A safe bet: There's going to be a lot of it

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MIAMI - Indianapolis Colts reserve defensive tackle Dan Klecko laughed as he calculated the odds he'll score the first touchdown in the Super Bowl.

"Slim to none," Klecko said.

Wrong. They're 50 to 1.

Betting on Klecko is one of the myriad wagers offered by Las Vegas bookmakers for Sunday's game. The Colts are seven-point favorites over the Chicago Bears, but odds are many gamblers won't settle for merely choosing the winner.

There's money to be won - and lost - picking the team that calls the first timeout, the result of the coin toss and the direction of the first errant field goal. Wide left is favored over wide right.

Thanks to hundreds of such exotic propositions, it's a safe bet legal Super Bowl wagering will top $100 million for the first time.

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, for one, isn't surprised by the variety of wagers that can be placed on the big game.

"Every year I go to Vegas, and I've seen a lot of stuff being bet on," Wayne said. "It's kind of cool to sit back and see people finding other ways to make fun out of the game.

He's a 6-to-1 favorite to score the first touchdown. "Wow," he said. "Hopefully I can make a lot of people rich."

The 275-pound Klecko's one of the choices to score because he caught two touchdown passes this season doubling as a fullback in short-yardage situations

Gamblers can wager on all sorts of individual performances - total points by Robbie Gould, rushing attempts by Joseph Addai and even whether Rex Grossman throws an interception in the first half. A wager on Bears fullback Jason McKie scoring the first touchdown is available at 40 to 1, even though his most recent score came in 2004.

With hundreds of propositions to choose from, where's the wisest wager?

Bears rookie Devin Hester, who set an NFL record this season with six touchdown returns, might receive the opening kickoff. He said that makes him a good choice to score first at 30 to 1.

"If I get a chance to get my hands on the ball, I could go the distance," Hester said.


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