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TOD: Super Bowl XLIX Preview Extravaganza

Thoughts of the Day is back with the Super Bowl XLIX Preview Extravaganza! Time to break down prop bets (just for fun of course), then make the pick! Let’s do it.

Prop Bets

  • What color will New England head coach Bill Belichick’s hoodie be on Sunday? Three choices: Blue, gray or red. 
  • The Pick: Go with blue. Belichick says he just wears what is laid out for him by the Pats’ equipment staff, and the equipment staff must know that he has worn gray and red in the past two Super Bowl losses. Boston is a superstitious city, so count on “The Hoodie” to don a blue sweatshirt on Sunday.

  • Will the hoodie sleeves be cut or intact?
  • The Pick: Cut. In the Arizona weather, Belichick will likely follow his usual custom of cutting off the sleeves.
  • Which song will Katy Perry perform first at Halftime?
  • The Pick: “Roar” seems like a safe pick. “Firework” is more of an end-of-show song, while the other songs aren’t her most recognizable. I’m usually wrong on this one though, so don’t bet the farm.

  • How many total receptions will New England wide receiver Julian Edelman have? Over/Under 6.
  • The Pick: Over. “Minitron” is so vital to this New England passing game that he could have six receptions in the first half alone. With eight receptions against Baltimore and nine against Indianapolis, catching over six passes seems like a sure thing.

  • What will be higher: Russell Wilson’s passing yards or the U.S. Average National Gas Price (in cents) on Monday, February 2nd?
  • The Pick: Today’s average gas price is $2.05, so I’m going with Russell Wilson’s passing yards by about ten.

Game Prediction:

  • Seahawks 24, Patriots 20. The Seahawks have rallied to this point with some of the best team chemistry and resilience I’ve ever seen. When they’re down, they pop right back up again, rolling with the punches until they get the chance to deliver their knockout swing. They showed it against Green Bay and will show it again this Sunday, when Russell Wilson will lead them on a game-winning drive for the ages. Seattle will get a defensive touchdown; Marshawn Lynch will let his game do the talking and rush for 163 yards and two scores; then, Wilson will throw a touchdown pass to tight end Luke Willson for the eventual game-winning play. Tom Brady and the Patriots are tough, but the Seahawks have faced a tougher challenge to get to this point, and they will get the repeat.

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