Every once in a while in the offseason we'll take the best -- and cleverest -- odds collected by Bovada for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you'll read all week. Because if you can't lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what's the point of watching sports at all?
This week, as you should know by the copious amount of words we're writing on it, is the NFL Scouting Combine, and the fun gets started this weekend when players begin working out. And naturally, there's money to be made gambling on the future stars of the game as they work out in front of their future employers.
A sample of what's available:
Fastest 40-yard dash time
Over/Under 4.32 seconds
Since 2008, when Chris Johnson set the all-time combine record of 4.24, players have gone faster than 4.32 in 2009 (Darrius Heyward-Bey), 2010 (Jacoby Ford) and 2011 (Demarcus Van Dyke). I'd go under in 2013, as well.
Most bench-press reps
Who will record a faster 40-yard dash (odds are the same on both players)
Depends on how fast the NFL executives who want to grill Te'o about his fake dead girlfriend are chasing him.
Who will record the most bench presses
Bjoern Werner -200 (1-2)
Barkevious Mingo +150 (3-2)
If the World's Strongest Man competitions have taught me anything, it's that in feats of strength, you ALWAYS go with the guy with the Swedish-sounding name. So, Bjoern it is (and yes, I know Werner is German).
40-yard dash time -- Rich Eisen
Over/Under 6.18 seconds
Aside from Yahoo's Shutdown Corner editor Doug Farrar's attempt to run the 40 with Da'Quan Bowers as the MC a few years ago, this is our favorite media physical challenge. Eisen, the NFL Network host, went a personal-best 6.03 last year, and every year except one since 2005, he's improved his time. I don't think he'll break 6-flat, but he won't backslide all the way to 6.18. Go under.
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