Over 110 million people watch the Super Bowl in America every year. And if every one of those people bet a dollar on the game, you still wouldn’t equal the amount of money bet on it in the state of Nevada last year ($119 million).
So you might think setting the odds for such a game would be difficult.
“It’s one of their (sportsbooks’) easiest weeks of the year as far as I’m concerned. The Super Bowl looks after itself,” says Randall The Handle, an oddsmaker and handicapper who writes a regular sports betting column for the Toronto Sun.
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons have proven to be head and shoulders above the rest of the competition in the 2016 NFL playoffs, and they have a date on February 5 in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI as a result. When it comes to betting on the most valuable player of the big game, a familiar face is topping odds lists.
Nothing like Lady Gaga to get hardcore football fans excited, right?
Well, either way, betting on the Super Bowl halftime show has become a tradition that can make the monotonous attempt at drawing in non-football fans more palatable. Even if you’re not going to be singing along to whatever Gaga is singing from her new album, I heard she’s a country singer now, you can still make some dough.
When Bill Belichick puts on his hoodie and takes to the sidelines for Super Bowl 51, he will tie Tom Landry for the most postseason appearances as a head coach. Belichick has guided the New England Patriots to a ridiculous .714 winning percentage in 35 postseason appearances. It’s genuinely hard to typify just how great Belichick has been as a coach in general, but especially when the lights shine the brightest.
In just his second season ever as a head coach, Dan Quinn has led his team to a Super Bowl and despite coming up through the ranks on the luster of his defensive accomplishments, the Falcons have a chance to compete for the Lombardi Trophy largely because of their league-leading offense.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are set to meet in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on February 5. The Falcons entered the season as a long shot to make it this far, as books didn't expect much from Matt Ryan and company after they went a combined 18-30 in the previous three seasons. The Patriots have basically been the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy since Super Bowl 50 ended. Take a look at the timeline of odds for these two teams to see how books have adjusted throughout the year.
Update: Despite taking his sweet time out of the gate, Luke Bryan went UNDER the proposed time of 2:09 with his 2-minute and 4-second rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
From Barry Manilow to Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks to Renee Fleming, over the years the Star-Spangled Banner has been performed at the Super Bowl by a wide range of artists covering all musical genres.
Update: Gatorade was not used in the New England Patriots' overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
It reportedly started spontaneously. Following a 37-13 win over Washington midway through the 1984 NFL season, New York Giants DT Jim Burt, unhappy with his reduced playing time and harsh treatment in practice, exacted his revenge on Giants coach Bill Parcells by dumping a cooler of Gatorade on him, and the Gatorade shower was born.
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