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Christina Aguilera Sparks Anthem-related Prop Bet Debacle

Betting profits are down for Super Bowl XLV, which is sad we suppose until you remember that the casinos still made almost $1 million in less than three hours. So whatever, non-story. Let’s talk about something more interesting: Prop bets.

Christina Aguilera‘s national anthem flub is causing more trouble than her simply being called an “anti-American slut.” One popular prop bet is the length of the anthem. Bodog.com had the over/under at 1:54 and timed the singer’s version at 1:53.7. However, because of the singer’s mistake, Sportsbook.com is paying off both sides.

“It was a controversial performance with bettors,” SportsInteraction.com betting analyst Al Dannity told the website in what has to be the most ridiculous quote of the year. “Aguilera came in narrowly under, but it’s hard to tell what impact her error had. Had she remembered the lyrics, then she would probably have been more composed and finished faster. Those betting the over (might not) see it that way and I doubt they will be buying any of her records for some time.”

So there. Now what about those other Aguilera-related prop bets? Read more

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Visa Commercial Star Unable To Attend Super Bowl

DALLAS – After months of hearing about the “Never Missed A Super Bowl Club,” the streak is coming to an end.

Robert Cook of Brown Deer, Wis., one of the four men featured in the Visa commercial, is hospitalized and has sent his two daughters to Arlington, Texas, instead. They have enlarged a photo of their dad and attached it to a stick so they could hold it up at the game.

(Personally, I would hate to sit behind those two at the game.)

The 79-year-old was prepared to leave on Thursday but became weak and ended up in the hospital. Cook had attended every Super Bowl since 1967.

Akron Does College Soccer Right, On and Off the Field

Caleb Porter is creating a college soccer dynasty at Akron. His Zips have contested the last two College Cups – winning the 2010 edition – and have sent 11 players to Major League Soccer in the past two years. The ’10 squad might go down as the best in the history of the game.

But Porter’s team has some even more impressive statistics off the field.

“In 2009-10 they posted a team GPA of 3.33, eighth best in the country, and the semester the Zips won the 2010 College Cup they posted a 3.51 team GPA,” Jeremiah Oshan writes on Sports Nation. “In Porter’s five years at Akron, seven Zips have been named Academic All-America and 16 have been named Academic All-Conference.”

And the students aren’t getting by with easy majors, either. Kofi Sarkodie, the No. 7 pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, was ESPN’s Academic All-American of the Year and earned a 3.96 GPA while majoring in biology. Perry Kitchen, the No. 3 pick, led the seven drafted players with a 3.945 GPA in his only year in college. Ben Zemanski, who was drafted last year, came away with a degree in mechanical engineering.

As we watch the chaos of National Signing Day, it’s refreshing to see some college sports programs are still about sports and school.

’60 Minutes’ #3 Show for the Week

Thanks to a huge football lead-in — in fact the highest rated broadcast of the NFL season, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the third most-watched primetime show on TV last week.

17.59 million viewers watched a weepy Rep. John Boehner interviewed by Lesley Stahl; Steve Kroft‘s report on emerging economic powerhouse Brazil and Scott Pelley‘s profile of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones which led nicely into NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cowboys and Eagles — a ratings juggernaut in its own right.

Compared to the same night last year, “60″ was up +6% in households, +9% in A25-54 viewers and +8% in the A18-49 demo.

Les Moonves Holds Court at CBS Holiday Bash

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves — sans wife Julie Chen who is fully ensconced in L.A. for her ensemble daytime show, “The Talk” — celebrated with his CBS minions, and the press who cover them, at CBS’ Black Rock headquarters last night.

CBS' annual airing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" drew 12.2 million viewers Nov. 30.

Several stars of CBS primetime shows were there, including Tom Selleck who stars in “Blue Bloods,” and Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry of “The Good Wife.” And while Moonves can tout having the most-watched TV network, the stars of his struggling news division also worked the room — including the new front four of “The Early Show:” Erica Hill, Chris WraggeJeff Glor and Marysol Castro. The team will be hitting the road next week, making stops at several CBS affiliates where the #3-in-the-ratings show performs relatively well. (Our sister blog TVSpy reports Wragge’s last day on WCBS is today.)

We talked with show EP David Friedman and CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus who both expressed their confidence in the team. “It’ll take some time,” said McManus, “but this is a good group. I’m excited.”

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MLB Announces 2010 Ford C. Frick Award Winner

Dave Van Horne spent more than 30 years calling Montreal Expos games. It was worth the effort.

On Wednesday, the current voice of the Florida Marlins won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

“This is the highest award a baseball broadcaster can receive. I am obviously thrilled, humbled and very excited. It is the professional highlight of my career,” he told media during a conference call announcing the news. “I am humbled to be among those people that are previous winners of this award. This was a very overwhelming and emotional day.”

Van Horne was up for the award in 2009 as well. At the time, his radio broadcast booth partner Glenn Geffner said some nice things about the announcer:

“He’s a pros pro. You look at even after 40 years, the way he prepares for every broadcast. That’s one of the things that has amazed me, working with him for the first time, to see how much time and effort he puts into every individual broadcast.”

If nothing else, Van Horne looks like a very, very nice person.

Despite Blowout, SNF Scores 12.4 Overnight Rating

Based on the ratings from Sunday Night Football, folks still love the Dallas Cowboys or are tuning in to watch a train wreck.

Last night’s Green Bay-Dallas game earned a 12.4 overnight rating and 19 share, making it the top program on Sunday night for the ninth straight week.

The SNF overnight rating is up five percent from last week’s game between Pittsburgh and New Orleans, which went head-to-head with the World Series.

Locally, Milwaukee led the top metered markets with a 45.8 rating and 62 share followed by Dallas with a 27.8/41.