On Sunday, the best of the West will battle it out in the East when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Yet, for nearly two weeks now, sports-lovers have been placing bets regarding who’ll take home the revered Lombardi trophy to their raving fans back home.
Here are five of the best, the worst and the most speculative bets that have been placed leading up to the big game:
1. Seattle Art Museum criticized for betting sacred object
On Tuesday, it was reported that the Seattle Art Museum had bet a forehead mask from the Nuxalk First Nation against the Denver Art Museum’s “Bucking Bronco” statuette.
The wager: the city with the losing team would have to temporarily display the other city’s artwork, according to CBC News. Representatives of the Nuxalk First Nation protested the bet and said they were never contacted by the Seattle Art Museum. Nuxalk First Nation Chief Wally Webber told CBC News: “If they’re not going to respect what they have of ours, send it back to us where it will be looked after right,” Webber said. #Fail.
2. Denver, Seattle Mayors ‘Meat’ on Colbert Report and bet the tasty
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray placed fine food bets on the Colbert Report Thursday night, according to GeekWire.com.
The wager: If the Seahawks emerge victorious, Mayor Hancock must send one of Colorado’s signature beef stakes to the seafood-heavy city. But if the Broncos come out on top, Mayor Murray is required to ship a savory salmon fillet from the northwest to the landlocked Mile High City. Chips, anyone?
3. The Weather: Not as cold as was first speculated
Weather forecasters are natural bettors. They handicap whether or not it’s going to snow, rain, sleet, and everything else between the earth and the ether. But on Friday, the Weather Channel announced that it won’t be as cold as it was once expected. The weather over New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday will be a balmy 40-degrees with a chance of light rain or drizzle, Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s office in Upton, New York, told NJ.com.
If the weather does what it’s expected to, Super Bowl XLVIII would then be the second coldest on record, falling just behind Super Bowl VI in 1972, which was a calculated 39-degrees.
4. How many times will Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning shout ‘Omaha’ at the line?
This is a bet made for the diligent, and one that’s sprouting all over social media. Earlier this month, Manning explained at an AFC Championship game week press conference why he shouts “Omaha” before the snap: “I’ve had a lot of people ask what Omaha means. Well, Omaha, it’s a run play,” Manning said, according to USA Today.
Also, on Friday, the Omaha Nation of Nebraska invited Manning to their rez. The correct pronunciation and the definition of the word “Omaha” is explained in a letter sent to Manning by the Omaha Nation. “Omaha (actually, Umo’ho’) translates to ‘Against the Current,’” the letter said. Quite fitting, don’t you think?
5. President Obama refuses to pick a winner, but speculates the game will come down to the wire
Staying on the fence and avoiding political suicide by picking a favorite, President Barack Obama said during an interview with CNN recently that he believes it may come down to the final minutes. “I think it's going to come down to the last play and I think in the end of the day – I’m not going to pick because I don't want to offend any of the great cities participating,” he said, as reported by Yahoo Sports. I think it’s a safe bet (zing!) to assume that he’s picked a favorite anyway, of which he’s only sharing with his cabinet over wings and guacamole.
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