As the Super Bowl draws nearer and the sports headlines are filled with stories about the Colts and the Saints, no one on Allegheny’s campus has seemed to notice.
In a school filled with Steelers, Browns and Bills fans, there is a lack of a serious rooting interest for this Sunday’s showdown. Fans at Allegheny have moved onto the NHL and NBA seasons, with students even going as far as fighting the awkwardness of wearing authentic hockey jerseys in public.
America knows that we, the “couldn’t care less” fans, exist. Super Bowl Sunday provides people with other activities to celebrate this Feb. 7.
MTV has decided a Jersey Shore marathon will keep viewers happy up until the Super Bowl. The annual “Puppy Bowl” will take place on Animal Planet. MSNBC has chosen to broadcast their hit comedy show, “To Catch a Predator.”
The gambling industry also acknowledges the apathetic football fans. A gambling site lists betting props ranging from the result of the coin toss to the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped on the head coach. To spice the game up, they offer strange and often unrelated prop bets.
Below, please find a few real bets available on Bodog.com and some predictions:
Will there be a score in the first 7 min 30 seconds of the first quarter: No, –250 odds.
Team to be assessed the first holding penalty: Saints, –130 odds.
How long will it take Carrie Underwood to sing the national anthem?: Over 1 minute 42 seconds (YouTube video of her at an NFL game has her clocked at 1:41, but in the Super Bowl, you have to believe it will go longer).
What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the winning team?: *Upset special*, going with orange at 11/2 odds.
How many times will CBS show Kim Kardashian?: Under 2 ½ times -125 odds.
What color top will Kim Kardashian wear?: Any other color besides black or white: 6/5 odds.
Finally, I digress to the actual game. In sports, you often do not find the top two teams in the finals. Something usually goes wrong along the way. You can not say that about the Super Bowl this Sunday. New Orleans was the number one offense this season, and Indianapolis was seventh. Neither defense was very impressive during the season, but Indianapolis did have the advantage. With Dwight Freeney possibly sitting out, the defenses should be pretty evenly matched.
I picked against the Colts the last time they were in the Super Bowl during my freshman year. I will not make that mistake again. I think the Saints will cover the 6-point spread, but the Colts will come out victorious.
Either way, enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you’re watching for the commercials, for the camaraderie or just because the Jersey Shore marathon is over and the frightening Teen Mom show came on, have fun everyone.
Colts 28, Saints 24.