I'm sure you're aware that Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints squashed the Indianapolis Colts yesterday in the Superbowl, and took the victor's trophy and rings back home to Louisiana where they belong.
It was an upset victory. Pre game, The Colts were heavy favorites, with New Orleans viewed as sentimental underdogs at best. Bookies were putting the spread at Colts +4.5, but gamers knew better. Both Madden NFL 10's careful, labored-over prediction engine and TheFeed meaningless tea-leaf reading predicted a Saints victory. Check out the Madden prediction in the video below:
Madden predicted a final score of Saints 35, Colts 31. The vid game came close to the Saints' final tally, but when it comes to the Colts, Madden missed the choke factor: No one at the EA team seems to have programmed in the fact that Peyton Manning chokes like a toddler in a room full of marshmallows when the pressure's on.
Madden predicted a much higher cumulative score than the actual game's tally -- not surprising given that both teams were known for their offenses. The game's actual tally was a surprisingly low 48 points. Madden predicted that 66 total points would be scored. The gambling world's over/under was 56.5. TheFeed predicted a point total of 65 points would be scored. Not bad when you figure part of our simulation involved The Family Feud PC game.
The Take-Away: If you used Madden or TheFeed's prognostications to place bets in Vegas, you would have cleaned up on the game's final winner, but lost on the over/under.
Also: God clearly favors the city of New Orleans over Indianapolis.