Not that I would have detested the notion, but having gone to a postseason football event in New York a year ago and enduring cold and snow, it's just not something I'm eager to repeat. Granted, Denver-Seattle holds more intrigue and interest - and certainly far more significance - than did West Virginia-Syracuse, but I've always thought miserable conditions detracted from the fan experience.
Please, show me someone - anyone - who returned from that Pinstripe Bowl and said, "Man, I hope we go back there again.''
Then again, it is the Super Bowl and a bazillion people will watch it for one reason or another, even if it's just the commercials. I'll watch and actually hope for the worst weather imaginable, just because I like that the elements are a part of the game and always have been. When Team A beats Team B AND the elements, well, I just think it makes for a truer champion. Others will surely disagree and that's fine.
But here's the part of playing a game in New Jersey swamps in February that's really interesting (and ties into my betting theme). There are so many more possibilities for prop bets. You know, the ones that have nothing to do with the game. It's usually routine stuff like will the coin-toss winner receive or defer, or off-the-wall things like whether Richard Sherman will intercept a pass. You can get odds on both of those.
But this year you can also get odds on the temperature at kickoff (the opening over-under was 34 degrees, according to Bovada) and whether it will snow (3-1 yes, 1-5 no).
Renee Fleming is singing the national anthem. I have no idea who that is, but it's 1-2 that she will wear gloves when she belts it out and 5-4 that they will be white (3-2 on black, 4-1 on red and 3-1 on the what I guess amounts to the color field).
The odds are 4-1 that Knowshon Moreno cries during the national anthem and the over-under on Peyton Manning's Omahas Is 271/2. I'm sure the half is to avoid a push, but what if he comes up with a new call, just Oma? Or better yet, Ha?
It's even money that Pam Oliver will be the first sideline reporter shown after kickoff, relegating Erin Andrews to 5-7 odds. It's 3-2 that Michael Crabtree will mention Sherman in tweet DURING the game. There are odds on the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach (clear is a 2-1 favorite, green the 10-1 longshot) and 2-1 that the MVP mentions his teammates first in his acceptance speech (God is the 5-2 next pick and fans are at 5-1. If you're a fan that's a longshot because "no one'' is at 4-1). It's 11-2 that the announcers will say marijuana during the telecast and 1-2 that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers share a song during halftime.
And, believe it or not, it is even money that at least one member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will go shirtless during the halftime show.
In Jersey. In February. Where for some reason they're playing the Super Bowl.
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