto (NBA) 49 74%
The two sums will be equal! 1 2%

60. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…MLT (2) + OTT (1)=3…RAVENS (4)+SF(3)=7
Ravens touchdowns + 49ers touchdowns 47 71%
Ottawa Senators goals + Montreal Canadiens goals (NHL) 18 27%
The two sums will be equal! 1 2%

61. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…MICKELSON (67)…JAMES (75)
LaMichael James (SF) total return yards 33 50%
Fourth-round score for the winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (SF) 31 47%
The two sums will be equal! 2 3%

62. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…DUNDEE (5)+GREENOCK MORTON (1)=6…TOTAL FIELD GOALS (5)
Ravens field goals made + 49ers field goals made 45 68%
Dundee goals + Greenock Morton goals (Scottish Cup) 19 29%
The two sums will be equal! 2 3%

63. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 3?…HIBERNIAN (1)+ABERDEEN (0)=1…RAVENS TURNOVERS (1)+49ERS TURNOVERS (2)=3
Ravens total turnovers + 49ers total turnovers 34 52%
Hibernian goals + Aberdeen goals (Scottish Cup) 29 44%
The two sums will be equal! 3 5%

64. How many points will be scored in Super Bowl XLVII?…OVER(65)
Over 55 1/2 16 24%
Under 55 1/2 50 76%

65. Will the total number of points scored be even or odd?…ODD (65)
Even 26 39%
Odd 40 61%

66. Who will be the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII? (5-point bonus for a correct write-in vote!)…Joe Flacco!

POPS PROPS II: Friedman Strikes Back

POPS PROPS II: Friedman Strikes Back

POPS PROPS II FINAL RESULTS

1. Matt Friedman 45
2. (tie) Sara Scobell 42
2. (tie) Becky Lomax 42
4. Karen Gunkel 39
5. (tie) Anita McTouchdown 38
5. (tie) Tony Stasiek 38
5. (tie) Jill Waycie 38
8. (tie) Jon Eckberg 37
8. (tie) Sue Sauder 37
10. (tie) Rachel Bayne 36
10. (tie) Tom Lorusso 36
12. (tie) Beth Clauss 35
12. (tie) Kate Obukowicz 35
14. (tie) Lenny Jackson 34
14. (tie) Eric Schuh 34
14. (tie) Uncle Tony 34
17. (tie) Marika Brussel 33
17. (tie) Gianni Fanelli 33
17. (tie) Kevin Keeker 33
17. (tie) Spank Meledandri 33
17. (tie) Brittany Retherford 33
17. (tie) Wes Winter 33
23. (tie) Steven Rosander 32
23. (tie) Dennis Gendron 32
23. (tie) Sara Zeller 32
26. (tie) Summer Sanders 31
26. (tie) Tim Clauss 31
26. (tie) John Davy 31
29. (tie) Erin Sanders 30
29. (tie) Jessica 30
29. (tie) Gary Tucker 30
32. (tie) Eric Caldwell 29
32. (tie) JJ Guajardo 29
32. (tie) Jason Schklar 29
32. (tie) Aaron Suring 29
36. (tie) Brian Bushaw 27
36. (tie) Pedro Antonio Diaz de Leon 27
36. (tie) Korry Keeker 27
36. (tie) Kris Keeker 27
36. (tie) Marti Keeker 27
41. (tie) Kate Henry 26
41. (tie) Kevin Larson 26
41. (tie) Marcos Nunes-Ueno 26
41. (tie) Rob Roys 26
45. Eric Morrison 25
46. Pagan Hill 24
47. Ben Brumleve 22
48. Jesse Guy 21
49. (tie) Kyle Drexel 20
49. (tie) Andrew Krueger 20
51. Mark Porter 19
52. Eric Gendron 18

Mean score: 30.78846154; Median: 31; Mode: 33; Standard deviation: 6.062862

When the Giants and the Patriots met in Super Bowl XLVII (as was contractually obligated by FOX’s East Coast affiliates), virtually every single person on the planet was sickened. Except for one bold soul.

Matt Friedman defeated 51 competitors to become the Second Annual POPS PROPS Memorial Super Bowl Challenge champion. Friedman trounced the competition, winning by a commanding 3-point margin with 45 points out of a possible 68. Sara Scobell, a suburban schoolteacher who made all 64 of her picks with the help of her trusty rabbit, Nibbler, tied real-estate mogul Rebecca Lomax for second place at 42. It was a stunning 365-day turnaround for Lomax, who finished dead last in POPS PROPS I.

Defending champion Dennis Gendron finished in a three-way tie for 23rd with Steven Rosander and Sara Zeller at 32 points. Meanwhile, four-time Olympic medalist Summer Sanders, who was invited through Twitter to take POPS PROPS and graciously took us up on the offer, finished tied for 26th place with Tim Clauss and John Davy at 31 points.

A few stray observations:
(1) The Patriots were favored among PROPS-takers, but just barely. 28 (54 percent) entrants said the Pats would win Super Bowl XLVI, while 24 entrants said the Giants would triumph.

(2) Question #2, regarding the total duration of Kelly Clarkson’s National Anthem, essentially split the field ij half. I timed her version at 1:34. 26 people (50 percent) correctly predicted that it would last less than 1:38 seconds, while 25 said it would drag on for longer than 1:38. Only one person (Becky Lomax) predicted it would last EXACTLY 1 minute, 38 seconds. A gutsy call, for sure, but a correct choice would have propelled her into second place all by herself!

(3) For some reason, 73 percent of us were under the mistaken impression that the opening kickoff would be returned 0 to 20 yards (question #4). As we all know, and as only of us 25 percent of us had the foresight to see, it was returned for 22 yards.

(4) The vast majority of us believed that the Patriots would drive across the 50-yard-line first (73 pct, question #8) and score first (73 pct, question #9) while the Giants would be undisciplined and receive the first penalty (67 pct, question #6). In reality, the exact opposite happened in the first quarter!

(5) Absolutely NO ONE (0 pct) predicted that the first score of the game would be a safety (question #10)! 44 percent thought it would be a field goal, while 40 pct predicted a passing touchdown.

(6) 85 pct of us (44 entrants) correctly predicted there would be less than 14 ½ points scored in the first quarter (question #13), but only 23 pct of us (12 entrants) correctly guessed that the Giants would lead at the end of the period!

(7) The first Super Bowl commercial after the end of the first quarter was about Bridgestone car tires. A majority of us (37 percent) were correct in guessing the first commercial would somehow highlight “cars”.

(8) The “Under 14 1/2” pick was correct for all 4 of the “How many total points will be scored in the XX quarter?” picks!

(9) An overwhelming 79 percent (41) of entrants correctly predicted that Madonna would wear some sort of hat during the halftime show. Madonna: still totally fucking insane-yet-predictable.

(10) Absolutely NO ONE (0 pct) predicted that there would be an equal number of points scored in the first and second halves (question #23). In fact, 81 pct of entrants said more points would be scored in the second half!

(11) I LOL’d at Kyle Drexel for predicting that Super Bowl XLVI would be the first Super Bowl to go into overtime, until I remembered that I made the same prediction (question #26). We were the only 2 people to make that disastrous call.

(12) 62 pct of our field (32 entrants) thought Tom Brady would rack up the most all-purpose yards (question #42). Only 29 pct (15 entrants) correctly backed Eli Manning. Most also thought that Tom Brady would out-pass Eli (questions #43 and #44). As we now know, that assumption was incorrect and Tom Brady disgraced himself in front of billions. Overall, PROPS entrants believed that there would be more passing yards than there were. A majority of us (56 pct) picked “over 621 ½” for the total number of passing yards (question #46), when the correct answer was actually under (or 548).

(13) Victor Cruz’s 25 receiving yards were a PROPS disappointment. 60 pct of us believed he would be “over 75” (question #50)

(14) Likewise, the majority of us believed Cruz (33 pct) or Rob Grankowski (25 pct) would finish with the most receiving yards (question #52). Only 5 of us (Spank, Kev, Jill, John Davy and my MA) correctly predicted that Hakeem Nicks would have the most receiving yards, and only 3 of us (Brian Bushaw, John Davy and Becky Lomax) predicted that Nicks would have the most receptions (question #53)!

(15) For question #55, Rudy Gay scored 21 points against the Celtics, but the majority of us (58 pct) were correct in guessing that Eli Manning would complete more passes (30).

(16) For question #56, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined for 55 points against the Raptors, and the majority of us (63 pct.) correctly guessed that sum would be higher than the total points scored in the Super Bowl (38).

(17) Question #57 split the field right down the middle. 48 pct of us correctly guessed that Michigan and Michigan State would combine for more points (118) than the rushing sum (116) of Ahmad Bradshaw and BenJarvus Green-Ellis! 48 pct of us went with Bradshaw and Green-Ellis, while 2 of us (Marika and Jesse Guy) went out on a limb and guessed that the 2 sums would be equal!

(18) For question #58, the overwhelming majority of us (81 pct) correctly guessed that the total number of touchdowns in the game (4) would be greater than the total number of goals (3) in the Winnipeg Jets/Montreal Canadiens contest. For the record, Montreal scored 3 of them, while Winnipeg was shut out.

(19) For the first time that I can remember, all the soccer games won in the crossover questions (question #59, question #60). A big part of that was because Chelsea and Manchester United tied 3-3. Question #61, however, was DECLARED INVALID by the Committee for Fairness and Integrity, as the Derby County/Nottingham Forest game was POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW! No points were awarded for that question, though 36 of us predicted that there would be more goals in the soccer game than total fumbles lost (0) in the Super Bowl!

(20) A whopping 60 pct of us correctly took the “under 55 ½” for the total points scored (38) in the Super Bowl (question #62), but only 35 pct of us correctly guessed that the total point sum would be an even number (question #63).

(21) Nineteen of us successfully guessed that Eli Manning would be the MVP (question #64). 21 people picked Tom Brady. Curiously, one of us (Brittany Retherford) picked my dog, Tehanu. To the best of my knowledge, Tehanu was not participating in the game. She was napping and farting.

POPS PROPS II QUESTION SUMMARY

1. Who will win Super Bowl XLVI?…Giants!
New York Giants 24 46%
New England Patriots 28 54%

2. What will be the total duration of Kelly Clarkson’s “Star Spangled Banner?” (The timer starts when she begins to sing, not when the music begins.)….1:34
Over 1 minute, 38 seconds 25 48%
Under 1 minute, 38 seconds 26 50%
Exactly 1 minute, 38 seconds 1 2%

3. Which team will win the pre-game coin toss?…New England
New York Giants 30 58%
New England Patriots 22 42%

4. Will the coin come up…?….heads
Heads 30 58%
Tails 22 42%

5. Will the opening kickoff return be…?…22
0 to 20 yards 38 73%
21 to 30 yards 13 25%
30 or more yards 1 2%

6. Which team will be assessed the first penalty (not declined)?…Patriots
New York Giants 35 67%
New England Patriots 17 33%

7. Which team will call the first timeout?…Patriots!
New York Giants 29 56%
New England Patriots 23 44%

8. Which team will cross the 50-yard-line first?…Giants
New York Giants 14 27%
New England Patriots 38 73%

9. Which team will score first?…Giants!
New York Giants 14 27%
New England Patriots 38 73%

10. Will the first score be a…?…Safety
Field goal 23 44%
Passing touchdown 21 40%
Rushing touchdown 6 12%
Defensive or special teams touchdown 2 4%
Safety 0 0%

11. Will the first score be in the first 5 minutes?…No!
Yes 17 33%
No. 35 67%

12. Will the team that scores first win the game?…Yes!
Yes 25 48%
No 27 52%

13. What will be the total number of points scored in the first quarter?…9!
Over 14 1/2 8 15%
Under 14 1/2 44 85%

14. Which team will lead at the end of the first quarter?…Giants!
New York Giants 12 23%
New England Patriots 29 56%
The score will be tied 11 21%

15. Will the first Super Bowl commercial after the conclusion of the first quarter advertise…?…Cars (Bridgestone tires)
Alcohol 12 23%
Cars 19 37%
Chips/snacks 6 12%
Computers/technology 3 6%
Soft drinks 6 12%
None of the above 6 12%

16. What will be the total number of points scored in the second quarter?…10!
Over 14 1/2 28 54%
Under 14 1/2 24 46%

17. Which team will score last in the second quarter?…Patriots!
New York Giants 31 60%
New England Patriots 21 40%

18. Which team will lead at halftime?…Patriots!
New York Giants 20 38%
New England Patriots 32 62%

19. Will that oh-so-crazy Madonna wear some sort of hat at some point during the halftime show?…Yes
Yes 41 79%
No 11 21%

20. What will be the total number of points scored in the third quarter?…13!
Over 14 1/2 18 35%
Under 14 1/2 34 65%

21. Which team will lead at the end of the third quarter?…Patriots!
New York Giants 17 33%
New England Patriots 25 48%
The score will be tied 10 19%

22. What will be the total number of points scored in the fourth quarter?…6!
Over 14 1/2 23 44%
Under 14 1/2 29 56%

23. In which half will there be a greater number of points scored?…Tie!
The first half 10 19%
The second half 42 81%
The two sums will be equal. 0 0%

24. Which team will score last in the game?…Giants!
New York Giants 27 52%
New England Patriots 25 48%

25. Will the team that scores last win the game?…Yes!
Yes 42 81%
No 10 19%

26. Will there be overtime?…No!
Yes 2 4%
No 50 96%

27. Which team will have the most penalty yards against?…NE (28-24)!
New York Giants 35 67%
New England Patriots 17 33%

28. Will the total number of sacks be…?…5 (Over)!
Over 4 1/2 27 52%
Under 4 1/2 25 48%

29. Will the total number of punts be…?…7 (under)!
Over 8 1/2 22 42%
Under 8 1/2 30 58%

30. Will the total number of interceptions be…?…1 (under)!
Over 2 1/2 29 56%
Under 2 1/2 23 44%

31. Will the total number of fumbles lost be…?…0 (under)!
Over 1 1/2 28 54%
Under 1 1/2 24 46%

32. Will the total number of successful third-down conversions be…?…11 (under)!
Over 15 1/2 17 33%
Under 15 1/2 35 67%

33. Will the total number of successful fourth-down conversions be…?…1 (under)!
Over 1 1/2 29 56%
Under 1 1/2 23 44%

34. Which team will make the shortest field goal?…NE (29)!
New York Giants 33 63%
New England Patriots 19 37%

35. Will the longest field goal be…?…NY (38)!
Over 44 1/2 yards 32 62%
Under 44 1/2 yards 20 38%

36. Will the shortest field goal be…?…NE (29)!
Over 23 1/2 yards 30 58%
Under 23 1/2 yards 22 42%

37. Will the total number of field goals be…?…3 (under)!
Over 3 1/2 42 81%
Under 3 1/2 10 19%

38. Will the total number of touchdowns be…?…4 (under)!
Over 6 1/2 24 46%
Under 6 1/2 28 54%

39. Will the longest touchdown be…?…12 (under)!
Over 46 1/2 yards 29 56%
Under 46 1/2 yards 23 44%

40. Will the shortest touchdown be…?…2 (over)!
Over 1 1/2 yards 22 42%
Under 1 1/2 yards 30 58%

41. Will there be a special-teams or defensive touchdown?…No!
Yes 21 40%
No 31 60%

42. Which player will gain the most all-purpose (passing + receiving + rushing) yards?…Eli Manning (295)
Eli Manning (NYG) 15 29%
Tom Brady (NE) 32 62%
Someone else! 5 10%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

43. The total number of passing yards by Eli Manning (NYG) will be…?…296 (under)!
Over 310 1/2 14 27%
Under 310 1/2 38 73%

44. The total number of passing yards by Tom Brady (NE) will be…?…276 (under)!
Over 310 1/2 33 63%
Under 310 1/2 19 37%

45. The total number of passing attempts in the game will be…?…81 (over)!
Over 78 1/2 31 60%
Under 78 1/2 21 40%

46. The total number of passing yards in the game will be…?…548 (under)!
Over 621 1/2 29 56%
Under 621 1/2 23 44%

47. The total number of rushing yards by Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) will be…?…72 (over)!
Over 60 1/2 32 62%
Under 60 1/2 20 38%

48. The total number of rushing yards by BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) will be…?…44 (under)!
Over 60 1/2 22 42%
Under 60 1/2 30 58%

49. Who will have the most rushing yards?…Bradshaw (72)!
Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) 20 38%
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) 13 25%
Brandon Jacobs (NYG) 6 12%
Danny Woodhead (NE) 3 6%
Someone else! 9 17%
There will be some sort of tie! 1 2%

50. The total number of receiving yards by Victor Cruz (NYG) will be…?…25 (under)!
Over 75 1/2 31 60%
Under 75 1/2 21 40%

51. The total number of receiving yards by Wes Welker (NE) will be…?…60 (under)!
Over 75 1/2 24 46%
Under 75 1/2 28 54%

52. Which receiver will have the most yards receiving?…Nicks (109)!
Victor Cruz (NYG) 17 33%
Rob Grankowski (NE) 13 25%
Aaron Hernandez (NE) 6 12%
Mario Manningham (NYG) 4 8%
Hakeem Nicks (NYG) 5 10%
Wes Welker (NE) 7 13%
Someone else! 0 0%
There will be some sort of tie! 0 0%

53. Which receiver will have the most receptions?…Nicks (10)!
Victor Cruz (NYG) 13 25%
Rob Grankowski (NE) 12 23%
Aaron Hernandez (NE) 4 8%
Mario Manningham (NYG) 1 2%
Hakeem Nicks (NYG) 3 6%
Wes Welker (NE) 16 31%
Someone else! 2 4%
There will be some sort of tie! 1 2%

54. Which kicker will have more total points?…Tynes (7)!
Stephen Gostkowski (NE) 26 50%
Lawrence Tynes (NYG) 22 42%
Someone else! 2 4%
There will be some sort of tie! 2 4%

55. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…Rudy Gay (21 pts)…Eli Manning (30)!
Eli Manning (NYG) pass completions 30 58%
Rudy Gay points (Memphis Grizzlies) vs. Boston Celtics (NBA) 21 40%
The two sums will be equal! 1 2%

56. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…James+Wade (30+25=55)…NYG+NE=38
Giants points + Patriots points 18 35%
LeBron James points + Dwayne Wade points (Miami Heat) vs. Toronto Raptors (NBA) 33 63%
The two sums will be equal! 1 2%

57. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…(Michigan State 64, Michigan 54=118)…bradshaw+Ellis=116
Ahmad Bradshaw rushing yards (NYG) + BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing yards (NE) 25 48%
Michigan points + Michigan State points (men’s college basketball) 25 48%
The two sums will be equal! 2 4%

58. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…(MTL 3, WIN 0=3)…TDs=4
Giants touchdowns + Patriots touchdowns 42 81%
Winnipeg Jets goals + Montreal Canadiens goals (NHL) 7 13%
The two sums will be equal! 3 6%

59. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…(Newcastle 2, Ashton Villa 1=3)…Manning (1)
Eli Manning (NYG) touchdown passes 22 42%
Newcastle United goals + Ashton Villa goals (Barclays Premier League) 24 46%
The two sums will be equal! 6 12%

60. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…(Chelsea 3, Manchester United 3=6)…FG=3
Giants field goals made + Patriots field goals made 34 65%
Chelsea goals + Manchester United goals (Barclays Premier Legue) 12 23%
The two sums will be equal! 6 12%

61. Which will be greater on Sunday, Feb. 5?…(Postponed due to snow!)…
Giants fumbles lost + Patriots fumbles lost 11 21%
Derby County goals + Notingham Forest goals (English League Championship) 36 69%
The two sums will be equal! 5 10%

62. How many points will be scored in Super Bowl XLVI?…38 (under)
Over 55 1/2 21 40%
Under 55 1/2 31 60%

63. Will the total number of points scored be odd or even?…38 (even)
Odd 34 65%
Even 18 35%

64. Who will be the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVI…Eli Manning

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