Claim: The 2007 film I Am Legend accurately predicted the results of the 2008 Super Bowl.
Origins: When the Florida Marlins captured Major League Baseball championship by triumphing in the 1997 World Series (an outcome deemed improbable at the time, at least by those who didn’t place much stock in the chances of a recent expansion team’s winning it all), some fans of the national pastime were inspired to see in a 1989 film a prophecy of that very event. They cast their gaze to a scene in Back to the
that supposedly predicted the unexpected sporting result. (It didn’t, but that’s another story.)
Ten years later, the rumor that an unlikely sports result had been accurately prognosticated by a popular movie popped up again.
Just as the Marlins weren’t supposed to triumph in the 1997 World Series, the New York Giants weren’t expected to reach Super
A few months before the 2008 Super Bowl took place, a film version of I Am Legend starring Will Smith (the third onscreen adaptation of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel of the same name, its two previous onscreen forays being 1964’s The Last Man on Earth and 1971’s The Omega Man) was released. Near the beginning of that film, one scene showed a television news broadcast with a sports-related screen crawl appearing below the commentator, and that crawl read: “Giants lose to Patriots for second time this season
Intriguingly, since the Giants and the Patriots are in difference conferences, the only way they could play each other more than once in a given season would be via a regular season
However, although one part of the I Am Legend “prediction” came true in that the Patriots did indeed meet the Giants for a second time in the
Barbara “Sunday told the tale” Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 January 2015