Since its debut 25 years ago, The Simpsons has contributed countless catchphrases to popular culture, and created characters that came to encapsulate archetypal American ideals – or in some cases, predicted them.
But the show’s prescience jumped to new levels Thursday, when its official Twitter feed recalled an episode from 2005 – nine years ago – in which the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos faced one another in the Super Bowl.
#thesimpsons predicted it! @SuperBowl forecast in the “Bonfire of the Manatees” (S17) episode from 2005. #SB48 pic.twitter.com/cEPfaQlRrM
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 31, 2014
According to the show, entitled “Bonfire of the Manatees,” the Broncos prevail over their opponents 19-14. One can only imagine what this might do to the point spread for those fearless enough to gamble on the big game. But in the episode, Homer admits he didn’t follow the sage advice of “Professor Pigskin,” who encouraged him to put his money on Denver.
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To be totally fair, however, the Professor is in fact a game-predicting pig. And if real life has taught gamblers anything, it’s that animals, much like The Simpsons, possess eerie abilities to anticipate who will win major sporting events. Such as Eli the Ape, a Salt Lake City native who has gone five for five in his predictions, and whose swat at a papier mache Seahawks helmet signifies that they will win on Sunday.
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