‘Twas The Night of the Super Bowl

Please humor me today for the whimsy this post is meant to be.  Living in New England, I do support the Celtics, the Bruins, the World Champion Boston Red Sox, the Fabulous UConn Men & Women’s Basketball teams, and of course – The New England Patriots.

It is said that New England is comprised of 5 &1/2 states – Western CT tends to follow Yankees, Giants, etc…….  Today’s post is for those 5 & 1/2 New England States and the rest of Patriots Nation.

Much like those of your who support your favorite professional and college teams, there is a bit of the fanatic in all of us.  So, here is the famous Christmas Poem ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” only done the Patriot Way.  (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, author, and of course, Santa Clause)

‘Twas The Night of the Super Bowl

‘Twas the night of the game, when all thro’ the country,

Everyone was stirring, except for the poultry;

The wings were all sought with culinary care,

In hopes that B-Dub take-out would soon be there;


With Pats Fans & Rams Fans all nestled in their chairs,

Visions of Touchdowns is all that they cared

And Mama in her T-shirt, and I in my Hat,

We just settled in, our recliners was “where’ it’s at.”


You see, this wasn’t new for us – we had been here before

We are Patriots Nation and still wanted more!

When out from Atlanta, there arose in the light

It was our National Anthem, sung by Gladys Knight


I stood from my seat, my hand over my heart

Super Bowl 53 was now about to start.

The moon on the breast of the lush field of green,

Gave the lustre of excellence the league has already seen


When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

Out of the tunnel – the Patriots were here!

With a new hoodie, his gait not so quick,

I knew in a moment it was Bill Belichick.


More rapidly out of that tunnel they came,

As the announcers shouted, and call’d them by name:

“There’s Julian, there’s Sony, there’s Slater and Gronk

On! Hogan, White, Dont’a, on! Cordarrelle and Chung;


The O-line, so polished, and special teams, too.

There isn’t a field goal Gostowski can’t do.

From End Zone to End Zone the defense will deny

That explosive Rams offense – try, after try.


 I witnessed another and another Pats score

All I could think was More, More More!

But this would be close against a formidable foe

Only one look at Brady and Pats Nation did know


A scan of his eyes and his hands to his head

Soon made me realize we had nothing to dread.

He spoke many words, the audible was called

Andrews started the play with the snap of the ball


With terrific protection and vision to match

He laid out a bomb that Gronk made for a catch

And giving a nod, up the field Tom did run

The players went crazy – Brady’s 6th ring was won.


Bill hugged his team, Mr. Kraft hugged his son

It was The Patriots 6th Crown, The celebration had begun!

But I still heard  the haters, as they drove out of sight

“End the Dynasty please so we call all have a good night.”


This seasonal variation was made by a Fan,

who loves his Patriots as much as he can.

With a plea for the haters, both jealous and sad,

at least give them credit – it’s the best Dynasty in the land


So maybe the plot may not follow as above

But We have Bill B., the GOAT, and a team we love.

May all of your parties be pleasant and all your emotions be right

“Happy Super Bowl 53 to all, and to all a good night.”

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35 of This Year’s Super Bowl Prop Bets

thIt’s Super Bowl Sunday soon.  I always look forward to the food, the ads, the libations…..oh, yeah, there’s a football game, too!

Another great thing about the Super Bowl is the many “Prop Bets.”  What are prop bets you ask?  Prop bets, or “proposition bets” are bets made regarding the occurrence or non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) of an event not directly affecting the game’s final outcome.  Seemingly prop bets got their start with the “fridge.”

The "Fridge."

The “Fridge.”

No not the refrigerator containing all those delicious snacks and brews, but William Perry who was called “the fridge.”  As a lineman, it became quite a surprise to have him line up as fullback and run the ball for a TD, a played called by then Bears coach Mike Ditka during the regular season in 1985. It became the first major proposition bet in the Super Bowl that year if he was going to rush for a touchdown.  Thus the prop bet was born!   Nowadays, prop bets may account for as much as 40% of the $100 million wagered on Sunday’s Super Bowl.  Here are some of this years prop bets:


1 – Length of Luke Bryan’s singing of the national anthem?

  • Over/under     2 minutes, 9 secondsdownload

2 – What will Luke Bryan be wearing while singing the national anthem?

  • Blue jeans                                 1/2
  • Any other pants or shorts     3/2

3 – Will any Patriots or Falcons player be seen kneeling during the national anthem on the live television broadcast?

  • Yes          +150 (3/2)
  • No           -200 (1/2)


(from kickoff to final whistle, live Fox broadcast only, halftime and commercials don’t apply)

4 – How many times will “Trump” be said on TV during the broadcast?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 times

5 – How many times will “deflate” or “deflategate” be said on TV during the broadcast?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 times

 download-16 – How many times will “Matty Ice” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     2 times

7 – How many times will “Gronk” or “Gronkowski” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     3 times

8 – How many times will Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     2 1/2 times

download-29 – How many times will Giselle Bundchen be shown on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over     1 1/2 times     +110 (11/10)
  • Under  1 1/2 times      -150 (2/3)

10 – Will “Houston, we have a problem” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Yes     5/2
  • No      1/4

11 – If the Patriots win, will Tom Brady, Bill Belichick or Robert Kraft be seen shaking the hand of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on TV?

  • Yes     -180 (5/9)
  • No      +140 (7/5)download-3

12 – Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first?

  • God 2/1
  • Team/Teammates 2/1
  • Coach 9/1
  • Family 9/1
  • Owner 9/1
  • Donald Trump 20/1
  • Doesn’t mention anyone above 5/2

images13 – Which song will Lady Gaga play first during the halftime show?

  • Born this Way 9/4
  • Bad Romance 5/2
  • Edge of Glory 6/1
  • Poker Face 10/1
  • Just Dance 10/1
  • Any Other Song 11/10

14 – What color liquid will be poured on the winning coach?

  • Clear 3/1
  • Lime|Green 3/1
  • Orange 3/1
  • Yellow 3/1
  • Red 6/1
  • Blue 15/2
  • Purple 12/1


15 – What will the first offensive play of the game be?

  • Run      -150 (2/3)
  • Pass      +120 (6/5)

16 – Will either team score in the first 6 1/2 minutes?

  • Yes -140
  • No +120

17 – Will there be a flea flicker attempted?

  • Yes  5 /1
  • No   1/9download-4

18 – Will there be a missed extra-point kick?

  • Yes   +270
  • No     -330

19 – What will the shortest touchdown be?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 yards

20 – What will the longest touchdown be?

  • Over/Under    49 1/2 yards

21 – Total touchdowns by both teams?

  • Over/Under     6 1/2

22 – Largest lead by either team?

  • Over/Under     16 1/2 points

images-123 – Will there be overtime?

  • Yes     +700
  • No      -1100



24 – Will the game be tied after 0-0? (This doesn’t make sense to me – to you?)

  • Yes     +110
  • No      -130

25 – Will there be a lead change in the 4th quarter?

  • Yes     +320
  • No       -380

26 – Will there be a kickoff return for a touchdown?

  • Yes 6/1
  • No 1/10

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27 – Will New England’s Julian Edelman have a rushing attempt?

  • Yes     +150
  • No       -170

28 – What is the total number of punts by both teams?

  • Over/Under     7 1/2

29 – What will Atlanta’s Matt Ryan throw first?

  • Touchdown pass     -310
  • Interception            +260

nfl_nfc_logo_atl-808px30 – Will the Falcons score in all four quarters?

  • YES     +145
  • NO       -165

31 – Will either team score in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game?

  • YES     -160
  • NO      +140

32 – Will either Tom Brady or Matt Ryan have more than 415 passing yards to break the Super Bowl record?panthers-falcons-matt-ryanNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Yes     4/1
  • No      1/7

33 – Will Matt Ryan win the regular season MVP and Super Bowl MVP?

  • Yes     3/1
  • No      1/5

34 – Will any player other than Brady or Ryan attempt a pass?

  • Yes     3/1
  • No      1/5

35 – Will both teams combine to score 76 or more points to break the Super Bowl record?

  • Yes     11/2
  • No      1/10

I’m sure there are more since this post was written. The Super Bowl seems to bring the craziness out in America.  I wish both teams good luck.



Daily Fantasy Sports – Where did It Come From? Where Is It Going?

fantasysports1Allegations about the security of data and employees’ access to software started an avalanche of controversy for the fantasy sports industry. Before that, it had been largely smooth sailing for daily fantasy operators, which which began to grow in the wake of its exemption in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or the UIGEA.

According to Tim Dahlberg of the Associated PressFormer Rep. Jim Leach, the U.S. congressman who drafted the 2006 legislation making daily fantasy sites to pretend to be legal, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Mr. Leach also said, “lawmakers had no idea daily fantasy sports would “morph into today’s cauldron of daily betting…. (the) anti-gambling act was supposed to stop gambling on the Internet, not promote it.”

So what happened, and how did it all get to this point? More importantly, what is its future?

FanDuel vs. DraftKingsFirst, let’s get one thing straight – is it betting? FanDuel and DraftKings, the two most prominent daily sports fantasy companies, both promote themselves as offering games of skill, shying away from the label of gambling.  But, I contest that in is the same as Video Poker, Blackjack, and Poker which are games that also use skill for optimum strategy. And both have another thing in common – the element of chance. For example, a fumble ruling in the Lions/Seahawks game changed the winner of DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest from one player to another, in a matter of seconds.  Both fantasy players had no control, no skill, on this play and ruling just like a poker player’s odds changing completely due to one card on the “river.”

So, a brief look into its history, thanks to Rotogrinders.com, considered one of the leading Daily Sports Fantasy websites :

  • 2006 – The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) passed through Senate on September 30, 2006
  • 2007 – Fantasy Sports Live hosts its first public contests on June 22, 2007, changing the opinion and rules for fantasy sports as a daily, “non-gambling” activity.
  • 2007 – Instant Fantasy Sports is founded by Chris Fargis, a former poker pro
  • 2008 – After acquiring Instant Fantasy Sports in August, NBC quickly spun its assets into SnapDraft, positioned as “fast, easy and involving more strategy than a traditional fantasy league.”
  • 2009 – Now known as the most popular daily fantasy sports gaming site, FanDuel was initially started as a web-based prediction; switched gears in July 2009 to become a daily fantasy sports gaming site, launching its NFL product in the Fall of 2009.
  • 2010 – RotoGrinders becomes one of the first community and strategy sites to focus exclusively on DFS games, and becomes known for “Grinders Rankings,” a system that ranks and recognizes the best daily fantasy players.

    Football Fantasy Leagues

    Football Fantasy Leagues

  • 2011 – The 2011 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship (FFFC) offered a $150,000 prize pool, which was an impressive jump from the $40,000 prize pool in the previous year’s event.
  • 2012 – DraftKings is founded in early 2012 and in 2013, DraftKings upped the ante for the 2013 NFL season by putting a guaranteed $1 million up for grabs across a number of Week 1 contests during their 2013 Kickoff Bash. While the $1 million in prizes was spread out across contests, the industry had finally grown to a point where seven-figure payouts were now possible to start a season and not just finish them.

Playing Fantasy SportsFrom this point, the payout curve gets steeper and steeper.  Sports giants like ESPN begin programming fantasy sports programming, as well as radio and sports talk shows, fanning the flames (no pun intended) to the unbelievable following it now has.

Getting so big so quickly has started another fire under the political machine whose interest is to keep online gambling out of the U.S., as the intention was with the UIGEA.  But is it legal?

Anti-trust laws and the policing of the DFS sites employees (concerning “Insider Trading”) could be cited as a problem, as well as the Federal Trade Commission looking at anti-competitive practices by FanDuel & DraftKINGS, consumer protection laws and the banning DFS betting by states as an unregulated industry.

If you are a player in DFS, enjoy it now.  Either it will go the way of internet casinos (gone), or become extremely regulated with sports betting, as in Nevada.