The Super Bowl and the Sochi Winter Olympics have very little in common, but that doesn't mean you can't place a bet that involves both. You'll have to have some patience, considering the Olympics will conclude some 20 days after the Super Bowl, but you could cash in if you bet correctly.
Online oddsmaker Bovada has prop bets involving the number of points scored by Denver in the first half of the Super Bowl and the number of gold medals won by the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Depending on how closely you follow the Olympics, that may seem like a lot of points to score in the first half. The United States, however, is not a winter Olympic power like it is in the summer games. Team USA won an average of 9.3 gold medals in the last three winter Olympics.
Denver set an NFL record for points scored this season, so it should be no surprise the Broncos are favored over the total number of golds won. Denver averaged 37.9 points per game this season. Seattle has the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL, and the bet is only for the points scored in the first half, but even still, the Broncos need to score roughly 30 percent of their season average to likely win the bet.
The Broncos scored at least 10 points in the first half in every game this season, including the playoffs. They topped the 20 point mark in the first half seven times and averaged 17.9 points per first half this season.
The United States has never won more than 10 gold medals in any single Winter Olympics. Team USA will, however, have its largest delegation for a Winter Olympics with 230 athletes participating. Even with the extra athletes if the Broncos can put two touchdowns on the board in the first half, it should put them in position to win the bet. You can also bet on the Seahawks' first half points vs. the number of Canada gold medals.
Denver first half points vs. USA gold medals
Which will be higher?
USA gold medals in 2014 Sochi Olympics: +120
Denver's first half point total: -150
Seattle first half points vs. Canada gold medals
Which will be higher?
Canada gold medals in 2014 Sochi Olympics: +145
Seattle's first half point total: -175