7th Annual Forvm Meaningless Super Bowl Prop Bets Diary

M Scott Eiland's picture

Once again, I am posting a diary to allow the inhabitants here to win bragging rights by making the most correct WAGs about random or almost completely random occurrences associated with tomorrow's national event. Without further ado. . .

--who will win the coin flip?

--who will score first?*

--who will score last?

--which team will be penalized first?

--will the combined score of the two teams at halftime be an odd or an even number?

--(Tie-breaker) what will be the final score?

*--Triple points on this bet for correctly predicting that the team scoring first will do so in overtime (regulation time ending in a 0-0 tie)

My picks: 49ers, Ravens, 49ers, Ravens, Odd, 23-20 49ers.

Good luck!

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This May Turn into an Acceptable Game Yet...nt



Not only acceptable, but exciting

HankP's picture

it all came down to first and goal in the last few minutes of the game. What more could you ask for? A lot better than some of the snoozers we've seen in the past.


It's clear that Baltimore came out with the better game plan and while San Francisco adapted very well in the second half, it just wasn't enough to overcome the points they gave up. Very similar to the Seahawk game against Atlanta, and the SF game against Atlanta. It's very difficult to get that deep in the hole and then dig yourself out.


I blame it all on the Internet



Well, THAT sure wasn't in anybody's playbook.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.

Including The People Selling Commercial Time

M Scott Eiland's picture

I suspect next year they'll have a contigency plan in place for using the delay time created by problems like that, after which such a thing will never happen again.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

The problem with those unplanned delays

Jay C's picture

..in addition to their inadvertently becoming the more/most interesting occurrence of the game-  is that for the network, they won't want to (or can't) air more (or more of the same) commercials, since giving away airtime uncompensated is, AFAICT, a death-for-blasphemy offense in TV: so talking-head commentary and video shots of players on the field doing nothing, excruciating as it might be, is pretty much, it seems, all that's left.


BTW, anyone hear what the exact problem was at the Superdome? Someone late paying the electric bill?

Police Said It Was An Overload

M Scott Eiland's picture

Which seems strange, since it must have required enough juice to knock Jupiter out of orbit to operate Beyonce's halftime show--things seemed fairly routine at the time the lights went out.

I was thinking that since a lot of these companies end up promoting their commercials on YouTube anyway, it might be a gimmick for a few companies to pay vastly reduced rates for "backup" slots that would only be used in the case of a delay of some kind. They would be allowed to advertise those ads elsewhere as "Super Bowl approved ads" and would actually be aired if the time became available. A lot of people like watching the ads, and the network would be getting money for it, so why not?

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

I'll bet...


...there will be a few thousand fewer living neurons in both teams by the end of it.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.

It's harder to be enthused


in the midst of evidence of systemic brain damage coming out and the 49ers cornerback saying bigoted anti-gay stuff with no repercussions from his team or the league.

Coin Flip: Flying Rats Over the Castro Street Boys


Coin Flip: Flying Rats


Score 1st: Flying Rats


Score Last: Flying Rats, In Garbage Time


1st Penalized: The Rats


Half Time: Odd Number


31-27 in Favor of the Castro Street Boys



Strange prediction, here goes.....

Zelig's picture

...but first, a strange juxtaposition. 


Catchy mentions the 49er cornerback who is a blatant homophobe. The strange thing here is we've gotten no blowback that I've read from the team or other players. Next we have an interview with two teammates who deny they've made videos for Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" anti-bullying project. The problem is is that we've got the videos that prove that they're wrong. This is just strange behavior from a team that represents the most gay-friendly major city in the US. 


As to the Baltimore Ravens, here goes. First we've got interviews from a Ravens player that show him to be very anti-gay bashing and pro gay rights. He has two lesbian mothers and is proud of that fact. Also, the Ravens cheerleading squad is composed of both guys and gals. This is unique in the NFL, I think. This from the team that represents Baltimore, not known as gay-friendly at all. 


Now for the predictions. These from a lifelong 49er fan. Think Y.A. Tittle and Leo Nomellini. I even dated his daughter. (once...didn't even consider 1st base...another story)


I'm worried for Colin. He's been great, but I'm worried he'll get injured. Fortunately we have the best back up quarterback in the NFL, so Alex Smith will save the day and eke out a squeaker. Maybe. 


I hope I'm wrong, but I've got a weird feeling that this game isn't going to follow the script. The Ravens might even blow them out. 


I hope I'm wrong, but I couldn't resist posting my weird feelings that have been running around my brain all morning. 


Go 49ers!! Go Colin Kaepernik...pride of Turlock CA!!! (what a craphole of a town)




Oh yea, the predictions...







39-24 Ravens


I blame this on the flu I'm just now recovering from. 





Me: We! -- Ali

He'll Pay A Price

M Scott Eiland's picture

Beyond putting off potential sponsors with open displays of bigotry, a lot of teams will look at a player with a history of intentionally offending large parts of a team's fan base and say "no thank you." This will cause him to be worth less as a free agent and will probably shorten his career when the number of teams willing to put up with his crap drops to zero sooner than one would expect for a player of his talent level (see "Owens, Terrell" for a notable example of a career ending this way).

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

Nice reply.

Zelig's picture

It seems that the 49er defensive back in question made at least 2 critical mistakes during the game. He got burned for a big gain during a critical drive, and he was flagged for pass interference. My guess is next year he'll be a Titan or a Jaguar and also a distant memory with little value as an endorser. Terrell Owens had a lot more talent which is why his crap was tolerated more. 


What a game. Thankfully Kaepernik didn't get injured, but he sure was jittery. His first quarter, and especially the start of the game was a disaster. Too green to handle the big game. Flacco came thru, which surprised me. I think he's a free agent this coming season, and he increased his value by tens of millions because of this game, and to a lesser extent, the complete series of playoff games. 


The game would have been a blowout except for the power failure. It was wild the way the Niners came back, and also a tribute to an aging Ravens defense that they clamped down on the Niners last drive. 


I was looking for the Ravens co-ed cheerleaders, but on second thought they'd never get TV time anyway. Instead we were served with some hideous screeching crap compliments of some big-assed female humanoid freak and enough flames to heat a small town for a week. I was praying to the gods that a flame would leap up and scorch Beyonce's cartoonish ass. 


Lest anyone think I'm just being an old fogey here, look at the halftime entertainment that performed over the ages, and especially during the last 10-15 years:




This one stunk to high heaven. The only "song" that sounded anything like music was the one that sounded a whole lot like the Andrews Sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and on even that one we only got about 1/4 of the original tune. Needless to say, those leather-clad harpies thoroughly bummed me out. 


The ads were also a mess. I've never seen so many failed Super Bowl ads before. The Hyundai ads come instantly to mind, but I plan on downloading both the Beyonce show and the Super Bowl ads once they become available on bit torrent. The Beyonce disaster is up now, so time to go. 


Pretty good game, considering that my team was dominated much more more than the score would indicate. It seems that the older Harbaugh brother did the better job getting his team ready for the big one. 



Me: We! -- Ali

Yeah Beyonce's music was crap


the arrangements were even worse than the radio versions I've heard. 


This generation's Whitney Houston. Barfy.


Apart from the music though, she's one of the few pop stars who has some themes about female dignity in her music. 


"Who run the world? Girls!" "Don't you ever get to thinking you're irreplaceable" "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it"


Of course she's up there shaking her a$$ in lace panties, but you get that from nearly every other pop star too w/out any of the esteem stuff.


In addition to having a great voice, she's got the most high profile "don't put up with bad behavior from men" messages of any popular musician by a country mile.

"of any popular musician (in the US)" Now I'm seeing patterns

brutusettu's picture

Sure Destiny's Child had "Bills Bills Bills" and "Independent Women" others have "I don't need a man" that goes out for "all the independent ladies" so "why you acting like you wouldn't hit (that)".  And they have a song with a similar theme to "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child, don't mistake Jia for Suzy, say her name if you ain't playin' games.

Andrews Sisters reference? That's an old one

brutusettu's picture

Did you go to school with Glenn Miller or something?




....now I'm off to yell at that PSY ad that's showing before a T-ara video.

If Kap Seemed Jittery,It is Only Because He is Always 20+ Points





I'd sweat too if my Defense gave up that many points game after game in the first half....and the first play of the 3rd Period.


The problem with the 49er's is that their D always seem to come out cold...very weird actually when you think about it.





The Fighting Modell's Shall Go Down

brutusettu's picture






38-14 Niners