As noted in our Super Bowl Pick'em last year, it would seem just about every year the big game seems to break all the records it set the year prior. In 2013, a record $99 million was bet on Super Bowl XLVII in Nevada, which only included what was wagered on the books legally.
Unsurprisingly, when all that money changes hands in Sin City, the real winner is the house. The New York Times wrote last year, the house has carried an average win margin of $5.5 million over the last 10 Super Bowls and won 21 of the last 23 outright.
Bettors were not deterred by the news. In the following calendar year, according to ESPN.com, they gambled yet another all-time record-breaking amount of money, $3.9 billion across all sports... which, of course, meant they also lost a record-breaking amount of money.
So I say again: Stop donating your money to Vegas. Get in on the action right here, for entertainment purposes only, of course.
Leave your predictions for the following in the comments:
- Which team will win?
- What is the final score?
- Which player will be awarded MVP?
- Tiebreaker: How many times will "deflated" Balls be said during the game?
Super Bowl XLVIII: Congrats to last year's winner, Red-Right-88, for correctly picking the Seattle Seahawks and was the closest to the final score, predicting 31-13. No one correctly picked Malcolm Smith as the MVP.
Super Bowl XLVII: Alirenee, for correctly picking the Baltimore Ravens, MVP Joe Flacco, and was only off by four points with a predicted final score of 31-30.
Super Bowl XLVI: Brownie's Year, for correctly picking the New York Giants, MVP Eli Manning, and was only off by one point with a predicted final score of 20-17.