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Election night and pizzas go together like PB&J

Yesterday was election night. Check out the results for the Valley’s elections here.

For journalists, that means a late-night shift including the newsroom staple: the election night pizza.

Pizza is cheap, most people like it and low-paid journalists will do just about anything for free food.

The Daily Item had them, and so did a lot of other newsrooms, as evidenced by tweets coming out of newsrooms from across the state. Here’s just a small sample.

Who was closest: Guessing the new pope


 Here at the Daily Item, we were on pope watch, no doubt.

So in the newsroom, we decided to take some guesses to see who could be closest on the following items:

  1. How long would the conclave last?
  2. Where would the new pope be from?
  3. How old would he be?

Here’s how it shook out: Basically, we all stink at guessing the pope.

Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, 76, was chosen. He will be Francis I.

How long would the conclave last?

Managing/Features editor Joanne Arbogast guessed spot on that the conclave would only last one full day. (We didn’t count Tuesday evening as a day, since that is considered to be a dummy vote anyway).

So, congrats on that, Joanne.

Where would the new pope be from?

No one had Argentina. But, two people did pick a South American pope – reporter Marcia Moore and photographer Amanda August.

They both had Brazil – but I’ll give them credit for being on the right continent.

How old would he be?

This one was all me.

I had the closest at 74 – most people went younger, late 60s, early 70s.

In conclusion

I’m not even going to try to name an overall winner. Because we were all over the place on this one.

So, in conclusion, don’t bet the house on our papal bets.

Who won the Daily Item newsroom Super Bowl challenge?

Because we’re always up for a challenge, the Daily Item newsroom decided to get in on the Super Bowl fun and we all picked scores for the Super Bowl to see who could get closest.

Here are the results:

Only two of us picked Baltimore as the winner: editor Dave Hilliard and photographer Rob Inglis.

Here’s where the decision gets tough.

Both picked the three-point spread: Rob had 24-21, Dave had 27-24.

So who’s the winner?

I have to give the edge, in a squeaker, to Dave, who picked the slightly higher score.

So, congrats Dave – bragging rights are yours until next year!