“Now wash out your ears with this.“- Paul Harvey
I probed a family member in Las Vegas earlier in the week what the Super Bowl Odds were at various sports betting facilities, as I do every year. This year it happened to be my older nephew, the former drummer for the Iconic band DangerRuss. This lucky nephew was taken by (stealing shamelessly from Pheobe on Friends) my BFF and yours truly to see the late Neil Peart of RUSH when he was barely a teenager, being seated in the VIP section at Darien Lake Amphitheatre. He was not even close to the youngest of our Wolf Pack as my friend was chaperoning his five-year-old son, who had seen more concerts before hitting double digits than many adults see in a lifetime. (not I, but who?) My nephew has witnessed his favorite drummer and band in person on multiple occasions, that being Travis Barker of Blink-182.
The Super Bowl odds are interesting when your team is forecasted to win double-digit games or potentially victories you can count on one hand. No thumbs. Just saying. It remains a talking point even though anyone with the internet on this third-rock-from-the-sun can check this information and even place a bet if so desired. I prefer to speak to my nephew, a retired Navy Veteran and current Restaurant Manager/Food and Beverage Guru in that oh-so-famous City of Sin. Similar to placing a bet for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs as opposed to the local OTB. Make sense? Kinda Sorta?? I digress…
“The odds are stacked against you until you realize: You make the odds.” — Tehya Sky
I was informed the odds at the popular places to bet on an appearance/victory in the big game varied from +7000, +7500, +8000, +8000, and +10,000. I requested that my nephew repeat these numbers back to me because they did not sound accurate.
These numbers certainly did not reflect those of the team that won their division last year. The Bills were victorious in two playoff games. They played in the AFC Championship game, falling one win short of going to the “Big Dance.” Our hometown team has appeared in the playoffs three out of the past four seasons since the McBeane regime took the reigns. Not too shabby after the Historical Great-Playoff-Draught earlier this century.
McBeane asked us to trust-the-process, and the vast majority of us cautiously did. The only New York State team that plays home games in Orchard Park, put up franchise record-breaking numbers on offense last season. The offense looks quite lethal in Training Camp thus far. Josh Allen is coming off a brilliant season where he was the runner-up for the league MVP. They executed with great success on all sides of the ball during the season of Pandemic restrictions with a 13-3 record.
“I actually used to be a front for the largest national sports-betting syndicate in America.” Ashton Kutcher, Delta Chi.
Stealing Shamelessly from the late and great Paul Harvey, “Hello Americans. You know what the news is — in a minute, you’re going to hear the rest of the story.”
“The ban on sports betting does exactly what prohibition did. It makes criminal rich. –James Surowiecki
AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
I basically interrogated DangerRuss asking him if those Vegas numbers were accurate. He quickly notified me that those were the Vegas Raiders Super Bowl projections.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute! ” Artie Baby Boo-Boo, The Tiny Tot of the Kilowatt, yes I am pulling out Art Wander quotes for this glitch.
PUMP THE BRAKES!! The Vegas Raiders? Wow. I never even contemplated that he was giving me his hometown Raiders statistics and not the Bills. I still delineate the Raiders in Oakland, then Los Angeles, and then Oakland.
Are all bets off or on?
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
This week, Bruce Smith has been in Orchard Park, attending team meetings and advising the young pass rushers. Tuesday found BRUUUUCEE out on the practice field, which can never be a bad thing. “From my perspective, I see a lot of great things unfolding right before our very eyes,” Smith said.
Steven Sims was inked by the Bills this week. Multiple reasons for the signing are obvious but was not projected as the wide receiver position was an area of depth throughout most of the off-season and pre-season. Mask mandates and mandatory quarantines for the unvaccinated players highlight the various reasons as well as recovering from injuries. Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders are healthy but are not expected to see much, if any, playing time against the Packers. Josh Allen is penciled in to start, but how much he will play is anyone’s guess. In a perfect scenario, one possession ending in six points would be ideal.
Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Sports radio had an interesting statistic he covered this week on Josh Allen. His first 15 passes on Tuesday were all complete in the 11 on 11 drills which is perfection if indeed that is possible. The fact that the Bills’ defensive players were getting extremely frustrated with Allen zipping the ball wherever he targeted, regardless of the intended receiver, was more than impressive to hear. That brings back memories of Dominik Hasek sending opposing players or teammates during practice to the bench, talking to the blade of their stick, shaking their heads in disbelief that he robbed them yet again. Call the Cops!