Sunday, February 7, 2016


I am in Las Vegas for the super bowl. Las Vegas is its typically wild self with the extra dollop that today's frenzy has an extra scent.  Some people are just the regular stumbling Las Vegas sorts.  Lots of alcohol consumption; men and women letting their wild side be wild.  But others are here for what is dubbed as the "big game."  Apparently the casinos cannot advertise using the term superbowl as that is owned by the nfl.

The prices of everything here have rocketed. Gone are the days when restaurants in casinos were lures for gamblers with very inexpensive fare. Now it is an arm and a leg for everything.  When I arrived I walked into a pizza alcove for a slice. Seven dollars for nothing special.  A cup of black coffee downstairs from a starbucks wannabe was 5.  You can lose 50 bananas here having a snack.

What lured me to Las Vegas at this time was not the general wildness or foodstuffs.  After having spent so many years here during March Madness I wanted to see the fans/bettors on super bowl weekend.  I'll know later today more about behaviors, but so far it has been amusing just to see what people are betting on.

It is only one game so betting on that game would not make the day for the casinos.  All the sports books have printed out stapled sheets with all their proposition bets.  What can you bet on?

  • Who will win the coin toss?
  • Will the Panthers final total score be an even number?
  • Will the opening kickoff be a touchback?
  • Will an interception occur before a touchdown pass?
  • What will be shortest touchdown run?
  • Will there be more than three field goals in the game?
This is just a tiny sampler. There are, literally, over a hundred of these proposition bets on the sheets. You can bet on how many points will be scored in any quarter and by whom. Who will win the mvp? What player will score the last touchdown? Will there ever be a safety?  How many penalties?

It ought to be wild later hearing people screech for no apparent reason except that they have bet on the first team to sack a quarterback.  It is actually a bit overwhelming for me to consider all this, but I think it will be interesting to watch the crowd.

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