Sure someone can still get picked up tonight for solicitation, or go AWOL in the Tenderloin, or get papparazzied in leather and chaps in The Castro, but so far, Super Bowl week has flat lined.
Both the Broncos and the Panthers have been the model of professionalism since landing in the Bay Area.
It’s left the media to spend way too much time talking betting, specifically Super Bowl prop bets. They love them some prop bet talk. As tedious as it can be when surfing sports talk radio, prop bets are a big part of the experience. Every year I toss a few dollars their way, almost always strictly for fun (unless Dempson tells me he really likes something, then I step it up a bit).
As you all know, the options for prop betting are extensive. My advice is to go easy. Have fun, don’t play 20 of them, but narrow it down to a handful (or even less) and enjoy the game.
Here are the ones I’m looking at:
LADY GAGA NATIONAL ANTHEM UNDER 2:20 (-180)
Disclaimer – this might seem like a sad, degenerate type of wager, but it’s actually an option you can do some homework on and maybe get an edge. Looking around, you can find Gaga singing the national anthem from a New York Pride Parade that was 2:18…and that was a long rendition. Really long. Yes, she loves the spotlight and could make the moment all about her, stretching the performance past a reasonable expiry date, but I don’t think she does. A younger Gaga maybe, but I say she nails this with a few seconds to spare.
Laying the juice and playing the Under 2:20
YARDAGE OF SHORTEST TD SCORED UNDER 1.5 (-110)
Played the Under 1.5 with this one. What we’re looking for is a pass interference call in the end zone. Failing that, a stop on the one-yard line. I think we see a goal-line unit on the field at some point.
Shortest TD Under 1.5
1st TD NOT PASSING TD +145
Solid plus-money play that I’m in on. Yes, the NFL is all about the pass these days, but 1) these teams boast two great secondaries, 2) Cam loves to run the ball inside the red zone, 3) the Broncos will be pounding the run all day, regardless of the outcome. Kubiak loves run plays and Manning has been consistently checking to running plays, 4) and of course, we have a shot at a special teams TD or defensive TD.
The first TD will not be a passing play.
C.J. ANDERSON OVER 58.5 RUSHING YARDS (-110)
As I referenced above, Kubiak will call some running plays and then call some more. The term “stubborn ass” might come to mind at some point Sunday when watching Manning turn to hand the ball off yet again. But Anderson has become the bull for the Bronco running attack, going over this total easily in the first two games.
Obviously if the Panthers get up early this becomes a long shot, but if they’re trading punches, this has a great chance of landing.
CJ over 58.5 rushing.
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Enjoy the game. Be sure to drop by the Sports Betting Forum at Everyedge.