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Seeing that Brett Favre filed his retirement papers with the NFL in mid-January and is, God willing, out of the league forever, what's really the point of mentioning his name at all? It's not about the woeful, injury-plagued 6-10 Vikings season or his genitalia texting scandal as a player for the Jets or the one-too-many errant passes thrown in Wrangler commercials, it's about the strange and entertaining world of Super Bowl prop bets, and Favre happens to be the subject of my prop bet lock of the game.
The over/under is currently at two-and-a-half for how many times Fox will say "Brett Favre" during its broadcast of the Super Bowl in Dallas on Sunday. So much of this game is about Aaron Rodgers vs. the legacy of Brett Favre and whether or not Ted Thompson's decision to jettison Favre was the right one, I'd probably take the "over" if it was at five. The curmudgeonly Joe Buck will be gnawing at the bit to talk about Favre if the wunderkind Rodgers falters, and Troy Aikman will be complacently agreeing with him all the way, like the loyal sidekick he is. Easy money, right?
Other bizarre prop bets include:
Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat while singing the national anthem?
How long will Christina Aguilera hold the note "brave" at the end of the national anthem?
What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?
Will Fergie be dressed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader at any point during the halftime show?
Will a Steelers player do the Aaron Rodgers championship belt celebration during the game?
Who will the Fox announcers say has better hair on TV during the game, Troy Polamalu or Clay Matthews?
Damn, I love the Super Bowl.