We hoped to have more Super Bowl coverage this week, and we even had a non-Blogathon podcast planned for about five minutes! Unfortunately, things got a little busy for us. (We're shooting for an Olympic preview podcast this week, for those who like to hear us talk.)
Still, it's Super Bowl Sunday, and it's going to be a great day. With all the prop bets available for today's big game, I figured I'd weigh in on some of them. Please note, (a) I am not a gambler and (b) I am a Broncos fan. So don't blame me if you lose any money. Also, remember, I already kind of predicted a 49-7 Denver victory.
So here are my predictions for just some of today's available prop bets for Super Bowl XLVIII (2014).
Player to score the first (receiving or rushing) TD: Demaryius Thomas
Longest rush of the game: Russell Wilson
Will Richard Sherman receive a taunting penalty (between kickoff and final whistle)? No.
Will Richard Sherman receive a pass interference penalty? Yes.
Color of liquid dumped on winning coach: Clear.
Seen first after kickoff, Erin Andrews or Pam Oliver: Pam Oliver
Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance? No.
Will Renee Fleming forget or omit one word of the National Anthem? No.
Will Renee Fleming wear gloves? Yes.
Renee Fleming's glove color: Black
(Note: I wish I knew Renee Fleming so she could help me bet this one and we could win a trillion dollars.)
Below are some available "over/under" bets.
Russell Wilson TD passes (2): Under
Marshawn Lynch yard total on first rushing attempt (3.5): Under
Peyton Manning's "Omaha" count (27.5): Over
Renee Fleming's National Anthem length (2:22): Over
Number of times Archie Manning is shown on screen (2.5): Over
Number of times "12th man" is said during the broadcast (2.5): Over
And just for fun, I'll add a couple that are not officially available to bet on, as far as I know.
Number of times broadcasters mention Julius Thomas played basketball (1.5): Over
Will Eric Decker drop a pass? Yes.
Will Jacob Tamme score a touchdown? Yes.