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Super Bowl: Bets are out, expect an exciting game!


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. 2.
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! 

LOCAL TIE
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 Middlebury.
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 year.
Steven Hauschka grew up in Needham, Mass. where he played on the Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team and lacrosse team.