(note: that does not imply that he’s picking the Pack.)
Based on our discussion on Friday’s Super Bowl prop bet post , we thought a fun, and possibly marginally educational, activity would be to let students (and teachers!) have $100 of “money” to bet on the myriad of Super Bowl odds, with justification.
Here’s a set sent in by Drew.
Ok so here is my $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack. I made these picks with the following criteria:
- Only had $100.
- More fun to cheer FOR things than against – willing to acknowledge an entertainment value.
- If I win a bet, I want to come out ahead overall.
- I have no freakin’ idea what will happen, so I need to do some hedging.
I am going a somewhat strange direction with these picks. The most interesting bets for me are the MVP best. Now historically, QB is the MVP a disproportionate % of the time – and this Super Bowl seems particularly quarterback driven. However, to bet either Rodgers (7/4) or Roethlisberger (7/2) as part of a hedge ties up too much money to do much else.
So I am going counter strategy and picking 5 MVPs from each side @ $10/each (ignoring the vig) and basically saying, “If it’s a predicable Super Bowl with a QB MPV – I’m out, here’s my money.” But if things get a little funny, I get an interesting game, AND I can make some money too! (Plus there is a part of me that thinks the Roethlisberger bet is off the table b/c Goodell won’t let him be MVP after his off-season.)
Besides QB, the list of MVPs has tilted towards WRs with a handful of key defensive players and few running backs. However, each of these teams has a RB that could be a difference maker.
- James Starks (GB) RB 14/1
- Greg Jennings (GB) WR 12/1
- Donald Driver (GB) WR 25/1
- A.J. Hawk (GB) LB 30/1
- Clay Matthews (GB) LB 18/1
- Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) RB 15/2
- Mike Wallace (PIT) WR 16/1
- Heath Miller (PIT) TE 28/1
- Troy Polamalu (PIT) S 15/1
- James Harrison (PIT) LB 20/1
So now I have 9 chances to come out ahead (the Mendenhall bet doesn’t get me back to even, but he was on my fantasy team and I like him – how about that for a square bet?) and people to cheer for on both sides of the ball for both teams . Game on!