SportsIllustrated.com, along with caseyshead.com, is answering the question Brainiacs everywhere want to know: ‘Will I take home all of the Smarties this year?’
It’s that time of year again… you’re scrambling to find a Super Bowl party, fill out your Super Bowl squares, and find a comfortable seat that is equidistant between the snacks and the television to watch the half-time show.
For those of you unfamiliar with how Super Bowl Squares work, I’m referring to a 10x10 grid where fans and non-fans alike throw a buck, or some Smartie candies, into a pot and pick a random square to fill in their initials. Once all of the 100 squares are filled in with initials, each row and column is randomly assigned a number 0-9. Then, the score of each team (using the last digit of each score) at the end of each quarter is named a winner!
Many Brainiacs have been tricked for years into thinking that each square has an equal chance to win. Coordination Brains and fans of the game alike may guess 0s, 3s and 7s have better odds since this is how many points are often scored at a time.
But which squares really do have the best odds?
Sports Illustrated is on the case. After looking at all NFL games played since the 2006-2007 season through the 2013-2014 playoffs, there appears to be an advantage with certain number combinations. Scores from all ll 1,067 regular season and postseason games are represented on this chart.
So how does this help with Sunday’s big game? The initial picks are random of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bribe Uncle Al for his numbers with better odds, or trade the last Oreo Ball for Cousin Casey’s lucky numbers. But if you were lucky enough to get a high-probability square, you might want to double down on those Smarties.
Which numbers do you have? Feeling lucky? Or are you grabbing more Oreo Balls to make a trade? Tell us in the comments below.
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