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Sony game may predict Bowl champ

The video game giant will try to stretch its perfect record of predicting the Super Bowl winner at a promotional event Thursday in New Orleans.

Video game giant Sony will try to stretch its perfect record of predicting the winner of the Super Bowl at a promotional event Thursday night in New Orleans.

Sony's Game Before the Game event will have a player from each Super Bowl team--wide receiver Isaac Bruce for the St. Louis Rams and wide receiver Troy Brown for the New England Patriots--face off in a virtual Super Bowl match-up in "NFL GameDay 2002," Sony's pro football game for its PlayStation 2 console.

Sony's contest may offer more than just entertainment. The results have mirrored the outcome of the actual Super Bowl each of the six years that Sony has held the event, including last year's game, in which Qadry Ismail of Super Bowl victor Baltimore Ravens took down Jason Sehorn of the New York Giants.

Predicting the winner of this year's Super Bowl may not be much of stretch, however. The Rams are favored by 14 points, one of the biggest spreads ever for a Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday in New Orleans.

Electronic Arts, a leading games publisher, is also sponsoring a promotion Thursday. The company's Madden Bowl event has players from eight NFL teams competing one-on-one in the PlayStation 2 version of "Madden NFL 2002," the company's market-leading football game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jacquez Green will defend his Madden Bowl title from last year against players such as Antonio Freeman of the Green Bay Packers and Jeff Garcia of the San Francisco 49ers.

Electronic Arts cited the Madden franchise as a major profit source when it reported quarterly earnings Wednesday.