Super Bowl XLVII: Predictions for This Year's Strangest Prop Bets

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIJanuary 28, 2013

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The Super Bowl is the greatest show in sports and because of this, the hype will be massive, the halftime show will be extravagant, and the prop bets will be truly odd.

There will still be standard wagers such as which team will score first, and which player will be the game’s MVP, but there are always intriguing gambles to make on storylines specific to just this matchup. 

This year is no different, and CBS Sports’ Will Brinson has put together a lengthy list of bets being offered by Bovada and Sports Book.

Here are the strangest of the bunch and my predictions for each proposition.

Note: All prop bets and lines courtesy of Brinson’s article.


Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least one word of the National Anthem?

Line: Yes +150, No -200

Prediction: No 

This bet was inspired by Christina Aguilera’s blunder two years ago when she left lines out of her pre-game rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

While Aguilera is talented, Alicia Keys is a different class of performer. 

She graduated from New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School at 16 and was admitted to Columbia University. She is a remarkably talent, and she has certainly completed many more difficult tasks than memorizing the words to her country’s national anthem.

I would feel completely comfortable betting that a woman with 14 Grammy's is capable of doing something required of first graders.


Will Beyonce's hair be curly/crimped or straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl halftime show?

Line: Straight -140, Curly/Crimped EVEN

Prediction: Curly/Crimped

Volume will be important to Beyonce’s halftime show for multiple reasons.

While the sound check is going on, the stylists will be working tirelessly to make sure every strand of hair is perfectly placed.

Straight hair is boring, and Beyonce’s flowing locks will be bouncing around the stage along with her. 

There are many distractions that have nothing to do with football during the Super Bowl, and prop bets keep things interesting through all the commercials and the extended halftime break. This may be a strange wager, but it’s safe to say that Beyonce will also want to keep things interesting with a stylish hairdo.   


Bet: How long will the postgame handshake/hug last between Jim and John Harbaugh?

Line: Over/under 7.5 seconds

Prediction: Over 

The battle between the Harbaugh brothers is undoubtedly the most unique storyline surrounding this year’s Super Bowl. 

After the battle has played out on the field, all that will be left is the handshake. One coach will have to find a way to congratulate his brother after suffering the most disappointing defeat of his career. 

Sibling rivalries are always intense, but the Harbaughs have taken them to another level. It is difficult to imagine how many conflicting emotions will be going through each man’s head in this moment. 

There’s no way this postgame handshake lasts any less than 15 seconds, and I would also be willing to wager that America will see a full-blown man-hug at the end of this year’s Super Bowl.