Milhouse comes through

Well, that happened.

If you were cheering for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, there’s no chance you’re reading this. You’re still in bed waiting for the celebratory headache to subside after Eli (Milhouse) Manning led the G-Men to a 21-17 win.

For the rest of us, including myself, backing the New England Patriots, it’s just another day at the office. If you competed against Alex Burrows in Super Bowl picks, your day at the office might just get better, though.

Below are Burrows’ picks, overall his score added up to 114 of a possible 202 points. Not bad, not bad at all.

Here’s the breakdown – Burrows’ picks are in italics, correct picks are bolded.

Did you beat Burr?


1. Will it take Kelly Clarkson 1min 33sec or longer to sing the National Anthem? Timer starts at “O” and ends at the last note of “Free”. Any screw ups, missed lyrics, or restarts in between do not matter.

Yes (+10) - correct
No (+10)

2. Call the coin toss.

Heads (+10)
Tails (+10)

3. Team to score first in the game.

Giants (+10)
Patriots (+9)

4. The first score of the game will be?

Touchdown (+9)
Field Goal or Safety (+11)

5. Will there be a score in the first six minutes of the 1st quarter?

Yes (+10)
No (+10)correct

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

Yes (+8)correct
No (+12)

7. Team to commit first penalty in the game that is accepted with yards marked off.

Giants (+10)
Patriots (+10) - correct

8. The first turnover of the game.

Interception (+8) - correct
Fumble (+12)
No Turnovers (+19)

9. Team to commit the first turnover in the game.

Giants (+10)
Patriots (+10)

10. Second quarter, under 10 minutes left, the first ad in the next commercial break is for:

Beer (+10)
Soda (+10)
Movie (+10)
Car/Truck (+10)
Food (Pizza, burgers, chips, yogurt, etc.) (+10)
Technology (Mobile device, search engine, internet service, etc.) (+10)
Financial Services (Insurance, investing, credit card, etc.) (+10)
Other (+10)

(Note: Tires are Other, not Car/Truck. e*trade is a Financial Service, not Technology.)

11. Will either team score in the last two minutes of the 1st half?

Yes (+7)
No (+14)

12. Will Madonna wear fishnet stockings at any point during the Halftime show?

Yes (+10) - correct
No (+10)

13. Will there be a lead change in the second half? Must be a lead change, no ties.

Yes (+12)
No (+8)

14. Will a special teams or defensive TD be scored?

Yes (+12)
No (+8) - correct

15. The Longest Field Goal made in the game will be:

1 – 32 yards (+12)
33 – 39 yards (+10) - correct
40 – 46 yards (+8)
47 – 53 yards (+10)
54 or more yards (+12)
No Field Goals made (+15)

16. Will either team score in the last three minutes of the 4th quarter? Overtime score does not count.

Yes (+9) - correct
No (+11)

17. Which will be the highest scoring quarter? (If two quarters tie, the points are halved)

1st Quarter (+11)
2nd Quarter (+8)
3rd Quarter (+11)correct
4th Quarter (+9)

18. Will Eli Manning and Tom Brady combine for 635 or more passing yards? Backup QBs do not count.

Yes (+10)
No (+10) - correct

19. Will both teams combine to score 55 or more points?

Yes (+10)
No (+10) - correct

20. Final outcome of the game

Giants win by 11 or more points (+15)
Giants win by 6 – 10 points (+13)
Giants win by 1 – 5 points (+11)
Patriots win by 1 – 5 points (+10)
Patriots win by 6 – 10 points (+11)
Patriots win by 11 – 15 points (+13)
Patriots win by 16 or more points (+15)

Tie-breaker: How many yards will the longest touchdown of the game be?

45 yards - 12 yards