With contributions by Bryan Sclar and Karl Leslie
Number of Angry Comments on the Fox News about J-Lo and Shakira singing something in Spanish: 10,000.5
Number of times the camera cuts to Jimmy G. just because he is smiling: 5.5
Number of commercials repeating nonsensical phrases over and over: 4.5
Number of times Fox tries to call playing with toys art: 6.5
Fox’s new series, Lego Masters, debuts the Wednesday after the Super Bowl. By golly, the folks at Fox are going to try to make the beer-swilling, super-extended cab truck driving audiences say, “hey, let’s watch nerds make stuff that already exists out of novelty bricks.”
Number of times Seattle uses psychic powers to summon a giant octopus on the field: 6.5
Seattle just announced the name of their new NHL pro hockey team: The Kraken. It would be a great promotion for them to get a bunch of psychics and summon some interdimensional 8-legged cephalopod onto the field during the Super Bowl, Watchmen style. 6.5 may seem a little high, but advertisers say you have to show an ad seven times before people remember it.
Number of minutes into the pregame coverage when Tom Brady is mentioned: 15.5
I get that announcers have to fill time, but let us just enjoy that the Patriots aren’t in the Big Game for 15 minutes. If they talk about TB12 in the first quarter-hour that’s just unfair and I will angrily mute my TV. That’ll show ’em
Will a black cat run loose on the field?
In a November game between the Giants and the Cowboys, a black cat got loose onto the field.
Neither of those teams ended up making the playoffs. Coincidence? Maybe, but if I was shelling out thousands of dollars to watch my team live in the Super Bowl, I’d make sure to smuggle in a black cat just in case that’s what swings it. There will be tens of thousands of fans there, at least a few dozen could have this idea.
Will Tyrann Mathieu tap his head while staring down the 49ers sideline?
The honey badger is found in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. The Honey Badger has been found in Arizona, Houston, and now Kansas City. That’s the only metaphor I could really come up with, sorry. Mathieu is known for making a big play, then staring at the opposing sideline while tapping his head like all “think more.” Is he gonna tap his head or not? I don’t really care which is why I need to place a bet on it to make it interesting.
We’d love it if any of the above prop bets surfaced on betting sites. Heck, Bovada lets you bet on whether Patrick Mahomes rushes for more yards than the points in the Super Bowl than winning team scores in something called the “Fortnite Streamer Bowl.” It’s only a matter of time before they let us bet on everything we’ve listed. Until then, we’ve got a spreadsheet and we are NOT letting you into our Super Bowl Party until you throw a few bucks on which party-goer is gonna barf first.
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