Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of the Super Bowl XLVI roman numerals on a barge at Woldenberg Park in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Super Bowl is a magical week filled with excitement, humor, false-accusations, retirements, inspiration, head-coaching brothers, and much more. The over-analyzed and stretched out event that the Super Bowl has become, many people usually only enjoy the Sunday events. There is one thing that I always enjoy, and that is the betting lines.
The “Mood Setter”
The reason that this one is called the “Mood Setter” is because it starts you off immediately with a 50-50 shot. This can really put you in a good mood, or in a really bad mood. The line is Tails (or Heads) -102. I really like this prop because you can practice it. All you have to do is flip a coin 100 times and record the data. Also, starting off well will make your party that much better.
Verdict: Tails -102
The “Defensive Believer”
A part of me still wishes that defense can indeed win championships, but I know deep down that the game isn’t like that anymore. With that being said, this line is a magnificent take. Will either team score in the first 6 minutes? This one is genius. If you’re already in a bad mood, this one can completely ruin your night. Although, this one can bounce you back also.
Verdict: No -120
The biggest story line coming into the game is the fact that two brothers are coaching against each other. Both of them are intense and very intelligent coaches. To compliment this huge storyline, I had to find a bet that is about the coaches. Team to use coach’s challenge first. This one is easy. I believe one of the two is going to be fired up more than the other one, and will be ready to throw that challenge flag without hesitation.
Verdict: 49ers -105
The “Nobody believes in Joe Flacco”
Flacco is coming into this game with 8 playoff wins. Matt Ryan has a grand total of one playoff win. This postseason, Flacco has been arguably the best quarterback. He has had 853 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. That seems elite to me. The bet is Will The Ravens Score a Touchdown in the 1st Quarter. The Flacco bandwagon is hot, and he is hot as well.
Verdict: Yes +120
The Most Valuable Player award usually doesn’t go to anyone but the QB. This year, the MVP of the Super Bowl won’t be a quarter back, it won’t be a defensive player, and it won’t be a running back. The MVP will be a tight end. Both Vernon Davis and Dennis Pitta are favorite targets of their respective quarterbacks, and they both have great hands.
Verdict: Dennis Pitta +4500 or Vernon Davis +1500
This Super Bowl is set out to be a great one. There are so many great storylines, and so much build-up. While I would have loved to see the Falcons in this game, this is my second choice. The last game for Ray Lewis will be emotional for him and the Ravens. The Ravens have the momentum, and the “Nobody believes in us” sense to them. The Ravens seem like a team of destiny.
Verdict: Ravens +3.5
Final Score: Ravens-24, 49ers-21