I'll be one of the estimated 20 million Americans attending a Super Bowl party today. In additions to the copious amount of food and beverage consumed, I bet that there will be a lot of betting goin' on. In fact, that's probably one of the most interesting things about the Super Bowl -- at least from a few of my betting friends' perspective -- the staggering array of "prop bets" that are available for today's game.
Here's a look at some of the more interesting props on offer (according to various sources):
How long will it take Carrie Underwood to sing the national anthem? - The ‘over/under’ is set at one minute and 42 seconds on this one.
Will there be a missed extra point? FYI: There were 1,185 extra points attempted in the regular season this year. Just 20 were missed. That means that 98.3 percent of extra points were successful. That means that +1000, the price paid if an extra point is missed, is a long, long way from providing any value.
First sideline reporter to appear after kickoff. The price for both Solomon Wilcots and Steve Tasker is at -115.
Color of Gatorade dumped on the winning coach - This is another one of those crazy props that could only exist for the Super Bowl. For the record, yellow is favored at 1/1, with clear water a close second at 7/5. Red is the longshot of the six choices at 25/2.
Number of times Archie Manning will be shown during game - The total here is 2.5 (This really seems low to me, especially if Payton is having a great game).
How many times will CBS show Bourbon Street during the game - The total is only two here, and the ‘over’ is only at -110 (It's gotta go over if the Saints are doing well).
Kim Kardashian - There are several props involving Kardashian, Reggie Bush's girlfriend (who cares).
And this one is for Sir Hook: Will a member of The Who smash a guitar? (A great line from one blogger: "Can you use a walker and still smash a guitar?") Anyway, for the record, ‘yes’ is at +135, and ‘no’ is at -165.
The bottom line is to have fun and please play responsibility.
Super Bowl Post: Take Two
Now, what Super Bowl blog wouldn't be complete without a few facts and figures stolen off the web. I trust fellow Knights will contribute to:
8 million: Total pounds of popcorn consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
28 million: Pounds of potato chips consumed (293,000: Number of miles of potato chips, laid end to end, consumed during the game).
53.5 million: Pounds of avocados consumed (11.8: Depth, in feet, of guacamole consumed if it were spread across the football field).
1 billion: Number of chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day (493: Number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with all that beer).
20%: Increase in ant-acid sales the Monday after the game.
7 million: Number of employees who will not show up to work Monday.
Oh, and here is an intersting fact for Sir Dayvd: Number of languages in which the word "football" doesn't mean "soccer"? Yes, you know it: 1.
Sir Bowie of Greenbriar