Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 12:21 PM
IT'S SUPER BOWL WEEKEND (OF COURSE)
BUT THERE'S LOTS OF GOODIES ON THE SPORTS MENU...LAST-SECOND SUPER BOWL TRIVIA - JUST FOR YOU
Super Bowl LI is gonna be a bettor's paradise what with all the prop plays going along with the "traditional" sides/totals wagers but did you know that there's an "over/under" on just how many people will view the big game ... and the number right now is 116.5 million?
But what's been overlooked by most folks is that there's lots of other key sporting events taking place this weekend - some of the games, in fact, will take right up until kickoff and so there's plenty of NBA, college hoops and hockey that'll keep you occupied this winter weekend.
We'll have some fun with the non-Super Bowl LI menu in a moment but first this reminder ...
Jim Hurley has the Sides & Totals Winners of Super Bowl 51 when you check with us on game-day morning - and remember we've gone 7-0 against the odds in the past two post-season weekends including a 3-and-oh mark on the NFC/AFC Championship Games. Plus go ahead and continue to pile up the profits all this week/weekend with loads of NBA and NCAA Basketball winners right here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - go ahead and score big today!
Okay, so let's start off by telling you that there are a whopping 113 on-the-board college basketball games on the Saturday menu and another half-dozen college tilts on Sunday including the rescheduled-to-1 p.m. ET tilt between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at North Carolina.
The best game on the Saturday big board? We say it's the Pac-12 showdown between #5 Arizona at #13 Oregon - and the Ducks are still catching their collective breathes following that scary 71-70 non-cover win when do-it-all guy Dillon Brooks was unstoppable down the stretch.
If you're looking for a warm-up act on Sunday before Patriots-Falcons have at it, then consider the Indiana at Wisconsin clash (CBS, 1 p.m. ET) - the Badgers enter the weekend tied for first place with Maryland (both are 8-1 in Big 10 play) while it's becoming evident that Indiana (15-8, 5-5) better get hot or else they - like other Big 10 "names" Michigan and Michigan State - could wind up on the "bubble team" list in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, the pro hoopsters - two weeks out from their annual NBA All-Star Game - have a busy menu this Super Bowl weekend including the now-weekly Saturday night game on ABC ... feel like watching the up-and-down New York Knicks (22-29) host the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers (33-15)? The Cavs are only 11-10 SU (straight-up) on the road this season and that - among other things - has been bugging megastar LeBron James. Let's see how he responds ... betcha his points/rebounds/assists number in Las Vegas stands at 44-or-so. Now, that's a fun prop play.
On Super Sunday, the NBA serves up a Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics battle on ABC at 2:05 p.m. - if you haven't watched Celtics' lefty G Isaiah Thomas (29.7 ppg and a top five MVP candidate at this very moment) then tune in and give that never-ending Super Bowl pre-game show a little rest!
Hey, the hockey folks are pretty smart: The NHL has three games on the Sunday card the last one - that's the Calgary Flames at the New York Rangers (2:05 p.m. ET start) should be over well before your first batch of buffalo wings comes out of the oven!
SUPER BOWL TRIVIA
Okay, smart guys/gals ... here's five Super Bowl trivia questions, let's see how you do (the answers are at the bottom of this Jim Sez column):
1 - What team has the most Super Bowl losses?
2 - What matchup has occurred the most in Super Bowl history?
3 - Who were the three different NFC teams that beat Buffalo in those four consecutive Super Bowls (1990-93)?
4 - Who are the three NFL teams to win in their only Super Bowl appearance?
5 - And who are the three NFL teams to lose in their only Super Bowl appearance?
NOTE: We'll re-cap Super Bowl LI in our edition of Jim Sez ... now here's the Super Bowl Trivia Answers:
1 - The Denver Broncos have lost five Super Bowls (and won three)
2 - The Pittsburgh Steelers have played the Dallas Cowboys three times in Super Bowls past
3 - The three teams that beat the Buffalo Bills in the early 1990s Super Bowls were the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys (twice).
4 - The NFL's three 1-0 Super Bowl teams are New Orleans, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay
5 - The NFL's three franchises to lose in their only Super Bowl appearances are Arizona, San Diego (now Los Angeles Chargers) and Tennessee.