Super Bowl Predictions Of The Political World

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According to a new [Rasmussen poll,] 58% of the country thinks the Indianapolis Colts will defeat the Chicago Bears Sunday in Super Bowl XLI.

What do some of the City's political movers and shakers think about the game? Find out after the jump.

City Comptroller Bill Thompson (pictured): “The Colts. It would be nice to see Peyton Manning win a championship.”

Tom Vilsack, former Iowa governor and 2008 Democratic candidate for president, through spokesperson Stephanie Bjornson: “Tom Vilsack’s choice for Super Bowl XLI is the Chicago Bears.”

Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx): “The Jets will not win this year.”

Congressman Jose Serrano (D-Bronx): "Colts even though I rooted for the Jets against them in 1969."

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Upstate), through spokesperson Meghan Dubyak: “I asked the Congressman, and he told me that when the Jets and the Giants were out of it, he turned his attention to the hot stove baseball league.”

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Bronx/Westchester/Rockland): “Indianapolis 37, Chicago 20.”

City Council Minority Leader James Oddo (R-StatenIsland): “38 - 17 Colts.  Peyton finally wins one.”

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx): “The Bears and Colts are two very good teams. However, the Bears are from a blue state and they will win 17-14 over the Colts."

Rebecca Gale, spokesperson for Congressman Christopher Carney (D-PA): “Colts 12 to Bears 3. Lamest NFL game since last year's Super Bowl.”

Barry Popik, former Republican candidate for Manhattan borough president: “Indianapolis Colts 31--Chicago Bears 14. Giants fans take pride that Manning wins the Super Bowl, but it's the wrong Manning. Peyton Manning is invited to the Late Show with David Letterman, where he confesses that he doesn't know what a ‘Hoosier’ is.

Scott Gastel, Sheinkopf Communications: “Colts win by 10.  Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne and Adam Vinitieri have big games.  Rex Grossman gets replaced in third quarter.  Bears prove they are not the team from the mid 80s.  Defensive Tackle Dan Klecko does Fridge Perry imitation and scores goal line TD for the Colts.”

Bill Weitz, chief of staff to Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Bronx/Westchester/Rockland): “Bears win 27-23.  Following the game it is discovered that Peyton Manning was filming a tv commercial and had his brother Eli fill in for him in the 4th quarter thus ending a Colt come from behind victory.”

Karol Sheinin, blogger, “It's Manning-time. Colts by 7.”

Joseph “Jay” Savino, chairman, Bronx County Republican Party: “The Colts by 10 and this is coming from the guy who swore that Eli Manning would have a ring before Payton did. 24-14 final.”

Alex Ferreyra, online editor, Positive Thinking Magazine: “For once, my mind and my heart are on the same page, predicting an Indianapolis win. I think their offense is too much for the Bears defense, seeing what they did to the Baltimore D. Colts 24, Bears 13.”

Michael Murphy, spokesperson, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion: “Bears 24, Colts 21.”

Lester Marks, legislative director, City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx): “Manning solidifies his spot among the all time greats!!! Colts 24-Bears 10.”

Joseph O’Brien, spokesperson, Congressman Eliot Engel: “Bears 19, Colts 13. Colts start well but Bear defense catches on.  Grossman has poor passing percentage but makes up for it with long completions.

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