Odds are a funny thing.
Like with the whole Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, featured as “breaking news” on nightly newscasts across the country with anchors and cameramen alike holding up their “lucky” tickets despite the 176 million-to-1 odds.
Those same news crews were more likely to get struck by lightning (280,000-to-1), or even attacked by a shark (11.5 million-to-1) before winning the lottery. Heck, they probably have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl next year.
A better chance than the New York Giants even.
I mean, after winning the Super Bowl earlier this year, you’d think the New York Giants would be among the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year.
According to the latest odds released by MGM Resorts International and broadcast by ESPN on Friday night, the Green Bay Packers are the favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy at 5-1. Other teams of note, according to ESPN’s infographic, were: New England (6-1), New Orleans (6-1), San Francisco (8-1), Baltimore (8-1), Houston (8-1), Philadelphia (10-1) and Denver (10-1).
The Broncos are more likely to win the Super Bowl than the team that just won it? Just because of Peyton Manning? The broken down of the two Mannings, who hasn’t played in a year, but is really worth the Broncos jumping from 75-1 to 10-1 with one signing?
Did you see the receiving corps Tim Tebow had last year? That offense didn’t even have a legit Pro Bowler on it. (This is why I prefer to just play poker online, rather than gamble my money away on football games.)
And how about ESPN, totally leaving the champions off their infographic, which left you wondering where the Giants actually are in the futures betting scenario?
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Well, according to Bovada.lv, one of the few sites that’s published any numbers online, the Giants are the ninth best team heading into the 2012 season, standing at 16-1 odds to win it all. Here are the rest of the odds, which alter a bit from the MGM lines reported by ESPN:
2013 Super Bowl Odds(Bovada.lv)
Top 10 Picks (current odds as of 3/19) vs. (odds from 2/6)
Green Bay Packers 13/2 6/1
New England Patriots 15/2 7/1
New Orleans Saints 10/1 8/1
Denver Broncos 12/1 50/1
Houston Texans 12/1 12/1
San Francisco 49ers 14/1 18/1
Baltimore Ravens 15/1 14/1
Philadelphia Eagles 15/1 12/1
New York Giants 16/1 15/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 18/1 12/1