Super Bowl Prop Bets: Coach's Challenge, Coin Toss and Oddest Bets on Sunday

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

The Harbaugh Bowl will be a sight to see.
The Harbaugh Bowl will be a sight to see.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

From the outcome of the first coach's challenge to the coin toss to whether Alicia Keys will forget at least one word of the National Anthem, the list of Super Bowl prop bets is extensive. 

While the typical bets about the game's winner or first scorer are standard fare, a few odd ones stand out. 

Let's take a look at some of the oddest bets on Sunday. 

Note: All lines courtesy of Bovada via


What will be the result of the first coach's challenge of the game? 

Play Overturned (-120)

Play Stands (-110)

When it comes to the Harbaugh brothers, both Jim and John have the guts to throw the challenge flag. Unfortunately, only one brother has a history of success. 

In 2012, Jim Harbaugh tied for the league lead with nine challenges, but succeeded just 33 percent of the time. That number was far below the league average of 48 percent. Let's not forget about Jim's illegal challenge he threw in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. 

On the other hand, John Harbaugh was successful on 50 percent of his challenges in 2012. However, as John Parolin of writes, the Ravens head coach made several questionable challenges that didn't pay off. 

For once, I'm on the referees' side. Stick with the call on the field. 


Coin Toss

Heads (-105)

Tails (-105) 

There's only one right answer in this situation: Tails never fails. 

The past four coin tosses came up heads, but history tells us that a fifth time won't be in the books. 

There have been four instances of four-in-a-row streaks, but never five. While the odds may be even, it's almost a guarantee that it can't come up heads again, right? 


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

Yes (+250) 

No (-400)

For the sake of America, let's hope Ms. Keys doesn't forget Francis Scott Key's signature song. 

Nothing conjures up quite the embarrassment than messing up the National Anthem, but this should be a piece of cake for a consummate professional and world-renowned entertainer like Alicia Keys. 

Now that doesn't mean she won't spice it up with an extra word or two (which is another prop bet this year), but let's keep the faith that she won't forget a single word of the original piece. 


What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?

Orange 3/1

Yellow 3/2

Green 10/1

Red 5/1

Blue 15/2

Clear/Water 11/4

Everyone knows Glacier Freeze is the best Gatorade flavor, but chances are the winning coach won't be drowned in the delicious elixir. 

Odds are that the winning Harbaugh will get an orange shower, although lemon-lime could be the upset. 

Whatever color it is, the victory shower will be the sweetest one for the Super Bowl-winning coach. 


How many times will Jay-Z be shown on TV during the game?

No over/under currently listed 

Although there isn't an over/under listed, this has to be one of the most interesting wagers to watch. 

Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce, is the half-time performer, and rumors are already swirling that the rapper may make an appearance alongside his wife. 

However, this prop bet doesn't include the half-time performance. So how many times will the legendary rapper be shown on TV? If the over-under is twice, go with the under. 


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