Super Bowl National Anthem: Analyzing Prop Bets for Alicia Keys' Performance

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 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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The hoopla that surrounds the Super Bowl is a reflection of just how much we Americans love football. Americans also happen to love gambling, which explains why you can put money down on just about anything related to the Super Bowl—including the national anthem. 

Yes, the good folks at Bovada have provided the gambling population with plenty of prop bets for Alicia Keys' rendition of the national anthem for the big game. 

From an over/under on the time to the likelihood she gets booed or takes creative license with the lyrics, you can put down a wager on the most patriotic of pregame traditions. Here's a look at all of the prop bets via Bovada. 


How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner"? 

The over/under for this has been set at two minutes and 10 seconds. Considering Super Bowls past, the safe money is on the under. 

The national anthem is one of the best parts of the pregame ceremony, but the song itself is actually pretty short. The producers run on a tight schedule, and there's generally a time limit that singers are told to adhere to so that everything runs smoothly on TV. 

Kelly Clarkson's version (above) ran approximately one minute and 40 seconds in last year's game. Even Whitney Houston's famous performance of the song (below) stayed under the 2:10 mark, going about two minutes even. 

Keys will rock the song, but it's highly unlikely she goes over here. 


Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the U.S. national anthem? 

C'mon. There's no way this happens. Bovada won't even take action on "No," and "Yes" is coming in at 5/1 odds. Keys recently performed at the Inaugural Ball and nailed it. There's no reason to think she won't rock out at the Super Bowl.


Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least one word of the official U.S. national anthem? 

Oddsmakers have confidence that Keys won't leave a word out. It's coming in at 2/1 odds while a mistake-free performance is coming in as a 1/3 favorite. 


Will Alicia Keys add at least one NEW word to the official U.S. national anthem? 

The last prop bet centers around whether or not Keys will take any creative license with the lyrics to Francis Scott Key's classic tune. Given that she took some creative license at the inauguration (Obama's on fire!) it's possible she spruces up the anthem. Oddsmakers are fairly certain she'll stick to the script, though; they put 2/1 odds on her adding a word and 1/3 odds on her singing it error-free.