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Sunday, January 18, 2009

3 Birds and a Steeler...The Hooky Natural Selection Playoff Poll

Today is Conference Play Off day in the NFL. The final four teams meet on the gridiron and gut it out to victory or defeat. It's America's version of the Joust List. One more step to the ultimate prize...a Super Bowl win and the Vince Lombardi trophy. Of course, a few million dollars in bonus money and a renegotiated contract is also a powerful motivator!

Getting tired of watching the "Sports Pundits" ex football players on ESPN who were lucky or smart enough not to shoot themselves in the leg in a strip club or break into a Las Vegas hotel room to take back their past glory, which they had hocked off to pay their debts, long ring fingers all...I decided to come up with a more unique way to judge who will be today's winners and the Super Bowl Champion. Ladies and Knights, I give you 3 Birds and a Steeler...the Hooky Natural Selection Play Off Poll! Eagles vs Cardinals, Ravens vs Steelers.

First we start with the natural selection of natural species:

The Eagle is the largest and most powerful and muscular bird of prey. It flies faster than any other bird and uses its talons and beak to rip the flesh from its victims. Eagles also have a very keen eyesight, which enables them to spot prey at greater distances than other birds. OK, to sum up...largest, most powerful, faster, more muscular, better eyesight...we have to give this bird a 10!

The Cardinal is one of the most colorful birds. It is the most aggressive bird of its size. It is very territorial and marks its territory by song. During mating it bonds with the opposite sex through rituals like feeding each other seed. OK, to sum up...more colorful, aggressive, territorial, great singer and sensitive...great qualities for a horny rock star, but on the gridiron we have to give this bird a 7.

The Raven is a dark and mysterious bird. It has been associated with death and bad omens as well as with the spiritual realm and as a god. For its size compared to other birds, it is the heaviest per mass. It is very resourceful in finding its food. It has been observed to be a great problem solver and highly intelligent. OK, to sum of death, spiritual, god like, physically strong, resourceful, highly intelligent...we have to give this bird a 9.

The Steeler is a blue collar Steel worker from Pittsburgh. Aggressive, strong and able to handle extreme working conditions, the Steeler is a perfect physical human specimen, unless it drinks 6 to 10 beers at the neighborhood tavern after work, in which case it usually believes that it is always right and invincible! Steelers work together as a team. OK, to sum up...aggressive, strong, handles extreme conditions, perfect physical condition, drinks beer, believes its invincible...we have to give this slab of humanity a 9.

OK, natural selection of species results: Eagles 10, Cardinals 7...Ravens 9, Steelers 9. Now, the natural selection of team cheerleaders. That's right fans! Nothing motivates a steaming pile of aggressive testosterone better than a hot female, so
rry Ladies! (Admit it, you like looking at the players asses in those tight pants!)

Here are the representatives for the Eagles, Cardinals, Steelers and Ravens. All fine "long finger" lookers of the human female species. It appears that the law of natural selection has been working in their favour! Now, to each his own on these type of judgement calls, but since I'm it..."Here Comes the Judge!" In my youth I was particularly found of blonds; however, since being smitten by my dark haired kitten Lady Allwinky, I've found myself leaning more in that direction. That being said I would have to give it a draw between the Eagles and the Cardinals...both a 9.

In the AFC contest it's a no brainer! Are you ready for some football?! A Sunday night party?! Well the Steelers sure look like it! The Raven has class, but hot football chick beats hot Phys Ed teacher girl next door every time! Steelers 10, Ravens 5.

Now we combine the natural species and cheerleader scores, and the results are...Eagles 19 vs Cardinals 16...and Raven 14 vs Steelers 19. Still a close race! Now for our final natural selection...Mascot in the Arts!

When you say the Eagles, you think the super group formed in California in the 1970's who are still rockin' before they retire to rockers in the 21st century. Granted their music doesn't make it on sports shows. "Taking it Easy" is not a theme for the NFL! Their presence on the Super Bowl half time show would be a major coup. However, since you can "check out anytime that you like, but you can never leave"...I give the Eagles a 7.

I know that not all readers will remember this Cardinal; however, nothing says Cardinal better than Cardinal Fang of Monty Python Fame! "Nobody suspects the Spanish Inquisition" and nobody suspects the Cardinals to pull it off. Cardinals get a 10 from Cardinal Fang!

"Thus quote the Raven, nevermore!" The classic novel by Edger Allen Poe, who was a Baltimore native, thus their name the Ravens, will be hard to beat. We're not quite sure if nevermore means the Steelers will not win a Superbowl, or nevermore means the Ravens won't advance; however, with Edger cheering from the grave the Ravens have a fighting chance. I give the Ravens a 9.

The Steelers come in a little on the "shy" side when it comes to the nothing! However, we do know that Obama is rooting for the Steelers and we hope that he will reverse the Bush trend of cutting the arts budget out of education. Also, for the cottage cheese lady being brave enough to expose her derriere with "Big Ben's" number 7, we'll give the Steelers their number 7 + 1 for Obama = 8.

The final tally...Eagles 26 vs Cardinals 26, Ravens 23 vs Steelers 26. So, we have a clear winner in the AFC, the Steelers! The NFC is tied, so the tie breaker goes to the Cardinals for Cardinal Fang, and the fact that they used to be located in St. Louis and named after my baseball team the Cardinals......and Kurt Warner won a Super Bowl for the St. Louis Rams.

So, the Super Bowl match is the Cardinals vs the Steelers!

I predict by the Hooky Natural Selection Playoff Poll that Cardinal Fang and his Red Gridiron Gang brings home the Vince Lombardi trophy!

Sir Hook the Playoff Prophet and Founder of the Hooky Natural Selection Playoff Poll of Warrick


  1. And the winner of Super Bowl 2009

    The Philadephia Eagles. Yay...

    Go Eagles....

    Sir D ( it is written ) of Oxen-ford

  2. Sir D, my Darwinian friend, seems to have ignored his beloved law of natural selection!

    "It is written" has been erased! We shall see in a few hours who is correct!

    Sir Hook the Natural Lawyer of Warrick

  3. Wow -- How in the world can you argue with that?

    I thought I knew where you were going with this, but you threw in WAY to many curve balls.

    I think you've got between a 24 and 26% chance of being correct.

    Sir Bowie "where are my Redskins?" of Greenbriar

  4. H... go see Slumdog Millionaire... Natural Selection and Supernatural combine... :))

    Sir D

  5. I am the Slumdog Millionaire! Thanks Sir Bowie for the "curve ball" complement! That means a lot coming from a former Catcher to a "Son of a Pitcher"!

    I'm very confident in my Hooky Natural Selection Playoff Poll! Such low odds can make me very rich and wise...or very poor and stupid. God, I love this country!

    Sir Hook the Pitch Man of Warrick

  6. nope, still not convinced...

    My big Money is still on the Eagles... good early Odds...

    Sir D... ( putting his neck Where Eagle dare )

  7. Fair enough. Everyone is entitled to their wrong opinion here!

    Sir Hook the Cardinal Who's Pecking Your Eyes Out of Warrick

  8. So far so good...Cardinals win! Now for Part 2 of the Grand Experiment in Football predictions!

    Sir Hook the Half-Wise of Warrick

  9. Ahem ... a grand experiment?... a master class in rigging the answer in favour of the team that you supported all along because of
    Paternal connections hmmmm
    ( strokes chin.... middle of the road country rock band against a Monty Python character.. how about it should be an Eagle in Golf vs Cardinal Richlou ahha not so good now is it...LOL )

    Anyway ..Cards nearly ballsed it up. 24 - 6 up then a collapse... i'd go for a lucky win

    i thought you were a Colts fan?? ahhh so if you are allowed two teams so am I ... so i should go for Steelers seeing as they are my States other team... but no...i will go for the Ravens to give me something to CROW about, considering they squished the Colts.

    and how come you gave the steelers cheergal over the Ravens are you Blind?? the Steeler looks like Micheal jackson in a wig...

    someone is wearing his beer goggles


  10. Ah, Sir D, I would expect nothing less from you! Enjoying seeing the Steelers proving my theory so far!

    It's the Eagles who fell apart on the Cardinals last drive. It doesn't matter how it looks...a win is a win!

    As far as the Steelers Girl...are you blind! It's all about helmet placement! She has the required "upper equipment" and no glittered no Michael Jackson. Perhaps you need to visit Freud?!

    Sir Hook Who's Getting Wiser by the Minutes Ticking Off the Play Clock of Warrick