Friday, January 30, 2009

THE ANNUAL SEASON-ENDING BIG GAME POOL: We're changing things up a little for our fourth go at this, which last year was won by Joseph J. Finn (2007: me; 2006: Benner). Since an Anheuser-Busch spot has topped the USA Today Ad Meter for each of the last ten years, we are retiring that question in place of a narrower one suggested by Matt.

As with last year, there are two prizes -- first, of course, Fame and Glory Forever ("forever" being until next year's pool), and second is that the winner has the non-assignable right to make a post of his or her choosing (relevant to the site's subject matter) on the blog at a mutually agreed-upon time. With that in mind, it's first-come, first served for you to make predictions as to the following:

  1. Winner/final score.
  2. Official Game MVP.
  3. Which movie ad/trailer will get the top score on the USA Today Ad Meter? (Between Ad Age and Variety, I'm seeing reports of reporting commercials for "GI Joe," "Transformers II," "Star Trek," "Monsters v. Aliens,""Angels and Demons," "Land of the Lost," Pixar's "Up" and "The Fourth-Most Fastest and Furious-est", with not-yet-purchased-but-still-possibles for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Watchmen," "Fighting," and "State of Play.")
  4. Springsteen's setlist, being reported as four songs squeezed into twelve minutes. (You can use "New Song" as a placeholder, but you'll lose any tiebreaker to someone who gets it right. Folks who made predictions back in August can grandfather them in, but if and when leaks the answer based on soundcheck, this category is closed.)
I'm going with Cardinals 27-16, because while I think Arizona's an inferior team, their strengths match up well against Pittsburgh's weaknesses. Larry Fitzgerald for MVP, "Up" for the AdMeter, and the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, nerve-breaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E Street Band will be entertaining us with "State Trooper"/"The Ghost of Tom Joad"/"Lost in the Flood"/"Dream Baby Dream" "Light of Day"/"Life Itself"/"Hungry Heart"/"Born To Run".

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