Super Bowl XLVIII Preview Extravaganza

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, so it’s time for the 2014 edition of the Super Bowl Preview Extravaganza! Not only will I be breaking the game down and picking the winner, but I’ll break down the prop bets, have some “experts” make their picks, and predict the score as well. Let’s do it!

Prop Bets

Prop bets are always fun, and though I am not a betting man, it’s fun to be a pundit when Las Vegas throws them out there.

  • How many times will Peyton Manning say “Omaha” during the game? Over or under 27.5
  • The Pick: Over. Peyton has always been fond of his “Omaha” call, and he used it 31 times in the AFC title game. Against an aggressive Seahawks defense, he will need to use confusion as much as he can.  I’m predicting 34 “Omahas” from Peyton in this one.
  • How many times will “Beast Mode” be said during Sunday’s game? Over or under 2.
  • The Pick: Under. I don’t see Joe Buck, who I don’t recall saying “Beast Mode” at all this year, saying it on Sunday, and I don’t think the pre-game show counts to this total. Maybe Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews will use the moniker when discussing Marshawn Lynch, but it’s doubtful.
  • Will any player cry during the national anthem? Yes or no
  • The Pick: No. This is in regards to Knowshon Moreno’s tears during the national anthem in a game earlier this season. Will Moreno cry again? Probably not. The national anthem is an emotional time, but if you’re betting on if someone will cry, bet on the “no” option. It’s just too random of a bet to predict either way, but “no” seems like the safer option.
  • Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle? Yes or no
  • The Pick: No. Crabtree rarely tweets, and he sure won’t bother rehashing the trash talk that transpired two weeks prior. If he tweets about the Super Bowl, there’s almost no chance he tweets anything, positive or negative, about Sherman. That ship has sailed.
  • Total Number of Penalties Made by Both Teams? Over or under 12.5.
  • The Pick: Under. In the Super Bowl, even with two aggressive teams, the referees tend to let the players play. The chances of one team getting seven penalties called against them and the other team six seems very unlikely. These are two well-coached and disciplined teams that won’t let that happen.
  • How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the game? Over or under 2.5
  • The Pick: Under. You’ll have a better chance of Eli being shown three times during the game than Archie. Archie tends to let his sons have their moment, and everyone will be more focused on the play on the field. Before the game, you’ll see Archie. After the game, you may see him as well. But during the game? Fox won’t focus too much on the father, opting to let Peyton have the spotlight.

Celebrity Predictions

Many superstar celebrities have made their picks for the Big Game, and it was interesting to see their choices during the week. These were some of the interesting picks:

  • Picking Broncos: Jon “Bones” Jones, The Game, Fabolous, Joe Budden, Eric LeGrand, Miss America, Regis, Carmelo Anthony.
  • Picking Seahawks: Macklemore, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Roger Federer

The Big Prediction

Since I believe myself to be somewhat of a celebrity (kidding), it’s time for the big prediction. In a game that features the two best teams in the NFL, I’m rolling with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It’ll be around 45 degrees, which is Peyton’s kind of weather, and the weapons he has will be primed and ready for the biggest game of their lives. 33-24 Broncos, Peyton Manning MVP

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