Ash: Odds are the Cardinals won't win Super Bowl XLVI
Published: February 08, 2011 @ 8:13am
I received an email Monday from my friend who works for www.bodog.com that gave the odds on every team in the NFL and their chances of winning next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Normally this email catches my eye as I like to see what the experts think a full year away from the next big game. The usual suspects are always at the top of the list. As expected the Green Bay Packers are the odds on favorites to win it again at 7-1. The Patriots were 8-1, Steelers 10-1, San Diego 12-1 and a bunch of teams in the teens like Indy, Baltimore, Jets and Atlanta. One team that wasn't in the teens, the twenties, thirties or even the fifties was your Arizona Cardinals.
In fact the Cardinals have only three teams behind them that have worse odds to win it all. Carolina, Buffalo and Seattle are all 85-1 odds or worse and I can't really argue with those odds (although didn't the Seahawks win the NFC West this year). The Cardinals come in at 75-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVI. Really? I mean I don't have that much faith that this team has any shot at making a return trip to the promise land, but worse odds of doing so then the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions?
I have to admit it doesn't have me real pumped up about what lies ahead. The Cardinals used to always be at the bottom of this list, but that was then, that was the old Cards. This is the new Cards. You know, the ones who win and sellout and almost won the Super Bowl. They don't deserve to be a bottom feeder like the Browns do they? Thanks a lot Derek Anderson!
I will be in Vegas in March as I do every year and today I thought about what a $100 bet on the Cards to shock the world would pay out. I could be the Phil Mickelson of KTAR. I did have the Packers at the start of this year to win it all, so maybe I am the guy who could pull it off back to back style. The only thing I worry about is the look I might get when I tell the guy at the sports book "I'd like to place this Benjamin Franklin on the Cardinals to win it all!". He would probably give me a ticket with the St. Louis Cardinals winning the 2012 World Series.