With the plethora of prop bets available on the Super Bowl, I have decided to dedicate a few posts to some of the angles to consider for the big game.
In today's post, I am going to look at betting on the Super Bowl M.V.P. and how those favouring the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the game could look at this market rather than the outright Super Bowl winner one.
Ben Roethlisberger has had a controversial year with allegations of sexual assault. He didn't end up criminally charged for these situations but he did end up suspended for the first month of the season (the original punishment of six weeks was changed to four after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell felt the quarterback had made good strides in changing his behaviour).
Each Super Bowl comes with a sub-plot. This year's story could very well be the rehabilitation - or lack therof - of Roethlisberger.
Just look at the angles the reporters are taking with their headlines and you can see for yourself.
A Google News search found these contrasting headlines:
The Resurection of Ben Roethlisberger
Hard To Cheer Big Ben's 'redemption'
There are many more like this out there on the Internet and on the newspaper racks.
Whichever way you look at it, the writers will be looking for their angle and I would definitely consider having a bet on Big Ben to win the M.V.P. award if you're considering the Steelers as Super Bowl winners.
After all, it's the press box that votes on the M.V.P so it will be their opportunity to write the final paragraph of the season in the tone that they want it read in.
They will have the power to redeem the hero or pour scorn upon the M.V.P.
Pittsburgh have to win first, though.
Odds are around 3/1 at most bookmakers.