The New York media had a love fest with Peyton Manning. From all their coverage of the Bronco's quarter back one would think he was being nominated for Man of the Year or a Nobel Prize.
The great sportswriter, Mike Lupica waxed poetically in a last column before the game. However, Lupica was also grounded in reality. In one sentence of his treacle laced article, he did state the Super Bowl was Manning's to win or lose. And lose he did.
The Sea Hawk defense was awesome. They proved that defense can win games. From all appearances, they not only out played the Broncos, they out planned them. They out planned Manning. That was an accomplishment itself, since Manning is said to be an obsessive planner on the verge of being annoying.
Peyton Manning's legacy was shattered by a defense that was tougher, faster, stronger, and more intelligent. Maybe he could blame governor Chris Christie for his burial in New Jersey, creating another scandal.
The best part of the event was the half time show, featuring Bruno Mars. At the half, the rest was predictable. The Sea Hawks would continue to dominate when the game resumed.
Watching the game from the amen corner at Gibsons, some patrons were leaving before half time or after the show. They wanted to get home in time to watch Downton Abbey. That says a lot about the game.
It would be interesting to know how many others switched channels or left Superbowl events early.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, 2 out of three bettors favored the Broncos. Others placed Bronco bets as high as 70%.
“The patrons went 0-2 — crappy game and lost money,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said. “It was a good day for the books.”
“I’ve never seen so much pedestrian traffic in my life,” South Point's Jimmy Vaccaro said. “Not that there were people wanting to bet a large amount of money, but it was person after person of $200, $500, $1,000 on Denver.” (Las Vegas Sun)
The official tally will not be released until later in the week, but it is expected that Las Vegas sports betting operations cleaned up and eclipsed their record breaking handle last season and record breaking profits on the 2005 Superbowl.
The proposition bet for a safety on the first play went as high as 60-1 in some betting parlors, another record. It is reported screams of agony were heard in some establishments, as they took a hit on that first play. One betting establishment reported losing $62,000.00 in the opening 12 seconds of the game. They more than made up for it at the end.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, one gambling expert claimed legal betting on the Superbowl may tally 10 billion dollars worldwide. It would be interesting to know how much the illegal betting tally was.
Legal Las Vegas sports betting has a Chicago connection. Chicagoan and racketeer, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal helped lobby the Nevada Gaming Commission and state legislature to legalize sports betting in Las Vegas while running three casinos for the Chicago Outfit.
According to the book," Casino" (Nicholas Pileggi), when the legislation passed, Rosenthal created the most lavish sports betting facility in Vegas at the Stardust hotel and casino.
Sam "Ace" Rothstein, the Robert DiNiro character in the movie Casino, is based on Rosenthal.
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