WASHINGTON - By Scripps Howard News Service
The Super Bowl is an overhyped, commercialized waste of a Sunday evening that serves only as an ode to violence, greed, testosterone and cheating to get ahead, glorifying the absolute worst aspects of contemporary America.
God, how we love it!
And so do the celebrities who walk among us.
More than 115 big names from entertainment, news, sports and politics have predicted the winner of the big game and its final score -- we don't make it easy -- in the 2013 Scripps Celebrity Super Bowl Poll. The pick: San Francisco, baby.
Whichever star picks the right team and gets closest to the final score will be crowned this year's Super Sage, succeeding Detroit Tigers ace right-hander Justin Verlander, who correctly picked the New York Giants last season. Since the poll began in 1986, the glitterati have nailed the Lombardi Trophy winner 18 times.
Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry, who took time out from his recent confirmation experience, and "The Donald," businessman Donald Trump, are among those going with San Francisco.
Kerry acknowledged that his prognostication efforts are often imperfect -- noting his mistaken expectation a few years back of going to bed one night and waking up the next day as the president-elect.
"As a Patriots fan, part of me wishes they could both lose. But I have to move on," Kerry said. "If I had to predict one, I'd say the 49ers pull it off 27-21, but, then again, I got out of the predictions business after November 2004."
Trump, who picked the 49ers 24-21, was unusually succinct: "Great defense."
Despite the obvious X's and O's expertise on display, you may not want to bet the paycheck on some of the forecasts.
"I have a 5-year-old daughter, so I've stopped following sports, so I don't even know who's playing," said actor Evan Handler of Showtime's "Californication." "Um, well, at least go with the East Coast, I guess. The Ravens. Score? I haven't got a clue."
Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw in the mayhem-filled "Saw" movies, enlisted a higher authority to declare the Ravens a 47-24 winner.
"I held a Ouija board to my head and the score jumped out at me," he said. "Who am I to argue with spirits?"
And who are we to argue with Jigsaw? He can be a mean dude.
Many of those siding with the 49ers cited the emergence of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who seemed to arise from nowhere, using both his arm and his legs, to lead San Francisco into the grand finale.
"I'll tell you who I want. I want the kid, what's his name, Copernicus?" said actor Richard Schiff (Toby in "The West Wing"), elevating the second-year man out of the University of Nevada to the exalted status of a 16th-century Polish astronomer who theorized that the planets revolved around the sun.
"Yeah, his name is Copernicus from here on out,'' said Schiff, who predicted a 38-34 San Fran win, adding, "It's something about this 21st-century-quarterback thing. They can run, they can pass, they can do everything. It's exciting to watch."
Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber, who knows a bit about winning, backs the 49ers because "they have more passion and focus." Take that, blackbirds!
Those opting for the Ravens generally cited the influence of linebacker Ray Lewis, considered one of the all-time greats even before he started dousing himself with deer-antler-velvet spray (don't ask), who is playing his final game Sunday after 17 years in the NFL.
"My pick will be the Ravens," said saxophonist Branford Marsalis. "I think they have consistently played well on both sides of the ball, and Ray Lewis' retirement has them playing with even more energy."
This year, adding even more legitimacy to the proceedings, the poll can cite a highly placed source in the intelligence community. Former CIA Director Mike Hayden, who served in that position under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is calling it for the Niners.
"Pretty evenly matched teams," Hayden said. "But SF's defense will keep an inconsistent Flacco in check. And in the second half, Kaepernick's mobility will punish an aging Baltimore defense."
No telling what sort of Black Ops were used to draw this conclusion.
But really, isn't Super Bowl Sunday just about the food? Nia Vardalos, writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," says she doesn't even know who's playing Sunday.
"I'm going to a party," she said. "All I know is I'm bringing the chicken wings."
Here's the complete list of this year's picks:%page_break%
SCOTT ADAMS, cartoonist, "Dilbert": 49ers, 49-nevermore. As always, I make my picks based on the names of the teams. I predict that San Francisco will win by a score of 49 to nevermore. I'll let you know where to send that trophy after I win.
MARTY ALLEN, comedian: 49ers, 28-24. Their QB reminds me of Terry Bradshaw. He's intelligent, has a fast arm, knows how to spot his receivers and the team has confidence in him.
MALLORY HAGAN, Miss America: Ravens, 24-14.
MAYA ANGELOU, poet: 49ers, 27-12. Both teams are great and I like The Raven(s) because that is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe; however, San Francisco is my home!
LADY ANTEBELLUM, musical group: Ravens, 30-27.
DAVID ARQUETTE, actor: 49ers, 47-45. I like the 49ers. I'm sort of rooting for the Ravens because of Ray Lewis. It's his last game and he's an amazing man and (has had) an amazing career. Final score, I think they've all been really close.
ED ASNER, actor: 49ers, 21-14. Because I know a winner when I see one!
ROSEANNE BARR, comedian/actor: 49ers, 31-27. For starters, let me say that football is too violent -- I'll probably be watching one of my grisly forensics shows during the SB. Having said that, here's my take: My heart's always with the underdog, but I know there's a reason why the Niners are slightly favored: For starters, that O-line is like a double-brick wall -- on wheels. That will be telling as the game wears on, since their young QB is like an elusive gazelle. By the fourth quarter, San Francisco will look like a first-down machine, and their formidable D will be more rested than Baltimore's. The Ravens are great, or they wouldn't be there, and they'll make awesome plays on both sides of the ball, and be in it till the end, like the inspired warriors that they are. But the impartial, hard-core NFL analyst "app" in my brain says: 49ers, 31-Ravens, 27. But, hey, I'm no expert; so don't bet the ranch!
SHANE BATTIER, basketball player, Miami Heat: 49ers, 27-20. I think that the San Francisco 49ers will be Super Bowl champions by a score of 27-20. No one has figured out the read-option offense from the pistol formation of the 49ers since Kaepernick has taken over, and I don't think the Ravens are fast enough defensively to do it in the Super Bowl. Flacco has been great in this playoff run, but I think the offensive line of the Niners controls the game and the Ravens score a late touchdown to make the game closer than it appears.
TOBIN BELL, actor: Ravens, 47-24. I say Ravens win ... 47-24. I held an Ouija board to my head and the score jumped out at me. Who am I to argue with spirits?
JOE BONSALL, musician, The Oak Ridge Boys: 49ers, 27-21. I always pick the better team, and I am usually wrong. So, here I go again ... I think the NINERS are better, so I will go with them. Defense, running back (Gore), receivers (Crabtree) and this Copernicus guy is Johnny Football all grown up. As a side note, I also look forward to the Puppy Bowl!
BOSTON CELTICS, basketball players: Courtney Lee -- 49ers, 24-17. Jason Collins -- Ravens, 24-20. Jason Terry -- Ravens, 28-24.
MATT BOMER, actor, "White Collar": 49ers, 27-21. Niners. It's gotta be the Niners because the Ravens aren't a real team.
ERIN BURNETT, CNN host: Ravens, 35-27. I'm an Eastern Shore girl born and bred. So I'm a Redskins fan by birth. And I'll keep to myself for now whether I'd root for Ravens or Redskins in a Super Bowl
WENDY CALIO, actress, "Imagination Movers": 49ers, 34-21. My husband, who is a huge football fan (Patriots), threw out this spread. I trust that all the time he spends on his fantasy football league and watching ESPN and listening to sports radio will add up to some sort of victory this weekend. Plus my mom and Tom Brady always loved Joe Montana. Goooooo, Niners!
JOHN CARTER CASH, musician: 49ers, 24-20. I think the 49ers have great potential for magic. They can pull this off, but it will be an ugly fight.
GAIUS CHARLES, actor, "Grey's Anatomy," "Friday Night Lights": Ravens, 45-38. Why? Ray Lewis. 'Nough said.
JOSH CHARLES, actor, "The Good Wife": Ravens, 27-24. It will be a hard-hitting, extremely physical game that could go down to the wire. If the Ravens' offensive line gives Joe Flacco enough protection, I believe he will continue to make big plays and lead my Ravens to a victory.
JULIE CHEN, host, "The Talk": 49ers, 27-21. SF QB will be able to outrun Baltimore defense.
LEROY CHIAO, astronaut: 49ers, 28-21. I followed the Niners back in the glory days of the '80s. It's time.
GORDON CLAPP, actor, "NYPD Blue," "Deadwood": Ravens, 31-9. An emotional final game for Ray Lewis is supplemented by a focused Flacco deflating the Niners and brother Jim. Flacco joins the elite.
ANDREW DICE CLAY, comedian: 49ers, 33-27. I am going with the 49ers, but I think it is going to be a close game, with the final score being San Francisco 33 and Baltimore 27. As for why I'm picking San Francisco, I think the name "49ers" sounds a little dirty -- oooh!
MARK CUBAN, owner, Dallas Mavericks: 49ers, 28-16. Because I hate the Ravens just like every kid from Pittsburgh does.
TIM DALY, actor, "Private Practice": 49ers, 24-17. Forty-niners all the way, baby.
PATRICIA DeLEON, actress; 2009 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 28-23. I believe it's going to be a close game. It will be a great game. The SF 49ers have Colin Kaepernick, a young quarterback who has only played 10 games but runs like a gazelle. The team is explosive and has a powerful offense that gives them the ability to score, which makes me believe they will win this Super Bowl 28-23, even though the Baltimore Ravens have the best defense player ever, Ray Lewis; after 200 games, he's playing his last one. Two emotional forces, two of the best teams. Good luck to both of them!
KIM DICKENS, actress, "Treme": 49ers, 35-17. I became a huge Saints fan. We were here in New Orleans the day they won the Super Bowl (in Miami in 2010, capping the 2009 season). Everybody ran into the streets. The city was elevated above sea level. … The city needed it for its resurrection.
PLACIDO DOMINGO, opera star: 49ers, 31-17.
FRANKIE EDGAR, former UFC lightweight champion: Ravens (no score). I don't really follow teams too much, but I'm hoping Ray Lewis gets a championship. Man, I like him. I think he's an intense individual and I just like the way he plays the game.
COLIN EGGLESFIELD, actor, "Rizzoli & Isles": 49ers, 33-23. Colin Kaepernick is going to be the difference-maker. Not only does he have a cool first name, of course, he's too fast, too accurate and too versatile to defend even though the Ravens' defense is brutally tough. This is going to be a physical game, and I can't wait for kickoff!
JENNA ELFMAN, actress, "1600 Penn": Ravens, 29-23. Probably the Ravens, which would be nice for Ray Lewis to go out that way. ... My 2-year old son made the prediction.
OMAR EPPS, actor: 49ers, 28-17. I would like to see Ray Lewis win it, but I think 'Frisco's gonna pull it out.
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, actor, "Breaking Bad": Ravens, 21-7. Oh my goodness. I like the Ravens. I do. You know I like those guys. They're a great team. I love Baltimore. The people there are wonderful. They are the team to beat. I think it might be really close.
RASHAD EVANS, former UFC light-heavyweight champion: Ravens (no score). Ray Lewis, he lives not too far from here and we get some training in together. So I'm pulling for Ray, hoping he gets it done. And also I got another friend on the team, too, so I hope that the Ravens get it done.
DENNIS FARINA, actor, 2005 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 24-17. This is always fun.
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, D-Calif.: 49ers, 21-7.
JENNIE FINCH, Olympic softball star: 49ers, 35-30. I think the mobility of 49ers quarterback Kaepernick will beat out the long-ball threat of Flacco. Besides, I'm a California girl, so I have to go with the home team.
JOSH GAD, actor, "1600 Penn": Ravens, 27-23. If you look at Marty McFly's almanac from "Back to the Future Part II," it's already written in stone.
TED GIANNOULAS, San Diego chicken; 2011 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 38-29. Sorry, Ravens; my bird brain says Niners win 38-29. Kaepernick is a confounding difference-maker. His offensive line also has the brawn and brains to grind down Baltimore's defense, which has faced more than 250 snaps in the playoffs.
SARA GILBERT, host, "The Talk": 49ers, 35-28. Total guess.
EVAN HANDLER, actor, "Californication," "Sex and the City": Ravens, 12-6. I have a 5-year-old daughter, so I've stopped following sports, so I don't even know who's playing. Um, well, at least go with the East Coast, I guess. The Ravens. Score? I haven't got a clue. … My daughter just turned 6. So maybe when she turns 12 I'll start following sports again. 12-6. There you go.
MIKE HAYDEN, former CIA chief: 49ers, 31-17. Pretty evenly matched teams. But SF's defense will keep an inconsistent Flacco in check. And in the second half, Kaepernick's mobility will punish an aging Baltimore defense.
JOAN JETT, rock star; has picked the last seven Super Bowl winners: Ravens, 31-28.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NASCAR driver: 49ers, 21-17: Being from San Diego, I rooted for the Chargers growing up, but I guess I'll go with the 49ers since they are from California, too. I think it's going to be a close game, though. With this being Ray Lewis' last game, I think the Ravens are going to make it tough.
ORLANDO JONES, actor: Ravens, 17-10. Good call. What do I like? I like the Ravens. You know I'm pulling for Ray Lewis. We shot "The Replacements" in that place. I sort of have a kinship for that place there as well. I think it'll be a low-scoring game.
SHEILA KELLEY, actress, "Gossip Girl": Ravens, 27-21. Being the femme creature that I am, I watch football for one reason: to behold men in all their masculine goodness! So to choose between the 49ers of San Francisco and the Ravens of Baltimore is a tough one. Firstly, ravens kind of freak me out. They're just big messy birds that remind me of that Edgar Allan Poe poem, "The Raven." As for the 49ers, well, I wasn't alive in 1949 and the number 49 doesn't jump out at me as being such a great number. So I'm going to have to go with the city my man was born in, Baltimore! Say hey for the black birds!
ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR., environmental activist: 49ers, 24-14. Because they are a slightly better team.
SEN. JOHN KERRY, D-Mass., incoming secretary of state: 49ers, 27-21. As a Patriots fan, part of me wishes they could both lose. But I have to move on. If I had to predict one, I'd say the 49ers pull it off 27-21, but, then again, I got out of the predictions business after November 2004. For sentimental reasons, though, I admit I like the idea of the Ravens making it happen for Ray Lewis. It'd be nice to see that someone after a long career finds a fitting capstone, and you can read whatever you want into that one.
RICHARD KIND, actor: Ravens, 24-21. I really want Baltimore. Because I don't know whether or not I want San Francisco. It's going to be close; I think they're very good teams. They were great games. I loved them. I thought they were exciting. I enjoyed watching them.
ROBERT KNEPPER, actor, "Prison Break": Ravens, 8-0. I have to tell you, I've been really busy shooting a new series and … I just haven't paid any attention to the football season this year. I don't want to get in trouble here. Those aren't two of my favorites. I would say, I'll just go with San Francisco. Sorry, Baltimore.
MICHELLE KWAN, Olympic skater: 49ers, 31-24. Colin Kaepernick has been on fire, and as good as the Ravens defense is, I don't think they will be able to stop him.
CLORIS LEACHMAN, actress, "Raising Hope": (No team given.) I don't play football, myself. Every once in a while I watch it with great avidity. It's very exciting, but I'm never for any team, just because it's accidental if I watch it.
JOHN LEGUIZAMO, actor: Ravens, 23-17. Oh, man. I'm going to go with the Ravens.
JOE MADDON, Tampa Bay Rays manager: 49ers , 31-14. Kaepernick's athleticism outplays Flacco. Both defenses are good. Only concern is 49ers kicker (David) Akers in closer game -- that can make the Ravens the winner.
MIKE MALININ, musician, Goo Goo Dolls: Ravens, 17-14. I'm hoping the Ravens are going to win.
MOSES MALONE, NBA legend: 49ers, 28-16. Because of the speed on that team, the best way to go out is win the big one.
JOE MANTEGNA, actor, "Criminal Minds"; 2010 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 31-28. As a former winner of the Scripps Howard Celebrity Poll, I'm looking for a repeat. 49ers beat the Ravens 31 to 28. I favor Jim Harbaugh because he's a former Chicago Bear, and that's as close as we Bear fans are going to get this year.
BRANFORD MARSALIS, musician: Ravens, 27-14. My pick will be the Ravens. I think they have consistently played well on both sides of the ball, and Ray Lewis' retirement has them playing with even more energy. Joe Flacco is playing for his contract, making for even more focus. The 49ers are a great team, but I think this will be the best defense they have faced all year.
EDGAR MARTINEZ, Seattle Mariners legend: Ravens, 20-14. Both quarterbacks and defense are good, but Flacco is too cool to lose.
J.R. MARTINEZ, actor; "Dancing With the Stars" season 13 winner: 49ers, 28-14. It's going to be a tough game. I would like the Ravens to win so Ray Lewis can have a legendary ending to an amazing career. However, the young Kaepernick should be one of the major threats to making it a sour ending. I believe the 49ers have an edge; therefore, I predict they will win.
JERRY MATHERS, Beaver on "Leave it to Beaver": 49ers, 24-20. Both teams have excellent defense, but the game won't be decided by them. San Francisco's quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is explosive with his feet and arms, and Baltimore's quarterback, Joe Flacco, is a great deep ball passer. A big play by one of these guys could break the game open.
TIM MATHESON, actor, "Hart of Dixie": 49ers, 27-21. This year is crazy wonderful. ... San Francisco has the stronger defense, so at the end of the day, San Francisco 49ers will win. Jim Harbaugh will out-coach his older brother. All in all, one of the most interesting and exciting games in Super Bowl history. So many personal dynamics, interesting characters, career beginnings and endings, plus two brothers coaching the opposing teams! Yikes. It's like a TV movie or an episode of "Friday Night Lights"!
JOHN C. McGINLEY, actor, "Scrubs," "42": Ravens, 27-24. Reason Ravens win? Ray Rice.
TED McGINLEY, actor: 49ers, 24-17. Ray Lewis is an interesting story. Can Ray go out on top? I don't think so. Harbaugh had the guts to make a quarterback change midseason. At the time it was very unpopular, but looks like he knew what he was doing. Kaepernick runs for at least one touchdown, and throws for two more. Ray Lewis goes into retirement having played in the 2013 Super Bowl, but not winning it. However, I can guarantee one thing: Coach Harbaugh will win the Super Bowl.
BRAD MELTZER, author: Ravens, 14-10. Nearly two decades ago, I bought an animation cell from "The Simpsons' " first Halloween special, where they parody Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." It's brought me luck ever since. Thus: 14-10 Ravens win. Low score because they both have awesome defenses. Ravens will win because they're more experienced. And because of the Simpsons.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, tennis Hall of Famer; 1998 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 31-24. I usually go for the NFC.
JACK NICKLAUS, Hall of Fame golfer: Ravens, 24-21. It really is a toss-up game, but being a longtime AFC fan, I will go with Baltimore. Plus, I believe the Ravens have more players from the state of Florida, and living in Florida, that gives me another reason to root for them.
BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, TV host: Ravens, 31-24. The Ravens are more explosive; they pass more. They hit a little harder than the 49ers; they will create a couple of big plays on both sides of the ball.
BILL O'REILLY, Fox News host: 49ers, 24-17. 49ers' offense will move the ball and control the clock. Ravens will turn the ball over twice.
JEFFREY OSBORNE, musician: 49ers, 28-21. The 49ers have a more explosive offense and both defenses are very physical. I like QB Colin Kaepernick over Joe Flacco because of his ability to scramble.
SHARON OSBOURNE, host, "The Talk": 49ers.
HALEY JOEL OSMENT, actor; has picked 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners, missing only in 2008: 49ers, 28-24. This is looking like a classic Super Bowl in the making, and certainly one of the toughest picks I remember facing. San Francisco's recovery from a 17-point deficit (in the championship) convinced me that they have the will to pull out a victory down the stretch.
ARNOLD PALMER, Hall of Fame golfer; 2003 Super Sage Award winner: Ravens, 28-17. Baltimore has a pretty good defense.
DANICA PATRICK, race-car driver: Ravens 34-24. Going to be an exciting game ... I'm going to be pulling for the Ravens since GoDaddy's founder, Bob Parsons, is from Baltimore and it's always fun to pull for a team that you have a personal connection with!
NANCY PELOSI, D-Calif., minority leader, U.S. House of Representatives: 49ers. I am rooting for the 49ers; I am not rooting against Baltimore. My father built Baltimore Memorial Stadium as mayor, brought the Colts there, brought the Orioles there. I am a Baltimore sports fan as my second team; now it is the Ravens. I am so proud of them. But my constituency is San Francisco, and my children were raised going to games with Joe Montana and all of the stars, Steve Young and everyone since then. And I most certainly will be supporting, as I say, rooting for the 49ers, not rooting against the Ravens.
JODI PICOULT, author: 49ers, 35-28. Baltimore will be playing with a lot of emotion, but San Fran has more weapons!
PAUL RABIL, professional lacrosse player: Ravens, 27-21. Joe Flacco has been throwing the ball accurately with quick decision-making ability. Ray Lewis and company get a chance to step up several times in the fourth quarter to protect the Ravens' lead.
ALY RAISMAN, Olympic gymnast: 49ers, 31-28. I don't root for anyone that beats the Patriots, which both teams did, but I think it will be a close game!
JACKSON RATHBONE, actor, "Twilight": 49ers, 31-24. The reason behind the prediction is the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for San Fran. He's on fire right now and he looks like early Tom Brady when he won his first Super Bowl. I think they have the momentum and Kaepernick came out of nowhere midseason when the Niners' starting quarterback, Alex Smith, got hurt, so there is very little info on him as far as game preparation goes for opponents. He's really hard to defend because he's a threat to pass and run; most quarterbacks aren't as big, strong and mobile as he is. He is the next big deal in the NFL, and we are watching the beginning of his emergence as an elite quarterback in the league.
DON RICKLES, comedian: Ravens, 28-14. Baltimore will win 28-14. The Ravens' energy seems to be peaking at the right time and the fact that it's Ray Lewis' farewell will give them great motivation. I also think that under this kind of pressure, Flacco will prove to be the stronger QB.
PAT ROBERTSON, reverend; 2008 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 35-27. My heart goes with the Ravens, but I believe the 49ers have too many star linemen for Baltimore to prevail. It should be a great game, however, with the two brothers competing against each other.
ANDRE ROYO, actor, "The Wire": Ravens, 24-17. I'm going with the Ravens; you probably could have figured that out. This is Ray Lewis' last game.
JOHNATHON SCHAECH, actor, "Phantom": Ravens, 31-17. Ravens will win because, like the Orioles in '83, this is a team that has been together through heartbreak, loss and close games. Ed Reed will be the MVP -- he'll be the X factor opposite Kaepernick.
RICHARD SCHIFF, actor, "The West Wing": 49ers, 38-34. I'll tell you who I want. I want the kid, what's his name, Copernicus? Yeah, his name is Copernicus from here on out. I've been a bit busy; I've been doing a play on Broadway, so I didn't get to see him much, but I was rooting for him. It's something about this 21st-century-quarterback thing. They can run, they can pass, they can do everything. It's exciting to watch. I'm an old-fashioned NFL guy. And when it comes down to the NFC vs. the AFC, I'm always going with the NFC. Unless it's the 'Skins. With the rules on defense these days, I've got the over, I'll tell you that.
STEVEN R. SCHIRRIPA, actor: Ravens, 31-24. Flacco has come into his own. He's got Ray Rice on the ground and Boldin is a great target.
MARTIN SCHULZ, European Parliament president: 49ers, 24-14. It's a view from Europe. I think it will be a great match where experience will count. The 49ers will drive home advantage in fourth quarter. Both teams had a brilliant season. I trust the game will be played in a fair spirit.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, actor; former California governor: 49ers, 27-23. Got to go with California this year!
TONY SIRICO, actor, "The Sopranos": Ravens, 32-29. Baltimore will win, 32-29, because of Baltimore's quarterback and play-calling.
EMMITT SMITH, NFL Hall of Famer: 49ers, 31-21. QB Colin Kaepernick's athletic ability is key. The Ravens D will put up a good fight, but it will be tough to keep up.
JACLYN SMITH, actress, "Charlie's Angels": 49ers, 31-24. They are the better team!
SONJA SOHN, actress, "The Wire": Ravens, 24-17. Do you even have to ask? The Ravens all the way, of course.
SLOANE STEPHENS, tennis player: 49ers, 24-14.
SHADOE STEVENS, radio host; actor: 49ers, 27-24. Jim Harbaugh is the younger brother and has something to prove; his defense is one of the best, and Kaepernick keeps his cool under pressure. He can throw and run, and, at 25, is too young to be too nervous ... He'll rise up like Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw did when they won their first Super Bowls. But I think it will be exciting and tight, with everyone having an emotional attachment to Ray Lewis' last game.
ALISON SWEENEY, host, "The Biggest Loser": 49ers, 31-27. As a California native, I have to go with the 49ers. ... I'm thinking it'll be a high-scoring nail-biter.
DARA TORRES, Olympic swimming star: 49ers, 35-19. I grew up in California.
DONALD TRUMP, businessman; host, "The Apprentice": 49ers, 24-21. Great defense.
SCOTT TUROW, author: Ravens, 23-20. A) Ray Lewis will have his team ready to play. B) The team with the most former Cubs always loses -- only Kaepernick qualifies. C) It's always tough to beat your big brother.
AISHA TYLER, host, "The Talk": 49ers, 31-24. The 49ers have hit their stride. They are aggressive, flexible and have great depth at every position. Plus Kaepernick will do anything to make a down, and with league completion leader Alex Smith on backup, they cannot lose. I am so happy that my Niners are back in dynasty mode!
SHERYL UNDERWOOD, host, "The Talk": Ravens, 24-17. The Ravens PK will make 3 FGs with Flacco making two TDs, with Ray Lewis sacking my Kappa brother Kaepernick of the 49ers at least twice. Art Modell will be looking down with pride!
MAMIE VAN DOREN, legendary sex symbol: 49ers, 21-10. I always have to go with the 49ers because they are from the Golden State, where I live, and they've had a long dry spell.
ROBERT VAN WINKLE, musician known as "Vanilla Ice": Ravens, 31-28. They've already beat the two biggest offenses in the league, Denver and New England. The score will be close.
NIA VARDALOS, actress: (No team given.) I'm going to a party. All I know is I'm bringing the chicken wings, but I don't even know who is playing.
STUART VARNEY, host, Fox Business Network: 49ers, 35-28. The 49ers' QB, Colin Kaepernick, is brilliant in high-stakes games. He makes the difference. He will be MVP, in a truly great game, clinching the win in the last minute.
JUSTIN VERLANDER, Detroit Tigers (Cy Young Award winner); 2012 Super Sage Award winner: Ravens, 17-10.
DICK VITALE, sportscaster: Ravens, 24-21. I like their toughness. Kaepernick has got that ability to run, to throw. He's going to be a phenom eventually. I love what they're about.
JILL WAGNER, host, "Wipeout": 49ers, 31-28. Because my dad says so.
JIMMY WALKER, actor, "Good Times": Ravens, 31-26. Well, since I picked the Ravens at the beginning of the year, I gotta stick with the Ravens.
TEDDY ROOSEVELT, Washington Nationals "Racing President": Ravens, 20-13. Unfortunately, my dream of a Beltway Super Bowl was dashed when the Redskins' playoff run ended too soon. If I can't root for my hometown team, I'm going with the team closest to home -- the Ravens. I love their punishing O-Line, and I'd like to think that if I were on the football field I would be a lot like No. 73, Yanda -- now THAT guy is a Bull Moose!
MARLON WAYANS, actor, "A Haunted House": 49ers, 24-17. Brother vs. brother. It's kind of hard. I'm going with the younger brother. 49ers.
BOB WEIR, guitarist, The Grateful Dead; 2004 Super Sage Award winner: 49ers, 38-27.
ADAM WEST, actor, "Batman": 49ers, 24-21. This may be West Coast wishful thinking, but I think it'll finish 24 to 21 in favor of the Niners. But they've gotta get down and dirtier this game. The Ravens will. San Francisco's QB is looking gruesomely good. Protect that pocket.
MICHELLE WIE, golfer: 49ers, 24-17.
JORDYN WIEBER, Olympic gymnast: 49ers, 34-24, I predict that the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl this year because they have more passion and focus than the Baltimore Ravens.
FRED WILLARD, actor: 49ers, 34-24. Although Baltimore has made a late-season surge, San Francisco's quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is on a high -- leading by 7 late in the game, San Francisco will win by 10.
BARRY WILLIAMS, Greg Brady in "The Brady Bunch": 49ers, 31-17. The sentimental favorite is Baltimore because of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis. The odds are San Fran will win because of the legs and arm of QB Kaepernick.
JESSE WILLIAMS, actor, "Grey's Anatomy": 49ers, 27-22. The Ravens will struggle to find the end zone more than once or twice, but will be able to kick themselves in it. Ravens won't be able to contain Kaepernick on the ground for four quarters as long as Crabtree and Davis can keep the secondary honest. Gore is a seasoned vet. If Ravens were to win, it would be on the back of Ray Rice, who they routinely underuse.
RENO WILSON, actor, "Mike and Molly": Ravens, 28-24. I had a dream about Ray Lewis -- I'm a Jets fan.
(Compiled from research by Lindsey Wray, Bill Straub, Mike Kerr, Ann Sharpsteen, SHNS staff and Scripps Howard Foundation interns Jasmine Aguilera, Eddie Ameh, Ian Kullgren, Jess Miller, Matt Nelson, Amy Slanchik and Amer Taleb.)