Pete Garcia, The Sports Guy

A true fan of a NFL is an eternal optimist. Man, in this league free-agency, big bucks and off-the-field soap operas involing players, you have to be.

Thirty-two teams and only one champion? That means in each season, the die-hards of 31 teams end the year on a sour note.

Here's where the eternal optimist part comes it. Magically, like metamorphosis - a bright and beautiful butterfly emerging from a hard and ugly cocoon, that frown is turned upside-down. It's like the off-season, the draft, the mini-camps and all the off-the-field headlines like trades and dog-fighting rings involving players from other teams, all combine for a breath of fresh air.

It doesn't matter what happened last year, right? Who cares if your favorite team ended their season in the playoffs when a back-up-turned-starting-superstar-QB fumbled the hold on a game-winning field goal attempt? Or if you're team was out of the playoff picture in September? None of that garbage matters now, because this year's going to be the year - right?

Well, if you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans, odds are you won't be hosting a Super Bowl party. That's according to the smart people at BetUS.com.

I say smart people, because they're rarely off when handicapping a game. Forget Two For The Money, these guys are as sharp as a tack and will take all of your money, if you're not careful.

Anyway, the gambling site not only gave the teams' odds of winning the Super Bowl, but they compared that to other possible occurrences. For example, the odds are 18/1 that Dallas will win the Super Bowl. Not bad. But the odds of embattled Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens being traded this season are 2/1, which means there's a great chance T.O will be exiled from Dallas than the Cowboys actually winning the big one. This one's even better. The odds of a bird pooping on you anytime is year (50/1) are better than the sorry Texans taking home the Lombardi Trophy in February (90/1).

The following is BetUS.com's complete list of odds pertaining to the Cowboys and Texans.

Dallas Cowboys (NFC):

- Win Super Bowl - 18/1

- Romo is the League MVP - 25/1

- Parcells comes back to the Cowboy organization - 40/1

- Win a playoff game because of a botched snap by the other team - 20/1

- T.O. gets traded - 2/1

- T.O. drops more passes than last year - 50/1

- You forget the Alamo - 1,000,000/1

- Dallas becomes the live music capitol of the world opposed to Austin - 1,000/1

- United States 24 hour rainfall record of 43 inches, will be shattered - 50/1

- A revamped version of the popular television show "Dallas" airs - 150/1

- Wade Phillips will be fired as Texans head coach - 15/1

- You get a speeding ticket - 3/1

- You win the lottery - 1,000,000/1

- You walk under a ladder - 5/1

- You order a pizza this year - 1/1,000

- You run out of hot water mid shower - 100/1

- Lose your cell phone - 50/1

- You see pigs fly - 1,000,000,000/1

- Hell freezes over - 1,000,000,000,000/1

- You throw out your back - 1,000/1

- You get a flat tire - 2/1

- A bird will poop on you - 50/1

- You will find money - 25/1

- You will slip on banana peel - 150/1

Houston Texans (AFC):

- Win Super Bowl - 90/1

- Have to rename Reliant Stadium because of Corp Fraud - 100/1

- Snows during a game - 310/1

- Texans have a above .500 season - 4/1

- Defeat the Colts twice - 10/1

- Texans Re-sign David Carr - 50/1

- Trade Mario Williams for Reggie Bush. - 500/1

- Houston has post-season hat trick (Astros, Rockets and Texans win it all ) - 10,000/1

- Officially loses the "Fattest City in America" title - 10/1

- Adds a second star to the Texas Flag - 10,000,000/1

- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is picketed by animal activists - 1/100

- Gary Kubiak is fired as Texans head coach - 5/1

- You get a speeding ticket - 3/1

- You win the lottery - 1,000,000/1

- You walk under a ladder - 5/1

- You order a pizza this year - 1/1,000

- You run out of hot water mid shower - 100/1

- Lose your cell phone - 50/1

- You see pigs fly - 1,000,000,000/1

- Hell freezes over - 1,000,000,000,000/1

- You throw out your back - 1,000/1

- You get a flat tire - 2/1

- A bird will poop on you - 50/1

- You will find money - 25/1

- You will slip on banana peel - 150/1

A reminder, these odds are for entertainment purposes and gambling itself is for grown-ups with jobs responsible enough to lose money on any given Sunday.