Saturday, February 5, 2011

Local Pols Back The Pack

East Bay politicians all back the Packers to win Super Bowl XLV, but the folks at EA Sports predict a Steelers victory. Through gameplay on Madden '11, the video game has correctly predicted six of the last seven Super Bowls

By Steven Tavares

What can you expect when you ask a bunch of Democrats to predict the outcome of Super Bowl XLV--agreement on the core issues. In an informal survey of East Bay politicians every response featured a victory for the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers
during his time in Berkeley.
Most likely the unifying theme appears to surround the game’s local angle with former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers leading the Pack Sunday against Pittsburgh. “I predict Green Bay will win because they have a smarter quarterback,” said Old Blue and San Leandro Councilman Jim Prola. “He did graduate from Cal--Go Bears!” In addition to Rodgers, the Packers’ roster also includes former Cal linebacker Desmond Bishop and former San Jose State star wide receiver James Jones. Absent from Pittsburgh’s Black and Yellow is anybody from the Bay Area on the active roster, but former San Leandro High School alum and Steelers back-up quarterback Dennis Dixon damaged cartilage in his knee last September and has been on injured reserve ever since.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett is also favoring the Pack by way of her son, who advised his mom the origins of the Lombardi Trophy rests in the land of the frozen tundra. “Although I very much enjoy the game, I thought it would be to fun turn to my son for his thoughts because he is a huge Packers fan,” said Corbett. “His response: “Packers all the way!” Incidentally, both Corbett and Prola both predicted a 24-17 victory for Green Bay.

For me, after watching nine hours of Super Bowl highlights on the NFL Network I have come up with this prediction: Pittsburgh, 27-20, but I’ll be rooting along with the Cheeseheads.

Here is the predictions of other East Bay pols:

Former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos
>>Green Bay, 27-21

Hayward Councilman Marvin Peixoto
>>Green Bay, 20-17

Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk
>>Green Bay, 24-20

San Leandro Councilwoman Pauline Cutter
>>Green Bay, 24-10

Former Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling
>>Green Bay, 31-28

State Sen. Ellen Corbett
>>Green Bay, 24-17

San Leandro Councilman Jim Prola
>>Green Bay, 24-17

UPDATE - 2/6/11, 2:30 p.m.
Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young
>>Pittsburgh, 27-24

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  1. Go Packers!!! 31-25, looks like Kevin Dowling was closest at 31-28.

  2. Way to go Packers. I think Tony was closest, he is the only one who got the spread of 6 correct.

    Kevin got the top point right but he is only a three points off the bottom.

    Shelia showed that she was the closest to the spirit of Lou Filipovich. Mike