It will soon be time for America’s next great celebration. Of course I am talking about the Super Bowl here. This year the Green Bay Packers face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now for those that don’t know me, and I would wager that is most of you visiting this page today, I am a HUGE Steelers fan. I can pin my fandom down to Super Bowl XIII when my aunt bet me a quarter that the Steelers would lose to the Cowboys. It would be the first time that I won a bet on a sporting event (and unfortunately a rare event in my future).
Speaking of betting, it is big business for gamblers. Everything has a line, and not just how many touchdowns are scored. I have heard that odds makers are laying bets on everything from how long will the last note to the National Anthem be held to how many times the announcers will say the name “Big Ben”. I thought it might be interesting to take a look into my world of Super Bowl viewership to check out some things that the bean counters could lay odds on in my case.
What will Mike wear?: It goes without saying that I have accumulated a good deal of attire dedicated to my favorite team. My two favorite items are two replica jerseys I have (one white, one black). The white one has Polamalu, and the black Ward. Throughout the history of ownership, I have worn the black one at least three times as often, so it is the heavy favorite. so there it is black over white 3-1
Who will issue the first taunt?: This one is a tough one. Of course there is myself, a fan of a team that has been to the “show” more times than all others except the Cowboys (curses). Then, there is the rest of the family. I know at least two of them will be rooting for Green Bay (misguided as that may be). Of course Grandma has been sewing the seeds of descent in my children, already. In fact just this morning, my youngest daughter walked calmly up to me, looked me in the eye, and uttered “Go Packers!”. I believe this bet is already over, and I am wagering I am going into a “hostile” house for the game.
Will Mike be told to be quiet? Anyone is around me for a time will find out that I can be pretty passionate about sports. I have been known to get a little loud, even in a living room setting. I can get a louder if my team is not winning. The Packers are now favored by three. However, I am also a guest in someone’s house, so my natural tendency to be loud might be tempered a bit. I am putting the odds of a muzzle requirement at about 10-1.
Will I eat too much? Now in years past, this would have been the true sucker bet. However, after losing almost 50 pounds in the past year, I would think this is no longer a sure thing. On the other side of the scale is the fact that my mother-in-law always has really tasty goodies around for these events. The word is that there will be a lot of snack food favorites there. I have learned in this past year to indulge within reason, for the most part, so I am putting the odds of over-stuffing the stomach at around 2-1 against it.
Well there it is…my living room wagers for this year’s Super Bowl. Do you have some wagers that you would like to throw out there? Oh and before I forget, I predict the Steelers will win this one 30-21. I hope the game is a great one…or as my wife would probably say “I hope they have some good commercials this year”.
- Super Bowl Odds: Packers Remain Slight Favorite Over Steelers (sbnation.com)
- Gambling Expert Paul Bovi Comments on Betting Super Bowl XLV Proposition Wagers (prweb.com)
- Super Bowl XLV Wacky Wagers: Christina Aguilera’s National Anthem and Others (bleacherreport.com)