Super Bowl Prop Bets: National Anthem, Coin Flip and the Oddest Bets on Sunday

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  A person stands in front of a giant Super Bowl XLVI logo at Monument Circle February 3, 2012 in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The New England Patriots will play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is the gambler’s Christmas, and there may be no better gift than the oddball prop bet. It’s the kind of thing only a drunk uncle could think up.

As you stuff your face with another Buffalo wing, Uncle Tony is trying to keep tabs on how long Kelly Clarkson’s national anthem is or fighting to see what the result of the coin flip was.

All of these bets are enough to satisfy even the biggest degenerate gamblers in the world. So where do I place my bet?


Result of the first coach's challenge

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  AFC Champion Head Coach Bill Belichick answers questions during a press conference during Super Bowl XLVI week at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As always, the gamblers have invaded every crevice of the game, including the first coach’s challenge.

With two coaches as smart as Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, their history of successful challenges is well-known. That lends itself to an easy bet for the first challenge being overturned.

Taking into consideration how important timeouts will be in the Super Bowl, the coaches and their staffs will not be wasting their challenges. You can bet that the first will be overturned.

Prediction: Overturned (-115)


How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sign the national anthem?

In one of the funnier bets of the day, many bookies are taking wagers on how long the national anthem, sung by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, will be.

While there is no doubt that Clarkson is a great singer, the national anthem is a long song, and she will be taking plenty of heavy breaths.

Add the pressure to the situation, and there is no doubt that she will drag this song out.

Prediction: Over 1:34 (-150)


How many times will Peyton Manning be shown on TV during the game?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks on during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Joe Robbin
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Although this should be Eli Manning’s time to shine, the fact that Peyton Manning is everywhere doesn’t help his little brothers cause. That’s what happens when the Super Bowl is Indianapolis.

Now, the question remains how many times we will get Peyton’s face on the television during the game. Knowing the country’s fascination with this man, it will be at least four times.

If you place the over here, the better the Giants do, the more they will show Peyton. So let’s go Giants only if you placed this bet.

Prediction: Over 3 1/2 (-135)


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