Ever since man invented organized sports, fans have been betting their hard earned cash on who would win, who would lose and the weird stuff in between. Since the invention of the Internet, sports betting has expanded from sportsbooks in casinos and back-alley, knee-busting bookies to the homes of anyone with a computer. It's easy not to make a fortune, or lose everything, with a click of the mouse and a valid credit card.
The Super Bowl is the busiest time of year for sports betting sites and they're not just taking bets on who will win, the Ravens or 49ers, but they're going as far to bet on some of the smallest, and weirdest, aspects of the game.
One such prop bet on Bovada, isn't who will be named the games MVP, but who the MVP will thank first. They're nice enough to give us a few options.
- Teammates (8/5)
- God (5/2)
- Coach (12/1)
- Family (15/1)
- Owner (20/1)
- Does Not Thank Anyone (3/2)
What's funny about this is that somebody is payed to go through the history of Super Bowl MVP speeches and analyze who has been thanked and who hasn't to come up with odds. What's even funnier is that people are willing to risk their hard-earned cash on a bet that has almost nothing to do with the Super Bowl itself.
This isn't even the weirdest of Bovada's prop bets. They go as far as guessing how many times Ray Lewis will say "God" or "Lord" if he's interviewed, what color the Gatorade will be that the winning team dumps on the coach and whether or not Alicia Keys will leave a word out of the National Anthem and how long it will take her to sing it.
So, go ahead and get your wallets out and place a bet. And then when the Super Bowl MVP is announced, cross your fingers and hope that the first person he thanks is his teammates, or God, or his coach, his family or his owner. Or you could hope that the MVP doesn't care about anybody but himself and doesn't thank anyone.