This probably happened at your Super Bowl party – the strange 1st quarter and half-time scores resulted in one person taking the pool grid winnings for both quarters. The folks at our party are still upset with me.  As you know if you play the game, a grid works like this. There are 100 squares each priced the same (say $1 – $5). You randomly select your squares by writing in your name in each one. Numbers 0-9 are drawn, after the squares are sold, to line up left to right and top to bottom representing the two teams. The winner of each quarter correctly matches the last digits.

So on Super Bowl Sunday, the Giants ended up ahead after the first quarter 9-0. The person with the square representing those two numbers on the grid wins the quarter. But after the second quarter, the Giants were losing 9-10. Notice that the last two digits are still Giants 9, Patriots 0. So, just like at our party, somebody would end up with TWO quarters or HALF of the whole pool bet. I would have felt tremendously guilty, but I don’t think I’ve ever won more than one quarter in the last ten years. And just for the record, the other quarters played out this way:

3rd quarter score: NY 15 New England 17…so Giants 5, Pats 7 would take the quarter pool.

4th quarter score (Final): NY 21 New England 17…so Giants 1 Pats 7 got the quarter.

Oh by the way, for those of you really geeked about all of this, somebody has gone to a lot of trouble to figure out how your numbers should do, based on game history.

You can be mad at me if you want, but I can pretty much guarantee that’s the best I’m ever gonna do.  And don’t forget, picking the grid spaces takes absolutely no knowledge or skill since the matching numbers are drawn randomly later.  That’s why I do so well.

By the way, how would you like to be the guy who bet $1000 that the first score of Super Bowl XLVI would be a safety (two points!)? He came away with $50,000.  ~stu


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