People bet on the NFL every week. They bet on the preseason. They bet on the Pro Bowl. For whatever reason, gambling on pro football is oddly shunned for the bulk of the season, but come Super Bowl, America gets on board, especially with the ridiculous amount of prop bets made available.
This year with the Broncos and the Panthers set to square off on Sunday, Bovada.lv has provided a bounty of bets that can be made on the big game far beyond just who will win and how many points will be scored. For the normal bettors, the numbers that matter are Panthers -6 and O/U 44.5. Those numbers will likely move a bit before the game kicks off Sunday evening, but by all accounts Carolina is the overwhelming favorite with wagering folks.
But that stuff is boring. America wants weird stuff to bet, like shoe colors, coin tosses and song. America loves betting on songs. Without further ado:
How long will it take Lady Gaga to sing the US National Anthem?
Over/Under 2 minutes 20 seconds
Expert lean: Absolutely no lean. None. But take the under.
How many times will "dab" or "dabbing" be said by the announcers during the Broadcast?
Over 2 (EVEN, 1/1)
Under 2 (-140, 5/7)
Expert lean: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms gonna say "dab" three times? I doubt it.
How many times will Cam Newton do the Open Shirt Superman motion during the game?
Over 2.5 (EVEN, 1/1)
Under 2.5 (-140, 5/7)
Expert lean: Go over. Rip it open.
Which song will Coldplay play first during the Halftime show?
Adventure of a Lifetime 2/1
Fix You 7/2
A Sky Full of Stars 9/2
Viva la Vida 5/1
Speed of Sound 9/1
Head Full of Dreams 10/1
Expert lean: No idea, but Clocks is their biggest ever hit right?
What color will Beyonce's footwear be when she comes on stage for the Halftime show?
Any Other Color 7/1
Expert lean: Again, no idea, but put your mortgage on Gold.
How many million viewers will Super Bowl 50 have?
Over/Under 117 million
Expert lean: Under. Sure it’s the Super Bowl, but this matchup lacks sizzle of some recent games.
What about some actual football props? Sure we can do that:
Will there be an onside kick attempt in the game?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -180 (5/9)
Expert lean: Considering the cost to bet no, the odds on yes look appealing. A close game or a blowout would allow for an onside call.
Will a Roughing the Passer penalty be called in the game?
Yes +110 (11/10)
No -140 (5/7)
Expert lean: Refs tend to take care of Peyton, but this same prop burned me in Denver vs Seattle a few years back.
What will be the Result of the First Coaches Challenge in the Game?
Play Overturned -130 (10/13)
Play Stands EVEN (1/1)
Expert lean: Bright lights will mean refs and NFL don’t want mistakes. Play stands costs you less too.
The largest lead of the game by either team will be:
Expert lean: If you think this game will be a blowout, good spot for your money. I don’t though…
Will there be a Lead Change in the Second Half?
Yes +120 (6/5)
No -150 (2/3)
Expert lean: This might be my favorite prop. If the game is going to be close, you love the +$120 here. Even in blowouts, the game is rarely out of hand early in the 3rd quarter.
Who will record the most Receiving Yards in the game?
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) 11/4
Greg Olsen (CAR) 3/1
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) 13/4
Ted Ginn Jr. (CAR) 5/1
Corey Brown (CAR) 13/2
Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) 12/1
Owen Daniels (DEN) 16/1
Devin Funchess (CAR) 16/1
Jordan Norwood (DEN) 50/1
Cody Latimer (DEN) 66/1
Andre Caldwell (DEN) 100/1
Bennie Fowler (DEN) 100/1
Expert lean: Decent value on Manny Sanders, especially knowing Josh Norman will lock up D-Thomas most of this game.
OK fine a few more:
Will there be an earthquake during the game?
Expert lean: No. Let’s hope. But the lights did go out in NOLA a few years ago…
How many times will the Golden Gate Bridge be shown during the Broadcast?
Over 0.5 -300 (1/3)
Under 0.5 +200 (2/1)
Expert lean: This game is being played in Santa Clara, probably a 90 minute drive from the Golden Gate. But since this is a “San Francisco Super Bowl” bank on at least one shot.
What color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?
Expert lean: Red. I like red.
Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first?
Does not Mention Anyone above 9/4
Expert lean: God is the safe play, family is strong, but none of the above is a fun option too.
Will Peyton Manning announce his retirement in the postgame interview?
Yes +500 (5/1)
No -1000 (1/10)
Expert lean: Don’t see it.
Will Peyton Manning be seen crying at any point during the entire Broadcast?
Yes +600 (6/1)
No -1200 (1/12)
Expert lean: This I could see.
Last one, but most fun and instant gratification (or misery):
Heads -105 (20/21)
Tails -105 (20/21)
Expert lean: Tails. Never fails.