By Ed Meyer
How should you bet Super Bowl LIII?
This will be a new Browns Maven feature on the multi-billion-dollar football betting industry, and there’s no better place to start it than the biggest game of the year.
First, some perspective on how much money we bet on the NFL.
According to the latest figures from a 2018 Yahoo Finance estimate on Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 as Nick Foles won the Most Valuable Player award, Americans were expected to lay down the tidy sum of $4.7 billion -- 97 percent of that record total bet illegally.
Super Bowl LIII week, according to a story published Thursday in Long Island’s Newsday, has been unlike any before it since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to legalized gambling last May, giving states the right to do as they wish.
When the numbers finally come in this year, the Newsday story says Supe LIII will become “a milestone in the evolution of American sports betting.”
Since I’ve never claimed to be an expert on NFL predictions, I thought I would start this feature by picking the brain of my go-to guy when it comes to sports betting – Gregor the Greek.
Among my friends and confidants, he knows more about football betting than anybody I know.
All I can tell you for now is that Gregor is a real guy, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with sports in his blood. We chose that name, admittedly, from the most famous sports-betting reconteur in history, the late James George Snyder Jr., otherwise known as Jimmy The Greek of CBS-TV sports fame.
So now I present, for the first time, Gregor the Greek’s view on Rams-Patriots in Super Bowl LIII: