Rand: Super Bowl XLVII by the (different) numbers

  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 11:00 PM

We bring you a different set of numbers that live more on the fringes of the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl prelude can be described, so far, by numbers such as 7,603 (how many more career receiving yards Jerry Rice has than 49ers receiver Randy Moss, the self-declared greatest of all time), 17 (number of years in Ray Lewis' career, which is coming to a close with this game) and two (the number of Harbaugh brothers coaching). We are here, then, to bring you a different set of numbers that live more on the fringes of the Super Bowl. Here you go:

• Faith, fables and football: We read two separate studies this week that revealed some rather interesting things about football fans. As someone who is rather superstitious, this hits close to home. According to a GMR Marketing survey of 405 NFL fans, 33 percent believe "that their personal rituals and superstitions actually impact the outcome of the game," while 45 percent wear lucky clothing. Nine percent watch games from a specific seat or location, while 10 percent "appeal to a higher power, invoking prayer during games."

That last one curves right into another survey, this one conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. That group polled 1,033 random adults two weeks ago and found, among other things, that 27 percent "believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins sports events."

• Have an itch to upgrade your TV? Well, you're not alone. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, an estimated 1.7 million plasma and LCD TVs will be shipped in January. A spokesman from Best Buy says the week leading up to the Super Bowl is the second-busiest time for TV purchases in those stores and others nationwide, topped only by the period surrounding Black Friday.

• Heavy wagering action on one team can influence point spreads in Las Vegas during the days leading up to the Super Bowl. But did you know that prop bets -- you know, the silly wagers such as who is going to win the coin toss -- also face adjustments based on the betting action?

R.J. Bell of Pregame.com notes that a bet on the "Length of postgame handshake/hug between Harbaugh brothers" opened with an over-under of 6 seconds but has since shifted to over-under 7.5 seconds because a lot of bets were made on the "under." Similar adjustments have been made to betting lines regarding how many times "Harbaugh" will be said during the broadcast and the length of the National Anthem sung by Alicia Keys.

MICHAEL RAND

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Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon 5 FINAL
Toronto - WP: B. Cecil 6
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 12 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 3
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 4 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 5
San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup 7
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 6
Miami - LP: M. Latos 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 5
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 0 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 4
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0
Oakland - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 0
Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: C. Heston 4
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 3 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 6
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 1 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3
Washington 93 FINAL
Toronto 86
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Golden State 106
Milwaukee 91 FINAL
Chicago 103
Dallas 108 FINAL
Houston 118
Minnesota 1 FINAL
St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Winnipeg 1 FINAL
Anaheim 2
Houston 1 FINAL
D.C. 1
Orlando City 0 FINAL
Columbus 3
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
FC Dallas 3
Seattle 3 FINAL
Colorado 1
Vancouver FC 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 0
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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