January 28, 2013
Screw the point spread... Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Cousin Sal shows you the Super Bowl wagers that will get you paid. Possibly.
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This is it: the Super Bowl. Very exciting, and yet much more so if you take full advantage of a special bonus the gambling gods offer on Super Bowl Sunday called the proposition wager, defined as specific events that take place in or around the game. So without further ado, here are five prop bets worth blowing a paycheck on.
1. The coin toss
You’re not a true degenerate gambler till you’ve lost a few hundred bucks before the game even begins.
2. Who will the president pick in his pregame interview?
Yes, this prop exists, and it infuriates me that we don’t take advantage of it. If I’m Obama, I say, “I bet $300 trillion that I’m going to pick the Giants to beat the Pats. There…done. Now the deficit is Mandalay Bay’s problem.”
3. Cross-sports propositions
These compare Super Bowl occurrences with those in other sporting events. For example: Wes Welker receiving yards vs. Phil Mickelson’s fourth-round score in the Northern Trust Open. Often I’ll make my own cross-sports props, like longest field goal vs. number of wings I can eat.
4. How long will the national anthem last?
Whatever the length, bet the over. In 2011 Christina Aguilera screwed up the lyrics. To make up for it, she held the final word, “brave,” till the third quarter.
5. What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach?
In 2011 I went with orange and won. I guess the Pack didn’t care that Mike McCarthy had to do his interviews all sticky and orange—like Snooki exiting the smoosh room.