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President Obama Won't Take Sides In This Year's Super Bowl

02/01/2015 06:13 pm ET | Updated Feb 01, 2015

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he wouldn't take sides in Super Bowl XLIX.

Asked by NBC's Savannah Guthrie whether he favored the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks, Obama was diplomatic, and said that he didn't want to offend anyone.

"Since my Bears aren't in it, I think it's always wise for me not to choose a team, because then I just alienate one big city," Obama said. "I will say that it's gonna be close, and the question I have is whether Seattle's secondary is gonna be healthy enough. You know that's the heart and soul of their team."

Obama also weighed in on recent reports that the Patriots had played a portion of the AFC championship game with footballs that were below regulation pressure and said that he was surprised to learn that NFL teams are allowed to bring their own footballs to play with.

Still, Obama said, the pressure of the balls wouldn't have made much of a difference a game in which the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7: "The Patriots were gonna beat the Colts regardless of what the footballs looked like."

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  • The Lineup
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    Massachusetts: Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Mystic Brewing Spectral Evidence, Cambridge Brewing Company Tripel Threat, Brash The Bollocks, Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher

    Washington: The Hobbit Bolg, Olympia Beer, Rainier Ale, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Red Hook ESB
  • Massachusetts: Cambridge Brewing Company Tripel Threat -- Touchdown, No Extra Point
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    Style: Belgian Tripel

    ABV: 10 percent

    Cost: $8 per 22 oz. bottle

    Tasters Said: "Very interesting and unique flavor." "Awesome. It's like the 12th man is my tastebuds!" "A little sweet, tangy at the finish." "Definitely Belgian, with spicy notes. There's an alcohol presence but it's not overpowering."

    Score: Touchdown, no extra point (6 points)
  • Washington: The Hobbit Bolg -- Field Goal
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    Style: Belgian Tripel

    ABV: 9.5 percent

    Cost: $8.50 per 22 oz. bottle

    Tasters Said: "I really liked the citrus aftertaste." "Not my favorite. Very bitter." "Pretty sweet, but has a lot going for it. Lots of notes: caramel, bread, blackberry jam. A certain brightness." "Well balanced, good mouthfeel, slick but full across palate." "A little hint of spice or nutmeg? Similar to Hoegaarden. Yum."

    Score: Field goal (3 points)
  • Massachusetts: Samuel Adams Boston Lager -- Fumble
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    Style: Vienna Lager

    ABV: 4.9 percent

    Cost: $8.50 per six-pack

    Tasters Said: "Like a Patriots football, it's a bit… FLAT." "This tastes stale." "Not the worst, not the best. Pretty middle-of-the-road." "Steely. Crisp. No overt flaws, but also not much excitement." "Boring flavor. Weak."

    Score: Fumble (0 points)
  • Washington: Red Hook ESB -- Touchdown With Extra Point
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    Style: Strong Bitter

    ABV: 5.8 percent

    Cost: $7 per six-pack

    Tasters Said: "Kind of cool and strange. Zings the taste buds at the start. It's good." "Mild, pleasant." "Delightful, flavorful, fruit accents." "Sweet, bigger, more malt than hops. Heavier. Butterscotch notes."

    Score: Touchdown, with extra point (7 points)
  • Massachusetts: Brash The Bollocks -- Fumble
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    Style: Imperial IPA

    ABV: 12 percent

    Cost: $9 per 22 oz. bottle

    Tasters Said: "Tastes worse than medicine." "Worst aftertaste. Bitter and no-can-do." "Bigger bitter IPA. A tasty brew, big mouthfeel." "If you were to make mead from a bucket of pinecones, it might taste something like this. Totally bizarre."

    Score: Fumble (0 points)
  • Halftime! (Featuring Beyonce)
    We're halfway there, and Washington is leading Massachusetts, 10-6. Those two fumbles were brutal for Massachusetts -- but it still has time to turn this game around.
  • Washington: Olympia Beer -- Safety
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    Style: American Ale

    ABV: 4.8 percent

    Cost: $8.50 per 12-pack

    Tasters Said: "Light and mild, which is good if you're out to drink 12 during the Super Bowl -- as I am!" "Very easy to drink." "A little watery. Not much flavor." "No taste." "Reminds me of a macrobrew. I can imagine drinking this while watching football."

    Score: Safety (2 points)
  • Massachusetts: Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher -- Touchdown With Extra Point
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    Style: Imperial Stout

    ABV: 10 percent

    Cost: $9 per 22 oz. bottle

    Tasters Said: "A delicious, powerful stout. Not too sweet. Some metallic bite and more hops than I expect from a rich stout like this." "Tasty. Nutty brown. Smooth and balanced." "Deep caramel flavor. Roasted finish. Tastes like Guinness." "Nice coffee finish. Bitter. It's a first down … of flavor!"

    Score: Touchdown, with extra point (7 points)
  • Washington: Pyramid Hefeweizen -- Field Goal
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    Style: Hefeweizen

    ABV: 5.2 percent

    Cost: $7.50 per six-pack

    Tasters Said: "Not a lot going on." "Malt forward, weak, light." "Flabby. Not much character." "Light flavor, not much hops, clean finish."

    Score: Field goal (3 points)
  • Massachusetts: Mystic Brewing Spectral Evidence -- Field Goal
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    Style: Imperial Stout

    ABV: 12 percent

    Cost: $15 per 750 mL bottle

    Tasters Said: "Strong. Hard and bitter. Astringent." "Straight-up coffee." "Big alcohol. Pretty good for the style." "Tastes sort of like a candy apple. Mouth-coating."

    Score: Field goal (3 points)
  • Washington: Rainier Ale -- Touchdown With Extra Point
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    Style: American Ale

    ABV: 7.3 percent

    Cost: $6.50 per six-pack

    Tasters Said: "Solid beer. All-around good balance." "This is good. Light, crispy, dances on your taste buds." "It's a good beer -- and it might be perfect for a football game." "If champagne were a beer, it would taste like this." "Drinkable. A bit sweet, but I'd have a glass at a tailgate." "A little more interesting than a typical macrobrew."

    Score: Touchdown, with extra point (7 points)
  • And the winner is ...
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    Washington!

    The home of the Seahawks overcame its relative lack of beers distributed out of state to pull off a surprise victory with 22 points to Massachusetts' 16. The Massachusetts lineup ended up being a little too weird and uneven to overcome the solidness of the beers from Washington state, at least for this panel of tasters. Patriots fans had better hope this result doesn't translate onto the gridiron this Sunday.
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