Goofy Super Bowl 46 BetsWith an expected $10 to $12 billion being wagered on this year's game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, Super Bowl wagering is serious business. But it doesn't neccarily have to be, as there are plenty of less-than-serious wagers available.
These are known as proposition bets or props or prop bets and have become synonymous with the Super Bowl. Simply put, proposition bets have nothing to do with the final score of the game. These can include how many passing yards Tom Brady throws for, the number of turnovers or penalties and practically anything else you can think of related to the game.
But the most famous proposition bets have always been those considered to be a bit offbeat and we look at some of the best in history and the origins of the prop bet in The Wacky World of Proposition Betting.
Goofy Super Bowl 46 BetsBefore we look at some of the zanier Super Bowl 46 prop bets, it's important to note that odds for proposition bets are given using the money line. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, read Understanding Money Lines and you'll be up to speed in no time.
How long will Kelly Clarkson take to sing the National Anthem?
Over 1 minute, 34 seconds -115
Under 1 minute, 34 seconds -115
Will Kelly Clarkson forget or omit at least one word of the official US National Anthem?
(Note: You can only wager on the "Yes")
Clarkson has developed a reputation for being a quick singer and her performance during the NBA Finals was less than 1:34, but you have to think she'll extend the notes a little here, as it is the Super Bowl. Still, her over/under time is nearly 20 seconds less than Christina Aguilera's from last year and the oddsmakers tend to know what they're doing, so tread lightly.
Last year the Super Bowl tried to peddle the halftime show to a younger crowd and had the Black Eyed Peas perform, much to the chagrin of bettors, as there were only a few wagers offered on their performance. This year, the Super Bowl is going back to a more traditional star, as Madonna officially joins the ranks of "geezers" by performing during halftime. Naturally, the sportsbooks were a bit happier to see her than the Peas.
What color will Madonna's hair be when she begins the Super Bowl Halftime show?
Any other color +250
Will Madonna wear an NFL jersey or shirt at any point during the halftime show?
As Madonna probably still considers herself fashionable, it's unlikely she would wear an NFL item, but it's hard to lay those kind of odds on somebody who is known for being unpredictable.
How many times will Andrew Luck be mentioned during the game?
(Note: Halftime is not included)
Over 1 -110
Under 1 -130
There is absolutely no reason for Luck to mentioned at all during the game, so I'd be inclined to go with the under, but TV broadcasters are known for liking to bring up totally irrelevant facts when it suits their fancy.
What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market Up Even
Market Down -140
If Tom Brady's son is shown during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady jersey?
How many times will Peyton Manning be shown during the game?
(Note: Halftime is not included)
Over 3.5 -130
Under 3.5 -110
Of the last three bets, I'd tend to go with Peyton being shown over 3.5 times. You have to figure he will be shown towards the beginning of the game, after a great play by Eli and after a poor play by Eli, leaving just one more random shot, which should happen at some point during the game.
Remember, these are fun bets where luck is the primary factor and should be treated as such. Have some fun with them and hopefully you are on the correct side.