Super Bowl National Anthem 2014: Prop-Bet Tips for Renee Fleming's Performance

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

In this Friday, Oct. 5 2012 photo, Johan Botha performs the title roll alongside Renee Fleming performing as Desdemona during the final dress rehearsal of Guiseppe Verdi's
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When it comes to Super Bowl prop bets, the national anthem always steals the show.

Each and every year, there are a wealth of entertaining prop bets focused on things like what color Gatorade will be splashed upon the winning coach and whom the Super Bowl MVP congratulates first—and yes, God is an option.

For the 2014 edition, you can wager on how many times Peyton Manning will use the word "Omaha" in addition to how many times the word "marijuana" is said by the announcers, since both states of the contending teams legalized the drug.

But there are plenty of entertaining bets surrounding the national anthem, which is perhaps the most exciting pregame bet annually. Three of those bets are listed below, including where you should be putting your money.

Note: All lines are courtesy of Bovada.


When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV Info: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Denver to win by 3, courtesy of Bovada


How Long Will the National Anthem Take?

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Under 2 Minutes, 25 Seconds: +120 (6-5)

Over 2 Minutes, 25 Seconds: -160 (5-8)

Opera singers aren't known for being brief with their singing, and Fleming has made a career out of stretching each and every last bit out of a note.

She could spring a surprise and breeze through the national anthem like any other singer would, but more than likely, she'll take her time. Sure, she will be on a bit of a time crunch, but the league has likely allotted enough time for Fleming to take some liberties.

Last year, Alicia Keys broke the Super Bowl record, with her 156.4-second rendition. That's a little over two-and-a-half minutes, so it's not unprecedented that an opera singer could go over 2 minutes, 25 seconds.


What Color Gloves Will Renee Fleming Wear?

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White: +275 (11-4)

Black: Even

Red: +500 (5-1)

Any Other Color: +300 (3-1)

Fleming was born in Pennsylvania, so it's unlikely that she has a dog in the fight. As a result, you'd have to believe that she'll go with a neutral color for her gloves.

That would seemingly eliminate any color associated with either the Broncos or Seahawks. So no orange, electric green or shade of navy blue.

Maybe the NFL will have her wear some of those gloves that will be given away to fans as a part of the "Warm Welcome" package inside everybody's seat cushion.

Even if Fleming is allowed to bring her own gloves, black is a safe bet. It's the absence of all colors, so there's no better way to demonstrate her neutrality.


Will Knowshon Moreno Cry?

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Yes: +170 (17-10)

No: -250 (2-5)

Knowshon Moreno cries all of the tears.

The Broncos running back was caught on camera shedding a few tears during the national anthem prior to Denver's Week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The fact that he was crying wasn't all that attention-grabbing, but what did catch the eye of many was the fact that he appeared to have switched out his eyes with water faucets.

Moreno explained why he'll sometimes cry before the game begins, per Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden:

Not uncommon at all. It's always been that way for me, all the way back to high school and college. During the anthem it's always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there's no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.

Since this is such a momentous occasion, it's not all that bold to say that Moreno will turn on the water works again. As good as the Broncos are, there's no guarantee that they'll reach the Super Bowl again anytime soon, and if they do, Moreno may not be a part of the team by then.

So go ahead and put your money on "Yes."