This is among the 500 prop bets one online site has made available for Sunday’s CBS telecast of Super Bowl XLVII:
How many times will “Harbaugh” be said during the game?
The over/under is 21 ½. It seems unrealistically low.
The caveat, according to the site, www.Bovada.lv – a “Harbaugh” must come “during live pictures only,” so nothing taped. Nothing counts if it’s said at halftime. And the broadcasters “must clearly say the name.”
The book manager’s decision is said to be final.
Isn’t ultimately the final decision going to be made by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, with an assist by sideline reporters Solomon Wilcots and Steve Tasker?
CBS executive producer Harold Bryant readily admits that of the network’s 62-camera arsenal, one will be trained at all times on San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and another on Baltimore coach John Harbaugh – as well as their parents in the stands.
Don’t be bothered by the brother angle. It’s really the best one a casual fan can embrace without having any kind of betting interest in how the game plays out.
Nantz, calling his third Super Bowl for CBS (following up from 2007 and 2010) and having done three Ravens games this season (but none involving the 49ers), said of the Harbaugh exotic wager: “Seriously, I pay no attention to these things. It will never enter my mind on Sunday.”
His fear is there will be “Harbaugh fatigue” by the time the game gets underway.
“It’s a sexy storyline, an irresistible storyline and we’ll be armed with the appropriate bullet points to go with and hopefully keep it fresh,” he said.
“This is so Harbaugh-centric and I’ll read all the material we get and hopefully hear a story that people haven’t heard before about them, but we’re here to cover a game. After you put a nugget out there with a cut-away shot, the problem is the next play is ready so you don’t have time to go into long soliloquies, because the ball is snapped.”
CBS Sports chief Sean McManus has said he’s not expecting Harbaugh talk to “dominate the coverage,” but it’s a storyline that “everyone can identify with. Many of us have had sibling rivalries in our lives. But once the game starts, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of reaction shots, plenty of chances to compare them – it’s a great story, very compelling, but it’s primarily on the players.”
Simms, the Super Bowl XXI MVP and an analyst in this game for the seventh time, going back to 1996 with NBC, says that from his point of view, “when you talk about ‘em, it’s mostly about what they did with their teams to get them ready and how they manage the game, what to expect from them.”
The expectations will come in the end. That’s the shot Nantz says he can’t wait to see — the coaches’ handshake.
“That’ll be one of the greatest moments,” he said. “How much joy, how much despair? How are they going to balance that? Then, a shot of their parents.
“That’s the ultimate angle, the ultimate shot – two brothers, one a winner, one a loser when the biggest stakes are settled. Look into their eyes. What are we going to see?”
Another wager, of course. Bovada offers an over/under of how long the Harbaugh post-game meeting will last: Seven seconds.
Just long enough for Nantz and Simms to say “Harbaugh” another 21 ½ times.
You bet they won’t?
SUNDAY’S TV TIMELINES:
On KCBS Channel 2:
8-9 a.m.: “Road to the Super Bowl” special on the 2012 season
9-10 a.m.: “New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll” with Wynton Marsalis
10-11 a.m.: “Phil Simms All-Iron Team”
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: “The Super Bowl Today” pregame with James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher and Greg Gumbel, plus reporters Lesley Visser, Tracy Wolfson, Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and special analyst Clay Matthews.
Among the features:
= Brown interviews the Harbaugh brothers
= Sharpe interviews Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
= Esiason interviews Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
= Marino interviews 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
= Cowher interviews 49ers tight end Vernon Davis
= Additional features on 49ers defensive stars Aldon Smith and Justin Smith, Ravens running back Ray Rice, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, former Ravens special teams captain O.J. Brigance as he battles Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano as he battles leukemia, and on NFL player safety.
= CBS News’ Scott Pelley will interview President Barack Obama at 1:30 p.m.
3-to-3:25 p.m. : “Kickoff Show”
3:25 p.m.: Game kicks off with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
3:47 p.m.: Actual kickoff scheduled.
Other pregame shows:
= CBS Sports Net has “Super Bowl Live” from 6-8 a.m. and a “Super Bowl Today Post Game Show” from 7:30-to-8:30 p.m.
= The NFL Network’s “First on the Field” show begins at – yes – 4 a.m., followed by “NFL GameDay Morning” (6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
= ESPN “Sunday NFL Countdown” runs in its usual 7-11 a.m. spot. It has “NFL Prime Time” from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
On the radio:
= Kevin Harlan will call the game with Esiason (and sideline reporters Mark Malone and James Lofton) for Dial Global Sports, heard on KLAC-AM (570) and KTLK-AM (1150).
Alternative halftime programming:
= Lingerie Bowl VIII will take place in Las Vegas, pitting the three-time LFL champion Los Angeles Temptation against the Philadelphia Passion, with a kickoff at about 5 p.m. on the LFL’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/LingerieFootball. The women’s 7-on-7 indoor football league has announced it will be known as the Legends Football League and stop wearing lingerie when the regular season resumes in April.
== How CBS rehearses for its big day from the Hollywood Reporter
== The business of the Super Bowl, by the numbers, from Forbes
== How much is too much tongue for the CBS ad sensors, from the New York Post