Super Bowl Mania

One of the Fort Worth Zoo's Western lowland gorillas, 37-year-old Amani, picks the Saints to win Super Bowl XLIV by selecting a paper mache football with a New Orleans logo that is filled with gorilla game day treats such as peanuts, popcorn, grapes, raisins and Great Ape biscuits.

Ah, the big game has finally arrived, and although out beloved New England Patriots aren’t in it this year, the Super Bowl promises to be an entertaining one. From the chicken wings and beers to funny commercials and the actual game, the Super Bowl is a holiday and one of the best days of the year.

It’s also a day to make some cold, hard cash. There are plenty of ways to make some lettuce on Super Bowl Sunday, and not just taking New Orleans plus six (easy cash). Bodog, an online gambling site with everything from poker to sports betting, has some interesting prop bets out there for Sunday’s game. Here are just a few of the interesting ones. Check out Bodog’s game page for all of them.

Colts’  MVP Odds: Reggie Wayne (10-1), Dallas Clark (12-1): Manning’s two favorite targets can both easily win the Super Bowl MVP award. Peyton Manning (2-3) is a safer bet, although you win only two bucks for every three you risk.

Saints’ MVP Odds: Pierre Thomas (10-1), Reggie Bush (10-1): The Reggie Bush play is a nice one. He busts big plays, and is a punt return and a screen pass away from taking home $10 bucks for every dollar you bet. Not bad odds, better than Drew Brees’ (9-4).

Passing yards Over/Under: Both Manning and Brees have their over-unders at 300½. Many people think of this as a high-scoring affair, so both going over is probably going to happen.

Who will have more receptions in the game: Devery Henderson (+1½) or Marques Colston: Take Colston, he is Brees’ No. 1 threat and the 1½ is a joke.

Over/Under Rushing Yards on First Attempt: Both Reggie Bush and Joseph Addai have the over-under at 3½. Both could easily get it done.

Still not satisfied? Bodog has money lines on pretty much every aspect of the game, from the coin toss to historical matchups (like will Drew Brees pass for more yards than John Elway did in Super Bowl XXI).

Want to get a little crazy with your bets? Vegas Watch has some of the more absurd lines on the big game. Check it out for everyone from What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach? to Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first?

Looking for a little more inside info on the big game on Sunday? New Bedford football guru Jonathan Comey will be blogging live from the Super Bowl. He’s the sports editor at The Standard-Times, and although he doesn’t work for a mega media outlet, he’s a better writer and knows more about football than most of those national dudes.

Anyway, how do members of Decent Community see the big game shaping out on Sunday?

Stan (Saints 3, Colts 2): “Blame it on the Rain…YEAH YEAH”

Pino (Saints 31, Colts 24): “The spirits of Katrina will arise from the bayou and the Saints will come marching home with a Super Bowl win.”

Comber (Saints 31 Colts 20): “Where’s DOSS!? Too much Brees for Colts gay defense. Go SAINTS”

Houser (Saints 31, Colts 24): “Saints go marching on …”

Gagliaduchi (Saints 28, Colts 24): “Who dat?!!”

Noozle (Saints 34, Colts 28): “Reggie Bush Superbowl MVP with 200+ all purpose yds, a receiving and rushing touchdown.  After receiving superbowl MVP trophy Bush is caught boning his lady in the locker room.  Monday morning TMZ is all over this and there is a viral video spreading through the interweb.  Kardashian is looking great in it.”

Uncle Jesse (Colts 34, Saints 31): “Too much time for Manning to prepare for this one. Should be a shoot out but the Colts hold on by a field goal.”

Biltvoncliffe (Saints 41, Colts 28): “Everyone comes out guns blazin’.  I hear big Dwight hurt his ankle though.  This gives The Saints the edge.”

Yim (Saints 28, Colts 20): “I do not think it will be a shoot-out. I think the defenses will play well.”

Fugaze (Colts 42, Saints 38): Sit back and enjoy one hell of a show.

Helmet Head: “I want the Saints but think the Colts will win. I can’t be certain at this point. The Colts will most likely score 27 points (3 TDs and 2 FGs) and I predict the Saints to score a little less.  Probably 21 (3 TDs)… Maybe even 17 (2 TDs and a FG).  I found this picture of Peyton Manning on some fat chicks blog.  It grosses me out.  It grossed me out even more when i actually right clicked and pasted it here.”

Tubesteak (Colts 34, Saints 20): “If winning the Super Bowl meant winning gift certificates to Urban Outfitters, I think the Saints find a way to pull this out. But they’re playing for some stupid trophy, so I’m thinking the Colts win this shit fairly comfortably.”

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