Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
"Close" is subjective and is so vague as to be meaningless in this context.
The only close that counts is closeness to the point spread or totals. A 13 point lead by a team favored by 14 is real close. If it wins by that "wide" margin, it lost in a close one for its betting supporters.
But I suppose that someone who doesn't give a dang about the game might be unaware that more than a few people have a betting interest in the game.
I addition, a 14 point lead is a two score game, and hardly considered close to most gamblers, hell, a 10 point game is outside the realm I would consider close. That said, this got me a little curious, so I looked up the winning margin of all superbowls, and the average winning margin is 14.1 points, aka not a close game. However, if you graph the winning margins, the trend is towards a decreasing winning margin, slope of line being y = -0.1589x+17.92, so the overall winning margin is getting slimmer, so prepare for a nail-biter come the 113th superbowl, with a predicted 0-0 tie. Lowest possible winning margin with actual scoring? Thats the 100th superbowl, with some poor qb getting dropped in the endzone during a defensive standoff. 2-0.