Expected to Reach $4.7 Billion
Whether you’ve taken to online gambling sites or your friendly neighborhood pub to grab a couple of spots in a block pool, Super Bowl betting will be a way of life for tens of millions this Sunday. According to the American Gaming Association, $4.7 billion will be bet on Super Bowl 51, $4.5 billion (97%) of which will include bets that are placed illegally.
Of course there are those interesting prop bets which take on many forms, some of which are in-game wagers, while others include silly things such as the first song halftime entertainer Lady Gaga will play. “Poker Face” certainly fits the theme, don’t you think?
One of the in-game props centers upon the over/under of Matt Ryan’s gross passing yards. The number is 325.5. Not 325 – 325.5. I’ll go with the over.
Some here in Baltimore are betting that Ed Reed returns to the Ravens as an assistant secondary coach, and if that was among the prop bets, I’d bet against such a return.
Ed Reed has one season under his belt as an assistant coach. John Harbaugh is a head coach who is on the hot seat and if he wants to add to his staff he would more than likely want to reach outside the organization for a more established assistant. The trouble is, more established assistants might hesitate to join Harbaugh’s staff.
And that in part might explain why the Ravens opted for internal candidates to fill the coaching vacancies of quarterbacks coach and secondary coach. Those jobs were handed to current staffers Craig Ver Steeg and Chris Hewitt, respectively.
Besides, Ed Reed might not even want to risk his NFL coaching resume with two one-and-done stints after hanging with his guy Rex Ryan for one season.
Reed very well could be a coach in Baltimore at some point in the future, but that’s unlikely to happen until the Harbaugh Era ends or Harbaugh gets an extension.
And without a playoff appearance in 2017, the odds of such an extension aren’t favorable.