There are odds on nearly every conceivable event surrounding each Super Bowl. Just a casual Internet stroll using the Google machine reveals in-depth historical betting analysis on the coin toss, and the result of each toss dating back to the very first Super Bowl. Yes, that’s a thing, and for the record, that fluttering piece of silver has come up heads during four of the past five games. If you’re thinking tails now, there’s a gambler’s fallacy for that.
This is how the spiral begins. First you’re just perusing casual, normal Super Bowl reading and consuming your 19th Harbowl document of the day, and then you’re critically analyzing what the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach will be. After much scrutiny, it’s been determined that red, green, and blue are sucker bets.
The more conventional props are widely available too, and one very traditional and highly wagered upon one is the Super Bowl MVP. Fun fact: it’s possible to wager a significant amount of money on David Akers if you think he’ll be the winner of that prestigious honor. Seriously.
Presumably, the fine degenerates at Bovada are aiming to cover all of the bases with the names and odds available on their Super Bowl MVP list. Actually, it seems they desire to create entirely new bases.
If both kickers are on this list along with a backup quarterback (Smith), two second-string running backs (LaMichael James and Bernard Pierce), and Ted Ginn Jr. (a kick returner who hasn’t returned a kick/punt for a touchdown this year, and he’s averaging 10.2 yards per punt return), then we can only assume Bovada anticipates that someone, somewhere will bet on said players. And that’s fantastic.
For the record, over 46 Super Bowls a quarterback has been named the MVP 25 times, and a running back has taken home the award seven times. A non-offensive player has won only nine times, including one special teamer (Desmond Howard in 1997).
I’m not a wagering man, but I think the money you spend on that Akers or Justin Tucker bet is cash well spent. Think about it: if either of them do enough to be named MVP by converting like five 50-yard field goals, you’ll forever be known as the dude who was loony enough to dedicate any monetary funds whatsoever to a kicker.
Hey, they’re people too.