George Hale January 31, 2014

Updated 7 months ago

SUNDAY IS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.

BUT THERE’S A LOT MORE IN PLAY THAN JUST A FOOTBALL THAT DAY…GEORGE…

SOME GUYS I KNOW WILL BET ON ANYTHING.

IT SEEMS TO BE IN OUR D-N-A.

I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN VARIOUS FORMS OF GAMBLING FOR A LONG TIME BUT I DON’T BET.

IN CASE YOU’VE BEEN LIVING ON ANOTHER PLANET YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS SUPER BOWL WEEKEND.

IT’S DENVER VERSUS SEATTLE.

IT’S PARTY NIGHT U-S-A.

IT’S ALSO THE BIGGEST GAMBLING DAY OF THE YEAR.

LAST YEAR MORE THAN 90-MILLION DOLLARS WAS LEGALLY BET ON THE GAME.

IT’S FULLY EXPECTED TO GO OVER 100-MILLION THIS TIME.

BUT THAT’S JUST THE WAGERING THAT CAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR BECAUSE A TON OF GAMBLING IS SIMPLY NEVER REPORTED.

SO BASICALLY WE LOOK AT THE LEGAL SPORT BOOKS IN LAS VEGAS AS A GUIDE TO WHAT’S GOING ON.

WITH THE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO THE GAMBLING PUBLIC THERE ARE UNDOUBTEDLY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FLOWING TO OFFSHORE INTERNET BOOKS.

AND THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE THE BETS MADE ON OFFICE POOLS AND FRIENDS WHO PUT UP A FEW FRIENDLY WAGERS.

THIS IS SUPER BOWL 48.

IN THE PREVIOUS 47 THE PROFESSIONAL BOOKMAKERS HAVE LOST MONEY ONLY TWICE.

THE VEGAS ODDS MAKERS REALLY DON’T CARE WHO WINS THE GAME.

THEIR JOB IS TO CREATE A SITUATION WHERE THE MONEY FLOWING IS PRETTY MUCH EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS .

THE SPORT BOOKS MAKE MONEY ON THE VIGORISH OR JUICE OR, IN OTHER WORDS, THE COMMISSION THEY REMOVE FROM THE MONEY BEING PLAYED.

THE ODDS ARE A MOVING TARGET BUT RIGHT NOW IT RANGES ABOUT 2 TO 3 POINTS IN FAVOR OF DENVER.

THE FASCINATING THING TO ME IS THE SO-CALLED PROP BETS BEING MADE.

IT’S ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 60-PERCENT OF THE MONEY WILL BE PLACED ON BETS THAT HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH THE PLAYING OF THE GAME.

SINCE A HUGE SECTION OF THE T-V AUDIENCE WOULD’T KNOW A FOOTBALL FROM A HOCKEY PUCK I GUESS IT FIGURES.

SO IF YOU ARE INCLINED TO BET HERE A JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT’S GOING ON:

HIGH ON THE LIST IS WHETHER THE TOSS OF THE COIN IS HEADS OR TAILS…THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE PROP WAGER.

OTHERS INCLUDE: WHICH TEAM WITH PUNT FIRST.

WILL IT SNOW DURING THE GAME?

WILL THE ANNOUNCERS SAY THE WORD “MARIJUANA” ON THE AIR SINCE BOTH STATES INVOLVED HAVE LEGALIZED IT?

WILL ANY MEMBER OF THE RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS BE SHIRTLESS DURING THE HALF TIME PERFORMANCE?

THERE IS NOTHING OFF LIMITS.

HOW MANY TIMES WILL PEYTON MANNING YELL “OMAHA” DURING THE GAME?

WHAT COLOR GATORADE WILL BE POURED OVER THE HEAD OF THE WINNING COACH?

HINT, DON’T BET ON GREEN.

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS WILL RENEE FLEMING WEAR GLOVES WHILE SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM? IF SO, WHAT COLOR?

SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE WILL BET ON ANYTHING.

PEOPLE SAY THEY DON’T GAMBLE BUT MOST EVERYTHING WE DO IS A GAMBLE OF SORTS I GUESS.

I MEAN A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IS A LITTLE BIT LIKE ROLLING THE DICE, ISN’T IT?

THE ASTRONAUTS SURE TAKE A GAMBLE WHEN THE ROCKET IS FIRED OFF.

I’M NOT GOING TO BET ON THE SUPERBOWL BUT IF I WAS IT WOULD BE THAT SOMEONE WILL TWEET THAT THE TRAFFIC JAM AROUND THE MEADOWLANDS WAS CAUSED BY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE CLOSING THE LANES ON THE BRIDGE.

OH BY THE WAY: IT’S GOING TO DENVER 34-30.

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.


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