The Super Bowl is a prop bettors paradise. You can bet on seemingly anything. And I do mean anything.
Even if you’re not a fan of American football, there’s something for you when it comes to Super Bowl betting. At the viewing party I attended, some others in attendance had some pretty creative bets. Personally I kept it pretty “normal”; most of the money I had on the game was on Under 57 points (woohoo!). Here’s are some of the bets I heard others discussing throughout the night:
One person started off the night with taking under 1 minute and 42 seconds for Carrie Underwood’s rendition of the National Anthem. This bet was actually looking pretty good until she got to the “land of the free” verse. She really held out “freeeeee” for a long time which helped the over come in by just a couple of seconds. Here’s the video if you want to see what I mean. (How hot does she look by the way!!?)
That same person had one of the funniest bets of the night: they bet that, during the halftime show, the guitarist for the band The Who would do a 360 windmill on his guitar less than 5.5 times. What made this bet so funny is that it lost and it wasn’t even close. There was a stretch during one song where he did the windmill probably about a dozen times in a row. We were all laughing pretty hard about what a big FAIL this bet was. It wouldn’t have been so funny if it was for a lot of money, but it wasn’t.
One person bet that CBS would pan to show Archie Manning (Colts quarterback Peyton’s father) under 4 times. This was a really smart bet that easily won (they only showed Archie one time). In general, it seems like people tend to significantly over-estimate how frequently celebrity audience members will be shown during the broadcast. For instance, the line on how many times Reggie Bush’s girlfriend Kim Kardashian would be shown was 2.5. They didn’t even show her at all! Next year, I’m loading up on the under on all of these types of bets. It might be about as close to free money as you’re going to get from a sportsbook.
Another fun bet, and possibly the funniest bet of the night in terms of how funny it sounds talking about it, was whether or not the game MVP would thank God before he thanked anyone else. A friend bet the “no”. Interestingly enough, this bet probably could have been graded either way. Game MVP Drew Brees said “God is great” at one point, before giving praise to anyone or anything else, but technically he never used the phrase “thanks” or “thank you”. If I ran a sportsbook, I would probably call this prop a push out of the sheer controversy that will surely arise no matter which direction you grade it. However, my friend was fortunate enough that the book graded his bet as a win.
If you didn’t believe me earlier when I said that you can bet on anything in the Super Bowl, you might be starting to have second thoughts after reading this, huh?!