We’re a week away from the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. We have all week to talk about the nuts and bolts of the game; the matchups, the X-Factors, the quarterbacks, coaches, defenses, etc. On to more important things-Prop bets. There is no end to the absurd things that one can bet on in the big game. Just imagine everyone at your party wondering why you’re the only one cheering after Demi Lovato’s National Anthem goes over 2 minutes or the abject despair you feel after Andy Reid is doused in green Gatorade instead of red. Gambling makes everything more interesting, and Super Bowl Sunday is the best day to do it.
Here are my favorite prop bets for Super Bowl 54 (courtesy of OddsShark). I will do another article with actual game-related bets in a few days.
Demi Lovato National Anthem (O/U 2 minutes: over -220, under +155)
Based on the odds, the over is a huge favorite. Lovato performed the Anthem for the famed boxing matchup between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, as well as Game 4 of the 2015 World Series. She clocked in at 2:12 for the boxing match, and 1:58 for the World Series game. Knowing some of Demi’s songs, she really likes to show off those pipes. Take the over.
What color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach? (Favorite is Red +130)
Red just seems too obvious. Both teams wear red, and one can’t help but picture the Andy Reid Kool-Aid meme.
Orange and blue Gatorade have been used fairly often on winning coaches in recent years, and the odds are very friendly. Blue would be my pick at a whopping 6:1.
Total number of Trump tweets on Feb 2 (O/U 13.5: over +135, under -175)
Based on Trump’s history, the under is the smart bet. He tweeted only twice on the day of Super Bowl 52, and 3 times on the day of Super Bowl 53. Even if he ups his Twitter game, he has a long way to go to reach 14. I’m sure The Donald would like to just enjoy a relaxing Sunday like the rest of us. Unless there’s a big news story, hammer that under.
First J.Lo song performed at Halftime Show (Favorite is “On The Floor” at +400)
I always enjoy a few halftime show related bets. True Story-I was one of the poor souls that bet on “Sky Full of Stars” when Coldplay performed the halftime show. They started the intro, but switched to “Yellow” before singing the first verse to “Sky Full of Stars”. A cruel way to lose. Damn you Coldplay.
Enough about me, time to get into the J. Lo bet. “Jenny from the Block” is basically J. Lo’s anthem, and is considered the second most likely first song (+450). Obviously the long shots are the most fun, but this one just makes sense. And getting 4.5 to 1 on your bet is still nothing to complain about.
First Shakira song performed at Halftime Show (Favorite is “She Wolf” at +250)
The first song that comes to my mind when I think of Shakira is “Hips don’t Lie”. Both Shakira and J. Lo are well known for their “assets”, and this is the perfect song for showing them off. If ever there was a way to keep male viewers interested during halftime, this would be the way to do it. “Hips don’t Lie” seems like the obvious bet, and the return is generous (+600).
Wardrobe malfunction during halftime show (yes +1000, no -2500)
This is one for all you horndogs. This is a huge long shot, but since Janet Jackson did that thing back in like 2001, every dude out there has been praying for the sequel. We have two ladies performing who can really move it, and maybe something will slip. If Shakira’s hips truly do not lie as she claims, she better prove it. A wardrobe malfunction would be the way to do that. Just don’t celebrate too much if your girlfriend or wife is there.
Will any player propose on the field? (Yes +500, No -900)
This one is interesting. Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend has been growing her public profile over the last few weeks with her “interesting” pregame videos. Knowing that her man is about to get PAID, one has to assume that she’s been putting some pressure on him. At +500, this isn’t a bad gamble. I wouldn’t count on it, but this year makes more sense than most.