Super Bowl Prop Bets: Odd Wagers That Are Too Irresistible to Ignore

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

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There are some bets for Super Bowl XLVII that are just too crazy to pass up.

It can get a tad boring simply wagering on which team will win and by how many. Simply choosing either the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is a little too dull.

In the biggest game of the season, now's the time to go out on the line and make some wacky predictions.

Few other times are you afforded the chance to bet on what color Beyonce's hair will be or whether it will be straight or curly/crimped.

In that vein, here are three off-the-wall bets and where you should be putting your money. All odds come from


What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?

Odds: Red (13/2)

Every Super Bowl winner douses their coach in Gatorade. It's a tradition that started on the football field with the New York Giants and has subsequently been used in almost every sport imaginable.

No matter how much the critics might say it's a tired tradition that needs to be scrapped, it remains an enjoyable end to what is usually a very good game of football.

The most important thing, though, is determining exactly which flavor of Gatorade will be spilled onto the head coach.

It's hard to look past the tried and true red. Fruit punch has been one of the more popular flavors over the years. Plus, it would make sense for the 49ers to want to use red Gatorade during the game, so should they win.


Who will be shown first during the game? Jim Harbaugh or John Harbaugh

Odds: Split Screen of Both (+300)

In case you were unaware, (Why wouldn't you be? The media has really been lax in this area.) the Super Bowl features two brothers—Jim and John—facing off.

Almost as soon as the 49ers confirmed their place in the Super Bowl, the narrative between the Harbaughs began.

You can bet the Harbaugh family will be shown quite a few times throughout the affair. Whichever of the two gets shown first will definitely have bragging rights no matter who wins the game itself.

Much like Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, CBS might want to avoid favoring one Harbaugh to the other, so a split-screen makes the most sense. This would allow the channel to abstain from having to choose which Harbaugh it prefers the most.


Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?

Odds: God (5/2)

Somewhat surprisingly, God finishes third to "Does Not Thank Anyone" and "Teammates" in terms of the list of people to thank in the eyes of Vegas.

Almost every winner of a sporting event or awards show is quick to thank God because with Him all things are possible. It's hard to envision the MVP not thanking the Almighty.

Even more surprising is the fact that "Does Not Thank Anyone" is running the highest odds, at 3/2. In what is the ultimate team achievement for the season—winning the Super Bowl—even the MVP is likely to thank his teammates for allowing him to get to that position.