There are instances in which a coin toss can mean life or death.
Ever seen "No Country for Old Men"?
Or how about a real-life example? Ever heard of Tommy Allsup? He was a guitarist in Buddy Holly's band who lost a coin flip with fellow band member Ritchie Valens to see who would get the last spot on the plane destined for the next stop on their 1959 tour. Allsup lost and took the bus, while the plane carrying Holly, Valens, and two others crashed--killing all on board. That incident was referenced in Don McLean's 1971 hit "American Pie" as "the day the music died." Allsup, by the way, died two weeks ago at 85 years old.
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But on to less depressing news. The biggest single game in American sports is on the immediate horizon as Super Bowl LI will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tex. on Feb. 5. And Houston will be a country for old men, of sorts, because the New England Patriots' quarterback is 39 years old.
That's right; ageless wonder Tom Brady is back for a seventh Super Bowl, looking for his fifth championship and fourth MVP award. New England boss Bill Belichick, 64, is the oldest head coach in the AFC and second oldest in the NFL.
The Pats' opponents, the Atlanta Falcons, chose uniform colors as the designated "home" team and picked red. New England, which will wear white, has the honor of calling the coin toss as the "visiting" side.
During the Brady and Belichick era, the Patriots are 1-5 in Super Bowl coin tosses. They lost their first four before winning it in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants. Of course, things went downhill thereafter for New England. New York beat the Pats in a Super Bowl for the second time in the span of five years, winning another thriller 21-17. A Wes Welker drop proved to be decisive in that game, while David Tyree's miracle grab for the Giants helped them win Super Bowl XLII 17-14.
Under Belichick, New England is 0-1 when it wins the toss and 4-1 when it loses. Atlanta lost the toss in its only Super Bowl appearance (XXXIII) and lost the game even worse, 34-19 to Denver.
There are unlikely to be any shenanigans during this year's pregame festivities at midfield with head referee Carl Cheffers overlooking the proceedings. After all, Cheffers cannot afford to have anything go wrong because he is already under plenty of scrutiny. He was the one who called the controversial holding penalty on Kansas City Chiefs' guard Eric Fisher when Kansas City was going for a potential game-trying two-point conversion in its 18-16 divisional-round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Referee No. 51 shouldn't even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again," Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce seethed, referring to Cheffers' jersey number. "He shouldn't even be able to work at f---ing Foot Locker."
Only one team particularly likes Cheffers and that's Pittsburgh--which is not a part of this game, having gotten blown out by New England in the AFC Championship. So he will want things to get off to a smooth start with the coin toss. Expect no mis-flips or any other snafus such as in 2012, when Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin was supposed to be the honorary tosser until referee John Parry just went ahead and did it himself.
The MyBookie.ag props for the coin toss are as follows:
*Heads and tails are each -115
*Atlanta and New England are each -115 to win it
*Yes and no that the team that wins the toss wins the game are each -115
*Yes and no that Atlanta calls the toss correctly is -115
*Heads and tails to be the side called by Atlanta are each -115
Heads is the proud owner of a 5-3 lead in the last eight Super Bowls, although 5-3 is hardly a trend compared to the coin-toss dominance enjoyed by the NFC. That conference has won 17 of the last 19 tosses.During this 17-2 stretch, the NFC won an incredible 14 coin tosses in succession between 1998 and 2011. Trust the mathematicians, who are most likely smarter than anyone reading-or writing!-this article to understand that winning 14 in a row is 16,000 to 1 probability. Or more like improbability.
Overall, though, the literal flip has been a proverbial coin flip. It has
landed on tails 26 times compared to 26 for heads in 50 previous Super
Bowls. For those counting, that's as close to 50-50 as you can get without
actually 50-50. Similarly, teams that won the toss have won 24 of the 50
Super Bowls, and both heads and tails have shown up 12 times in those 24
In other words: good luck betting on this thing!
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