That is Super Bowl 107 for any who did not experience the benefit of classical education that included Roman numerals and instruction in the use of an abacus.

There was once a commentator who ranked the AFL Grand Finals with a set of criteria, the most memorable of which seemed to be that no Grand Final was any good if Collingwood were in it.

American gridiron fans must feel something akin to that sensation, not that anyone dislikes the Los Angeles Rams, per se, but the manner by which they got into the world’s largest one-day betting affair has left a bad taste that no amount of corporately supported fermented swill with fewer calories and less taste will erase.

It is clear that the league instructs its officials to swallow their whistles and keep those flags packed during the playoffs, regardless of how vehemently the league denies it.

In fact, that level of vehemence may be the perfect clue.

The outcome is that the game that is supposed to be the battle for supremacy between the two best teams in the NFL has turned into what seems to be the rough equivalent of the Pro Bowl.

Go ahead and have a punt if you want. One bookie website we visited gives the favourite as the New England Patriots, $1.74 to $2.10 in the head-to-head market. The spread is a measly two points, less than a field goal, but equivalent to the rare safety.

This market is a bookie’s dream. It is almost certain that this will be a one-point game. Some of the prop markets are interesting, especially those dealing with each to the teams’ total points total. The quarter and half markets hold some appeal, so long as your desire is to figure new and creative ways to lose money.

The number of markets shows that the bookies have creative ways to pick pockets, but we failed to find a market on the prop that Maroon 5 will lip-sync. That’s a bet even we could win.

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