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Offbeat Super Bowl predictions

Here's one: The city with the lower unemployment rate usually wins -- but take note of one of the exceptions.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 3, 2012 2:07PM

This post comes from Michael Koretzky at partner site Money Talks News.

 

Money Talks News on MSN MoneySuper Bowl Sunday is less than 48 hours away, and while the final score is a subject of great debate -- and betting -- a lot of other Super Bowl numbers are already better known.

 

Last week, the National Chicken Council released its 2012 Wing Report. Among its findings:

  • Americans will eat 1.25 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is "the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving."
  • The number of Super Bowl wings consumed "laid end to end would circle the circumference of the Earth -- more than twice."

Of course, 1.25 billion is a difficult number to grasp. So consider this: The population of the United States is about 307 million. So, for the Super Bowl our great nation will consume more than four wings for every man, woman and child.

 

Favorite Super Bowl party snacks

Courtyard by Marriott commissioned a study of favorite game-day foods, maybe because the chain is pushing Super Bowl parties it's hosting in its lobbies. Whatever the reason, here are the results:

  • 61% of Americans mentioned chips and dip as a favorite food to eat on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Pizza, 55%.
  • Nachos, 41%.
  • Subs/sandwiches, 38%.
  • Barbecue (chicken, ribs, etc.), 37%.
  • Fried finger foods, 35%.
  • Burgers, 32%.

But the last line is the saddest and most telling: "28% named vegetables or other options." Post continues below.

Lower jobless rate usually wins

Want to make a bet on the Super Bowl? Pick the New England Patriots over the New York Giants. That's just a suggestion from RiseSmart, which is not a sports book but an employment agency. Still, the company has done its research.

 

"The team whose metropolitan area boasts the lower unemployment rate during the previous calendar year has won 17 of the past 20 Super Bowls -- a remarkable 85% success rate," RiseSmart reported on Tuesday. It concluded:

Based on this correlation, the New England Patriots should claim the NFL championship over the New York Giants. Through November, the 2011 unemployment rate for the Boston metropolitan area was 6.8%, compared with 8.5% for the New York metropolitan area.

So there you go. Of course, one of those three exceptions was in 2008, when the Giants upset the Patriots.

 

Make some strange bets

ESPN reports that "Super Bowl XLVI is poised to be the most bet-upon game in Super Bowl history" -- more than $10 billion could be at stake worldwide -- and lots of women will be betting for the first time.

 

That means a lot of strange "prop bets." Proposition wagering is basically betting on anything but the outcome of the game. The Las Vegas Sun mentions some of the prop bets sports books are accepting this year:

  • "Player to score first touchdown will have an odd- or even-numbered jersey?"
  • "Who will have more: Phil Mickelson 4th-round birdies or Giants punts?"
  • "Who will have more: LeBron James points, rebounds and assists or Deion Branch receiving yards?"

But let's get back to that ESPN story for a moment. Because so many women are betting this year, those prop bets are getting more interesting. Reports ESPN:

Women are especially drawn to the novelty proposition bets, which this year include options such as "What color hair will Madonna have to start her halftime show?" and "If Tom Brady's son is shown, will he be wearing a Tom Brady jersey?"

Enjoy the big game.

 

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