‘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.”


NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England

Robin T Aubin (Binbin)

NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created for my personal interest and passion in the gambling industry – its history, and its ongoing evolution – mixed with my love for New England.  Come share my passion

The goal of  NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market and interested in gambling tips, news and advice.

Follow us on twitter at @NETimeGambling.com, and on Facebook at @netimegambling. Come join the New England Casinos facebook group and chat about experiences at our 8 NewEngland Casinos, soon to be 9 in 2019. Feel free to enhance our community with your gambling experiences, casino loyalty programs, resort experiences and thoughts concerning New England’s expansion.

 

Super Bowl Prop Bets

“Big Game” Sunday is days away. I always look forward to the food, the ads, the libations…..oh, yeah, there’s a football game, too!

one of the most interesting things about the “Big Game” is the many super “Prop Bets.”

What are prop bets you ask?  Prop bets, or “proposition bets,” are bets made regarding the occurrence or a non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) or an event not directly affecting the game’s final outcome.

The "Fridge."

The “Fridge.”

Football folklore tells us that prop bets got their start with William the  “Refrigerator” Perry, a lineman in the 1985 Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears.  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. His rushing for a TD in the Super Bowl that year became the first major proposition bet in the Super Bowl. Nowadays, prop bets may account for as much as 40% of the $100 million wagered on Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Prop Bets, including some bets on the performances of individual athletes, tend to become more popular for single important game like the Super Bowl, something the NFL would prefer to have outlawed if they had their way. The NFL considers bets on things like passing touchdowns for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or rushing yards for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley too risky and vulnerable to manipulation or cheating.

Do you remember some of the silly ones from last year?  Here are a few from Super Bowl 52 :

  • What color will Pink’s hair be when she starts to sing the National Anthem?
  • What color will Bill Belichick’s shirt be at kickoff?
  • The number of tweets by President Donald Trump on Feb. 4
  • How many commercials will Peyton Manning appear in during the broadcast?

Yes, people, lots of people actually bet on on those things last year. This year will be no different. William Hill sportsbook in Las Vegas released over 900 Super Bowl LIII prop bets this past weekend. Here’s the entire list: William Hill Super Bowl 53 Prop Bets-Nevada

Prop bets concerning commercials are very popular. According to Stephen Campbell of OddsShark, the over/under on number of commercials is 96. There are also several props categories pertaining to which commercial will air first. For example, one segment features Doritos at -135 and Pringles at -105, while another lists out the following:

  • Budweiser +150
  • Bud Light +210
  • Stella Artois +400
  • Michelob Ultra +400
  • Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer +400

Matt McEwan of NFL Football at SportsBettingDime.com outlined ten of the weirdest prop bets for this year’s “Big Game.”  Here are a few:

  • If a Streaker occurs during the game, who touches/tackles him/her first?
  • How many times will officials measure for First Downs?
  • Will “Romostradamus” be said during the Live Broadcast? (Referring to Tony Romo’s ability to call plays before the ball is snapped)
  • Will “One More Night” be the first song by Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Of course, there are many serious game related prop bets, like score, total yards, total scores, passing yards, MVP, etc….

But, you gotta giggle when someone makes a bet saying, “$100 on the over for the number of Bud commercials televised – opening kick to last second.”

I say “Dilly, dilly!”

Binbin

 

 

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:

PRE-GAME PROPS

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)

IN-GAME PROPS (NON-COMPETITION)

(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

IN-GAME PROPS (ON-FIELD)

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
nyj101614_ds1178

Julian Edelman

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.

GO PATS!

Binbin