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Tandler and JP make 11 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Lady Gaga, extra points, lacrosse, and Trump

Tandler and JP make 11 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Lady Gaga, extra points, lacrosse, and Trump

Enjoying the Super Bowl is about much more than the game. The food, certainly, but goofy prop bets are a big part of the experience as well. With the big game set for Sunday night,​ I came up with a random list of prop bets for me and Rich Tandler to pick. Enjoy.

1) Coin toss - Heads or Tails?

  • Finlay - Always bet this, and always take tails. Tails, you see, never fails. 
  • Tandler - Always use your head. Heads 

2) Length of the National Anthem - Over/Under 2 minutes, 9 seconds

  • Finlay - My wife likes country music, and in turn, I listen to a decent amount of it. That said, I have no idea who Luke Bryan is and how long to expect him to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I do like a good sweat. I'm going under. 
  • Tandler - I'm a little familiar with Bryan. Anyone who has a CD called Tailgates and Tanlines is going to be in a hurry to get to his suite and start the party. Under. 

3) How many times will "Trump" be said on TV during broadcast? Over/Under 1.5

  • Finlay - Serious question, will Trump be at the game? Is there any way to know that? Regardless, it seems impossible to avoid the name Trump in any capacity for more than 20 minutes. Gimme the over.
  • Tandler - Trump won't be there, he's talking to Bill O'Reilly of FOX at halftime. So the promos for that alone will push this way over the mark. Sounds like whoever set this line didn't check this out. 

4) Will LeGarrette Blount score a touchdown in the first half? Yes +160, No -180

  • Finlay - I love this. Yes. A lot of times yes. 
  • Tandler - If JP likes something so much, something's wrong. I'll go with no. 

5) Total gross passing yards by Matt Ryan? Over/Under 325.5

  • Finlay - My official prediction comes out Sunday, but I think this game will be lower scoring than many expect. In fact, I think the run game leads the way for both teams. That's a long way of saying I'll take the under.
  • Tandler - I think the Falcons will either win the game through the air or Ryan will rack up some garbage time yards late in a rout. Either way, that's the over. 

​6) Will a roughing-the-passer penalty be called in the game? Yes +120, No -150

  • Finlay - I was in Vegas for the Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl a few years back, and while I made a decent chunk on the game (LOVED Seattle) I lost some cash on this dumb prop. I thought for sure the refs would protect Peyton Manning and there would be one, maybe two, roughing calls on the aggresive Seahawks D. There wasn't. Logic might point to both Tom Brady and Matt Ryan being pocket passers, and the odds of a roughing call going up. Forget logic. Out of spite, I say no.
  • Tandler - Well, Cam Newton isn't playing so the odds are much better. But the stripes tend to keep their flags in their pockets in The Big Game, as evidenced by JP's Vegas experience. I'll also say no. 

7) Odds to have the most receiving yards: Julio Jones: 2/1, Chris Hogan: 5/1, Julian Edelman: 5/1, Mohamed Sanu: 8/1, Martellus Bennett: 10/1, Taylor Gabriel: 10/1, FIELD: 14/1

  • Finlay - My guess is the Pats will look to bracket Julio with safety help over the top. And the Hogan success story seems due to slow down. I'll take Edelman, and if you want a player from each team, I would take Gabriel too. When the safeties are worried about Julio, Gabriel can get deep.
  • Tandler - I don't think they will shut down Jones regardless of what they do. In a vacuum I might go with Jones but you can't make much money betting on him at 2/1. Give me Sanu, who will benefit from extra attention given to Jones. 

8) Odds a kicker misses an extra point: 7/3

  • Finlay - This is the year. It's gonna happen. Get on the cash train.
  • Tandler - In a dome on a carpet? No. 

9) Will the word "Lacrosse" be said on TV during live broadcast? Yes 1/3, No 2/1

  • Finlay - Lock of the century. Hogan's first catch Joe Buck will be talking about Penn State lacrosse. 
  • Tandler - I'm going to try to make some money here. If Hogan has zero or one reception, like he did six times this year, his background might not get mentioned. Can't make money with the yes, I'll go no. 

10) How many times will "deflate" or "deflategate" be said on TV during live broadcast? Over/Under 1.5

  • Finlay - The NFL doesn't want this to be a story line. Sure it is a story line, and it will get mentioned, but not twice. Under. 
  • Tandler - I'll go with one actual use of "Deflategate" and another mention or two of the whole mess without using the word, like talking about Brady's suspension. So that's the under by the rules. 

11) Which song will Lady Gaga play first during the halftime show?
        "Born this Way" 9/4
        "Bad Romance" 5/2
        "Edge of Glory" 6/1
        "Poker Face" 10/1
        "Just Dance" 10/1
        "Any other song" 11/10

  • Finlay - I have no idea the answer here. I feel like Just Dance is a good way to get the crowd into the performance. To tell the truth, I only put this prop on here to see if Tandler was familiar with any of the Lady Gaga catalog. Be honest Rich. 
  • Tandler - Odds that Tandler will be able to name that tune when she is on stage--1,000 to 1. But I can do a little research. When she was on Saturday Night Live a few months ago she performed "Million Reasons." It's on the slow side so I can see the opening with everything totally dark with a spotlight on Lady Gaga and her singing that for about a minute before breaking into something like "Just Dance" as the lights come on and the show really gets started. So even though I don't like the low odds that means I'll take "Any Other Song".

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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