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I am all for full legalization of gambling, but, at the risk of preaching at you, if you are betting one of the following Superbowl prop bets with any kind of cash, you might have a gambling problem.  Here are several examples from Sports Book Review:

What song will Tom Petty open with?
Petty is this year’s halftime entertainment in Glendale; FOX advertised this fact during previous NFL games using “Runnin' Down a Dream” off the 1989 album Full Moon Fever. That’s a strong indicator the song will at least be part of what will be a short set, although a medley like the one Prince performed last year is certainly possible.

“Runnin' Down a Dream” is the favorite at +110, followed by the 1977 classic “American Girl” at +175.

Color of liquid winning head coach is doused in?
Football lore has it that Bill Parcells got the first Gatorade shower in 1985, courtesy of Jim Burt and Harry Carson, when the Giants beat the Washington Redskins 17-3 during a midseason game. The Gatorade was orange (+200), as it was when Parcells took a bath after winning Super Bowl XXI. But Bill Belichick was doused in a clear liquid (+300) after winning Super Bowl XXXIX over the Eagles.

Halftime commercial to have highest rating
Budweiser is the big favorite at –180, followed by godaddy.com at +275. Last year’s winner was a commercial by Hewlett-Packard; the Bud Light ads didn’t even crack the Top 3. So Anheuser-Busch has reportedly taken out nine (!) Super Bowl ads this year; Bud should be the value pick here by sheer volume alone.

Length of National Anthem
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will sing the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLII, presumably because FOX is the television host for both programs. The over/under for this prop is 103.5 seconds. Sparks took about 102 seconds to complete the anthem at Game 1 of the 2007 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here are a few others I found at this site, with all the prop bets you could ever wish for:

2008 Super Bowl XLII Props - First offensive lineman called for a holding penalty.
Chris Snee (NYG)   7/1
David Diehl (NYG)   7/1
Grey Ruegamer (NYG)   8/1
Kareem McKenzie (NYG)   7/1
Shaun O'Hara (NYG)   5/1
Dan Koppen (NE)   7/1
Logan Mankins (NE)   7/1
Matt Light (NE)   7/1
Nick Kaczur (NE)   8/1
Rich Seubert (NE)   7/1
Stephen Neal (NE)   8/1
Field (Any Other Player)   4/1

Who will the MVP of the Game thank first?
Teammates   +200
God   +250
Family   +200
Coach   +500
Doesn't thank anyone   +600

We must be a secular society - God's fallen to third.  I always wanted to see someone from the losing side get interviewed right after the winner thanked God for their win.  Wouldn't you just love the losing player to say "Well, you heard it.  God was against us.  What chance did we have?"

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 12:25 PM | Permalink


Am I the only one who found it odd that Tom Petty would be playing the superbowl? I mean, I saw him in concert once and he bashed on Republicans the whole time. I just would have thought that football would be considered one of those things that were more associated with conservative hicks than liberal hippies...

Am I wrong?

(Though I will admit to owning 8 Tom Petty albums...I even once traded two other cds for one Tom Petty cd.)

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