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No one not from New England might like it, but the people who set the lines have the Pats favored yet again

No one not from New England might like it, but the people who set the lines have the Pats favored yet again

By Kevin Flanagan

BSD Senior Staff Writer

With the big game looming in less than a week – don’t you dare call it the Super Bowl without expressed written consent or the NFL will send the same folks who would arrest you for removing the tag from your mattress back in the day to lock you up for doing so – there are seemingly endless ways you can put a wager on Sunday night’s matchup between the upstart Los Angeles Rams and the team that won’t go away in the New England Patriots.

As it has been for some time now, those who are craving some action on what has become the most overly-hyped sporting event in human history, there is no shortage of options.

Even novice fans of the National Football League can find a line they like – the over/under on the National Anthem, the opening coin toss, etc – in order to add a little more excitement to yet another Tom Brady/Bill Belichick trip to the title game for the third time in as many years, and for the 9th time in their 18 year partnership.

And while it may rub anyone not from New England the wrong way, the most dynamic duo in sports history is once again the wiseguy’s pick to bring home their 6th Lombardi Trophy.

According to Sports Betting Dime, New England is the favorite at +130 but that could be subject to change over the few days. They have curated a list of the best sites to place sports bets at so be sure to check a few different sportsbooks before you lock in your picks for the big weekend.

While once Super Bowl Sundays wages were once confined to office pools and squares at the local pub, times have changed over the past decade or so.  Now even the most fair-weathered fan of the country’s most popular sport can find a way to spend their disposable cash on a game that once was most famous for its commercial breaks.

There is no doubt that the unprecedented run that teams based out of the Boston market have been on has tended to push the remainder of the nation’s sporting public to hope that the 1990s will soon be revisited when it comes to the Hub’s period of being selfly named “Loserville” on sports radio, it isn’t likely that the past is going once again become the present anytime soon.

So, while the rest of the country hopes and prays that TB12 and the Hooded One will expose themselves as mortals this Sunday, I recommend – if you like a little action – that you place your hard earned cash on nearly two decades of history, and hope next year will be the one when the rest of the AFC will actually have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl.

Follow on Twitter @KevinMFlanagan.  Email at kflan@bostonsportsdesk.com

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