Sunday, February 5, 2012


There's a game during the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl XLVI is today. Giants vs Patriots. People are gearing up and preparing for this one game. Some people would consider this day a holiday... it's their Christmas. To me, it's just another football game. I know, blasphemy. Unless your team is in it, why should you care? Don't get me wrong, I love football and I'm still going to watch it but the other stuff seems more interesting than the actual game itself. Obviously there are the commercials and halftime show but are you aware of the prop bets?

Wikipedia defines a prop bet (proposition bet) as "a bet made regarding the occurrence or non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) of an event not directly affecting the game's final outcome." Looking through some of the bets, they are quite ridiculous but making such wagers would make a game that more interesting. Here are some prop bets and odds from Bovada.

How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem? 
Over 1 minute 34 Seconds   -120
Under 1 minute 34 Seconds   -120
You would think over since singers tend to overextend the lyrics "home of the braaaaave" but I don't think she would milk it as much, say if Christina Aguilera were to sing it.

Will Madonna wear a hat at any point during the Super Bowl Halftime show? 
Yes   -140
The only Madonna performance I ever saw was the one where see sang Vogue on MTV. Everyone had on Victorian dresses and I believe she had something on her head. Even though that was years ago, I'll go with yes to a hat.

How many times will Giselle Bundchen be shown on TV during the game? 
Over ½   -250
Under ½   +170
This one is a lock. Over all the way. Why wouldn't the TV network not want to show Mrs. Tom Brady?

What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Clear/Water   3/2
Orange   5/2
Yellow   5/2
Red   13/2
Green   15/2
Blue   10/1
No idea. I'll go with orange. That seems like a common flavor.

Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Teammates   5/4
Coach   12/1
Family   15/2
God   4/1
Owner   5/1
Does Not Thank Anyone   5/2
I instantly thought God but isn't that the obvious choice? He needs to thank his teammates for making him look good. (I'm assuming it will be Brady.)

Super Bowl XLVI
New York Giants   +3
New England Patriots   -3
Okay, enough with the prop bets. The trendy pick is The Giants and it shows with over 60% of the bets going for them. In the last 21 Super Bowl games, Vegas has won on 19 of them. So if the majority are betting one way, do the opposite.

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  1. Edwin and Lilly said... February 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Lol! Way to make the superbowl more interesting!

  2. Click, Click, Caption This.... said... February 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Gatorade was Purple this year...(crazy!)

  3. JT said... February 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I know! Damn Vegas. That was the ultimate sucker bet as there was no chance to win that.

  4. Hayden in the Middle said... February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Prop bets are so smart! (for the bookies) 20% juice whether she sings over or under the time allotment. If there is $500,000 on each side nationwide, they make 100,000 profit from just that one bet. As long as they move the bets to even both side out they kill it. And if they are slightly off, than they make $80,000 on that one bet only. Poor things-

  5. JT said... February 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Sounds like I'm in the wrong profession. Time to be a bookmaker.

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