Last updated: 3 Feb 2002 
 
 2001 NFL Picks Contest Super Bowl
 
Conference Championships
 

Kerry
170-89
Phil
170-89
Shannon
166-93
Tony
162-97
Susan
161-98
Alan
157-102
Jay
157-102
Brad
156-103
Satish
145-103
Ray
143-116
Beth
141-118
Cody
141-118
In a year that has been nearly defined by the upsets it beheld, one could have almost predicted this outcome and kept a straight face doing so. Count the cliches, you'll run out of fingers on one hand. For the New England Patriots, phrases like "Cinderella season", "destiny", and "third time's the charm" don't do nearly enough justice. That the Patriots, a likable team that represents in name the emotions inspired by the events of September 11, could pull off the unthinkable, unimaginable, unbelieveable -- is a testament to the drive and determination of our nation. Give the Rams credit: they had in incredible season. But in the end, they could not pull off the victory prophesized by 98% of the country, and could not overcome a hungry, fearless New England team. This year's Super Bowl may go down in history as one of the most exciting, thrilling, and memorable games ever. Only time will tell.
As for our little contest, Kerry's desperation move hit the mark. He succeeded in his goal to share the contest crown with Phil, and in the process also won the week's score-picking contest. The 2001/2002 NFL season has been nothing short of amazing, even though none of our favorite teams won it all. I've had a lot of fun running this contest, and I hope you will all join me again next year!

Kerry
Final record: 170 - 89
St. Louis vs. New England
24 - 25

Shannon
Final record: 166 - 93
St. Louis vs. New England
34 - 20

Susan
Final record: 161 - 98
St. Louis vs. New England

Jay
Final record: 157 - 102
St. Louis vs. New England
21 - 27

Satish
Final record: 145 - 103
Withdrawn from contest.

Beth
Final record: 141 - 118
St. Louis vs. New England
34 - 17
SUPER BOWL XXXVI
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Rams vs. Patriots
17 vs 20

Email quotes from the week:

Tony: "St. Louis in a big way. . . SL 36 NE 17"

Phil: "I commend the Pats for how hard they've played thus far, but they'll need more than just scratching and clawing to beat the Rams. In fact, the Pats kind of remind me of the Atlanta Falcons from a few years ago, a solid team that played hard and didn't make a lot of mistakes on the road to the Super Bowl, but were then overmatched in the big game. I see something similar happening to the Pats, as the Rams are just way too talented for them."

Beth: "This contest was a complete success since Cody and I ended up tied. My sole goal was to defeat him, but at least this way, we are BOTH LOSERS. My pick will stay conservative with St. Louis. My points pick will be 34-17... pulled those #s straight out of my a**."

Kerry: "Ok. 10 times I asked the Magic 8 ball how much New England would beat St Louis by since I am forced to pick NE this week to catch up to Phil, and each time it said 'Go Away'. With that in mind, I predict 25 - 24 NE Pats. Breakdown is this way....
Rams limited 24 points on 3 TDs, 1 FG, offense limited due to 5 turnovers. (Rams never punt the ball though.)
NE Pats: 25 points on:
2 safeties - Warner throws quick out on 1 yd line, hits helmit of receiver, bounces back in endzone, 3 Patriot players pounce on it and knock it out of endzone. Also, Ram defensive player runs fumble recovery wrong way for a safety, and a spanking.
3 field goals - 1 is a 67 yarder. 1 is set up by a pass interferance call that sets up ball at 1 yard line, but Patriots can't cash it in for TD.
1 TD - missed XP.
1 TD - 2 pt conversion...missed."

Phil
Final record: 170 - 89
St. Louis vs. New England
31 - 14

Tony
Final record: 162 - 97
St. Louis vs. New England
36 - 17

Alan
Final record: 157 - 102
St. Louis vs. New England

Brad
Final record: 156 - 103
St. Louis vs. New England
33 - 17

Ray
Final record: 143 - 116
No pick received.

Cody
Final record: 141 - 118
St. Louis vs. New England
27 - 13
 

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