Betting on the Super Bowl

The New England Patriots are 3-point favorites in the Super Bowl.  Until a few years ago, I thought that if a person bet on the Super Bowl, they were betting on which team was going to win.  Who knew there are hundreds of ways to bet on this game and associated events.

Game-related bets include if the coin toss will be heads or tails, what the first offensive play will be, the first team to score and whether the jersey number of the first player to score will be odd or even. Over-under of the final score, the color of the hoodie that Bill Belichick will wear, what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach, and who the Super Bowl MVP is going to thank first are a few other fun bets. The option of who the MVP will thank are teammates, coach, family, God, owner or no-one.

You can also bet on some of the entertainment during the game including how long Luke Bryant’s National Anthem will be (the over-under is 2 minutes 15 seconds), what song Lady GaGa will sing first during halftime and what color hair she is going to have, and if someone will catch on fire during the halftime entertainment (odds are 25-1).  Really?  There is a chance someone will catch on fire?

Some other fun bets are whether or not Joe Buck will be clean-shaven, the color of Buck’s tie, how many times Giselle Bundchen will be shown during the Super Bowl, how many times “deflate-gate” is going to be mentioned during the broadcast, and Tom Brady’s rushing yards vs how many minutes President Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly lasts.

It is estimated that almost five billion dollars will be bet on the Super Bowl this year with the majority of these bets being illegal.  This does not include the office block pools, bets between buddies and household chore bets between spouses.  There is a lot riding on this game –  Don might be doing the dishes for a year if the Falcons win on Sunday!

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