William Hill, the world's largest corporate bookie (I'm betting the world's largest individual bookie has a more exotic sounding name than "Bill Hill"), has already posted lines on the Super Bowl despite the uncertainty of the conference championships. They're based in England, which puts them a few time zones ahead. Anyhow, a few of the spreads surprise. San Francisco beat New England at home. Why are they underdogs in that hypothetical match-up? The plethora of gamblers in the northeast? The Patriots' experience in big games? I am similarly surprised by the Falcons entering a familiar domed stadium a pick 'em in a match-up with the Ravens, who limped into the playoffs by losing four of five. Atlanta trounced the defending Super Bowl champions late in the season. They beat Denver, Washington, and Seattle. They didn't make their easy schedule so don't blame them. Here are the early lines....
49ers vs. Patriots
Line: New England -2
Falcons vs. Patriots
Line: New England -6
Ravens vs. 49ers
Line: San Francisco -4
Ravens vs. Falcons
Line: pick 'em
In related news, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino sports book posted Super Bowl odds for next season. The Patriots, who are currently an even pick to win this season's Super Bowl, remain the leading contender for next year's championship at 6-1 odds. The 49ers and Broncos follow close behind at 8-1. If you're looking for a big risk/big return investment, go in with the Raiders or Jaguars at 150-1. Or, just take your chances on the Akron Pros.
If SB scenario #2 comes to pass, I will not only be ecstatic figuring that the Pats will be winners but I'd bet the farm on those points.
If SB scenario #2 comes to p@ss, I will not only be ecstatic figuring that the Pats will be winners but I'd bet the farm on those points.