Thanks for checking in one last time this season!  Let’s see what Gamblor has to say about the Superbowl…

Gamblor’s Superbowl Prediction

And what about Son of Gamblor?

Son of Gamblor’s Superbowl Prediction

Son of Gamblor also has a video associated with its pick:


So…not a whole lot of action for the computer.


Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Overall Pick Overall Bet
PIT at GNB -2.5 PIT $2.55 PIT


Computer’s Pick: Pittsburgh (+2.5)
Bet Amount: $2.55 (Gamblor only)
COMMENTS: Essentially, both models agree that this is a complete toss-up, and the gambling world seems to agree.  As of this printing, the money is split with 52% on Green Bay and 48% on Pittsburgh.  As is its way, Gamblor prefers underdog in cases where the spread is where it belongs statistically.  Son of Gamblor is completely disinterested.  As far as I’m concerned, I’m taking the Packers.  Not because I necessarily think they’ll win (I actually expect this to be a great game with a close finish), but because I’d prefer to see them win.  I’m pretty sick of the Steelers having become “America’s Team” especially considering their quarterback is by all accounts a major league asshole and potentially a criminal to boot.  So many front-runners and bandwagon fans have conjured tenuous connections that enable them to root for the Steelers (i.e. “I grew up in New Jersey, but I visited Pittsburgh one time for work and ate at a really great steak restaurant, so I’m going to claim that I really liked the city and use that as a basis for my fanhood and the fact that the Steelers are a perennially great team who has won more Superbowls than anyone else has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I root for them.”) that it makes me sick.  And beyond that, it always astonishes me when anyone manages to beat Green Bay.  It seems like if they had a functional running game they would be simply unbeatable.

I only actually made one bet on this game – actually a pair of bets.  I took the total points between 71-80 – if it hits 71-75 it pays off 100:1, and 76-80 pays off 150:1.  Considering that 8 out of the 266 games this season fell into that range (3%), it’s really good value.  Will it pay off?  Probably not.  But it will be fun to root for.

As far as the game goes – it should be a good one.  We should see a lot of fireworks from Aaron Rodgers in this game, and we should see the same kind of action from Ben Roethlisberger.  We’ll see lots of Hines Ward downfield blocks against unsuspecting defensive backs.  We’ll see better tackling against Rashard Mendenhall.  I’m looking forward to it.