Super Bowl XLVII: Football, golf prop bets

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 1, 2013, 1:00 pm

One of the most enjoyable parts of the Super Bowl is the prop bets. Not that we condone gambling; it is illegal as far as we know, (wink-wink, nudge-nudge.) But (pretending) to bet (imaginary) money on nonsensical things is about as American as the hot women in the beer commercials you're sure to see during the game. So without further ado, here are some actual things that you can bet on, (along with their odds) in Super Bowl XLVII.

More points scored

LeBron James points, Feb. 3 vs. Toronto                               Pick (-115) 

San Francisco 49ers' total points scored Super Bowl XLVII      Pick (-115)

Historical matchup – Who will have more tackles & assists in the game?

Ray Lewis tackles and assists Super Bowl XXXV (5)       +6 (-115) 

Ray Lewis tackles and assists Super Bowl XLVII             -6 (-115)

How many times will Harbaugh be said during the game? 

Over 21½ times    (-140)   

Under 21½ times  (EVEN)


How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the national anthem?

From first note starts until she completes saying 'brave' for the first time.

Over 2 minutes 10 seconds   (EVEN)  

Under 2 minutes 10 seconds  (-140)

Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the national anthem?     

Yes (+500)

Will Beyonce be joined by Jay Z on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show?

Yes (-105) 

No  (-135)

Will any player on a Super Bowl XLVII active roster be arrested before the game?  

Yes (+500)

What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?

Yellow (7/4)

Clear/Water (19/10)

Orange (7/2)

Red (13/2)

Blue (7/1)

Green (7/1)

If Ray Lewis is interviewed on TV after the game how many times will he mention 'God/Lord'?

Over three times   (-120)

Under three times (-120)

Ray Lewis

What will be the highest tweet per second during the Super Bowl?                         

Over 17,000 (-140)

Under 17,000 (EVEN) 

Now before you rush to call your bookie because you have strong feelings about whether or not Lebron James will have a big game against the Raptors the same night as the Super Bowl, or if the fans in New Orleans might not like Alicia Keys' performance of the 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' the Grill Room Gang thought it would be fun to set odds on some prop bets for the year in golf. And while we don't run a bookmaking operation just yet, here are some things you can look forward to betting on if we get laid off and are in turn forced into the world of underground gambling.

How many times will Tiger Woods use the phrases 'part of the process' or 'stick to the game plan' in 2013?

Over 200 times       Pick (-115)

Under 200 times     Pick (-115)

How many MORE times will Phil Mickelson calls himself an 'idiot' this season?

Over 1½ times    (+175)

Under 1½ times   (-215)

Will Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy be paired in the final group in the final round of a major this year?

Yes  (+130)

No   (-160)

Tiger Woods

Number of combined wins for Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki this year?

Over six wins     (-175)

Under six wins     (EVEN)

Who will be shown more times in the gallery this season: Lindsey Vonn or Paulina Gretzky?

Lindsey Vonn      (+250)

Paulina Gretzky    (-175)

Historical matchup – Who will attend and get on camera at more sporting events?

Jungle Bird 2012 (3)       +1 (-115) 

Jungle Bird 2013             -1 (-115)

What is the next reason a PGA Tour round is canceled or postponed this season?

Rain (7/4)

Wind (19/10)

Fog (7/2)

Fire (13/2)

Earthquake (7/1)

Tsunami (7/1)

Alien invasion (500,000/1)

What happens first for Tony Romo?

Wins Super Bowl              (+250)

Qualifies for U.S. Open     (+500)

Neither                            (-220)

Will Jason Dufner crack a smile at some point during the season?

Yes (+500)

Jason Dufner

Will John Daly run out of balls and not be able to finish a round in 2013?

Yes (EVEN)

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm