Super Bowl Prop Bets: Bizarre Wagers Surrounding 2013 National Anthem

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 10:  Alicia Keys performs a song during the kick-off celebration concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Orlando Stadium on June 10, 2010 in Soweto, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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One of the best and most entertaining parts of the Super Bowl is the sheer volume of prop bets that you can make on anything and everything. A popular bet every always revolves around the singing of the National Anthem. 

This year, Alicia Keys has the honor of kicking off the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVII

Oddsmakers all over the country have been preparing all the prop bets gamblers can make when Keys takes the stage, and here are some of the most unique and intriguing wagers you can take. 

Gambling odds courtesy of Bovada.


How Long Will It Take Alicia Keys to Sing the National Anthem?

Over 2 minutes, 10 seconds (Even), Under 2 minutes, 10 seconds (-140)

This is a common wager for Anthem singers, but it is always interesting to see the times that the oddsmakers come up with based on the person singing. 

Seeing 2 minutes, 10 seconds (130 seconds) seems like it could be very long. After all, Whitney Houston, who memorably sang the Anthem before Super Bowl XXV and is so obviously an inspiration for Keys, belted it out in less than two minutes. 

In order for Keys to approach 130 seconds, she is really going to have to draw out a few of the big spots ("Rocket's red glare" and "Home of the brave") in order to hit that time. She has the voice to do it, I just don't think she will go that long. 


Will Alicia Keys Be Booed During or After Her Rendition of the National Anthem?

Yes (+500)

This bet is just mean-spirited. It is telling that the oddsmakers don't even give you the option to choose "No" because they understand that it wouldn't be worth it to have that on the board. 

Unless Keys has a Carl Lewis-moment when she is singing the Anthem, which I would wager is incredibly unlikely, there is no reason whatsoever for the fans in New Orleans to boo her. She is a great singer who will give this performance everything she has. 

I will say that if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell happens to be shown on the Jumbotron during Keys' performance that there will be a lot of boos in the building. I doubt that the cameras would do that, though. 


Will Alicia Keys Add at Least 1 NEW Word to the U.S. National Anthem?

Yes (+200), No (-300)

There is also a wager you can make about whether she will omit or forget a word, but this one struck me as the more interesting of the two. Just thinking about it, I can't help but wonder what an additional word in the Anthem could possibly be. 

Everyone knows the lyrics to the National Anthem. Aside from "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" it is probably the first song that you can recall learning word-for-word. 

Forgetting or omitting a word is easy, because you can cut something that might make it flow better based on what you are trying to do. Keys might have a certain idea of how she wants this to go and drops something she doesn't need. 

However, where are you going to add one new word? The definition of new can be vague, like does it have to be a word not already in the song, or just a word in a spot that you haven't heard it before?

So many questions make this the best and most difficult proposition among all the Super Bowl National Anthem Prop Bets.