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Thursday January 31 01:17 PM EST Celebrity Super Bowl picks

Celebrity Super Bowl picks

By Jeff D'Alessio - The Sporting News

Earlier this week, we told you whom TSN experts Paul Attner and Vinnie Iyer are taking in Sunday's big game.

Now, it's time to find out who the "real" experts like in Super Bowl 36.

Rams or Pats? We threw that one out to Lance Armstrong, Sammy Sosa, Jeb Bush, Vince Carter and a few models. Here's what they had to say:

HANK WILLIAMS JR.
Musician
"Rams 30-26 -- only because they're playing inside The House. After the Steelers lost, I kind of lost interest. However, I think a trip to the window in Vegas and getting down on New England plus 14 might help me get over it."

CINDY MARGOLIS
Supermodel
"Buy as much Chunky Soup stock as you can. Kurt Warner leads the Rams over the Patriots 31-17."

DALE EARNHARDT JR.
NASCAR driver
"It's the Rams, man, because they're from St. Louis -- home of my sponsor, Budweiser. I usually go for the underdogs, but I gotta stick with the St. Louis guys. A score? It doesn't look like the Rams are firing on all eight cylinders and the Pats may not be able to score on offense, so I'll say 27-13."

VINCE CARTER
Forward, Toronto Raptors
"Rams 35-14. Four words tell why the Rams will win: Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk."

ASHLEY JUDD
Actress
"I'm more concerned with UK vs. Florida on Tuesday night than the Super Bowl outcome (Kentucky beat Florida). I guess I am going more to see Mariah (Carey) and U2 than the game. And maybe eat something good as New Orleans is such a good food town."

LANCE ARMSTRONG
Tour de France winner
"Rams 31-14. Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner . . . They were there two years ago and know what it's all about. They won't settle for anything less."

BROOKE BURKE
Host of Wild On and Rank on E!
"Rams, Rams, Rams 41-17. Although the Patriots had a great run in the playoffs, the Rams are too tough to beat! Kurt is a true MVP. There's a new Marshall in New Orleans, and his name is Faulk . . . Better luck next year boys!"

MIKE PIAZZA
Catcher, New York Mets
"Patriots 27-24. Adam Vinatieri will win it for the Patriots with a minute left to go. This is their year. They can't be beaten."

ELI MANNING
Quarterback, Ole Miss
"St. Louis 24-13. I think Marshall Faulk will have a pretty big day playing in his back yard."

STEPHON MARBURY
Guard, Phoenix Suns
"St. Louis 32-10. Marshall Faulk will run and run and run and run."

JEB BUSH
Governor, Florida
"New England 27, St. Louis 24. I went to high school with Bill Belichick. He was smart back then, and he's smarter now"

JAROME IGINLA
NHL's leading goal scorer
"New England 27, St. Louis 24. I like to cheer for the underdog and would love to see an upset."

JOHNNY DAMON
Outfielder, Boston Red Sox
"Patriots all the way. The way I see it, the sports gods are back with Boston and New England and I'm also a Boston guy now. So go Pats!"

MELANIE GRIFFITH
Actress
"Rams 34-17. The only team that can beat the Rams are the Lambs."

JOHN ONDRASIK
Lead singer, Five For Fighting
"Rams 28-13. Marshall Faulk will take over -- as usual."

MIKE DAVIS
Basketball coach, Indiana Hoosiers
"St. Louis 42-25. You can't keep up with St. Louis on the turf."

RAY ALLEN
Guard, Milwaukee Bucks
"Patriots 27, Rams 14. Since I live in Connecticut, I'm going to have to go with the Patriots. I think the defense is going to step up and hold down the Rams' offense, which will shock them a little bit since their confidence comes from their offense."

JULIE FOUDY
U.S. women's soccer team captain
"St. Louis Rams. Gotta go with my former Los Angeles boys. I just wish they would have won a little more when they were in southern California. Maybe if we throw Astroturf down, they might come back."

LATRELL SPREWELL
Guard, New York Knicks
"St. Louis. They are the best team in football -- hands down. They are way too talented."

CHRIS SIMMS
Quarterback, Texas Longhorns
"New England. They really played the Rams the first time around and had some opportunities to win that game. With the Patriots being such big underdogs, I think that will be a big motivation for them going in. I just have a gut feeling they can win."

LeROY NEIMAN
Artist
"Patriots 24, Rams 17. As a New Yorker, I favor the Pats because of their strong link to the New York Jets going back to coach Bill Parcells."

DARIN ERSTAD
Outfielder, Anaheim Angels
"Pats, 31-27. Do you believe in miracles?"

JASON RICHARDSON
Forward, Golden State Warriors
"Rams, 41-10. It won't even be close. The Rams are the Lakers of football."

BRANFORD MARSALIS
Musician
"Rams 42-17. Everyone is talking about the fact that the last two times the Pats made the Super Bowl, it was in New Orleans. This is the second time in five years. Blah blah blah. The one point they forget to mention was that both of those games were blowouts, and the Pats were on the receiving end. This time, it will be no different. Unlike the Steelers, the Rams have a good special teams unit. And they will win. In a romp."

RICK PITINO
Basketball coach, Louisville Cardinals
"New England. They remind me of the Amazin' Mets. They may not be the most talented team, but they're a team of destiny."

KENYON MARTIN
Forward, New Jersey Nets
"Rams 30-17. Could be a whippin'."

MARK CUBAN
Owner, Dallas Mavericks
"35-12 Rams; 14 -- The number of times they show Kurt Warner's wife during the game."

DAN RATHER
Anchor, CBS Evening News
"New England, 29-26, OT. Yes, the Rams could and perhaps should turn this into one of their trademark close-the-gates-of-mercy, roll-up-the-score routs with something like a 45-16 final. But especially with Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace ailing and vulnerable, the hunch here is St. Louis may instead end up singing the "Bogged Down in the Red Zone Blues." So: New England rides inspired defense and special teams play, plus the long ball, for a chorus of "Oh Beautiful for Patriots Dream" in the first Super Bowl overtime game ever."

SHERYL SWOOPES
Forward, Houston Comets
"New England 21-14. New England is the underdog and I like rooting for the underdog. I really think the Patriots are going to surprise a lot of people. But to win this game, they are going to have to keep it low-scoring."

STEVE FRANCIS
Guard, Houston Rockets
"Rams 35, Pats 26. Two MVPs on the same team will be too much to handle."

PRESTON SHUMPERT
Forward, Syracuse Orangemen
"St. Louis 28, New England 14. The Greatest Show On Turf has too much speed and too many weapons."

JOHN FEINSTEIN
Author
"I'll pick the Patriots 24-20 for the simple reason that they're a better story. I'll get emotional about the Super Bowl when Army and Navy get there."

ALLAN HOUSTON
Guard, New York Knicks
"St. Louis, 30-17. The Rams are too experienced and too potent on offense."

JIM NABORS
aka Gomer Pyle
"Rams is my pick. I sang the national anthem for them for all the years George Allen was coach and I still root for them."

KEN GRIFFEY JR.
Outfielder, Cincinnati Reds
"New England 31, St. Louis 17. I think the Patriots' defense will keep the Rams under 21 points."

CASEY CLAUSEN
Quarterback, Tennessee Volunteers
"Rams 31-10. Rams' speed on offense will be too much for the Patriots' defense, especially on turf."

JERRY STACKHOUSE
Forward, Detroit Pistons
"Rams 42-10. The Rams just have good offensive flow. Besides, doesn't New England have a quarterback controversy all of a sudden?"

JOHN MCCAIN
U.S. Senator, Arizona
"Rams 28-10."

BILLY GILMAN
13-year-old country singing sensation
"Patriots 28-17. Nobody can beat the red, white & blue."

ANTONIO McDYESS
Forward, Denver Nuggets
"Rams 28-7. That offense is too good. They can score too many points.

TROY MURPHY
Forward, Golden State Warriors
"St. Louis 24-17. St. Louis has a big advantage because they play on the turf during the regular season."

RUSTY WALLACE
NASCAR driver
"Naturally, I've gotta be pulling for my home team, the St. Louis Rams. Just gotta. It'll probably be really close or be an absolute blowout. Somebody either laps the field or it's just by inches at the flag. Isn't that the way that it usually goes? I'm pulling for St. Louis and I just have a feeling that the score's gonna be 23-17 with the Rams on top. Mark that down."

TONI KUKOC
Forward, Atlanta Hawks
"Patriots 33-28. I like the underdog. Hopefully, Drew Bledsoe has another good game."

CATHERINE BELL
Actress, JAG
"Patriots, 20-17. I always like to go with the long shot."

JOHN LUCAS
Head coach, Cleveland Cavaliers
"New England wins 31-24. I pull for the underdog"

CARROT TOP
Comedian
"Patriots 27-24. The world has never been more 'Patriotic.' The year of the upsets! Brady/Bledsoe & Co. in the snow under the dome will Ram it home for the 'American' Football Conference.

BRIAN JORDAN
Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers?
"Rams 42-17. The Rams have too many weapons".

SHAWN GREEN
Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
"Rams 31-24. Too much firepower".

FRANK WILLIAMS
Guard, Illinois Fighting Illini
"St. Louis Rams, 34-21. My boy Marshall is gonna run all day."

WINK MARTINDALE
Game show host and longtime Sporting News reader
"St. Louis Rams 42-24. What can I say? Georgia (Frontiere) may have taken our Rams from LA -- but not outa' my heart! (Plus, the team ain't all that bad!!)"

JASON KIDD
Guard, New Jersey Nets
"Rams 35-24. Could be a magic carpet ride in the Dome."

FABIO
Model
"Now that my Niners are out of it, it's definitely the Rams. Have to stick with the NFC West, even though when the Cardinals were in St. Louis they were in the East."

SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM
Forward, Atlanta Hawks
"Rams, 35-17. They have the most complete and best offense in the league."

SAMMY SOSA
Outfielder, Chicago Cubs
"St. Louis 28, New England 17. Marshall Faulk will be the MVP."

LUKE RECKER
Forward, University of Iowa
"Rams, big. Kurt Warner, MVP."

SCOTT TUROW
Author
"Rams 38, Pats 30. The Patriots' success against the Steelers rushing was impressive, but St. Louis has too many weapons. Watching the Rams' second half against the Eagles healed some of the wounds from my acts of seppuku as a Bears fan, inflicted the week before."

JENNY THOMPSON
Olympic swimming star
"The Patriots are going to win because I made a bet that they will do so (I made the bet a couple of weeks ago). The score will be 27-24."

STEVE LAVIN
Basketball coach, UCLA Bruins
"New England 20-16. A tough game with a strong New England running attack."

TOM ARNOLD
Actor
"Rams 35-14. You gotta respect the Patriots, but the Rams are just too awesome."

GEORGE KARL
Coach, Milwaukee Bucks
"St. Louis 22, New England 15. I think the Rams will win, but not convincingly in a game that is more defensive-minded than people expect."

NICK VAN EXEL
Guard, Denver Nuggets
"Rams 34-17. They can't be beat on turf."

PENNY HARDAWAY
Guard, Phoenix Suns
"I think the Rams will win, but I've got friends on New England that I'll root for. Let it be a good game then we all win."

JEFF BURTON
NASCAR driver
"St. Louis 21-14. I think it will be a close game but in the end, St. Louis has been fighting all year so I don't think they'll give up now."

WILLIAM SHATNER
aka Captain Kirk
"February 3rd is going to be tremendously exciting. Filled with passion, intensity, raucous voices and intense physical activity. Then at 3:00, we'll turn on the set."

Jeff D'Alessio is a senior editor at The Sporting News. For more on Tom Arnold, Melanie Griffith and Catherine Bell, go to OneWorldLive.com.

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