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It’s amazing that the NFL still takes  the high road when it comes to gambling on its game. All of the ESPN tlaking heads chastize the practice of gambling on football yet every one of the former mediocre players/coaches/GM’s-turned-talentless schills will make their “picks”…versus the point spread of course. They will all discuss Indy  being a 5 1/2 point favorite in one breath and then spit on Tim Donaughey  in the next. They will talk about covering the spread but still losing the game, yet make a case for keeping Pete Rose out of the HOF . Roger Goodell and David Stern all play the matyr, yet they also realize deep down that they would have about 30% of the viewing audience if gambling wasn’t rampant in their sports.

Gambling on sports has gone through a transformation in the past decade or so. While people always bet on games, it is no longer only through your “guy” or wacky Unlce Sevvy. Online gambling is massive and in the forefront and it only keeps getting bigger. Fantasy Sports, DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket, office pools, and the increased availability of online gambling means on one way or another, the majority or people watching the Super Bowl will have some kind of underground financial outcome riding on the game…or maybe just how many times Kim Kardashian’s mug gets on TV.

With that in mind, I hope you take a look at some of the more comical, entertaining, and just plain weird proposition bets on the Super Bowl XLIV. It used to be that betting on the coin toss was considered crazy, now there’s something for everyone out there, whether it has to do with the game itself or not at all. If they don’t interest you or you don’t gamble, then I applaud you. But I’m willing to bet 5-1 that says something in this list will catch your eye!

NATIONAL ANTHEM
How long will it take Carrie Underwood to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” (from starting note to last note sung)?
- Over 1 minute, 42 seconds (+120)
- Under 1 minute, 42 seconds (-150)
TheMovieMind Pick: Under-city…check out her YouTube clips for research (plus when singers get nervous they speed up…not slow down).

GET ON TV
How many times will CBS show Kim Kardashian on TV during the game?
- Over 2.5 (-115)
- Under 2.5 (-115)
The MovieMind Pick: Over 2.5…even though everyone is going over, I think Reggie has a big game and CBS has no shame whatsoever in trying to keep the female viewer attentive.

How Many Times will CBS show Bourbon Street on TV during the Game?
- Over/Under  (2)
The MovieMind Pick: Over. If the Saints can keep it close it will be a big Over. The NFL is dying to get the viewers rooting for NO.

How many times will CBS cut to Archie Manning?
- Over/Under  (4)
The MovieMind Pick: Even though this line shot up from 2.5…I still like the over. Archie has ties to both sides.

How many times will announcers mention Hurricane Katrina?
- Over/Under  (2.5)
(Note: must be full phrase; “Katrina,” “the hurricane,” or “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” not included.)
The MovieMind Pick: Really tough one…I would again go over because the bet does not stipulate that is has to happen during the game. With Nantz having a knack for the uber-dramatic, I say he hits it by himself.

How Many Times will CBS Show Tony Dungy on TV:
- Over 1 ½ TV Shots (-150)
- Under 1 ½ TV Shots(+120)
The MovieMind Pick: Under. I say Dungy makes a point of letting CBS know he doesn’t want to be the focus.

REALITY NONSENSE
Who will have more?
- Kim Kardashian measurements (34-26-39): -38.5 (-115)
- Reggie Bush total rushing and receiving yards: +38.5 (-115)
The MovieMind Pick: Yes, believe it or not Kardashian’s measurements are available via Google. The measurement total 99, and it’s minus 38.5 so that means Bush has to pick up 60.5 yards. I’ll take Bush and the over and hope Kardashian doesn’t scoff down too much gumbo before the game.

Higher: Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend rushing yards, or Chloe’s husband points/rebounds/assists?
- Lamar Odom (Chloe) +0.5
The MovieMind Pick: I think Bush does more from the receiving end and for that reason I take Odom.

Will Kim Kardashian Wear a Saints Shirt or Jersey:
- Yes (+150)
- No (-200)
The MovieMind Pick: Not sure of her clothing history (you may want to look it up) but if she doesn’t wear his jersey in support he needs to kick her to the curb (again). Take Yes.

HALFTIME
Will Pete Townshend smash a guitar on stage during the halftime show?
- Yes (+160)
- No (-200)
The MovieMind Pick: Townshend was specifically selected by the NFL to be the “safe”pick. As much as I hope he stumbles in straight off Bourban Street loaded on Hurricanes, I’d pick against the guitar smash.

How many times will The Who’s Pete Townshend do his windmill move?
Over/Under  (5.5)
The MovieMind Pick: Over…I think he needs to atone for not being able to smash any guitars.

MVP
Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first?
- Coach (+900)
- Doesn’t thank anyone (+500)
- Family (+400)
- God (-125)
- Teammates (+200)
The MovieMind Pick: Manning or Brees are the most likely winners. I like the money on Teammates with God being the big favorite. I personally would take a flier on the fans, especially if Brees wins it.

GATORADE
What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?    
- Yellow 1/1    
- Clear/Water 7/5  
- Orange 4/1 
- Lime Green 5/1
- Red 12/1  
- Blue 12/1
The MovieMind Pick: I like the longshot…go Red (it’s the new clear).

What side of the ball will the Players that perform the Gatorade Shower be from?
- Offensive  (+140)        
- Defensive  (-170)
The MovieMind Pick: I think the defense for the winning team will be on the sideline when the game wins so I like the D here.

ARRESTS
How many current NFL Players will be arrested during Super Bowl Week?
- Over/Under  (0.5)
The MovieMind Pick: I can’t see either of these teams having a Barrett Robbins or Eugene Robinson.Go Under and if you find any of the guys on Bourban Street this week…send them home!

HISTORICAL MATCHUPS:
Total Rushing Yards, which will be higher?
- Joseph Addai Sunday  (+175)  
- Addai Super Bowl XLI (77 Rushing Yards)  (-215)
The MovieMind Pick: Gimme Addai’s SB XLI total all day…I don’t think he’ll even be the leading rusher on his own team Sunday.

Total Passing Yards, which will be higher?
- Drew Brees Sunday  (+120) 
-  Dan Marino Super Bowl XIX  (318 Passing Yards) (-150)
The MovieMind Pick: Brees…whether winning or losing, the Saints 2nd half performance against the Vikes in the NFC Championship proves they are not the running team they thought they are. They need to air it out.

Will they show clothing apparel proclaiming the Super Bowl Champion before the final whistle?
- Yes   (-130)   
- No  (Even)

CBS
Shots of featured cast members of any CSI show in the stands:
- Over/Under  (1.5)
 
Commercials for or mentions of the Masters:
- Over/Under  (7.5)

Commercials for or mentions of Undercover Boss, the new reality series premiering after the game:
- Over/Under  (14.5)

THE GAME
References to Peyton Manning studying film:
- Over/Under  (3.5)

References to Drew Brees studying film:
- Over/Under  (0.5)

Will there be a graphic of a grade-three ankle sprain? If so, will that graphic rotate to better see the ligament in question?
- Yes/No

Will Saints kicker Garrett Hartley’s four-game suspension for taking Adderall be mentioned?
- Yes/No

How many plays will be subjected to replay review?
- Over/Under  (4.5)

FAMILY
Will Peyton’s mother Olivia Manning be mentioned by name?
- Yes/No

Will Peyton’s older brother Cooper Manning be mentioned by name?
- Yes/No

Will Peyton’s wife Ashley Manning be mentioned by name?
- Yes/No

Will Drew’s wife Brittany Brees be mentioned by name?
- Yes/No

Will any other player’s wife, child, or sibling be mentioned by name?
- Yes/No

COMMERCIALS
Ads featuring talking animals:
- Over/Under  (3.5)

Ads that encourage you to go to the Web to watch the “uncensored” or “extended” version:
- Over/Under  (2.5)

BASKETBALL CROSSOVERS
Who Will Have More:
- Shaq ONeal (Cavs) + Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Points -2.5 (-115)
- Drew Brees (Saints) Pass Attempts 2.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Lebron James (Cavs) + Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Points -1.5 (-115)
- Saints+Colts Points 1.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Lebron James (Cavs) Points -5.5 (-115)
- Saints Points 5.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Lebron James (Cavs) Points 0 (-115)
- Colts Points 0 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Lebron James (Cavs) Points -2.5 (-115)
- Saints/Colts 1st Half Points 2.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Lebron James (Cavs) Points+Rebounds+Assists 9.5 (-115)
- Saints+Colts Points -9.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Shaq ONeal (Cavs) Points+Rebounds -0.5 (-115)
- Saints/Colts 2nd Quarter Points 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Points -1.5 (-115)
- Saints Points 1.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Points 3.5 (-115)
- Colts Points -3.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Points+Assists 3.5 (-115)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) Pass Attempts -3.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kobe Bryant (Lakers) Free Throws Made -0.5 (-115)
- Marques Colston (Saints) Receptions 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kevin Durant (Thunder) Points 8.5 (-115)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) Longest Completion -8.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kings/Raptors 1st Quarter Points 3.5 (-115)
- Pierre Garcon (Colts) Receiving Yards -3.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010
- Chris Bosh (Raptors) Points+Rebounds 0.5 (-115)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) Pass Attempts -0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Chris Bosh (Raptors) Free Throws Made 0 (-115)
- Saints/Colts Total Touchdowns 0 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Dwight Howard (Magic) Points 14.5 (-115)
- Colts Points -14.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Paul Pierce (Celtics) Points -6.5 (-115)
- Saints+Colts Margin of Victory in Super Bowl XLIV 6.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Kendrick Perkins (Celtics) Points -2.5 (-115)
- Matt Stover (Colts) Total Points 2.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Ray Allen (Celtics) Free Throws Made -0.5 (100)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) TD Passes 0.5 (-130)

Who Will Have More:
- Luke Harangody (Notre Dame) Points+Rebounds -0.5 (-115)
- Distance Of 1st Made Field Goal in Super Bowl XLIV 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Evan Turner (Ohio St) Points 5.5 (-115)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) Completions -5.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) Points+Rebounds 2.5 (-115)
- Saints/Colts 1st Half Points -2.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) Points+Assists -0.5 (-115)
- Reggie Wayne (Colts) Longest Reception 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Ohio State Points -3.5 (-115)
- Dallas Clark (Colts) Receiving Yards 3.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More
- Indiana+Northwestern Points 62.5 (-115)
- Saints+Colts Rushing Yards -62.5 (-115)

HOCKEY CROSSOVERS
Who Will Have More:
- Michigan+Wisconsin Goals Scored (College Hockey) 1.5 (-140)
- Saints/Colts Total Touchdowns -1.5 (110)

Who Will Have More:
- Bruins Shots on Goal 1.5 (-115)
- Colts Points -1.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Michael Cammalleri (Canadiens) Shots on Goal 1.5 (-115)
- Reggie Bush (Saints) Total Rushing Attempts -1.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Penguins+Capitals Goals 0.5 (-145)
- Saints/Colts Total Touchdowns -0.5 (115)

Who Will Have More:
- Sidney Crosby (Penguins) Points (Goals+Assists) -0.5 (-115)
- Drew Brees (Saints) Total Interceptions 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More:
- Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals) Points (Goals+Assists) -0.5 (-140)
- Garrett Hartley (Saints) Total Field Goals MADE 0.5 (110)

Who Will Have More:
- Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals) Shots on Goal 0 (-115)
- Colts 1st Quarter Points 0 (-115)

GOLF CROSSOVERS
Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010 (Golfers Must Tee off 4th Round & Complete 18 Holes)
- Rory McIlroy 4th Round Score at Dubai Desert Classic -0.5 (-115)
- Marques Colston (Saints) Receiving Yards 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010 (Golfers Must Tee off 4th Round & Complete 18 Holes)
- Rory McIlroy 4th Round Birdies at Dubai Desert Classic -0.5 (-115)
- Saints 1st Quarter Points 0.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010 (Golfers Must Tee off 4th Round & Complete 18 Holes)
- Lee Westwood 4th Round Score at Dubai Desert Classic -4.5 (-115)
- Joseph Addai (Colts) Total Rushing Yards 4.5 (-115)

Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010 (Golfers Must Tee off 4th Round & Complete 18 Holes)
- Phil Mickelson 4th Round Birdies at Northern Trust Open -0.5 (-135)
- Peyton Manning (Colts) TD Passes 0.5 (105)

Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010 (Golfers Must Tee off 4th Round & Complete 18 Holes)
- Phil Mickelson 4th Round Score at Northern Trust Open -22.5 (-115)
- Saints/Colts Longest TD of the Game 22.5 (-115)

Higher: Peyton Manning TD passes, or Phil Mickelson’s fourth-round birdies?
- Mickelson, +0.5

SOCCER CROSSOVERS
Who Will Have More on Feb 7th 2010
- Arsenal+Chelsea Goals -0.5 (130)
- Drew Brees (Saints) TD Passes 0.5 (-160)

Who Will Have More:
- AC Milan+Bologna Goals 0.5 (130)
- Saints/Colts Field Goals Made -0.5 (-160)

Who Will Have More:
- Roma+Fiorentina Goals 1.5 (105)
- Pat McAfee (Colts) Total Punts -1.5 (-135)

RACING CROSSOVERS
Who Will Have More:
- Winning Car Number at BUD Shootout (NASCAR) 3.5 (-115)
- Saints/Colts 1st Half Points -3.5 (-115)

3 Comments

  1. I love these…except you kinda lost me with the 99 basketball crossovers :)

    I think Brees or Manning will thank the fans or teammates before God. Just one of the many reasons I like them – they seem to understand that God is a little busy with starving children, wars, and the earthquake in Haiti to help some millionaires win a football game.

    Oh yeah – and there is NO WAY that Kim Kardashian’s waist is a 26. Absolutely. No. Freakin’. Way.

  2. i loved the article added to my favourites

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