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Which players are padding their pockets the most in Super Bowl XLII?

February 1, 2008

During Super Bowl XLII, millions of dollars will exchange hands through various wagers and prop bets, but how much money do the players have on the line? For many, their Super Bowl shares are much lower than anything they’d make during a regular season game in September, long before games start to truly matter.Last year, each player on the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts pocketed a cool $73,000. It sounds like a lot of dough for three hours work, but not when you’re making “Peyton Manning money.” Manning, Indianapolis’s starting quarterback and Super Bowl XLI Most Valuable Player, made a whopping $10,004,400 in 2006 – or about $625,000 per game.

The star’s $73k Super Bowl share is probably barely enough to cover tips he leaves at restaurants. In fact, 15 Colts made more per game during the regular season than they did in the Super Bowl. It’s even worse if you finish second. The bridesmaid Chicago Bears earned $38,000 a piece; 34 players earned less money in the biggest game of the year than any of their regular season contests.

Players are also paid for other playoff games. Last year, Wild Card winners earned $19,000 while losers picked up $17,000. In the Divisional and Conference Championship games, winners and losers were paid equally, at $19k and $37k, respectively.

Of course, the money is irrelevant if you wind up with the ultimate prize – a Super Bowl ring. Though manufacturers are reluctant to reveal costs of rings, estimates put them in the same range as a cheque from the Divisional round playoffs. The New England Patriots admitted their 2001 title rings, which were made with 14-karat white gold and had 104 diamonds each, cost more than $15,000 apiece.

The NFL pays up to $5,000 per ring for as many as 150 rings, so New England owner Bob Craft had to dig deep in his pockets to make up the difference. But does anyone doubt he wouldn’t mind doing the same thing again this year?

Super Bowl XLII Unsung Heroes

February 1, 2008

Of course, we all know who are the big names participating in Super Bowl XLII this Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium: Brady, Moss, Manning, Strahan. But there are other players in this contest that could have an even bigger impact on the game, in which New England are 12-point favorites according to BetOnline.com.

The New England Patriots’ offense comes into this game with the spotlight directly on them, as they rolled to a historic and record-setting season. A huge reason for this would be receiver Wes Welker, who came out of nowhere to lead the NFL in receptions during the regular season. Welker was arguably the most important part of the offense with his ability to convert on third down, and his knack for gaining tough yards after the catch. Welker is rated at +650 by BetOnline.com to claim the prestigious Super Bowl MVP award. The ultra-quick Welker will feast on a linebacker or safety who dares to cover him one-on-one. Kevin Faulk is another underrated player ,but he is known as one of the best receiving running backs in the NFL. He proved this during the Patriots’ win over San Diego in the AFC championship, as he is a valuable outlet to Brady when all downfield options are covered. Faulk is listed at +1200 as a Super Bowl MVP darkhorse.

The New York Giants have gotten some recent help from a pair of rookies, as running back Ahmad Bradshaw and receiver Steve Smith have stepped up their games in the postseason. Bradshaw has emerged as a good change of pace from starter Brandon Jacobs, whose physical style of running softens up the opposing defense for Bradshaw’s shifty style. Bradshaw is listed at +1400 to win the Super Bowl MVP award. Smith should receive one-on-one coverage from the Patriots, who will be looking to contain Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer on the outside. Smith has good hands, and is becoming a dependable third-down receiver. Smith is a +4000 darkhorse for the MVP award, but it will definitely be interesting to see if the glare of the biggest stage in football is enough to throw these two first-year players off their game. Smith has been involved with big games before, coming out of college powerhouse USC, but Bradshaw, a graduate of Marshall, could have the final say in the Giants’ success.

The Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Players

February 1, 2008

One of the most popular Super Bowl prop bets is predicting the game’s Most Valuable Player. The honour has been awarded 42 times (Randy White and Harvey Martin were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII, hence 42 MVPs in 41 games) – does history reveal any trends bettors can rely on when the New England Patriots and New York Giants clash Sunday?

Over the years, offensive players have been voted Super Bowl MVP an overwhelming 78 per cent of the time (33/42). Recent trends are no different, as a defensive player hasn’t picked up the award since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in 2001. Not surprisingly, a slew of offensive stalwarts are favored to win this year’s award.

The starting quarterbacks head the list, and with good reason. Of the 42 Super Bowl MVPs, half have been passers (Joe Montana won three, while Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and New England’s Tom Brady have won two apiece). No other position has won more than seven MVPs, so Brady sits atop the board for Super Bowl XLII at -250, trailed by Giants pivot Eli Manning at +500.

Running backs and wide receivers are the next most-popular MVP picks, at seven and five, respectively. Receiver has been a little more popular in recent years; two of the last four MVPs were wideouts while a running back hasn’t won in a decade, when Terrell Davis ran roughshod over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.

Based on this logic, The Pats’ high-octane offence provides the next few favorites in receivers Wes Welker (+650) and Randy Moss (+750), and running back Laurence Maroney (+750). New York wide receiver Plaxico Burress (+1100) and running backs Brandon Jacobs (+1200) and Ahmad Bradshaw (+1400) follow.

Most Valuable Player honors have been harder to come by for defensive players, meaning their odds of winning are much longer. Only eight times has the hardware been presented to a defensive back (three), defensive lineman (three) or linebacker (two), so bettors can expect a huge payout if they correctly wager on players like New England’s Asante Samuel (+2000), Rodney Harrison (+2500) or Adalius Thomas (+5000), or New York’s Michael Strahan (+3500), Gibril Wilson (+4500) or Antonio Pierce (+5000).

A tight end, offensive lineman or kicker have never been chosen MVP, but selectors proved their willingness to remain open-minded after choosing Green Bay Packer Desmond Howard, a kick-return specialist, as the best player of Super Bowl XXXI.

Either way, when New England and New York square off in Super Bowl XLII, bettors will have plenty of MVP options in their prop bets.

The Super Bowl kicks off at 6:20 ET in Glendale, Arizona