Super Bowl XLVIII set with Broncos as favorite

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Two very exciting games this past Sunday, and if you were a teaser player you took down all the money no matter what side you bet.

The only loser on a teaser was the OVER on the Broncos’ game as it ended up 42 total points with the betting total at 57. Now the stage is set for Super Bowl XLVIII with Denver anywhere from a 1½ to 2½ point favorite. All I can say until next week is “come on man” or as Kenny Sheets would say, “You gotta be kidding me!”

I will delve into this game deeper next time and look at some prop bets, which have taken over most of the Super Bowl wagering over the last 10 years.

If the Broncos win or lose the Super Bowl this year there will be a lot of free agents wanting to sign with them next season. Why, you say?

Well, the state of Colorado has legalized marijuana or as we called it in my day, pot or weed. That said, where does this leave the NFL? If I’m a player in the NFL and have pain from the previous game, I will go by a dime bag and let it loose. Smoke will be flying in all directions. I can even see the TV scanning the fans with a cloud of smoke rising from the bleachers.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated recently they would need to take a look at it as the league is in favor of medical breakthroughs like pot. C’mon man, you gotta be kidding me.

This takes me back to a favorite movie of mine from 1974 called “The Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds, who is in prison. He was a former pro quarterback and the warden wanted him to put together a football team. Ray Nitschke, the legendary middle linebacker for Green Bay, was hilarious all smoked up as they were taking hits not only on the field but off of some marijuana joints. I can see it now.

Now don’t count out California as they have made medical pot legal. So look for free agents wanting to go to the 49ers, Raiders and Chargers. Some of these players may gain a lot of weight as someone told me smoking pot makes you hungry.

The hypocritical NFL says they will take a look at pot but they want nothing to do with gambling or Las Vegas. Well, Roger, if it weren’t for Las Vegas and betting on football in general the NFL would be nothing. Nada Zippo. Got that Roger the dodger!

This Wednesday there is a real good college basketball game in the Big Ten with Iowa traveling to Michigan. The Hawkeyes with all five starters back from last year will be looking for revenge as they lost to these Wolverines last year. Iowa already got revenge in Columbus as a 10 point dog, beating the Buckeyes, 84-74, on Jan. 12 and crushed Minnesota this past Sunday.

In all three of Iowa’s losses this year the games were close – Villanova by five, Iowa State by three and Wisconsin by three. Speaking about Wisconsin, Iowa not only has big time revenge against Michigan but they catch the Wolverines off a huge road win at Wisconsin, 77-70, as an 8-point dog. Revenge will be sweet for Iowa and they may even be getting a bucket.

Have a great week and don’t forget to tune in next week for my Super Bowl pick and some prop plays. Also, check the new Cubs mascot out on www.deadspin.com, especially if you are a Cubbie fan. There are a lot of you out there.

As my dad “Broadway Bennie” would say when my mom would ask him why he had to go to Waterford Park every night to play the ponies, “ I just may be walking around lucky and not even know it.”

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper.  Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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