Colts are the pick, but Bears have some support

Updated: February 2, 2007, 11:49 AM ET
By David Nielsen | Scripps Howard News Service

Peyton Manning and the Colts are going to run roughshod over the Bears this Sunday.

That's the opinion of the vast majority of celebrities who participated in the 18th annual Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl Poll. Out of the 100 famous folks who made predictions, 71 believe that the Indianapolis Colts will win Super Bowl XLI, while only 27 picked the Chicago Bears. Two celebrities didn't pick a winner.

Many of the celebrities picked Indianapolis because of Manning, the Colts' All-Pro quarterback who is playing in the first Super Bowl of his nine-year career.

Although Indy has been listed as a solid 7-point favorite by the Las Vegas bookmakers, there are some celebrities who insist that the underdog Bears will pull an upset.

Since Scripps Howard started the Celebrity Super Bowl Poll in 1990, only two celebrities have ever picked the winner and the score exactly right. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova aced it in 1998 when she predicted Denver would beat Green Bay, 31-24, in Super Bowl XXXII. Dennis Farina got 'em both right in 2005.

Keep an eye on the final score. The celebrity who picks the winning team and comes closest to predicting the score will win the Scripps Howard Super Sage Award trophy.

Name Pick
PAUL NEWMAN
Actor
Bears, 21-20. I wouldn't have picked the Bears over the Patriots, but I think they'll be able to squeak by the Colts.
DWYANE WADE
NBA star, Chicago native
Bears, 28-24. Because we're the best!
SYLVESTER STALLONE
Actor
Colts, 38-30. They are a team of destiny and nothing could be harder than what they went through to get here.
JACK NICKLAUS
Golfer
Colts, 34-24. I think in a warm-weather game with no elements working in their favor, it might be tough for the Bears to keep Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense under 34 points. I think the Colts' defense is often underrated, and I am not sure the Bears can score more than 24 points on them.
ARNOLD PALMER
Golfer and 2003 Super Sage Award winner
Colts, 31-24. I take the Colts for two reasons: Peyton Manning at quarterback and the Colts are a faster team.
MARK WAHLBERG
Actor
I don't care. The Patriots aren't in it. That is my team.
SERENA WILLIAMS
2007 Australian Open tennis champion
Colts, 17-13.
SEN. JOHN McCAIN
R-Ariz.
Colts by 6.
SEN. JOHN KERRY
D-Mass.
Colts, 34-27. Because the Colts (barely) beat the New England Patriots and the Patriots are the toughest, grittiest, smartest team in the NFL. And the AFC is much stronger than the NFC this year.
GEN. MICHAEL V. HAYDEN
Director of the CIA
Colts, 27-14. My wife, a Chicagoan, has adopted my beloved Steelers with all the zeal of a convert. So my heart has to go with the Bears. But the best intelligence still says Colts, if they can master the outdoors.
AL FRANKEN
Radio talk show host
Bears, 21-20. They're in the NFC North. Any team that can get past the Vikings can beat anybody.
BILL O'REILLY
FOX talk show host
Colts, 31-10.
LARRY KING
CNN talk show host
Colts, 21-7. I think the AFC was vastly superior to the NFC this season.
CHARLIE SHEEN
Actor
Colts, 37-33. The Colts will play mistake free football -- the Bears will not.
JIMMIE JOHNSON
2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion
Colts, 31-28. I've followed Peyton's career for quite awhile. I know how it feels to be so close, so many times and come up short. It's an incredible feeling to win your sport's highest title. I hope Peyton gets the ring.
BOBBY PLUMP
His winning shot for Milan High in 1954 inspired the movie "Hoosiers"
Colts, 34-24. I think Indianapolis has too much offense.
PHYLLIS DILLER
Comedienne
The guy with the bad thumb, Peyton Manning, it's his time.
DR. JOYCE BROTHERS
Psychologist
Colts, 31-17. Peyton Manning will win to inspire his younger brother (N.Y. Giants quarterback Eli).
GARY SINISE
Actor, "CSI: NY"
The Bears will win the Super Bowl this year. I have felt it from the beginning. Even with all the craziness with Rex Grossman. I knew they would win in '86 and I know it now.
WILLIAM SHATNER
Actor, "Boston Legal"
Colts, 24-17, because of Peyton Manning.
JERRY MATHERS
Actor, "Leave it to Beaver"
Bears, 20-17. Peyton Manning has always been shaky in the playoffs. I think defense wins the game. The Bears because of their defense are going to win it.
HALEY JOEL OSMENT
Actor who has picked the last seven Super Bowl winners
Colts, 31-24. I've been a big Peyton Manning fan for a while and I think it's finally his time.
MICKEY ROONEY
Actor
Bears, 24-14. It's gonna be a fascinating game, as all Super Bowls are.
TONY SIRICO
Paulie Gaultieri on "The Sopranos"
Colts, 21-14. Too much experience. Warm weather, too.
PAT ROBERTSON
Reverend
Colts, 17-14. The score will be 14-14 and go into overtime, and the Colts will win on a field goal.
JOE GANNASCOLI
Vito Spatafore on "The Sopranos"
Colts, 34-20. The Colts are going to beat them big. I think their time has come and I think they are going to rattle Rex Grossman.
JERRY FALWELL
Reverend
Colts by two touchdowns.
DUANE "DOG" CHAPMAN
Bounty hunter
Bears, 35-28. With a renewed hope and the spirit of the '80's championship team, they will again be the Super Bowl champions.
JOHN WOODEN
Legendary basketball coach
I'll go with the Colts. Indianapolis has the more experienced quarterback and I think their defense is improved tremendously. It's not going to be a runaway.
BOBBY THOMSON
Former N.Y. Giants baseball player who in 1951 hit "Shot Heard 'Round the World"
Colts, 24-17. I better go with Manning. You figure he's been so close and done so much.
RALPH BRANCA
Former Dodger who threw the famous pitch to Thomson
Colts, 41-24. They've got more offense. Chicago's defense is good, but so was New England's.
JENNIE FINCH
Olympic softball star
Colts, 34-27. Even though I love Chicago, I think the Colts will win. I really want Peyton to win a Super Bowl. Everyone is all over him about not winning the Big One. He is ready to lead his team to victory!
DANICA PATRICK
IndyCar driver
Bears, 31-27. I think this game is going to have a little bit of everything. I think both teams will start out slow, probably just a couple of field goals in the early part of the game. But then I think it will be wide open in the second half.
MOLLY SIMS
Actress, "Las Vegas"
Colts, 31-24. They are the stronger team over the past few years. Peyton Manning is due his Super Bowl ring.
KENDRA WILKINSON
Hugh Hefner's girlfriend, "The Girls Next Door"
Colts, 27-13. I think it's their year. They stepped it up in the playoffs. I think Peyton Manning has it in his heart. I don't want to see him turn out to be another Dan Marino.
MAMIE VAN DOREN
Legendary sex symbol
The Bears because they are BAD!
SCOTT ADAMS
Dilbert cartoonist
Colts, 21-7. A common question high-tech companies ask in interviews is, "If a bear fought a colt, which one would win?" Considering speed, height, and kicking reach, I have to go with the colt. And if Peyton Manning is riding the colt, its chances are even better.
DICK VITALE
ESPN basketball announcer
Colts, 28-21. The Bears will succumb to the power of Peyton Manning.
TONY PARKER
San Antonio Spurs guard
Colts, 25-20. Hopefully it will be a high score. I like seeing touchdowns. Over the years, Peyton Manning has always been close. I just feel like finally this is his year.
PHIL JACKSON
L.A. Lakers coach
Bears, 20-15. Defense wins. This Bears team is like Tampa Bay was in 2001 or 2. Can you remember their quarterback?
BOB COUSY
Hall of Fame NBA guard
Colts, 37-12. I think it's finally Peyton Manning's turn. On a neutral court go with the Colts.
LEROY NEIMAN
Artist
Colts, 24-10. Peyton Manning will be at the top of his game.
DENNIS FARINA
Actor and 2005 Super Sage Award winner
Bears, 23-17. In order to beat the Bears you have to beat the Bears' defense. Rex Grossman 's confidence and intelligence has grown over the season and it's only his first full season as a quarterback. He's only going to get better.
ED ASNER
Actor
Bears, 27-24. I'm a Chicago aficionado. That's where I began acting so I have to root for them.
ELISABETH SHUE
Actress
Colts, 35-21. I love the Colts!
DIONNE WARWICK
Singer
Colts, 28-21. Although I think the Bears are the better team, I think the Colts will take the prize because Lovie studied under Dungy. It will be the teacher against the pupil in this case.
WAYNE NEWTON
Actor/singer:
Bears, 21-7. How you can go against the Monsters of the Midway defense? I've given some of my best performances in Chicago. It's always been my kind of town!
DICK VAN PATTEN
Actor/entrepreneur
Colts, 31-21. A better quarterback will make all the difference. The Colts have a natural balance of offense and defense. Hmm, "natural balance." That's a good name for a company.
CONNIE STEVENS
Actress/entrepreneur
Bears, 32-23. The Bears are a defensive team that's stronger and determined to make history.
JACK VALENTI
Former head of the Motion Picture Association
Colts, 28-27. I bet the game will get great ratings.
TOBIN BELL
Actor, "Saw"
Colts, 31-6. My hunch is this is Peyton's year and that the football gods will shine on the Colts on Sunday.
ROBERT LOGGIA
Actor
Colts, 35-29. Quarterback charisma!
BUZZ ALDRIN
Astronaut
Colts, 28-17. The Colts have more horse power. Besides, I'd rather have lucky horseshoes on the mantle than a bear's claw.
CHUCK YEAGER
First man to break the sound barrier
Colts, 21-14. Peyton Manning is my favorite quarterback.
SEN. RICHARD LUGAR
R-Ind.
Colts! Offense. Defense. Special teams. Coaching. Management. Community support.
RICHARD M. DALEY
Chicago mayor
Bears. Everyone has underestimated them all year. Everyone says they're not good but they just keep winning.
MIKE LEAVITT
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Colts, 24-17.
MIKE ERUZIONE
Captain of 1980 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning hockey team
Colts, 31-21. This is Peyton's year.
MICHAEL PHELPS
Swimmer, winner of six Olympic gold medals
Colts, 28-17.
JERMAIN TAYLOR
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Colts, 30-24. Peyton will not be denied, but Bears will play better than people think. Dallas Clark is hot for the Colts and will be a wild card. Lots of turnovers, and the Patriots exposed a problem with the Colts' kick-off coverage.
JEREMY WARINER
400-meters, 2004 Olympic champion
Bears, 27-10. Because of the way their defense has been playing in the playoffs. They are playing like they did the first half of the season. As long as Rex Grossman doesn't turn the ball over they will beat Indianapolis.
KERRI WALSH
Olympic beach volleyball star
Colts, 27-18. I'm a big fan of Peyton and Tony Dungy and I think the Colts will pull out a hard-fought game. Their defense has stepped up in the last couple of weeks, and with their playmakers on offense I see them getting it done.
IAN McSHANE
Actor, "Deadwood"
Bears, because I like Chicago. 38-35 will be the score, but not necessarily of this game.
WILLIAM SANDERSON
Actor, "Deadwood"
Colts, 31-17. The Colts will outscore and out-run the Bears who will be looking to hibernate by the second half.
LEAH REMINI
Actress, "The King of Queens"
Colts, 34-23. Well, basically, that is what my husband said, so I am going with him.
JESSE L. MARTIN
Actor, "Law and Order"
Colts, 31-24. They have more experience and they're playing in warm weather.
JAMES DENTON
Actor, "Desperate Housewives"
Colts, 26-16. I think the Colts have too many weapons. I don't think the Bears can stop them with two starters out on defense. I think it is all about special teams. If the Colts can stop Devin Hester, they should win.
JIM CAVIEZEL
Actor
Colts, 31-20, because of Peyton Manning.
JOHN AMOS
Actor, "Men in Trees"
Bears, 24-17. Bears will win because of their solid defense this year.
MARISOL NICHOLS
Actress, "24"
Bears, 24-20. I think they will win because, they're from Chicago, and because they haven't had a trip to the Super Bowl since the 80's. They're due.
GORDON CLAPP
Actor
Bears, 38-10. If Rex Grossman and the Bears defense play the way they have shown they can play, the Colts won't be able to touch them.
STEPHEN ROOT
Actor
Colts, 27-21. Rex Grossman of the Bears will be inconsistent. The Colts' lighter and faster defense will keep the Bears from scoring much. This is all assuming Peyton is perfect.
ROBERT ILER
Anthony Soprano Jr. on "The Sopranos"
Bears, 28-24. I got to go with the underdog.
RUSSELL JOHNSON
The Professor, "Gilligan's Island"
I don't think there's any doubt that Indianapolis should win. Colts by 10 points.
DAWN WELLS
Mary Ann, "Gilligan's Island"
Colts, 24-14.
BARRY WILLIAMS
Greg Brady, "The Brady Bunch"
Colts, 27-17. Fewer incarcerated players and Colts can run faster than Bears.
FLORENCE HENDERSON
Mrs. Brady, "The Brady Bunch"
Colts, 24-14.
ADAM WEST
Actor, "Batman"
Colts, 28-24. I feel like Aaron Moorehead's dad, Emery. He played for the Bears you know, and Aaron is a Colts receiver. I'm kinda torn. But I feel its gotta be Peyton Manning's turn. 28-24.
SAM HORNISH
2006 Indy 500 champ
Colts, 41-14.
MATT KENSETH
NASCAR driver
Colts, 34-17. My feeling is that there is no way the Bears offense will keep pace with Colts offense. Unless the Bears D can force five turnovers and get a couple of defensive or special-team scores, they will be history.
JEFF BURTON
NASCAR driver
Colts, 28-24. They've come close so many times. It's their time to win.
SHEILA KELLEY
Actress/entrepreneur
Colts, 28-21. Colts are great for horseback riding if they've been well broken and I'm definitely into the equestrian sports. Bears are unpredictable and quite frightening if encountered in a dark wooded area alone. And I've never heard of bearback ride, although I have done a little bareback riding!
SUSAN ANTON
Entertainer
Colts, 31-24. Wow, this is a hard one. As always, it will all come down to turnovers. The Colts are more vulnerable in this regard with their passing game and the aggressive Bears defense coming at them in full force, but with a healthy Peyton Manning at the helm, playing the "Game Of His Life," I feel the Colts will prevail!
SCOTT TUROW
Author
Bears, 24-20. I'm a lifetime Bears fan. I used to go the games with my father when I was a kid back when they played at Wrigley Field. I'm Bears all the way.
VINCE NEIL
Motley Crue lead singer
Colts, 31-24. Chicago's defense is tough, but at the end of the day the Colts' offense is better.
JOAN JETT
Rock star
Colts, 28-14.
TOM SCHOLZ
Rock star, Boston
With the Pats eliminated maybe they should drop "Super Sunday" and just call it "Pretty Good Sunday." Plus, I was really hoping for the Saints. But seriously, with two unstoppable offenses taking turns, it should still be an exciting game. I'm saying Bears by 11.
RODNEY ATKINS
Country singer
Colts, 21-17. Peyton and the Tennessee connection.
CYD CHARISSE
Actress
Bears, 28-21. Chicago is my kind of town!
AL OERTER
Four-time Olympic gold medalist in discus
Colts, 35-21. Go with the team with the better quarterback, and that's Indianapolis.
GARY STEVENS
Hall of Fame jockey
Bears, 31-27. I think they are more of a team. Their offense is very solid and their defense has stepped up throughout the playoffs.
PAM SHRIVER
Former tennis star
Bears, 28-17. My reason is simple. I am a Baltimore native and still hold a HUGE grudge that the Colts left and took the name.
ALFRED RASCON
Retired Army Major, Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient
Bears, 21-14. After the midnight exodus of the Baltimore Colts, I support anybody except the (Indianapolis) Colts.
ROB VAN WINKLE
aka VANILLA ICE
Colts, 35-24. I would have a better chance just flipping a coin on this game, but if I had to choose I would say the Colts will beat the stats and the Bears.
CARROT TOP
Comedian
Colts, 31-17. Although the Bears running game is strong, it's Peyton's time!
CLORIS LEACHMAN
Actress
Who are the Colts with? And the Bears? I am from Chicago. I will watch. Who is supposed to win? Who do they think?
PENN & TELLER
Magicians/comedians
Colts, 28-17. Because if you add 28 and 17, you get 43. Add 4 and 3, and you get 7. Which is Mickey Mantle's number. We like Peyton Manning. We've heard he has a monkey.
JAMES BLAKE
Tennis star
Colts, 27-17. Peyton is going to get the monkey off his back and win the big one and be crowned MVP of the game.
TED GIANNOULAS
aka THE SAN DIEGO CHICKEN
Since my wife is from Indy and I value not sleeping on the couch, I'll pick the Colts, 35-23. Besides, their offense has Velcro hands and the defense has discovered their fast feet in Tony D time. And if Peyton can't go, Jim Sorgi will step up impressively."