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Many betting propositions to ponder on Super Bowl Sunday

New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) smiles as he listens to a reporter's question during a media availability at the team's hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz.
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) smiles as he listens to a reporter's question during a media availability at the team's hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. AP

Is $25 per square too rich for your blood? Has the 12-point spread got you worried that a late touchdown could ruin your payday?

Or is it, since the New England Patriots are going to steamroll the New York Giants on Sunday, you need a way to stay interested while waiting for the next Super Bowl commercial?

The solution is to make a couple of proposition bets -- fun wagers that can be made before or during the game, between two people or a whole crowd of partiers.

The casinos don't hype proposition bets much, because the volume of money wagered is quite small compared to the the cash being bet on the point spread.

They're a lot more fun, though.

We all know Patriots guard Logan Mankins played at Mariposa High. But did you know you could bet on whether he'll be the first offensive lineman called for holding?

Bet $1 and you get $8 back.

Prefer numbers to names?

You can bet the first touchdown is scored by a player wearing an even-numbered jersey, getting back $2.50 on your $1 bet; or an odd-number, getting back $1.33.

If you like Benjamin Watson (No. 84) or Jabbar Gaffney (No. 10), or even Ahmad Bradshaw No. 44), this might be a good bet to make.

Perhaps that's too obscure?

How about the MVP: Bet $1 on Tom Brady and you get only $1.50 back, but bet $1 on Randy Moss and you'll receive $6 back.

The point is, proposition bets are all about having fun and giving people a reason to care about a game that often turns out to be quite pedestrian by halftime.

So when your friends start arriving for Sunday's game, have a list of proposition bets ready for them. Make one-on-one wagers -- heck, who can't afford to drop $10 or so during the game -- or create a pool of five or six folks with winners splitting the cash.

It's not winning the money that's important, anyway, it's being able to brag you won the bet.

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