Super Bowl Prop Bets: Most Bizarre Wagers for Big Game
Vegas is usually the life of the party when it comes to the betting world, and it's no surprise that this year's list of 2013 Super Bowl prop bets has once again come forth to set up some of the most interesting wagers you'll ever lay eyes on.
The usual bets are in place in the prop bet section. Over/unders for yardage, touchdowns and the proverbial "standard" bets are in place, with names from Ray Rice to Ray Lewis gracing websites about their impact on Super Bowl XLVII.
The more interesting bets are also in place, even if you have to scroll down the page a little bit to find them.
From the National Anthem to the Harbaugh Brothers' parents, this prop bet section has it all. You might not be keen on a game of chance—even more chance than the actual game—but for the right wager these bets could fatten your pockets a little bit more on Super Bowl Sunday.
Here's a look at the most bizarre wagers from the prop bets section. That's right, we're digging into the most obscure of the already obscure—just in time for you to start sifting through the right bet for the big day.
Note: All prop bets according to Bovada.
Alicia Keys Addition or Omission of Words from the National Anthem
Keys has already promised us that she is giving us a "unique" rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (h/t MTV.com), but how unique are we talking?
Right now, the odds are her to add a word are just (+200) and the odds for her to omit a word are even friendlier (+150).
That might seem crazy, but with all the controversy surrounding singers, lip-syncing and the pampered culture of pop stars, this is a bet that could really go either way, especially if you consider the intricacies of one of the more outdated songs in terms of lyrics.
Still, Keys will be payed millions to get it right. Do you trust her or not? That is the question with this bet.
What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
The economy strikes harshly, and it strikes fear into the Super Bowl this year after another tough fiscal campaign.
Will the Dow Jones go up or down?
That being said, the good folks in Vegas are giving you a chance to take a peek into the future of the day after the Super Bowl. Not only will you be giving the stock market a try, you'll be trying to gauge something that men get paid millions to do on a daily basis.
Why not, right?
Will the 30-second ads that appear during commercials be enough to drive up the price of stocks? What about the amount of people that spend money on Super Bowl Sunday? I'm not an economist by any stretch of the means, but the financial uptick of all the people spending money on the big day has to favor the market going up.
Vegas agrees, and has the odds (-140) in favor of the same. This is an interesting bet for the game, and also an interesting look into how an entire country doing the same thing can affect the economy.
How long will the post game handshake/hug last between Jim and John Harbaugh?
America is a sucker for the soft spot.
This bet qualifies, as we're apparently waiting for something longer than Jim's ill-fated handshake with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz last season.
Vegas has this one sitting at 7.5 seconds, and you are free to take the over or under. Media outlets everywhere are already abuzz with the first ever brother versus brother Super Bowl, and this handshake will make the final cut—no matter the outcome.
It's not bizarre knowing what we know about the two, but the fact that you can bet on a hug between brothers is bizarre in itself. Hopefully Jim doesn't get too excited, or we could be looking at a short one and an "over" loss.
Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV wearing any clothing that has either a SF or BAL logo on it during the game?
Sticking to the Harbaugh theme, we'll close it out with this bet.
Fashion styles don't usually make headlines, but prepare for a camera inside the home of the two brothers' childhood home that's check in on periodically throughout the evening.
Parents are in a tough spot. Venus and Serena Williams' parents have been through it. Eli and Peyton Manning's have too. To wear one son's logos over the other would be egregious, to wear none at all would sometimes signal a lack of support.
Still, the fact that we're checking the fashion stylings of the elderly is in and of itself the point of this article. You can bet on about anything these days, and these four bets prove that to a T. If you're in to this sort of thing, you have a lot to choose from.
Especially in the bizarre department.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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