Super Bowl 50, we’ve finally arrived. The Denver Broncos were supposed to be here but the Carolina Panthers had no chance of being here at the start of the season, yet they are the best team in the NFL -at least up until this point.
It’s the battle of #1 overall picks, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning, or, at least, that’s how it’s been billed so far. In reality, though, this game is Cam Newton vs. The Bronco’s ‘D’.
This game will be determined in the trenches, can the Panthers o-line stop the Broncos’ pass rush? I am leaning on the side of yes, and even if they can’t, Cam’s legs are going to be the difference maker in this game.
Instead of breaking down the game, position by position, I think it will be more interesting to talk about the prop bets that accompany the Super Bowl –They can be outrageous and range from the coin toss, how long the national anthem will last, the colour of the singers’ shoes, and the Gatorade colour dumped onto the winning coaches head.
Spread: Panthers -5.5 (Panthers need to win by at least 5.5 points for you to win this bet)
I’m taking the Panthers -5.5 as I think they are a touchdown better than the Broncos.
Over-Under 45 (total amount of points scored in the game by both teams)
I like the under, the majority of Super Bowl games are low-scoring affairs. I predict the same will hold true this Sunday in San Francisco.
Will Peyton Manning announce his retirement in the postgame interview?
Yes +500 (5/1) No -1000 (1/10)
I don’t think he will. Rumours have surfaced the L.A. Rams would be willing have The Sheriff in LA. Take the No -1000
Will the Panthers player who scores their first TD give the football to a boy or girl?
Boy -200 Girl +150
My money is on a girl here. I have nothing to back this up, just my thoughts.
How many times will the Golden Gate Bridge be shown during the broadcast? (halftime doesn’t count)
Over 0.5 -300 Under .5 +200
This is an easy over. C’mon now.
What colour will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?
Orange 5/4 Blue 3/1 Clear 4/1 Yellow 4/1
Red 6/1 Green 10/1 Purple 10/1
Since I believe the Panthers will win, I’m going with blue.
What color will Beyonce’s footwear be when she comes on stage for the halftime show?
Black 3/2 Gold/Brown 5/2
White 11/4 Silver/Grey 19/4 Any Other Color 7/1
Queen B’s footwear? Has to be gold, queens wear gold, right?
Come back tomorrow for an updated list of prop bets!
And don’t forget, my informal fantasy football/sports symposium is happening soon (March)