If Sunday’s Super Bowl were on CBS, I’d definitely lay the over – no matter the line – on how many times Phil Simms or Jim Nantz referenced their private Saturday night meetings with the players.
Imagine the possibilities for the other networks if they had the game instead? For instance, what would the over/under be on how many times John Madden mentions missing Bret Favre. Or how many Disney/ABC/ESPN/Lifetime/Touchstone/Miramax pictures artists invade the booth to talk about their latest project that has nothing to do with football.
Still, there’s fun to be had with the Fox broadcast team thanks to the annual proposition bets.
For instance, which QB Will Troy Aikman mention first after the opening kickoff? Both Tom Brady and Eli Manning even at -115. This is a tough one, as it might depend upon which team wins the coin toss and which gets the ball first. Of course, that’s a whole trio of separate prop bets (Heads or Tails at -103, team to win the toss at -103, and team to receive at -105) that can be had in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Too chancy for my blood. Still, here’s how you might want to think about approaching some of the other lesser known lines for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
How many times will Joe Buck mention Peyton Manning's name during the broadcast? The line stands at 5½ right now. I'd bet the over even if this were July and it was Buck doing a Saturday afternoon baseball game between Milwaukee and Florida. Easy money.
How long will it take Jordin Sparks to sing the national anthem? The over/under is 1 minute, 42 seconds. I don't know much about Sparks, other than she was on American Idol. Her web site lists her upcoming appearances being on Dr. Phil, the NBA All-Star Game, the 700 Club, and the TV Guide Channel. With those prospects lying ahead, I think she's going to milk this one for all she can get. Bet the over.
Which Super Bowl commercial will have a higher rating on USA Today's annual Ad Meter? McDonald's is in the discussion at 9:1 - the longshot - as are GoDaddy.com (3:1), Budweiser (1:2), Pepsi (6:1), and a surprise line on Victoria's Secret (8:1). You can bet "other" at 2:1 odds, but Bud is the safe bet here. Last year, the "King" placed the top three ads. This year, Carlos Mencia is doing a spot for Budweiser. Because I have Dane Cook disease and have no clue how or why he's supposed to be funny, I'm convinced America will deem this the best of the night. God bless us.
Will one of these cities win double championships in their respective sports in 2008? Boston has two shots here, with two different combinations: Patriots / Celtics (2:1) and Patriots / Red Sox (3:1). New York gets just the Giants / Yankees combo at…10:1. Either Boston scenario is tempting. I guess it depends if you want to see your payoff in June or four months later. Ultimately, I'd find someone willing to take the trifecta.
If the Patriots win, will Bob Kraft mention the '72 Dolphins during the trophy presentation? (Yes -135, No -105) I say no. But if he does and flips them the bird on national TV, it will be money well lost.
How many times will Archie Manning be shown on the TV broadcast? The over/under is 4 ½, which is probably about one-third of the amount they showed him in the NFC title game. Way over.
Who will win EA's game before the game? Pats are at -500, Giants +300. We already did this. Can't lose.
Will Don Shula be on the field to shake Belichick's hand after the game? Did you know that at Shula's Steak House you can purchase a $14 martini, the "Absolut Perfection?" Hurry, they're going fast.
What song will Tom Petty sing to end his halftime show? The options include: Free Falling 2:3, Don't Do Me Like That 5:1, Learning to Fly 12:1, Great Wide Open 9:1, Last Dance with Mary Jane 4:1, Runnin' Down a Dream 2:1. It will be "I Won't Back Down," so this bet is a moot point. Runnin' Down a Dream will open.
Who will the MVP of the game thank first? Teammates 3:1, God 2:1, Family 2:1, Coach 4:1, doesn't thank anyone 6:1. I assume you can lump "the Lord Jesus" in with God. Easy.
Will the entire Fox pregame team pick the Patriots to win the Super Bowl? This depends. Are we including Seacrest?