ABC News – Princess, a 26-year old Bactrian camel, lives at Popcorn Park Zoo and apparently has the powers to predict the winners of the Super Bowl.
“Over seven years she’s only lost once,” zoo’s General Manager John Bergmann told ABCNews.com. “Last year, she picked the giants to win and they won. I think she has a record of 6 and 1.” The method to this camel’s madness might be hunger driven, however.
“She loves graham crackers. In one palm we write down with one of these magic markers the 49ers, and on the other, the Ravens. We cover them with graham cracker so she can’t see. Whichever she chooses to eat first is her pick,” Bergmann said. “She picked the 49ers to win yesterday, and they did.” But just this morning Princess had a change of heart.
“She picked the Baltimore Ravens. I guess she picked the older brother,” Bergmann joked of the sibling rivalry this year between brothers, John Harbaugh, head coach of the Ravens, and Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49ers.
I’d like to tell you I’m smarter than Princess the Bactrian camel, but according to this story I’m not. So far in these playoffs my gambling skills haven’t been up to par. I’d also like to say that that’s due to covering spreads and over/unders, but yet again, I’d be lying. I lost games like Cincinnati vs Houston, Indy vs Baltimore, Denver vs Baltimore, and Seattle vs Atlanta. This week was my best with correctly calling both winners, just missing on the Niners spread and the Patriots and Ravens over/under. Maybe next year I’ll start double checking with Princess about my picks, make sure she approves. Although I did just look over her results this year and I’d like to point out that since Week 13, Princess is 3-8. Far from a stellar record, so I don’t think I’d be running to Vegas and betting my house on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3. Might want to check back this weekend or late next week during Princess’ feeding times to make sure she’s still all about Ray Ray and Johnny Harbaugh.
Princess’ 2012-2013 Results:
Week 1 – Pick: NY Jets over Buffalo Bills. Correct! Jets 48, Bills 28
Week 2 – Pick: NY Giants over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Correct! Giants 41, Bucs 34
Week 3 – Pick: Miami Dolphins over NY Jets. Incorrect. Jets 23, Dolphins 20
Week 4 – Pick: San Francisco 49ers over NY Jets. Correct! 49ers 34, Jets 0
Week 5 – Pick: NY Giants over Cleveland Browns. Correct! Giants 41, Browns 27.
Week 6 – Pick: NY Giants over San Frencisco 49ers. Correct! Giants 26, 49ers 3.
Week 7 – Pick: New England Patriots over the NY Jets. Correct! Pats 29, Jets 26.
Week 8 – Pick: NY Giants over the Dallas Cowboys. Correct! Giants 29, Cowboys 24.
Week 12 – Pick: NY Giants over the Green Bay Packers. Correct! Giants 38, Packers 10.
Week 13 – Pick: NY Giants over the Washington Redskins. Incorrect. Redskins 17, Giants 16.
Week 14 – Pick: New Orleans Saints over the NY Giants Incorrect. Giants 52, Saints 27.
Week 15 – Pick: NY Giants over the Atlanta Falcons. Incorrect. Falcons 34, Giants 0
Week 16 – Pick: NY Giants over the Baltimore Ravens. Incorrect. Ravens 33, Giants 14
Week 17 – Pick: Buffalo Bills over NY Jets. Correct! Bills 28, Jets 9
Playoffs – Week 1 – Pick: Green Bay Packers over Minnesota Vikings. Correct! Packers 24, Vikings 10
Playoffs – Week 2 – Pick: Denver Broncos over the Baltimore Ravens. Incorrect. Ravens 38, Broncos 35
NFC CHampionship – Pick: San Francisco 49ers over the Atlanta Falcons. Correct! 49ers 28, Falcons 24