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Pop Quiz: Do you know who won the Super Bowl last year? Do you even remember who was in the Super Bowl? Could you name the teams vying for that coveted trophy this coming Sunday?
If you could answer at least one of those questions, I’ll give you—and your memory—some credit. Indeed, there’s a lot of buzz about the upcoming game because there are two evenly matched teams (answer: Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks) and everyone is trying to pick a winner. If you watch ESPN you know that analysts are breaking down every statistical trend to try to pick a winner. A lot of these trends are leaning towards Seattle, which has the number one defense in the league. Historically, in the fifteen times a number one defense team has played in the Super Bowl, they’ve clinched the title twelve times. And when a number one defense team has played the number one offence team, the defense team has trumped the offense team three out of the last four meetings (Denver, by the way, is the number one offense team). What’s more, Denver’s starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, doesn’t have the best track record (8-11) for outdoor games where the temperature is below 40 degrees, which it is forecasted to be on Sunday. Because of those and other statistics, many analysts are picking Seattle.
What would my pick be? With my math and memory system Brainetics, and in my upcoming book The Power of Forgetting: Six Essential Skills to Become the Sharpest, Smartest You, I teach people how to think outside the box and be innovative. I don’t teach people to look at things at face value or employ rote memorization. This is key, in fact, to success. Sure, you might do well if you trust the statistics and go with Seattle. But the people that think of things no one else has thought of are the ones who experience the most success and often change the world. So instead of rehashing and relying on all the same statistics, let’s think outside the box and have a little fun with picking a winner. Think about the following:
If we consider the letter Y not to be a vowel, the only two starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history whose first and last names both have vowels as the second and fifth letters and no other vowels in their name are the two quarterbacks in this game, pEytOn mAnnIng and rUssEll wIlsOn. With 48 Super Bowls and 96 starting quarterbacks, to think that the only two starting quarterbacks whose only vowels in both their first and last names are the second and fifth letters are playing in this game is a little mind boggling.
Now that we have found something unique in Super Bowl history, it’s time to pick a winner. With the second and fifth vowel thing being so coincidental, I think it’s very obvious that the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII will be dEnvEr.
And of course I remember who was in—and won—last year: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens won in a warm indoor stadium in New Orleans. And I didn’t rely on statistics to call that one, either. My memory of those teams’ performances during the season served me right.
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