Celeb Super Bowl picks: Edge to NY
Editor's note: Since 1986, our friends at Scripps Howard News Service have spanned the globe to get Super Bowl picks from some of today's biggest names. And some of yesterday's. The winner gets the Scripps Howard Super Sage Award trophy.
We've got 25 of their top picks below -- well, 24 and one Academy Award-nominated actor who just couldn't decide. Included is last year's winner, Ted Giannoulas, better known as the San Diego Chicken, who liked the New York Giants 34-26. Last year, he said Green Bay would beat Pittsburgh 31-26; the final score was 31-25. Only twice -- Martina Navratilova in 1998 and Dennis Farina in 2005 -- has the winner gotten the score exactly right.
For more celebrity selections, check out the complete list from Scripps Howard. The list is 115 names long -- 60 going for the Giants, 50 for the New England Patriots, and five who just can't bear to make a selection.
|CELEBRITY||WHO THEY'RE PICKING ... AND WHY|
Actor/former California governor
|New England, 31-24. I can't pick against my neighbor, especially when he is playing at such a high level. Tom Brady will be the Super Bowl MVP.|
|New York, 20-7. The Patriots are terrible losers which means the Giants, who are great winners, have to work harder than usual, and they will.|
Actor, Oscar nominee for "Moneyball"
|"Oooh, that's a tough one."|
|I was rooting for the Dolphins. So, [they] didn't do so well. I always root for the younger brother.|
Actress, Oscar nominee for "The Help"
|New York, 27-24. It's a rematch that's sure to have a different outcome.|
|PENN & TELLER|
Magicians, 2007 Super Sage Award winners
|New England, 31-27. But, five minutes before kickoff, Rob Lowe announces Eli Manning's retirement.|
Hall of Fame golfer
|New England, 31-28. How many games have the Patriots lost? Three. How many games have the Giants lost? Seven. I realize the Giants are hot right now, but over the course of a season I think the Patriots have performed better and I like their body of work. Eli is a great quarterback and I am a big fan. It just so happens I root for the AFC, because I am a long-time Dolphins fan.|
Hall of Famer golfer, 2003 Super Sage Award winner
|New York, 28-17. Eli Manning is feeling his oats. I think he will have a good game in the Super Bowl.|
Actress, "The Office"
|New England, 31-28. This pick is based mainly on the fact that my husband is from Dallas. We are Cowboys fans and we don't root for the Giants. Unless we are rooting for them to lose! Go Patriots!|
Tennis Hall of Famer
|New York, 24-21.|
Detroit Tigers pitcher, AL MVP, Cy Young winner
|New York, 21-17.|
|New York, 31-24. Eli lights it up for four TD passes.|
Reverend, 2008 Super Sage Award winner
|New York, 27-23. I just think Eli Manning will be more comfortable in Indianapolis.|
First pilot to break the sound barrier
|New England, 31-27.|
|DALE EARNHARDT JR.|
|New England. The Redskins whooped the Giants twice so if they won it would make me feel good as a Redskins fan, but I think the Patriots will win, barely, by three or four points.|
Actress/George Clooney's girlfriend
|New England, 34-28. I think this will be a higher-scoring game than four years ago and in a shootout, it's hard to go against Tom Brady.|
|New England, 28-14. I love Eli Manning, but under pressure, I have to go with Tom Brady.|
|SEN. JOHN KERRY|
U.S. Senator, D-Mass.
|New England, 31-24, on the strength of a Tom Brady performance. I'd say this even if I wasn't Senator for Massachusetts: the Patriots will win. Karma is on our side. They'll win it for Myra [Kraft, the late wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft].|
Former New York City mayor
|New York, 30-20. The Giants clearly have a superior defense and their offense is more multidimensional.|
|New York, 28-24. Should be a great rematch. I can't wait to see teams so evenly matched. Defense will make the difference.|
Fox News host
|New York, 27-24. The Giants will be able to disrupt Tom Brady's passing. The Pats can't run the ball. Eli Manning will hit a few deep passes.|
Race car driver
|New York, 34-31. The Giants have been on a roll; confidence and momentum are important in any sport.|
New York Yankees Hall of Famer
|New York, 23-20. Better defense should be the difference.|
|New York, 24-17.|