Debunking sports myths
Many myths surround sports, including the most hyped event of them all, the Super Bowl.
February 4th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Debunking sports myths

Two childhood friends who love football, one an award-winning sportswriter, the other a finance geek, have the answers that just might help you win your Super Bowl bet.

Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, and Tobias Moskowitz, University of Chicago finance professor, are co-authors of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won, which takes a Freakonomics-type approach to the science of winning games. The book answers questions like, does the hometown team really have an advantage? And, how much do fans make a difference?

From Arlington, Texas, Wertheim and Moskowitz tell American Morning’s T.J. Holmes how their research can be applied to predicting the Super Bowl winner.

So which team will it be–Packers or Steelers– for Super Bowl XLV?

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  1. [ Q&A site sold for $127 millions!] ...

    great image

    February 4, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Black & Gold over Green & Gold 31-24

    February 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NuckinFuts

    Hmmm. I'd go with that one Cesar. The Pack did surprise me to this point though. Aaron Rogers is pretty good, but I don't think they will be able to run on Steelers D line. Packers can't just win on Roger's talent alone. Pittsburgh is the more complete team. I predict the team that scores the most points by the end of the fourth quarter will win the game. (My imitation of a sports announcer stating the obvious)

    February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Spaulding

    question for debunking-sport-myth guy.
    did the mighty Casey really exist ?

    February 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. drap

    Yes the mighty casey is real... .And yes Wilt Chamberlain slept with 20,000 woman... .

    February 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    And santa claus is riding a unicorn in my back yard .

    February 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    Im just cheering for the Steelers but there are people betting BIG money on this game I have not seen any reports on the gambling surrounding this superbowl for other the stakes are high!

    February 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ed bailey

    Who cares? Overpaid is the thought of the day.I've heard the commercials can be entertaining. They reportedly pay dearly for that time too. All overrated!

    February 6, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |