Super Bowl 52 Props Include P!nk National Anthem, Even-Money Coin Toss

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The recency factor and the performer herself would lead one to expect that Pink will stretch out The Star-Spangled Banner on Super Bowl Sunday.

There are, of course, no end to the prop bets for Super Bowl 52, where the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4. First and foremost, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, the over/under on the length of Pink’s interpretation of the national anthem is an even 2:00 (120 seconds), with the over favored at -150 and the under coming back at +110.

Four of the last five anthem singers have clocked at least 2:04, which would seem to trend away from the overall 6-6 split on either side of the 2:00 mark over the last 12 years. Pink can stretch out a note, so the over might be the play.

Pink’s hometown of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. A prop on whether she says “Eagles” before, during or after the anthem pays -150 for no and +110 for yes. There are an escalating series of the Eagles-related prop, including whether the singer will rock an Eagles hat or shirt (-300 no, +200 yes).

Keep in mind that the NFL is a pretty conservative league when contemplating the prop on whether Pink will be airborne at any point in her singing; that one pays -400 for no, +250 for yes.

Oh, and white/blond (+125) and pink/red (+175) are favored for what hair color Pink will have, while blue/purple, black/brown and green – the Eagles’ color- are each being offered at +500.

One prop that ties into the game is whether any scoring drive will consume less time on the game clock than the time needed to sing the anthem. Yes pays +150 and both the Eagles and the Patriots have had a penchant for using quick-strike, no-huddle schemes.

The most straightforward, and some might say pure, props on Super Sunday involve the pregame coin toss. All three – heads or tails; will the Eagles or Patriots win; will the team that chooses heads or tails be correct? – pay -105.

As the away team, the NFC champion Eagles will call the toss in the air. The NFC team has won 18 of the last 20 Super Bowl coin tosses and the four most recent have come up tails.

The Patriots are 5-2 straight-up when they lose the Super Bowl coin toss and 0-2 SU when they win. The Eagles franchise is 0-2 SU in the Super Bowl, but won each coin toss.

As the designated home team, New England, led by Super Bowl MVP favorite Tom Brady, will wear white. The white team is 12-1 SU over the last 13 Super Bowls and 33-18 SU all-time. Philadelphia will wear green, which it wore in its two Super Bowl losses in 1981 and 2005.

NFL Draft Betting Value Rests Beyond Browns’ No. 1 Overall Pick

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The only certainty on the morning of the 2018 NFL draft is that the Cleveland Browns, with the No. 1 and 4 overall picks, will take a quarterback – which has created a ripple effect on other betting props.

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold is the -180 favorite to be the No. 1 overall choice in the 2018 NFL draft that takes begins in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The other players in the No. 1 pick prop include three other quarterbacks, Wyoming’s Josh Allen (+175), Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (+450) and UCLA’s Josh Rosen (+1800), plus Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (+600) and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb (+4500).

Quarterbacks have been taken No. 1 in 12 of the last 17 drafts and no running back has been the top pick since 1995. Darnold’s price might reflect an expectation that his skillset is most in tune with conventional NFL thinking. If a bettor believes the Browns will buck convention, well, Allen is believed to have better physical tools and there is the Hail Mary option of Mayfield, whose competitiveness and athleticism is offset by being short for a NFL quarterback.

The quarterback-at-No. 1 argument adds values to other props. Barkley (+175) has the lowest price but is still plus money as the No. 2 overall selection on the 2018 NFL draft betting props board. The New York Giants have that pick and general manager Dave Gettleman does not have a history of trading down at the draft. The Giants haven’t indicated a focus on a QB, which seemingly rules out Darnold (+275), Allen (+350) and Rosen (+400).

The New York Jets are a lock to take a quarterback, creating a very tight No. 3 overall prop between Rosen (+140) and Mayfield (+160). The play there depends on what type of risk bettors believe the Jets want to take on: with Mayfield, the only knock is his height (a smidge about 6-foot), while Rosen battled concussions in college.

Between the Browns also holding the No. 4 choice and the Denver Broncos possibly trading down from No. 5, the +225 price on whether one of the first five picks will be traded is a very enticing proposition. The Buffalo Bills are one of the quarterback-hungry teams with two first-round picks they could ante to move up in the draft order, while speculation also has the New England Patriots looking to move up, since Tom Brady presumably will not play forever.

Position props can also be great fun. The over/under on quarterbacks selected in the first round is 5.5. Only once – the famed John Elway-Jim Kelly-Dan Marino draft in 1983 – have six QBs gone in the first round. Tying that record would require both Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph to go in the first round. The over/under on Jackson’s draft slot is 17.5

It is considered a thin year for elite wide receivers, so the -150 under on the 2.5 total seems like the percentage play. Teams have been wary of using first-rounders on running backs in recent years, but the total is only 1.5, making the -220 over a realistic hit since, after Barkley goes, only one team would have to take a chance on a back such as Louisiana State’s Derrius Guice or Georgia’s Sony Michel.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

 

 

Best ads from Super Bowl LII

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The best Super Bowl ads made us laugh, cry, and audibly wonder how much a trip to Australia would cost.

Here are some of the best ads from Super Bowl LII:

GOAT Ad: Doritos, Mountain Dew collaboration with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman rapping Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott

Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman in any Super Bowl commercial was going to be epic, but having them RAP (lip sync, obviously) Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott?! That was what Super Bowl commercials are made for.

Leaving on a Jet Plane: Australia Tourism

It’s cold on the East Coast right now and Australia looks nice and warm, so this ad should move Australia to the next spot on your vacation list. The ad referenced a “remake” of ‘Crocodile Dundee’ with Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride, the incredible Australian wine, and stunning beaches.

Laugh Out Loud: NFL’s Dirty Dancing tribute ad

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. had the time of their lives during Super Bowl LII, paying tribute to Dirty Dancing’s famous dance routine and acrobatic leap done by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

You are, you’re a Superstar… commercial: Amazon

Amazon brought the star power to their Amazon Echo spot, with Gordon Ramsey, Cardi B, Leslie Jones, Rebel Wilson and Anthony Hopkins, filling in for a voiceless Amazon Alexa.

Get the tissues: Hyundai

Hyundai’s ad where car buyers meeting cancer patients that they helped by purchasing a car hit you right in the feels. It was obvious that every parent was on the edge of tears while watching the videos of patients saying thank you.

If you want to watch all of the Super Bowl ads, check them out here.