The person who developed the idea of prop bets probably never imaged how crazy they would become. From national anthem length to the color of the Gatorade bath, there is basically nothing about the Super Bowl that doesn't get its own prop pick.
Here are predictions for three of the most ridiculous props associated with this year's telecast. All lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Peyton Manning cutaways: Under 3.5 (-105)
Manning has become a major story this week due to the ongoing drama between him and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Once the game starts, however, it will remain the main focus and there isn't likely to be much free time to pan the suites.
The record-breaking quarterback also won't want to steal the spotlight from his younger brother on one of the biggest days of his life. So if the NBC cameras show him even once, it wouldn't be surprising to see him move to a different location where he won't be so easily captured.
Even though his future will be one of the marquee stories this offseason, don't look for the older Manning to play much of a role on Sunday.
Andrew Luck telecast mentions: Over 1 (-110)
It certainly looks like Luck will be the first pick in April's draft, which makes him a prime candidate to get mentioned when Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are talking about Indianapolis fans. The announcers always suck up to the host city, and Luck is likely to be their next hero.
The good part about this prop is that it only takes two mentions to go over. So if Michaels brings him up, all it will take is Collinsworth to say it at the same time to go over. There's no reason to think that won't happen.
In any other city, under would be the pick. But since the game is taking place at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, this one is going over.
Will Madonna wear a hat? Yes (-140)
Really? Wow, they really don't leave a stone unturned. Madonna has always been one to test out some different outfits, so there should be at least one with a hat involved. It would seem to fit her style pretty well.
She hasn't mentioned much about her wardrobe during the different interviews over the past couple weeks, so there's no clues to be found there. But if there's one word to describe her, it would be unique and there are plenty of different types of hats out there to spice up her look.
While this is the most ridiculous prop of them all, it will help make the halftime show a lot more interesting. Who would've though people would be cheering for somebody to wear a hat? Get the job done, Madonna!
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