Most people are familiar with simple football bets like the “spread” or the “over-under,” but the Super Bowl brings out the creativity in the casinos and sports books that offer legal betting.
There are more than 900 “prop” (for “proposition”) bets available for this year’s game. “Prop” bets are bets on something that happens during the game that doesn’t directly affect the game’s outcome.
So if you’re inclined to take a chance on some bets that are only marginally related to the game, you can find some pretty odd odds.
There are lots of bets to be made on colors:
--Which color will Pink’s hair be when she sings the National Anthem? (White or blonde is the current favorite.)
--Which color liquid will be poured on the winning coach at the end of the game?
Speaking of Pink, who is a huge Eagles fan, you can bet on how long it will take her to sing the Anthem, or whether she will be wearing an Eagles shirt or hat. Or whether she will be airborne. Really.
--Will Timberlake be wearing a hat when he starts?
--Will he cover a “Prince” song?
--Will any members of “NSYNC” perform with him?
All open for wagering.
--How many times will his age be mentioned during the broadcast?
--How many times will his supermodel wife Giselle Bundchen be shown on TV during the game?
--Will his uniform be stolen again? Yes, you can actually bet on that.
And just for fun, how many times will the temperature outside the stadium be mentioned during the game? (The forecast high for Minneapolis on Sunday is 11 degrees).
--How many tweets will President Trump tweet on Super Bowl Sunday? (The betting line is 5.)
--And how many times will the famous “Rocky” statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art be shown on the broadcast?
Because there’s potentially a lot of money at stake, precision is key for a lot of these prop bets. For the temperature bet, the announcers can’t just say “It’s cold outside!” They have to say the actual temperature. For a bet about whether Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb’s vomiting incident in Super Bowl XXIX will be mentioned, the announcers must refer to vomiting or a similar word and say “McNabb.”
And for a bettor to collect on the Tom Brady stolen jersey bet, the theft must be reported by ESPN within 48 hours after the Super Bowl is over.
The Patriots are favored by between 4 and 4.5 points.