By Marc Lawrence — A world of prop betting exists outside of the game itself. There is a reason that sportsbooks in Vegas handle more money on props bets than the game itself. What they cannot handle are the gimmicky “fun props”, or those that do not take place on the field during the game. From announcing trends to the National Anthem length to the color of the winning sports-drink bath, there’s plenty on which to wager. Here are just a few: Length Of The National Anthem – Over/Under: 2 minutes … Length Of The Last ‘Brave’ In The Anthem – Over/Under: 6 seconds … How many commercials will feature a dog: Over/Under: 3.5 … And what would this year’s Super Bowl be without mention of the pandemic. With that, new props this year include: What Will Be Said First? – COVID: -350 (2/7) … Pandemic: +225 (9/4) … Will there be a COVID vaccine commercial? – Yes: +200 (2/1) – No: -300 (1/3) … And on and on it goes. To see a further list of this year’s “fun props” click here.
According to ESPN, Eric Bieniemy is spending this particular week for the second straight year not only preparing the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the Super Bowl but also trying to explain why he doesn’t have an NFL head-coaching job. Bieniemy insists that he won’t dwell in self-pity even though he interviewed for six openings this year and multiple openings last year, the right job hasn’t come along yet. “It’s always about getting the right job,” the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator said. “Sometimes the job and the person have to connect. There has to be a connection.” Bieniemy said he’s dealing with the disappointment by focusing on Sunday’s game. The Chiefs have the chance to be the first team to win back-to-back championships in more than 15 years.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: Here we are again with our favorite coach and his team, at home with reason to play. That happened when the Minnesota Timberwolves took down the San Antonio Spurs, 96-88, in the Twin Cities three weeks ago. Not only is Greg Popovich a 55% ATS coach on the blind in his NBA career when seeking revenge from a same-season defeat (287-237-7 ATS), the Spurs are 12-3 ATS with same-season loss revenge in this series, including 8-0 ATS when dealing from a single-digit loss. You know the deal.