Super Bowl 2013 Prop Bets: Wagers Guaranteed to Keep Your Attention

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1:  MVP Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots raises the Lombardi trophy as he is interviewed by television commentator Jim Nance after defeating the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If you're not watching Super Bowl XLVII for the outcome of the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, you should at least tune in for the wild and wacky prop bets.

Each year, the final game of the NFL season sees fans wager on everything from the national anthem to the state of the stock market on Monday.

With so many outlandish wagers to be made, let's highlight some of the most interesting for Super Bowl XLVII.


Length of the National Anthem

It's a staple in Super Bowl tradition.

Every year, the NFL selects one of music's biggest stars to sing our country's anthem and get the big game underway.

This year, it'll be Alicia Keys belting it out before the "Harbowl" gets underway, and oddsmakers have set the over/under at two minutes and 10 seconds.

It's one of the most popular bets to bet your money on, and if you do decide to get in on the action, my advice is to take the under.

Kelly Clarkson's 2012 rendition lasted just one minute and 40 seconds, and even Whitney Houston kept her performance under the 2:10 mark back in 1991.


The Color of Gatorade Used to Soak the Winning Coach

I always get a kick out of this one because it's completely random and impossible to judge.

But that's what we love about it.

Laying our hard-earned money down on what color Gatorade will be used to douse the Lombardi Trophy-winning coach is actually one of the most popular wagers during the Super Bowl.

According to, clear/water is the favorite while blue is the least likely to be used in the postgame bath.

Just as a random side note or to put some sort of doubt in your mind about your selection, the New York Giants used a purple-colored liquid to drench Tom Coughlin in Super Bowl XLVI last year.


Whom the Game's MVP Will Thank First

Yes, this is actually a bet.

When the MVP stands on that podium following the game, he'll receive the Super Bowl MVP trophy and be forced to make an impromptu speech that usually begins with, "I just want to thank..."

But who will he thank?

Mom? Dad? Wife? Team? Owner? God?

That's for you to decide.

Either way, it's always fun waiting to see whom he'll thank, or if he'll even thank anyone. says that the MVP thanking no one is the least likely to happen, while him thanking his teammates is the favorite.

Of course, if Ray Lewis wins this one, I think we all know who's getting the appreciation on Sunday night.