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1/28/2014 10:31:00 AM
Bell: Money on Omaha

Jared Bell
NewsTribune Sports Writer

Located on the Missouri River and situated 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River, Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska with a 2010 census population of 408,958 people, which makes it the 42nd-largest city in the country.

Founded in 1854, Omaha features five Fortune 500 companies, highlighted by ConAgra Foods, and has been the home of the College World Series since 1950.
In 2009, Forbes named it as the country’s “Best Bang-For-The-Buck City” and Omaha was No. 1 on America‘s Fastest-Recovering Cities list.

Omaha can also win you money during Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII.

No really, it can.

Well, sort of.

During this year’s NFL playoffs, “Omaha” has gained notoriety as it has been used by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to alert his teammates of an impending quick snap.

It’s also one of the many proposition bets - better known as prop bets - that can be made for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII.

According to Bovada sports book, you can place a bet on how many times Peyton Manning will say “Omaha” during the game. The over-under is 27 1/2. I’ll take the over.

It’s one of many comical Super Bowl prop bets, which are odd bets that are made about different aspects of the game.

Think you know what color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach? There’s a bet for that (Orange, Yellow, Red, Blue, Green or Clear/Water). I say yellow.

Have a guess on who the Super Bowl MVP will mention first in his speech? Good, because you can come out a winner if you’re correct (His teammates, God, Fans, Other Team or Player on the Other Team, Coach, Family, Owner or doesn’t mention any of the above). I say God.

There are plenty of weather-related prop bets, such as will it snow during the game (Yes or No), what will be the temperature at kickoff (over-under 34 degrees Fahrenheit) or what will be the lowest temperature during the game (over-under 34 degrees). I will go with no for the first two but the temperature will be under 32 degrees.

There’s also FOX-related TV broadcast questions like how many times will Archie Manning be shown during the game (over-under 2 1/2) or how many times will Eli Manning be shown during the game (over-under 3 1/2)? I’ll take the under for both.

There’s also what will be said more during the game, references to Denver‘s No. 1-ranked or best offense or references to Seattle‘s No. 1-ranked or best defense as well as which coach will be mentioned first by name after kickoff (Pete Carroll or John Fox). I’ll say offense and Pete Carroll.

You can also place a bet on who will be seen first on TV after kickoff (Erin Andrews or Pam Oliver), how many times the “12th man” will be said during the game (over-under 2 1/2) and how many times the phrase “Beast Mode” — a reference to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch — will be mentioned during the game (over-under 2 1/2). I’ll take Pam Oliver and the under for both.

If none of those are your fancy, there are plenty of prop bets regarding Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who gained national fame after a postseason TV outburst with FOX reporter Erin Andrews.

You can place a bet on whether San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree —the inspiration of Sherman’s post-NFC Championship game rant —will mention Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until the final whistle (Yes-No) or whether Sherman will be interviewed on field after the game by Erin Andrews on the live FOX broadcast and shown on TV (Yes-No). I would say no to both.
If music is more your forte then you’re covered.

You can place a wager on how long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the U.S. national anthem (over 2 minutes, 30 seconds or under 2 minutes, 30 seconds), will Fleming forget or omit at least one word of the official U.S. national anthem (Yes-No) or what color of gloves will Fleming wear (black, white, red, any other color). I say under, no and black.

There’s also bets to be placed on the Super Bowl halftime show, which features Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Will Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a song on stage at the same time (Yes-No), which song will Mars perform first (Treasure, Grenade, Locked Out of Heaven, Just The Way You Are, Marry You, The Lazy Song or Gorilla), what will Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime performance (fedora, no hat, fur hat or tuque) or whether any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance (Yes-No).

Other prop bets include who will President Barack Obama pick to win the game (Seattle-Denver), will Denver running back Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the national anthem (Yes-No) and will there be a mention of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson being drafted in the MLB (Yes-No).

The Super Bowl is the highest-rated TV event of the year and is so much more than just a game.

I know for certain that I will be paying attention to more than just the game.
Got that, Omaha?

Jared Bell is a NewsTribune Sports Writer. He can be reached at 223-6938, or at Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.

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