Sports betting places really pull out all the stops for the Super Bowl -- allowing you not only to just bet on the big game but several different facets of the game.
Most are pretty routine stuff: Number of yards Russell Wilson will throw, who will score more points in the second half, etc.
But some are quite wacky: Will Indina Menzel mess up the Star Spangled Banner? What color hoodie will Bill Belichick wear? How many times will "deflated balls" be mentioned by the NBC announcing crew? Will Russell Wilson's passing yards be more or less than the average price of a gallon of gasoline (in cents) in the United States on Monday?
I was giggling as I rolled through one such list of crazy bets from an online site, but then I came across one that took the cake:
Yes, now you can choose who will win the Super Bowl and parlay it into whether ol' Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhog Day. Figure both out, and you can make about 2.5-to-1 odds, depending on your choice -- at least where it's legal to do so. Online betting is illegal in the U.S. so maybe they figure those outside the country don't know much about American weather patterns?
Still you'd think whether it'd be sunny in that part of Pennsylvania in the morning would be fairly easy to figure out, especially a few days' out. But then again I always wondered how stage lights affect how they determine if Phil sees his shadow -- it could be fog as thick as pea soup but put enough stage lights and camera flashes and --- look! A shadow! 6 more weeks of winter.
Let's just hope the Patriots spend all day next Sunday chasing Seahawk shadows and then all that's left is to figure out is whether the groundhog will be able to chase his.
Or if the meteorology is too fuzzy (or furry) for Feb. 2, there's always guessing the color of Gatorade they dump on the winning coach! (Orange is the prohibitive favorite...)