DOWN THE HILL –– It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that can mean only one thing: everyone’s favorite Christmas anthem is back. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” the official song of the holiday season, is sure to be blasted all over campus this weekend. While sports betting has yet to become legal in North Carolina, the state recently passed legislation that permits gambling on college party song choices. 

The market has become increasingly popular, and Vegas oddsmakers have taken notice. For the first time ever, there are now betting lines in Vegas sportsbooks for the number of times Carey’s classic hit will be played across all PCC apartments this weekend. The line opened Monday at over/under 138.5 total plays. This is the highest line to date for songs plays on Davidson’s campus. The over/under for “Mo Bamba” in one weekend peaked at 117.5 plays in the fall of 2018. Similarly, this year’s smash hit “Old Town Road” never surpassed 120.5.

To analyze the historic line, The Yowl sought out some help from student insiders. Local gambling expert, Mark Lewis ’20, provided a detailed analysis of the upcoming weekend. 

“Listen, I’ve been here for four years now, and if there is one song you can count on hearing while out this weekend, it’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’ Everyone loves it, everyone knows the words, and the song is great for singing and pointing, two things drunk college kids love to do. I think the total will go over 138.5 easily. Lock it in. It’s basically free money.”

Tom Shelby ’22 didn’t quite agree with Lewis’ assessment. 

“138 is a lot, man. I think it’s going to be tough for any song to hit that number, even this time of year. And you can get some really nice odds for the under. Plus, I worry about Justin Bieber’s ‘Mistletoe’ and Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ taking up space on playlists in many apartments. I think the under is the smart move.”

Oddsmakers are expecting a record number of bets this weekend. Some reported wagers include 800 dining dollars on the over and 38 meal swipes on the under. It should be a close contest and a ground-breaking (and possibly bank-breaking) weekend.