Super Bowl XLVII: Place Your Bets
Super Bowl XLVII is days away and with it comes a celebration of the National Football League, commercials and food spreads that would put most buffets to shame. To a select — and growing group — of fans, it’s also an excuse to gamble.
Sure, you can bet straight on the spread and over/unders for the game itself, but there are a million things one can throw a prop bet toward; most of which have little to do with the game or just affect a tiny portion of it.
A lot of those bets are just predicting things like which player scores the first touchdown, what the result of the opening coin toss will be, the length of The Star-Spangled Banner performance, etc.
Those are all boring to a non-gambler like myself, but I want to get in on the fun too.
With that in mind, here’s a list of prop bets and over/unders for Super Bowl XLVII as the San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Be sure to take this week’s copy of The Gazette with you to your Super Bowl party destination or have plenty of copies ready for your guests if you’re hosting.
The over/unders and ratios …
- Length of Ray Lewis’ “Squirrel Dance” as he’s introduced: Let’s set that at 20 seconds.
- Number of Lewis solo tackles broken by the 49ers’ Frank Gore during the game: 4.5.
- Ratio of Lewis tackles to mentions of Sunday being his last game: 1.5:1.
- In-game commercial breaks before the first ad featuring Peyton Manning is aired: 1.5.
- Mentions of/cutaways to recently reinstated Saints coach Sean Payton during the game broadcast: 12.5.
- Ratio of my own tweets about Puppy Bowl IX to tweets about the game itself: 4:1. (In all honesty, most of the storylines leading into Puppy Bowl are almost always more interesting than those heading into the Super Bowl) .
- Mentions of New Orleans’ NBA franchise switching its nickname from Hornets to Pelicans: 0.5.
- Game minutes until CBS’ Jim Nantz mentions that the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron: If the Ravens receive the opening kickoff, 2.5 minutes. If the Ravens kick off to start the game, 5.5 minutes.
- Number of ties during the game, not counting 0-0: 2.5.
- Mentions of Baltimore’s Joe Flacco concerning his “elite” status among NFL quarterbacks: 7.5.
- Breakdowns of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and his ability to “do things we haven’t seen” from the quarterback position: 6.5.
- Nantz miscalling the 49ers’ pistol formation as a shotgun formation: Three.
- Number of seconds into the winning captain’s/MVP’s victory speech before the phrase “nobody believed in us” or “nobody thought we’d do this” is uttered: About 15.5.
Prop bets/personal predictions …
- How the first touchdown is scored: By rush.
- Who scores his team’s first touchdown? Ravens–Bernard Pierce. 49ers–Kaepernick.
- Who ends up with more rushing yardage? Kaepernick, Gore or Ray Rice?: Rice, by a slim margin.
- Who throws for more yardage? Kaepernick or Flacco?: Kaepernick, by roughly 40 yards.
- Which in-game commercial will be mentioned most on social media? Bet on Doritos or something from the Anheuser-Busch camp.
- The game’s leading tackler: Lewis.
- Who will be responsible for turning the ball over first? 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
- Which team throws the first challenge flag? Baltimore, challenging an on-field ruling that Flacco fumbled on a scramble.
- Which team wins its first challenge? Baltimore.
- Super Bowl MVP: If Baltimore wins, Lewis. If San Francisco wins, Vernon Davis.
- Color of Gatorade dumped on the winning coach: Yellow.
- Does Jay-Z join his wife, Beyonce, on stage during the halftime show? Yes, this was a no-brainer as soon as it was announced that Beyonce was the featured artist for the halftime show.
- Which coach will be caught on camera throwing the first tantrum over a poor call or poor execution? Baltimore’s John Harbaugh. The smart cash would be on Jim Harbaugh on the San Francisco sideline, but John has shown that he can get perturbed in a hurry. Either way, the tantrums should be amusing to watch.
- What will the final score be? I’m sticking with the score I predicted as soon as the AFC championship ended: 49ers 28, Ravens 20.