Are you an optimist? Do you think winter will be over after the upcoming deathstorm kills you and everyone you love? If Las Vegas is to be believed (which they always are), brace yourself for six more weeks of this crap.
According to GameBookers.com, the odds are stacked for Wee Willie (Punxsutawney Phil’s Canadian cousin) to see his shadow on Groundhog Day tomorrow. That means spring won’t be arriving anytime soon.
Sportsbooks usually keep odds for Punxsutawney Phil, but this year those numbers are absent, maybe because the forecast for Punxsutawney at the time Phil emerges from his hole calls for a below-freezing ice storm, and Vegas knows a sure bet.
If gambling were legal, which it isn’t, and if you dare wager on Groundhog Day you will fry for it, you could get 3/5 odds that Wee Willie sees his shadow (six more weeks of winter), and 6/5 odds that he does not (early spring!).
To put things in perspective, here are some things that are more likely to happen than an early spring (odds from SportsBook.com):
The King’s Speech wins Best Picture at the Oscars (1/3)
Justin Bieber wins Best New Artist at the Grammys (2/5)
Barack Obama is reelected in 2012 (4/5)
Christina Aguilera holds the note “Brave” for longer than 6 seconds during her performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl (5/6)
The winning Super Bowl coach is showered with yellow Gatorade (5/6)
The Super Bowl MVP thanks God first (1/1)