Superbowl XL picks story

We’re still a week away from Superbowl XL, but it’s never too early to choose the winner of this year’s big game between Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Most of the The Garden Island “Gridiron Challenge” panelists picked the “Terrible Towel” of Pittsburgh, including myself.

Wala‘au’s Dickie Chang and KONG’s Ron Wiley (Ok Ron, I got it this time) are the only “skeptical” individuals to go with the team from the Great Northwest (Isn’t it still raining out there?).

Last week, Chang managed to stay on top of the mountain, but FM97’s David Bice and Bruce Smalling lurks behind, just four games back.

The TV team has all but wrapped up the first-place prize, which means that officials over at the Kaua‘i United Way will be smiling after reading this.

Wiley, Matutino, and I have an outside shot at the individual title, but it’s going to take some movin’ and shakin’ near the top.

It should turn out to be one of the greatest Superbowls ever played and everyone except Paul Curtis thinks that the game will go down possibly to the last play.

Shelly Cobb and Smalling were perfect last week, picking up 10 points.

Everyone else picked one winner and one loser. Wiley was close though, because he mentioned via telephone that the love of his life, Laura, said to go with Pittsburgh, but he actually picked Denver because he thought she would’ve liked them better (she spent some years in Denver).

As the picks came in this week, everyone seemed to be a little nervous, asking for more time to make their selections.

Bice consulted with a psychic friend (John Wada?) and Shanna Pollard had to take a few minutes to figure out what the final tally would be.

So by the looks of things, Pittsburgh seems to be the early favorite by the Gridiron panel. In most early lines, the Steelers are favored by four points.

Kaua‘i’s biggest Seahawks fan, Todd A. Vines of Essential Kaua‘i (Kaua‘i Publishing Company’s visitor publication) isn’t fazed by the Terrible Towel, instead he’d like to wipe that piece of cloth to dry the champagne off of his hands!

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