Commentary: And the winners are?
February 4, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Feb. 5, 2014) -- The Seattle Seahawks and Melissa House.
While Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII, it was Melissa House who won the annual Bayonet & Saber Pick 12 football challenge.
The Super Bowl, which was only super if you are a Seahawks fan, set a record for the most watched television event in U.S. history with 111.5 million viewers.
That may have been the starting number of viewers, but most of the people I have talked to didn't watch the game past the first half.
The Seahawk defense was stellar and the Bronco offense inept.
I like the Broncos, but the facts are the facts.
The Broncos have been on the losing end of three of the top five blowouts in Super Bowl history and one almost blowout.
In 1987, the Broncos lost to the New York Giants 39-20, an almost blowout. The following year, they were blown out by the Washington Redskins 42-10.
Then, in the granddady of all blowouts, the worst in Super Bowl history, the Broncos lost to the San Francisco 49ers 55-10.
Include the blowout by Seattle, along with the distinction of being the only team to lose five Super Bowls, Denver appears to flameout when it comes to postseason play.
I do, however, feel really bad for Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning. I think he is arguably the best quarterback in the league and one of the best all time.
Plus, Manning is one of the classiest football players I have ever seen. His legacy is set and one of his biggest games on the biggest stage is not going to ruin what he has done with his football career.
Now, someone who might have a career as a Las Vegas oddsmaker is House.
House won this year's Pick 12 and had at least one of her competitors wondering if she was dealing in the occult and contacting Jimmy the Greek for her picks.
House beat her competitors by almost one week's worth of games, leading the second place finishers Maj. Harry Irving and Michael Molinaro by seven games.
Fourth-place finisher, Carl Pignato, came on late and was the only one in the postseason to pick every game correctly.
Spencer Folds and Chaplain William Beaver were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Better luck next time.
So, House gets bragging rights for the next year.
Winning isn't everthing, it's the only thing.