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Super Bowl LV celebrity, oddsmaker picks

By Dave Tuley  (VSiN.com senior reporter) 

February 6, 2021 07:03 AM
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Everyone has an opinion on the Super Bowl, and that’s even moreso here in Las Vegas.

That includes celebrities, even though many of the entertainers aren’t performing at this time while showrooms are still shut down. Or course, that also includes Las Vegas handicappers and even bookmakers, who are in the business of taking our bets but are fans themselves and willing to share their opinions.

So, here’s the Super Bowl LV picks from Sin City’s movers and shakers (we asked them for their predicted score and 1-4 sentences on the reasons for their pick).

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Las Vegas celebrities

Scott Thompson (aka Carrot Top, prop comic, longtime Las Vegas headliner): Buccaneers, 106-103

“Being from Florida, I’m going to have to root for the GOAT in Tom Brady. If it doesn’t happen once a day, it happens three times a day, people walk up to me and say, ‘Dude, you look like Tom Brady’ -- only if I’m wearing Uggs. This is going to be an offensive battle right down to the end of the game. It’s going to come down to a field goal. My word, Bucs 106, Chiefs 103.” [Editor’s note: Carrot Top obviously likes the Over! But, surprisingly, no props!]

Blue Man Group (hard to explain act!, longtime Vegas & world-wide headliners): No score given

Emailed prediction (since they don’t speak): “Prop bets are where it’s at. We’re predicting blue liquid will be poured on the winning coach. #WeArePartialToBlue” {Editor’s note: “blue” is a 7-1 to 8-1 long shot at books that offer the “Gatorade” prop]

Carolyn G. Goodman (Mayor of Las Vegas): Chiefs minus the points

“While I cheer for the Raiders first and foremost, and they are in the same division as the Chiefs, I will be backing Kansas City. I have an affinity for Patrick Mahomes and like to see him do well.”

Oscar B. Goodman (former Mayor of Las Vegas): Buccaneers on money line

“As usual, the Goodmans are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to sports. I’m for the Bucs because Brady is almost a senior citizen and hopeful that ‘the older you get the better you are.’”

Mayor Carolyn chimes back in: “It is the typical Goodman competition. We love to have a little fun during the game.”

Derek Stevens (Circa Sports owner & owner of downtown Las Vegas hotels Circa, Golden Gate and the D): Buccaneers 37, Chiefs 20

“Home team. Under-rated defense. Special teams. GOAT.”

Joe Mantegna (actor, Criminal Minds, also played sports bettor/runner in “The Runner”): Chiefs, 35-28

“Because my assistant, Dan -- who’s worked for me for 20 years -- is a HUGE Chiefs fan, so I let him call this one. P.S. I did win the Scripps Super Bowl Challenge a few years ago with the exact score.”

Clint Holmes (singer, longtime Vegas headliner): Buccaneers, 31-28

“Bucs’ defense slows Mahomes just enough. Tom Brady leads final drive tied at 28 and field goal wins the game.”

Frankie Scinta (singer, younger brother of the The Scintas headlining act): Buccaneers, 28-24

“Tampa Bay has all the tools to win the game. No one beats Tom Brady. He has got the gift.”

George Wallace (comedian): Chiefs, 35-27

“No one can beat Patrick Mahomes and I believe Tampa will miss a field goal.”

Jonathan Scott (Las Vegas host, On-Air Education): Chiefs, 34-31

“Patrick Mahomes will prevail with a better offense and will win by a field goal in the last 60 seconds.”

Other Las Vegas celebrity oddsmakers/handicappers

Jay Kornegay (Westgate SuperBook vice president): Chiefs, 30-24

“Mahomes and the Chiefs get off to another slow start but are able to make more plays in the second half. Brady throws two costly picks.”

Matt Metcalf (Circa sportsbook director): Chiefs, 7-6

“I’ve only watched five or six games this year, so hopefully this one is entertaining. That said, we will be rooting for a low-scoring games.”

Jeffrey Benson (Circa): Chiefs, 38-28

“I have had the Chiefs power-rated as the best team all year. I believe in a high-scoring game. They’ll really be able to move the ball effectively through the air, which is the Bucs’ weakness. Chiefs repeat!”

Johnny Avello (DraftKings sportsbook director): Chiefs, 30-28

“The Chiefs are like a thoroughbred that rarely gets out of the gate smoothly and then makes a move at the (Third) Quarter Pole to create added suspense. Will jockey Mahomes be able to get this mount across the finish line first? By a nose.”

Chuck Esposito (Sunset Station sportsbook director): Chiefs, 31-16

“The Bucs won’t be able to come back and make it close this time. Mahomes, Hill and Kelce are just too much for the GOAT.”

Duane Colucci (Rampart race and sportsbook manager): Buccaneers, 31-28

“I feel this is going to be a real close game. I feel Tom Brady must get off to a quick start -- and he will! An awesome receiving corps and Leonard Fournette running well sets up a close 31-28 victory at home for the Bucs despite Mahomes and Hill putting up big numbers in this classic SB that will be remembered for a long time!”

Matt Youmans (VSiN senior editor and host): Chiefs, 34-30

“A slow-starting game should turn into a shootout in the second half. When it’s time to trade big plays, bet on the young gun outshooting the old man.”

Doug Kezirian (ESPN “Daily Wager” host): Chiefs, 28-24

“If the Chiefs play remotely close to their best version, no one can hang. Tom Brady is impressive, but Patrick Mahomes makes a few more plays.”

David “ODB” Baker (SuperContest champion as ODBMG2 with Mark Gregorich, plus co-runners-up in Circa Sports Million): Buccaneers, 27-24

“The defensive line for Tampa dominates K.C. offense line, enough to make a few stops. Tampa gets it done offensively with the running game and play-action.” [Editor’s note: Baker said that Gregorich likes the Chiefs, so this probably wouldn’t have been a contest pick for them during the regular season.]

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