Breaking Down Super Bowl National Anthem and Alicia Keys' Star-Spangled Time

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 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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Friends, gamblers and people who only care about football at the Super Bowl, lend me your attention. We are about to discuss the amount of time it will take for the National Anthem to be sung, because it matters. 

Yes, only during the Super Bowl do the most inane and silly aspects of a football game really matter. 

According to, you can place money on a couple things regarding the National Anthem, performed this year by R&B star Alicia Keys. 

If you like, you can pace down a note on whether Keys will be booed or you might drop a bill on whether she will omit a word or two. 

For our purposes, we concentrate on the duration of the song, the line set at 2 minutes and 10 seconds, the over is going off at +110 at the moment while the under is offering -150. 

If you want obvious analysis; that is a ton of time to get out the Star-Spangled Banner. 

While Keys has the voice and demeanor to savor every last note of the song, it will take a miracle for her to belt out over two minutes worth of patriotism. 

Consider this report from SB Nation citing last year's National Anthem sung by Kelly Clarkson being delivered in 1:34. The year before, Christina Aguilera clocked in at 1:54, and that was with a minor gaffe. 

One of the most famous and passionate renditions had to be Whitney Houston's version performed back in 1991 with the aid of The Florida Orchestra. 

Even with the complement of an orchestra, Houston belted out the National Anthem in just under 2 minutes. 

Vegas has a way of setting lines perfectly, even for prop bets we normally wouldn't bother paying attention to. 

Something tells me there is a reason the time is set so high, but I still see no way Keys draws this out to over 2 minutes and 10 seconds. 

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