Super Bowl Props: Highlighting the Wackiest Bets for Sunday

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens (L) and his brother Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers. Jim and John Harbaugh will become the first brothers to face each other as coaches in the Super Bowl. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the Ravens 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)  ***RIGHT IMAGE*** SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers gestures during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl props list gets longer every year, filled with bets from the inane to the insane.

With the “HarBowl” and Ray Lewis storylines in full swing, Vegas oddsmakers made sure (friendly) bettors could get action on aspects from the television coverage to how long commentators will spend on each talking point.

Those interested in Alicia Keys' and Beyoncé’s performances, there’s fun for you too.

The job here is to find the three maddest props available and make fun of the thousands of people that will actually wager on the Harbaugh’s postgame handshake.

For those of you reading this, I felt the same joy you had placing these bets when I made fun of you in this piece. It’s a vicious circle.

Good luck to all.


Length of postgame handshake/hug between Harbaugh brothers: over/under 7.5 seconds

There will be hundreds of cameras surrounding the Harbaugh’s postgame embrace, and bettors can have monetary interest in the result.

The obvious play would be the over, as such an emotional moment for one brother should equal a heartfelt conversation.

On the other hand, if the Harbaughs have planned the handshake out beforehand and opt to be camera-shy, they’ll cut it short. In theory, eight seconds is a long time for head coaches to have a handshake.  

If I had to go one way, though, I’ll side with the heartfelt moment and an eight-second payout.

Prediction: OVER 7.5 seconds


Color of Gatorade dumped on winning coach: clear/water: (+200); orange: (+250); yellow: (+250), other colors available at (+700)

This prop always gives me a headache before the Big Game. Without any inside information, picking the team drink of choice is like drawing straws.

The fact remains, both teams dumped yellow Gatorade following their wins in the conference championship. Will a Super Bowl appearance change their hydration method? I wouldn’t think so.

Using that logic, picking the team’s Gatorade may not be so insane after all (and if you’re reading this, you probably did it last Super Bowl too).

Prediction: Yellow +250 


Will Beyonce’s hair be straight (-140) or curly (EVEN)?

If you’re considering taking action on this prop, you’re either a big Beyonce fan or are well-aware of a gambling problem. 

Being frank, it seems Beyonce takes pride in letting her hair hang loose. She didnt mind showing off curls in front of millions in her Austin Powers: Goldmember performance. Just to be safe, you might want to consult your wife, girlfriend or latest People magazine to try to get an edge.

I think Beyonce will try to stand out with curls. I also immediately regret the past 10 minutes Googling "Beyonce's hair."

Prediction: Curly hair


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report