Scripps Howard News Service Hosts Celebrity Superbowl Poll

By: E&P Staff

Cardinals or Steelers, you say? Why not ask the celebrities?

Scripps Howard News Service (SHNS) is once again conducting its Celebrity Super Bowl Poll, in which famous people compete to guess the winner of the game and most closely predict the final score.

Three stories will run on the SHNS wire Jan. 29: One is the complete list of predictions, another is a condensed list of the 25 most famous celebrities and their picks, and the last is a story analyzing the celebs? picks.

The eclectic list of celebrities participating in this 20th annual poll includes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh and singer Joan Jett, actors Tony Shalhoub, Tracy Morgan and Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts from ?The Sopranos?), 2008 U.S. Open
champion Serena Williams, 1980 ?Miracle on Ice? hockey captain Mike Eruzione, CNN
commentator Wolf Blitzer and comedienne Phyllis Diller, among others.

The celebrity who picks the winning team and most closely predicts the final score of Super
Bowl XLIII takes home the Super Sage Award trophy. A follow-up story to announce the winner moves on the SHNS wire the Monday after the game.

The last three winners of the SHNS Super Sage Award have been Pat Robertson (?08), Penn & Teller (?07), and Pennsylvania Congressman Jack Murtha (?06).

Actor Haley Joel Osment, best known for his performance as a child who could see dead people in ?The Sixth Sense,? had accurately predicted the previous eight Super Bowl champions in the SHNS poll until the New York Giants shocked the then-undefeated New England Patriots in 2008.

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