Friday, July 25, 2014
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Some fun bets to take

LAST YEAR, we came within that late safety of going seven-for-seven. That's so unlike me, so please take it into consideration this time around. So for better or whatever, here goes. As always, may the force be with you.

Let's start with the national anthem. I don't know anything about Renee Fleming, except that she's a big-time soprano. This usually goes over, but 2 minutes, 25 seconds sounds like a lot. So I'm thinking under.

Speaking of temperature, I'll also take the over 30 degrees at kickoff, though I'd advise getting as many updates as possible before taking the plunge. Right now, the forecast calls for a high of 40 and low of 29. Since they're teeing it up at 6:30, I figure that puts the odds in my favor. Research.

How about Carmelo Anthony's points on Saturday over Petyon Manning's completions? I realize the Knicks are playing the Heat, which usually isn't a good thing. But they're at home, and Melo's averaging 27 a game. Lately it seems more like 47. If he gets in the high 20s I'll take my chances. And I'm a Peyton guy. I'm hoping that Knicks game goes quadruple overtime, at least.

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    I'm also a Tiger Woods guy. But he struggled last week in his 2014 debut. So I'll try Demaryius Thomas catches against Tiger's fourth-round birdies at the Dubai Classic. I know this one might bite me, but if Thomas can get around five, it could be interesting. And hopefully profitable.

    While I'm hardly a Bruno Mars expert, you do need something to get through halftime besides more wings. So I'll take a total stab and go with "Just The Way You Are" at 8-1 to be the first song he sings. It was his first No. 1 hit. More research.

    For something more traditional, how about either Golden Tate or Julius Thomas, both 12-1, to score the first touchdown? Hey, we had Anquan Boldin last year at 10. It happens.

    And, just because, I'll try under for longest rush by both Knowshon Moreno (14 1/2 yards) and Marshawn Lynch (20 1/2). I'll also take under for longest TD (41 1/2) and total TDs (6 1/2). I'll do the same with Percy Harvin, on both total receiving yards (45 1/2) and total receptions (4 1/2).

    See you at the cashier's window.

    MIKE KERN Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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