Even bettors not interested in breaking down the Xs and Os of the game join the wagering world for the entertainment value of the broadcast and the references contained therein.
The Deflategate controversy surrounding the accusations that the New England Patriots partially deflated several footballs during the AFC Championship will likely draw a lot of betting action, and some references on the television broadcast of the Super Bowl. How many times will the words “deflated balls” be reference during the game? The over/under on that is 2½, according to gambling site Bovada.lv.
Tuesday is media day at the Super Bowl, and even that has drawn a prop bet from the gambling site. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has already been fined for not talking to the media during the season and for a touchdown celebration gesture in the playoffs. He is being given 4/1 odds to be fined by the NFL for any incident during media day and 4/1 odds that he will grab his crotch again after scoring a touchdown on Super Sunday.
The bets hardly stop: Which coach will be mentioned first after kickoff or which one will be shown first on television after kickoff? Will the sleeves be cut or intact on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s hoodie, and what color will his sweatshirt be? Will the coach smile during the game – on camera? How many times will Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Patriots QB Tom Brady, be shown (1½)? Which team’s owner will be shown more on TV during the game?
Even the postgame interviews aren’t off limits for the bettors. Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview? Teammates are at 3/2 odds, God is 5/1, fans/city is 15/2, coach is 12/1, family is 12/1, owner is 12/1.
From small things, like what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach, to big things, like what will happen to the Dow Jones next Monday – market up or down – are all part of the betting lines. So is Barack Obama’s pick for the big game. You can even parlay your Super Bowl winner with whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhog’s Day.
Oh, you can also bet on the game itself, but, really, you can do that any time during the season. Prop bets are never bigger than during the Super Bowl. Shoot, there might even be a bet on how much will be wagered on the game in total.