Jan 31, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT
Now that we’ve gotten the shameless public showcase of how lazy football would look if the players didn’t have anything to fight for that we call the Pro Bowl out of the way, it’s high time we start thinking about blowing all of the money we’ve been saving up to cover for our Christmas debts. Yes, the Super Bowl prop bets are here! Why not make yourself look like an idiot in front of all your friends by pleading with my projected Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers to thank God during his post-game interview instead of his family or team because that’s the prop bet you took.
Think you’re an expert on how long it’ll take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem? Or if Blake Griffin will score more points against the Heat on Sunday than the Packers will against the Steelers? R.J. Bell of Pregame.com has Provided a list of all the crazy prop bets people have concocted to help deal with the crushing realization that guacamole is a vastly inferior dipping sauce to salsa, and you just bought eight pounds of it.
I’m hoping they add a bet asking if the Black Eyed Peas are going to be terrible at halftime because that’s a stone cold lock if I’ve ever seen one.
Biggest Super Bowl Ever?
Super Bowl XLV is expected to be the biggest bet Super Bowl EVER, with over $10 Billion riding on the game worldwide. This would be the largest bet single-day sporting event in history. Over half of adult Americansare expected to have some money at risk on the game.
RJ Bell of Pregame.com said: “People associate sports betting with Las Vegas, but less than 1% of Super Bowl action will occur in Nevada.”
An estimated 50% of the action will be on PROPS!
Prop Display Format:
10 to 1 means $1 wagered wins $10
+150 means $100 wagered wins $150
-150 means $150 wagered wins $100
Over/Under means the event is expected to happen this many times
How long will it take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem?
Over/Under: 1 minute and 56 seconds
Will Fergie be dressed as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader at any point during the Halftime show?
Yes = 17% ($100 wins $500)
How many times shown?
Jerry Jones: over/under 2.5 times
How many times mentioned?
Brett Favre: over/under 2.5 times
“Lockout”: over/under 1.5 times
First End Zone Celebration?
Ball Spike: +$300
Championship Belt +$300
Lambeau Leap +$300
Dunk over cross bar: +$400
Quiets the Crowd +$600
Bicep flex +$700
Snow Angel: +$1100
Signs football with Sharpie: +1700
What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
($100 wins . . . )
Lime Green: +$500
Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
($100 wins . . . )
Will a punt hit the scoreboard?
Yes = 9% ($100 wins $1000)
Will a Steelers player do the Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration during the game?
Yes = 43% ($100 wins $135)
Will Any Player do the Lambeau Leap after a TD?
Yes = 40% ($100 wins $150)
Will either team score 3 straight times?
Yes = 62% ($165 wins $100)
Longest TD of the game?
Over/Under: 44.5 yards
Will there be a special teams or defensive TD?
Yes = 39% ($100 wins $155)
Steelers – Total Rushing Yards?
Over/Under: 107.5 yards
Packers – Total Rushing Yards?
Over/Under: 76.5 yards
Total Yards by both teams?
Over/Under: 666.5 yards
Odds of 81 or more combined points being scored?
30 to 1 against
Odds of either team winning by 39 or more points?
70 to 1 against
Odds of either team being shut out?
50 to 1 against
Packers Player Props
Will Aaron Rodgers throw an INT?
Yes = 60% ($150 wins $100)
Aaron Rodgers – Total Passing Yards?
Over/Under: 274.5 yards
Aaron Rodgers – Odds of throwing 6 or more TDs?
30 to 1 against.
James Starks – Total Rushing Yards?
Over/Under: 50.5 yards
Steelers Players Props
Mendenhall – Total Rushing yards
Over/Under: 81.5 yards
Hines Ward – Total Receiving Yards?
Over/Under: 48.5 yards
Mike Wallace – Longest Reception?
Over/Under: 24.5 yards
Troy Polamalu – Will he intercept a pass?
Yes = 27% ($100 wins $275)
First TD scored?
(No other Player better than 12 to 1)
Who will score more points?
Blake Griffin vs. Heat (2/6/11)
What number will be higher?
Lebron James points and assists combined
Distance of first made Field Goal
*** More Super Bowl info . . .
Current Line: Packers -2.5 (total 44)
The Las Vegas favorite has won 32 of 44 Super Bowls (73%).
Perfect Pittsburgh Predictor?
The point spread has predicted the winner of all seven Steelers Super Bowls (6-0 when favored, 0-1 when underdog)
For 28 STRAIGHT prior Super Bowls the favorite has been favored by a field goal or more (41 of 44 Super Bowls overall).
Las Vegas Wins!
Sportsbooks have made money from the players 18 of the last 20 years! Players won in 2008 (Giants vs. Pats) and 1995 (49ers vs. Chargers).
Mar 31, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT
Since this will be the final post in the history of Off The Bench, I feel that this post can’t just be a simple post about an NFL player buying segways for his teammates or an improbable buzzer beater from a high school basketball game. I’d like to echo the sentiments that Rick featured in…
Mar 31, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT
As Opening Day of Major League Baseball is just around the corner, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels will be getting the starting nod against the Atlanta Braves. If you have been following the Phillies during spring training, you might have noticed that Hamels has been growing a rather impressive mustache. Below are just some photos…
Mar 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT
Back in 2012, Vanderbilt University’s baseball team pulled off a successful triple steal in a game against Florida in the SEC Tournament. Earlier this week, Vanderbilt pulled off that rare feat again in a non-conference game against Lipscomb University. With runners on first and second, Commodore manager Tim Corbin called for the steal and before…
Mar 30, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT
Back on Tuesday, the United States men’s soccer team traveled to Azteca Stadium to face Mexico in a World Cup Qualifying match. After the match ended in a draw, a group of happy United States fans celebrated the 0-0 score in the upper deck of the Azteca. As chants of USA got louder and louder,…
Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
In case you haven’t heard, Easter Sunday is the final day of Off the Bench: this blog will cease operations as of 11:59 p.m. on that date. So the day after March 31, there will be no new posts on this blog. The timing is fine: I see no reason people would wake the next…
Mar 27, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT
So the Miami Heat have won 27 straight, and have an excellent chance of breaking the NBA record for consecutive wins, 33, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Here’s a pretty good breakdown comparing the two teams. But if you’re like me, it’s not enough to know that Thor and Hercules were both very…
Mar 26, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT
Life as a lesser Belushi can be frustrating at times, I’d imagine: even though you occasionally get to be in films like Trading Places and be married to Courtney Thorne-Smith. Also you get to participate in Shoot-the-Puck contests at Chicago Blackhawks games. Jim Belushi was born in Chicago, so I sure hope he makes this…
Mar 25, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT
If you’re a fan of vintage tennis posters — or, you know, hot chicks — the you may be familiar with ‘Tennis Girl’. That’s the photo of 18-year-old Fiona Butler showing her mostly bare backside, shot by her boyfriend, Martin Elliott, and made into an iconic, best-selling poster in the 1970s. Lauren Davis of the…
Mar 25, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
But that’s not even the most incredible part of this story. Iram Leon, 32, won the 2013 Gusher Marathon in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday despite the fact that he has terminal brain cancer. He ran the entire race while pushing his 6-year-old daughter Kiana in a stroller, winning with a time of in 3:07:36. That’s…
Mar 24, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT
Honestly, I didn’t think that a statue of a horned frog would scare me but the latest edition to the TCU football stadium might cause me to look under my bed for the next couple of days. On Saturday, TCU unveiled the newest edition to Amon G. Carter Stadium as a bronzed horned frog will…
Mar 24, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT
There might not be a individual in sports known for his wacky fashion sense than Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager. Over the years, Craig has provided the world and a bunch of NBA players cannon-fodder for his strange color combinations and for those of you who think that Craig just wears those zany outfits…
Mar 24, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT
At almost every college/professional basketball game these days, one lucky fan is brought out onto the court to win some sort of cash or prize by making a number of shots or a half-court shot. For most, the pressure is pretty high but for one Serbian basketball fan attending an Adriatic League basketball game between KK Igokea…
Mar 23, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT
After playing together for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, it appears that Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips became fast friends with Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino. Back on Friday night, Phillips took to his Twitter account to show off a pair of size 6.5 Louboutin sneakers that he bought for…
Mar 23, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT
Over the last couple of years, it appears that college athletic programs have been trying to one up each other in trying to create the most creative-looking football field or basketball courts. Back on Wednesday, Florida International men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino revealed the latest possible crazy basketball court design on his Twitter account. The…
Mar 23, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT
Over in Atwood, IL, all systems are go for a fundraiser in which an AR-15 rifle — the same type used in two recent school massacres — will be raffled off to benefit the local youth baseball league. According to the people involved this is all perfectly kosher, and one lucky fan will be heavily…
Mar 23, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT
While it’s normal for soccer goalies to come up on corner kicks to create an extra attacker, it isn’t normal for them to take motorcycle rides back to their own goal. Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot of information about the below video except for the fact that it occurs during a soccer match on…
Mar 22, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT
Bigger gathering of villainy: the cantina in Mos Eisly spaceport, or Harvard University? The basketball team may be riding high right now, but things are not going so swell back on campus. This past August Harvard officials announced that 125 students were under investigation for allegedly cheating on a take-home test. And now, Harvard has…
Mar 22, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT
Don’t those dual hair parts kind of resemble devil horns? Isn’t his trash-talking style kind of evil? Is his shot selection from the pit of hell? Yes, yes and yes. Every good story needs an antagonist, and the NCAA Basketball Tournament has theirs in Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson. What we have here is not exactly…
Mar 21, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT
Anybody wondering what Andre the Giant would have been like as a college basketball player, look no further than Sim Bhullar — New Mexico State’s 7-foot-5, 360-pound freshman from Toronto. Bhullar, the tallest player in college basketball, has 85 blocked shots and led the WAC in field goal percentage at 63.2 percent. Hey, it’s not…
Mar 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
This video proves once again that great champions are made to order, not born. The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League, a Double-A affiliate of the Dallas Stars, had their Fourth Annual McDonald’s Night at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX, recently. This of course called for McDonald’s-themed uniforms (later auctioned for charity), but…
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