Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) Prop Bet: The MVP Thank You

Leading up to the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, we'll be taking a look at Super Bowl proposition betting, or more specifically, the fun or crazy Super Bowl 46 (XLVI) prop bets that you hear so much about. That includes props on the Super Bowl coin toss, Super Bowl halftime show (Madonna), the Super Bowl National Anthem (Kelly Clarkson), the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower dump and much more. Follow along on the Super Bowl sidebar to the right and follow us on twitter @stocklemonblog!

We'd like to begin this post by thanking you, the reader, for following our 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) prop bet analysis so closely throughout this week. Now who had that we'd thank the readers first at 5/1 odds?

The silly Super Bowl props continue on even after the game, where the Gatorade Shower takes place as well as the postgame MVP press conference, where it is customary to wager on who said MVP thanks first.

Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Teammates 7/4
Coach 12/1
Family 7/1
God 4/1
Owner 4/1
Does Not Thank Anyone 11/4

The wager is on the interview done with the Super Bowl MVP on field during the Trophy Presentation only. If there are co-MVPs, the first to speak is credited with the Thank You.

This year is interesting because both Tom Brady (twice) and Eli Manning have won the award before. Quarterbacks win the award half the time anyway, so we'll focus on them.

Here's what Super Bowl XLII (42) MVP Eli Manning had to say after the Giants defeated the Patriots (roughly the 4:00 mark):

As you can see, the questions are worded in a way that doesn't led much for many thank yous. Eli mentions players who made big plays, but really doesn't thank anyone until he thanks Terry Bradshaw for giving him a new car.

Tom Brady won a pair of Super Bowl MVPs back in the early 2000s, apparently before the internet was invented, so all we can show you are some clips from recent AFC Championship games--which provide the same postgame interview setting.

Here's Brady after winning this year's game (roughly 7:30 mark):

He's faced with the question of how they got it done, which he answers by saying he sucked but "our defense saved us." Does that count as a thank you when he is simply stating a fact? The problem is that he doesn't directly thank the defense. Later, he says the fans were unbelievable, and genuinely does thank them, but he never says the words "thank you."

After the 2007 AFC Championship (roughly the 6:00 mark):

Again, he mentions teammates and some of the great plays they made, but there are no formal thank yous. The questions don't really lend to that.

Same goes for the 2004 game (roughly 6:00 mark):

Once more in the 2003 AFC championship (holy crap the Patriots have been to a lot of Super Bowls, this time at the 7:00 mark):

He says "these fans are the reason why we're dominating at home," but is that a thank you? We don't think it qualifies, according to those who score the bet.

Here he is, way back in the 2001 AFC Championship (6:00 mark):

Here, he talks about a recent injury and responds to a question about Drew Bledsoe by saying its a credit to him, and then he says there are a lot of great coaches and QBs on the team, but he never thanks anyone. (He also awkwardly shouts out to his sisters back home).

In Super Bowl 42, Eli thanks only the guy interviewing him.

In five AFC Championship interviews, Brady never once thanks anyone but the interviewee.

So unless the oddsmakers add that as an option for who the Super Bowl MVP will thank first, our bet is on Does Not Thank Anyone at 11/4 odds.