The Super Bowl is, well, the Super Bowl of sports betting. And as interest in the game has grown, sports books have responded by offering more and more proposition bets.
Last year, we highlighted the 21 strangest Super Bowl prop bets¬†which included madness like: will Kelly Clarkson show her belly button (she didn’t) and will Madonna wear fishnet stockings (she did)?
We’ve scoured all the online sports books to find the weirdest 22 Super Bowl prop bets for this year’s match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. And yes, some of the strange prop bets includes the coaches (John and Jim Harbaugh are brothers, in case you haven’t heard).
Players Arrested Bet
Think anyone will pull a Eugene Robinson this year?
Presidential Pick Bet
During the Super Bowl last year (an election year) President Obama couldn’t make a call as it was “too close.” His previous picks were the Saints in 2009 and rooted for the Steelers in 2010.
Anthem Time Length Bet
Ahh, the time honored tradition of betting on the national anthem.¬†Each year gamblers around the country watch hours of anthem videos in an attempt to find out just how long the song will go. Early money is on the over. But, before you rush out to bet the over at Bovada, the line at Sportsbook.com is just 2 minutes and 5 seconds.
Improvised National Anthem Bet
Always a tricky wager as grading this bet can be iffy. One point to note is that Keys isn’t an academic slouch; she graduated as valedictorian of her class at the Professional Performing Arts School. So, you know, she should be able to remember the song. But she has promised to “make it her own” so she may add a verbal flourish or two.
Will Fans Boo Bet
If it were available, we’d say hammer the no.
Coaching Hat Bet
If one of the brothers were to go hatless, we’d guess it’s John. But it may well be that the NFL’s new hat sponsor, New Era, requires coaches were hats in the big game so we’ll pass on this bet.
Cross Sports Bet
Who doesn’t love a good cross sport wager? While these are fairly common, this Ovechkin minutes vs FG length really caught our eye for being creative. Keep in mind, Ovechkin is averaging about 22 minutes per game (and Sunday’s game is very likely to be in the 20-24 minute range).
Not sick of the term yet? Bovada thinks you’ll hear it about two and a half more times.
“Harbaugh” Word Count Bet
It’s not a name you can shorten, and it’s the main storyline heading into the game. With Jack, Jackie, Jim and John there’ll be a real handful of Harbaughs to talk about. So will Jim Nantz and Phil Simms say “Harbaugh” more than 20.5 times during the game? That’s only 5 Harbaughs per quarter. We’ll take the over.
Beyonce Recording Device Bet
What device will Beyonce be using when starting the halftime show? If “tape player” were available, we’d be all in. But given the Super Bowl is all about extravagant performances and Beyonce is going to come out of the gates singing (of course). . . and dancing so that means headset is the play.
Beyonce Hairstyle Bet
Odds are leaning towards a curl/crimped flavor. We’ve consulting with
sharpest¬†closest women and there’s a near-universal consensus: Beyonce’s hair will not be straight. Yes, we think there’s real value in the curly/crimped option at just -140.
Wardrobe Malfunction Bet
This won’t happen, and betting on it isn’t going to make it happen. So don’t be tempted by the 20 to 1 odds and your prurient desires: don’t bet this.
Via William Hill
Beyonce Cleavage Bet
Since the Janet Jackson malfunction, Super Bowl entertainers have been a bit more covered up. Need evidence? Look at Fergie two years ago and Madonna last year. And Beyonce sometimes opts for the full body leotard that accentuates her legs (and the area where her legs end), so we think there’s some value at the ‘no’ at +300.
Parental Style Bet
The Harbaughs are not the Griswolds. Jack isn’t going to wearing a 49ers hat while Jackie snuggles up in her Ravens hoodie. They’ll be decked out in non-logo business casual style apparel and we’ll take the ‘no’ at -500.¬†
You can bet on whether Mr. Beyonce, also known as Jay Z, will be shown on television during the game. If he’s shown just once, the over hits. And here’s the thing: he’s (arguably) the coolest guy in America so of course he’s going to be shown at least one time. Hell, he was shown about a dozen times at the presidential inauguration where his wife performed so there’s simply no way he isn’t shown one time during the Super Bowl. The over is our best bet.
Just how many times will we see Harbaugh Sr? Currently there is (well-warranted) heavy juice on over 2 appearances. We’re going to stay away from this as the fact that the world is clearly feeling Harbaugh fatigue may lead the CBS production crew to take notice: and keep the cameras off the non-coaching Harbaughs.
Hugs & Handshakes Bet
This isn’t the first Harbaugh handshake you could bet on. However, it is the first (and hopefully the last ) betable Harbaugh hug. 7.5 seconds may not sound like a long time but it is. Go ahead, try to shake the nearest person’s hand for 7.5 seconds, we’ll wait. . . . that was awkard, wasn’t it? If we had to bet this, we’d bet the under. But this prop is rife with subjective interpretation problems with the sports book so we’ll stay away.
Gatorade Color Bet
MVP Thanks Bet
Protip: If you bet on Ray Lewis to win MVP, don’t forget to take the “God” option here.
Ray Lewis & Religion Bet
We’d have likely set this line in the double digits. Remember, when Ray starts riffing on his savior, he tends to go on and on and on. If they leave the microphone in front of him long enough, the over is easy. A word of caution, though: sometimes Ray goes with the “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” line. That doesn’t appear to count in this prop bet as he has to say “God” or “Lord.” That makes it much tougher to bet the over.
Super Bowl Tweets Per Second Bet
Last year the Super Bowl hit 12,233 tweets per second. With¬†nearly double the active users in 2013, look for this to go well over, especially if it’s a close game. Indeed, this over may be one of the better bets on the board.
Nevada Super Bowl Handle Bet
Attention degenerates: As Xzibit¬†would say: “YO DAWG I HEARD YOU LIKE BETS SO WE MADE A BET ON YOUR BETS SO YOU CAN BET WHILE YOU BET.” We track the Vegas betting scene quite closely and, overall, 2012 betting volumes were substantially higher than those in 2011. Last year, Vegas took in $94M in Super Bowl bets. The over – even at -155 – offers value.
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