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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla — I must admit I had grand ambitions when I started collecting Super Bowl predictions not long after my arrival in South Florida. After all, less than 24 hours on the ground, I had run into Papa John himself (legal name: John Schnatter) at the Pro Bowl, who was graciously shaking hands and taking photos with all comers in the bowels of Sun Life Stadium next to a golf cart topped with a Papa John's pizza delivery sign. (There is no reason he shouldn't have been happy, considering slices of his pizza were selling for $9 a pop at the game.)
Papa John's prediction: Colts 42, Saints 35.
He noted that he was from Indiana, which made his prediction a natural.
But for whatever reason, the celebrity predictions didn't come in as steadily as I had expected. That said, with us on the eve of the Super Bowl, here are a handful of additional predictions I collected over the past few days.
Windell Middlebrooks, better known as the "Miller High Life delivery guy"
"I tell you what, man, I'm rooting for the Saints. You know, since '67, I'm glad to see them here. I think they may actually pull it out just from excitement. I don't really know the score. I just think they're going to do it, man."
Ravens OT Michael Oher
"Just playing the Colts twice, I've got to pick the Colts. ... Peyton Manning, he's unbelievable."
Subway spokesman Jared Fogle
Prediction: Colts, 31-21.
"I'm a huge Colts fan. Born and raised in Indianapolis. I think in '84, when they moved to Indianapolis, I was seven years old. I don't remember much before that. But to see how well we've done in the last decade has been fantastic. My prediction this year is going to be 31-21 Colts, and I think Peyton is going to be the MVP."
Considering he is such a Colts fan, I asked for his favorite player ever.
"Man, that's a tough one. I tell you, I really like Jeff Saturday, our center. I know he doesn't always get a lot of the credit, but he made the Pro Bowl this year, which is great. But he's made Peyton Manning who he is so much, too, I think, and has been a consistent force for him and just a great person off the field, as well."
James Carville, political consultant and media personality
Prediction: Saints, 27-24.
"We're on a roll. We gonna win!"
Dave Barry, Miami Herald columnist
Prediction: Dolphins (what?).
"The Dolphins, because all year they've been surprising people — usually in a bad way. They're due, overdue. I'm going to look so good if I'm right."