Every year, more bets are placed on the Super Bowl than any other single sporting event in the world, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be no different. But do you want to know what’s really lame? Betting on the outcome of the big game. Every single year somebody wins and somebody loses. Moreover, with the oddsmakers setting point spreads, you really just have a 50-50 chance of winning. What’s the fun in that?
Instead, why don’t you make things interesting this year by taking advantage of one amazing variety of prop bets (a.k.a. novelty bets) offered by the major sports books of the world? Look hard enough and you can find a way to win money (or, more likely, lose money) on pretty much any aspect of the Super Bowl you want. And this year’s prop bets are especially interesting because the game is being played outdoors in New Jersey in February.
Anyway, if you’re the gambling type and you want to see what kinds of crazy things you can bet on this Sunday, this is your list. It’s a sampling of the most amusing prop bets being offered by Bovada in Vegas.
Before we begin, though, here’s a little primer on what the “odds” mean, just in case you’re not a compulsive gambler. You see, all the odds are expressed in moneyline form. In moneyline odds, the favored or most likely outcome is assigned negative number, while the underdog or least likely outcome is assigned a positive number. If the odds are positive, then the number indicates the profit you would make on a $100 bet. If the odds are negative, then the number indicated the amount of money you would have to wager to make a $100 profit. Thus, if the odds are +300 (the equivalent of 3/1), you would win $300 on a $100 bet (and get paid $400). Meanwhile, if the odds are -300 (the equivalent of 1/3), you would win $33.33 on a $100 bet (and get paid $133.33).
Confused? Don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it as we go along.
Yes: +150No: -200
The folks in Vegas have checked the Weather Channel and, based on the fact that betting $100 that it'll snow will earn you a $150 bucks back, they obviously don't think it's going to snow in the New York this Sunday. What does your inner meteorologist say?
21. Will it snow during the game?
Over 32ºF: -140Under 32ºF: -120
This isn't going to be a lucrative bet either way, though over freezing currently has the edge. A $100 bet on above 32 will get you $71.43, whereas the same bet on below will get you $83.33.
20. What will be the temp at kickoff?
Over 28ºF: -140Under 28ºF: EVEN
The oddsmakers are figuring that, by the end of the game, the temps will probably not fall below 28, which seems kind of strange given all the polar vortices and what not.
19. What will be the lowest temp during the game?
Broncos' #1 Offense: -120Seahawks' #1 Defense: -120
Chances you'll want to put the TV on mute either way: 100%.
18. What will be referenced more during game?
Erin Andrews: -140Pam Oliver: EVEN
No disrespect to Pam Oliver here, but come on, it's gotta be Andrews, right?
17. Who will be seen first on TV after kickoff?
Yes: EVENNo: -140
Really, -140 for "No"? Have you ever seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers? I don't care how cold it is, I'd say chances of shirtlessness are at lest 90%. I'll put $100 on "Yes".
16. Will any of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their halftime performance?
Fedora: -160Fur Hat: +500Tuque: +1,000No Hat: +200
What can I say? Bruno likes hats.
15. What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime performance?
Yes: +200No: -300
This really isn't about whether Fox will want to do Sherman-Andrews, Part II. It's about whether they'll have reason to. If they do, because Sherman is the MVP or he does something special, you can bet your butt they'll have Erin Andrews interview him again.
14. Will Richard Sherman do a post-game interview on the field with Erin Andrews?
Yes: +300No: -500
If Crabtree is smart he'll keep his mouth shut, and that's what the oddsmakers are betting on. Or, rather, that's what they think you'll be betting on. You'd have to put $500 down on "no" just to profit $100.
13. Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl?
Yes: +700No: -1,500
There's really no point betting no here. But at +700, a $100 bet on yes might actually be worth the risk as it would make $700 if he does retire sometime between the end of the Super Bowl and first game of the 2014 season.
12. If the Broncos win, will Peyton Manning retire?
Clear/Water: +200Orange: +300Yellow: +300Red: +500Blue: +700Green: +1,000
Got all the Seahawks or Broncos games from this season stored on your DVR? Now would be a good time to go back and see what color Gatorade they were drinking all year.
11. What color will the Gatorade shower Gatorade be?
Teammates: +200God: +250Fans: +500Opponent (Team or Player): +700Coach: +1,200Family: +1,200Owner: +2,000None of the Above: +400
This one's all about who you think will win the MVP award. If, for example, you think the Seahawks are going to win the game, then putting some money on "fans" would make a lot of sense.
10. Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his speech?
Over 2:25: EVENUnder 2:25 -140
This year opera soprano Renee Fleming will be performing the National Anthem. You know, because New Jersey is classy. So you have to take that into account here.
9. How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem?
Will the professional, world-renowned opera singer forget a word to the Star Spangled Banner? Um, I really doubt it. And so do the bookies.
8. Will Renee Fleming forget at least one word?
Yes: -300No: +200
Okay, now we're getting obscure. But just wait—it gets better!
7. Will Renee Fleming wear gloves during the national anthem?
White: +275Black: +150Red: +500Any Other Color: +200
Hell yeah, this is what I'm talking about. I think I'll put a hundred on red. It's very patriotic.
6. If Renee Fleming wears gloves, what color will they be?
Yes: +300No: -500
A very good question, since we all know how easily Knowshon is moved to tears. I'm actually surprised Bovada so heavily favored "no."
5. Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the National Anthem?
USA Gold Medals at Sochi 2014: +120First half point total by Broncos: -150
There are all kinds of cross-sports prop bets for you to choose from this year, comparing outcomes from the Super Bowl to everything from Premier League soccer to this weekend's Winnipeg Jets game. But with the 2014 Winter Olympics coming up, this bet and the one that follows are most pertinent.
4. What will be higher: USA gold medals or Broncos first half points?
Canada Gold Medals at Sochi 2014: +145First half point total by Seahawks: -175
Unfortunately, you won't get any instant gratification with this bet. You'll have to wait until the Olympics wrap up toward the end of February to find out if you won.
3. What will be higher: Canada gold medals or Seahawks first half points?
Yes: +400No: -700
As you may or may not know, the two teams in the Super Bowl this year hail from the two states that have legalized pot to some extent in recent elections. As a result, some people—mostly stoners—are calling Super Bowl XLVIII the "Marijuana Bowl" or the "420 Bowl." And this bet is about whether the announcers will actually acknowledge this.
2. Will the announcers say "marijuana" during the game?
Oh come on. There's no way it could happen again, right?
1. Will the power go out?
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