Everybody loves a winner.
Going off that premise, we decided to take a look at whether or not the Georgia Bulldogs national title has affected any of the betting action on the political boards for the Peach State.
And amazingly, they have!
Well, kind of.
This year, former Bulldogs legend and college football hall of famer Herschel Walker is running for Senate. The Republican candidate is taking on Democrat Raphael Warnock, who “won” the state’s 2020 special election in a runoff on January 5, 2021.
Warnock’s seat is considered vulnerable, and Walker is favored to win it, as you can see below (via BetOnline AG).
Disclaimer: To be clear, you can’t expect this to be a common occurrence. But for 2022, there’s a unique confluence of circumstances that led to this line of thinking – for us and election bettors alike.
Herschel Walker To Win 2022 Georgia Senate Race?
- Yes -165 (-165)
- No +125 (+125)
Interestingly, Walker’s odds here actually didn’t improve as a result of the Bulldogs championship. He’s been favored at -165 for the last month or so.
Additionally, since this line hasn’t budged yet, when it does move, it probably won’t be a result of the CFP’s outcome.
That said, the other set of Herschel Walker odds are more interesting:
2022 Georgia Governor Race – Republican Primary Winner
- David Perdue -130 (-190)
- Brian Kemp -110 (+155)
- Vernon Jones +1200 (+1200)
- Doug Collins +8000 (+7500)
- Herschel Walker +8000 (+10000)
- Ames Barnett +10000 (+10000)
- Kandiss Taylor +10000 (+10000)
- Kelly Loeffler +10000 (+10000)
- Marjorie Taylor Greene +10000 (+10000)
Here, in a race for which he hasn’t even declared, Walker’s odds have separated themselves from the bottom of the barrel and are now firmly in the middle of the pack.
To be clear, there’s virtually no chance that Walker will be elected GA Governor, as candidates can’t run for multiple elected offices during the same election cycles.
However, this just goes to show that something as (formerly) non-political as sports can have a significant impact on someone’s political chances.
The power of celebrity and of association should never be overlooked.
Aside from that, most of the lines at BetOnline – which we covered in our latest roundup here – haven’t changed too much, and there are no new election odds on the boards.
At Bovada Sportsbook, on the other hand, there’s finally something to talk about.
While Bovada doesn’t have much in the way of explicit political odds posted at the moment, the sportsbook does have a large selection of entertainment odds and current event odds.
And, as you might expect, many of these have enough political overlap to be included here. Politics is the main driving force behind current events, after all.
The following lines are just a few of the relevant props you’ll find at Bovada. And while they aren’t political props per se, they’re close enough for us.
States To Legalize Psilocybin For Medical Or Recreational Use During 2022
- Under 1.5-350
- Over 1.5+225
“Shrooms” are currently legal in just one state (Oregon), so this line is basically asking whether or not at least two other states will decriminalize the drug during 2022.
The answer is almost certainly “no,” so we’d advise taking the under.
These morons can’t even get their ish together about pot.
Most Expensive NFT Sold At Auction In 2022
- Under $69.3 Million USD -350
- Over $69.3 Million USD +225
You might be wondering why we’re including crypto betting lines in this political odds roundup.
Well, outside of Bidenflation™ laying waste to the American economy, the crypto market is the biggest socioeconomic “concern” for nations worldwide.
Crypto is heavily political, and the NFT market – most recently on the heels of some high-profile “Ape” thefts (LOL) – is courting SEC and IRS regulation like never before.
The more attention that’s brought to bear on the bulls, the more likely those bulls are to be “reigned in” by greedy old Uncle Sam.
Most Expensive NFT Sold At Auction In 2022 Created By Beeple
- Under $69.3 Million USD -400
- Over $69.3 Million USD +250
Ditto, but with Beeple.
Will Bitcoin Reach $100,000 USD In 2022?
- No -260
- Yes +175
The hodler in us hopes so, but the decentralization advocate in us hopes not.
Also, probably not.
Will Eleven Madison Park Menu Be Vegan For All Of 2022?
- Yes -300
- No +200
Unlikely. Vegans only think they wield political clout.
Will Elon Musk apologize to China in 2022?
- No -620
- Yes +360
Not a chance. Elon Musk has never apologized for anything in his life.
If you can get away with defrauding investors of over a trillion dollars selling impossible nonsense as established scientific and industrial fact, you can probably get away with a couple of Chinese space station satellite flybys.
Will The Next James Bond Actor Be Female?
- No -5000
- Yes +1000
This applies to any actor that takes the role of “007,” not necessarily “James Bond.”
The producers of the movie series have long floated this idea, but various recent box office bombs might have them rethinking the idea.
We’d take the “no,” but the payout makes it hardly worth our while. Hard pass. Here and at the theaters.
Australia To Fully Boycott The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games
- No -3500
- Yes +900
Almost certainly not. But honestly, we’re just glad we don’t live in Australia.
Brazil To Fully Boycott The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games
- No -5000
- Yes +1000
Why should they?
2022 Joe Biden Presidential Mental Fitness Test Update
Will Joe Biden complete his full first term?
- Yes -220 (-220)
- No +155 (+155)
We can only hope not.
Joe Biden Exit Date
- 2025 -140 (-140)
- Not Before 2026 +335 (+335)
- 2022 +400 (+400)
- 2023 +550 (+550)
- 2024 +1400 (+1400)
If we had to pick just one, 2023 is our guess. Still, we continue to like even money on both 2023 and 2022.
Will Joe Biden be impeached and removed from office?
- N/A (No -900)
- N/A (Yes +500)
It’s about time this one was taken off the boards. There was never any chance of such an event actually occurring.
That said, expect the above line – along with several other Biden impeachment odds – to be reposted when the GOP retakes the US House and US Senate in the 2022 Midterms.
Joe Biden Approval Rating On Feb. 1, 2022
- Between 42.0% and 42.99% +110 (+110)
- Between 43.0% and 43.99% +225 (+300)
- Under 42% +250 (+200)
- 44% or higher +700 (+600)
The movement here has been amusing, but we’re baffled by the second option’s new position.
Even will all the MSM shenanigans cooking the books in Dementia Joe’s favor, it seems unlikely that Biden’s approval ratings would crack 43% before they’d sink below 42%.
Will Joe Biden be reelected to a second term?
- No -550 (-550)
- Yes +325 (+325)
The payout on “no” is still pretty good, all things considered. Bet the farm with confidence.