Super Bowl XLVII Prop Bet Tracker
The sheer depth of prop bets at the Super Bowl is still one of the many reasons why Super Sunday is among the biggest days on the American calendar.
For those gambling virgins, a prop (or "proposition") bet in this scenario is very simple. At thousands of casinos over the last two weeks, novelty bets have been placed on hundreds of scenarios at the Super Bowl that will not directly affect the outcome.
The entertainment value lies in making seemingly trivial events like the coin toss, national anthem and Gatorade bath an exercise in risk and reward—and making those same events worth watching for those not completely interested in the actual football game.
In the following slides, we'll track the best of the prop bets at Super Bowl XLVII. As the outcomes of those bets come in tonight, we'll update the tracker.
All odds are taken from Bovada.
National Anthem Length
Over/under: 2 Minutes, 15 Seconds
Kelly Clarkson took roughly one minute and 34 seconds to complete the national anthem at last year's Super Bowl, and Christina Aguilera only needed one minute and 55 seconds despite messing up some of the lines, so oddsmakers are obviously expecting Keys to drag out her version of the anthem.
But 135 seconds? Really? Can she really drag it out that much longer? We're skeptical.
Actual: 2 minutes, 35 seconds
Super Bowl Coin Toss
Options: Heads 2/1, Tails 2/1
For whatever reason, bettors typically favor heads over tails—even if the old and ridiculous saying is: "Tails never fails." That tendency paid off last year, as the coin landed on heads and the New England Patriots won the toss.
Betting on the coin toss is essentially throwing money away, so place your wager at your own (likely inebriated) risk.
How Many Times Will Jay-Z Be Shown on the Super Bowl Broadcast?
Certainly a question worth asking, as wife Beyonce Knowles is scheduled to perform the halftime show.
Will the CBS cameras find Hov at least once in the lead up or after the performance? And what if Jay-Z appears on stage for a quick cameo during the show? The two have collaborated on hits before, so it's not completely out of the question.
Either way, the safe bet appears to be the over. One shot of Jay-Z over the life of the broadcast is fairly easy to imagine.
Team to Score First
Options: Baltimore Ravens (even), San Francisco 49ers (-130)
The 49ers have yet to score first in these playoffs, while the Ravens started with a lead just once in three tries (field goal vs. Colts).
Neither are a great bet, but as the favorites, San Francisco received the nod here from Vegas. More than likely, who you put down as your winner is likely going to be the team you think scores first.
That said, the 49ers are the team with a young quarterback, so there's a possibility of an early mistake leading to a Ravens score.
What Will Be the Highest Number of Tweets Per Second During Game?
Social media is becoming more and more a part of sports culture, with Twitter clearly leading the way. Like never before, Twitter has become the heart beat of the information world—with messages of 140 characters or less carrying news to the technologically inclined in a fraction of the time traditional news needs.
With big events like the Super Bowl, tweets per second on a specific subject gain more and more volume.
Considering the constant influx of new users on Twitter, expecting 15,000 or more tweets in a given second during a big moment in Sunday's Super Bowl seems like a certainty.
How Many Times Will Game Be Called the Harbaugh Bowl or Har Bowl or Super Baugh?
How many times have you heard one of those terms over the last two weeks? Nearing 2.5 million? It certainly seems like it.
However, expecting three or more on Sunday might be a stretch. Jim Nance and Phil Simms, who are calling the game for CBS, might be inclined to avoid the over-used cliche. Typically, announcing prop bets are a tough sell.
If Ray Lewis Is Interviewed Post-Game, Number of Times He Mentions 'God/Lord'
This one seems like a no-brainer.
Lewis has been very vocal and emotional in post-game interviews, never shying away from an opportunity to praise his deity.
Even if the Ravens lose Sunday, chances are Lewis will get his opportunity to speak to the CBS broadcast, and you'd expect a number of "God" references. If Baltimore wins, this bet is money in the bank.
Gatorade Shower Color
Colors: Clear/Water 11/4, Orange 15/4, Yellow 1/1, Green 10/1, Red 5/1, Blue 15/2
Surprisingly, the Giants doused Tom Coughlin in purple Gatorade last year, which wasn't one of the options then and still isn't now.
A year before, the Packers gave Mike McCarthy an orange shower.
Considering the 49ers have the color in their scheme, red seems like a safe bet. But Green Bay had the option for both yellow and green Gatorade in Super Bowl XLV and decided on orange—so who really knows.
Actual: N/A (no Gatorade shower)
Post Game Handshake/Hug
Over/under: 6.0 seconds
Sunday's post-game handshake will be like no other in Super Bowl history: A meeting of brothers, one who has just won the biggest game of his life and the other who will be dealing with the worst loss of his career.
Expect that meeting to be a memorable embrace. How long that embrace lasts is the question here.
Six seconds might seem like a long time, and it is; try hugging or shaking hands with someone for that long. It doesn't feel right. Even for brothers.
Who Will the Super Bowl MVP Thank First?
Options: Teammates 8/5, God 2/1, Coach 12/1, Family 15/1, Owner 20/1, Does Not Thank Anyone 3/2
The Super Bowl MVP thanking teammates is such an obvious answer to this prop bet, but it doesn't always shake out that way.
If Ray Lewis wins MVP, "God" might be a safer bet. If Colin Kaepernick wins, maybe "Family" rises to the top.
There are many variables at play here. This bet only counts for the on-field presentation of the Super Bowl MVP, so don't count any other interviews or appearances in this scenario.
Actual: Does Not Thank Anyone