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Trump, porcupine, piglets, tortoises, tiger: Who do the ‘experts’ predict will win Super Bowl 50?

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has picked the Broncos to beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has picked the Broncos to beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. NYT

If the tiger and the eight baby tortoises are right, Carolina Panthers fans can breathe easy on Sunday. But if Donald Trump, the piglets and the porcupine have their way, the Panthers are in trouble.

Unusual Super Bowl predictions have become a ritual, bolstered by the apparent insight of Paul the Octopus, a Phoenix-based cephalopod who had a reputation for accurately predicting major sports matches.

Here’s how some of the major predictions this year break down:


A pair of piglets on ABC’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” picked the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 50, running to eat “piggy treats” off a Broncos helmet decal. Co-host Michael Strahan pointed out that both pigs were winners, however, because they both got treats.

8 baby tortoises

Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, set up eight baby red-foot tortoises on a mock football field with their favorite foods in each team’s end zone. In the end, they picked the Panthers 3-2, though it should be noted that three of the tortoises slacked off and didn’t make up their minds.

Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine

Noted for his expressive vocalizations, the Dallas-based porcupine predicted a Broncos win by eating corn from a Denver helmet. Teddy did not disclose whether, as a Dallas resident, the Cowboys’ 33-14 loss to the Panthers on Thanksgiving influenced his decision.

Donald Trump

The Republican presidential candidate said he picked Denver because of his regard for Peyton Manning.

“I have to go with the person I know and I like,” Trump said last weekend on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. ... But I’ll stick with Peyton because he’s a very good guy.”

Tibet the Myrtle Beach tiger

Tibet, a female tiger who resides at the Myrtle Beach Safari animal park, picked the Panthers by chasing down and chomping on a remote-controlled car topped by a Carolina helmet.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo