Thu, Jan 30, 2014 07:16 PM
The Super Bowl is said to be the most anticipated sporting event of
the year in America. This year, competing in the 48th Super Bowl,
the Seattle Seahawks will square off against the Denver Broncos
(both with records of 13-3.) Kick off is 6:25 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb.
None anticipated the game more than gamblers, and almost everything
can be bet on in the Super Bowl - people bet on on mistakes
made in the National Anthem, whether the singer wears gloves,
various players crying during the song, and even how many times
Manning will say, "Omaha!" (have fun counting!)
But the most popular bets are always on scores. This year most
credible betting agencies have the Broncos beating the Seahawks by
3 with the over under on total points scored at 47.
Through the past 47 Super Bowls to date, favorites are 26-19-2
against the spread. In fact, underdogs have only won eight games
outright. However, three of the last four Super Bowls saw the
underdog take home the Lombardi Trophy. Furthermore, nine of the
last 12 Super Bowls have seen the underdog cover.
Some attribute the NFL's move toward parity as the reason for this
evening of the playing field.
While the Seahawks are known as a defensive team who tend to favor
the run, which lead to low scoring games, the Denver Broncos are
the exact opposite. They possess one of the most dynamic offensive
units in NFL history averaging 457.3 yards per game with a
record-breaking 606 points during the regular season.
The Broncos have only allowed 129 yards rushing all postseason, but
Seattle's run game will not be easily defeated. Analysts expect to
see lanes opening later in the game for the Seahawks.
Nearly all signs point to a close game, so grab your buddies, head
to your favorite bar and enjoy the competition!
Middlebury College alum Steven Hauschka, age 28, is now a
placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks. He was first signed by the
Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and has since played for the Baltimore
Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Denver Broncos!
Hauschka graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in
Neuroscience in 2007. He played soccer, football and LaCrosse at
He picked up football his sophomore year and in his three seasons
with the Panthers he was a two-time All-NESCAC selection as both a
kicker and punter. He holds the school's single-season and career
records for field goals.
After graduating with honors from Middlebury, Hauschka enrolled as
a graduate student at North Carolina State. Since Hauschka was cut
from the Middlebury College men's varsity soccer team during his
freshman season, he retained one year of eligibility and was
offered the kicking position for the Wolfpack. He had a great
season: a perfect 25 for 25 on extra points and 16 for 18 on field
goals. Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings the following
Steven Hauschka grew up in Needham, Mass. where he played on the
Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team and lacrosse