Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Over/Under: 47, per CBS Sports
The Super Bowl is more than just the grand stage of the year for professional football; it’s also the grand stage of the year for people to wager their hard-earned money on such important things as how long the national anthem will last and whether or not it will snow during the game.
Yes, the Super Bowl is a chance for the football-loving public to focus on something outside of the actual game with numerous prop bets.
Of course, unless you are a fan of the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks, the Super Bowl isn’t completely about football anyway. There are parties to host, a giant halftime concert to watch and thousands of pounds of chicken wings to consume.
That is why the notion of prop bets fits in so seamlessly with Super Bowl Sunday. The traditional spread is very close right now (see above), and which side you take probably depends on whether you prefer prolific offense (Broncos) or stifling defense (Seahawks), but the prop bets provide nothing but pure entertainment.
That is unless you waste a little bit too much money on them.
Without further ado, let’s break down some of the more interesting prop bets for the 2014 Super Bowl. We left out the numerous player props (such as who will win MVP) not because they aren’t worthy of discussion, but because those angles will be covered extensively until kickoff.
All bets listed are courtesy of Bovada and CBS Sports.
Mother Nature Props
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will it snow during the game?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will be the temperature at kickoff?
Over/Under 34 degrees Fahrenheit
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will be the lowest temperature during the game?
Over/Under 31 degrees Fahrenheit
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will the power go out in the stadium during the game?
Like it or not, the impact of the weather will be discussed ad nauseam leading up to the Super Bowl. Vegas noticed.
Jamie Samuelson of CBS Detroit breaks down just why he thinks going with the snow is the safest bet:
You have to go with the snow. First of all, even if a single, solitary flake blows through the air, Fox will have twelve cameras trained on it. You guys know from living in Michigan that it can be perfectly sunny and clear and then all of a sudden a gust of wind brings some squall into your backyard. That’s the deal here. Plus, even if there’s not a hint of snow in the air, Roger Goodell will order some man-made flakes just to push the narrative of the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in a million years.
While the snow and temperature were obvious directions to go via prop bets, including the idea of the power going out pays homage to last year’s Super Bowl. It may seem absurd to think that the power will go out two years in a row, but mother nature may have other ideas.
Still, it’s not as if there aren’t countless football games every season that take place in less-than-ideal conditions, and how often does the power actually go out at a stadium?
National Anthem Props
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the U.S. national anthem?
Over 2 minutes 30 seconds EVEN (1/1)
Under 2 minutes 30 seconds -140 (5/7)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Renee Fleming forget or omit at least 1 word of the official U.S. national anthem?
Yes +250 (5/2)
No -400 (1/4)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she starts singing the U.S. national anthem?
Yes -200 (1/2)
No +150 (3/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: If Renee Fleming wears gloves when she starts singing US national anthem what color will they be?
Any Other Color 3/1
Poor Renee Fleming.
Not only does she have to deal with the nerves that will almost undoubtedly come with performing the national anthem in front of millions of television viewers at the Super Bowl, but she also has to operate under the knowledge that millions of dollars could change hands if she makes even one mistake.
Heck, even her choice of gloves could turn the tables dramatically for a number of bettors.
For those who don’t know who Fleming is, the ever-reliable Wikipedia describes her as follows:
Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. Fleming has performed coloratura, lyric and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech and Russian, aside from her native English. She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet'sThaïs, the title role in Richard Strauss's Arabella, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Countess in Capriccio.
With a resume like that, it’s probably a safe bet to assume that she won’t mess up a word. However, don’t be surprised if someone with classical training goes a bit long on some of those notes and carries the song longer than two-and-a-half minutes.
Media Narrative Props
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha" during the game?
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will be said more during the game?
Reference to Denver Broncos No.1 or Best Offense -110
Reference to Seattle Seahawks No.1 or Best Defense -110
If you aren’t tired of hearing about the number of times Peyton Manning yells the word Omaha while he is at the line of scrimmage, feel free to bet on it. Yahoo! Sports points out that all the attention Manning has received for his audibles has even inspired airlines:
The gamble about which will receive more airtime between the Broncos offense or the Seahawks defense is interesting because it is difficult to imagine one being brought up without the other very often.
21st Century Prop
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)
If only we could present prop bets to football fans back in the '80s.
Chances are Michael Crabtree will be baited by countless Twitter users during the Super Bowl broadcast. Which side you go with on this prop bet probably depends on how highly you think of Crabtree’s ability to restrain himself in the ever-volatile world of Twitter.
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a song on stage at the same time?
Yes -200 (1/2)
No +150 (3/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Which song will Bruno Mars perform first?
Locked Out Of Heaven 3/1
Just The Way You Are 6/1
Marry You 7/1
The Lazy Song 10/1
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime performance?
No hat 2/1
Fur Hat 5/1
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance
Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -140 (5/7)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will the halftime show break the record for most watched ever (Record: Madonna, 114 million viewers)
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)
I am not going to pretend to know enough about Bruno Mars to venture a guess about what will be on his head or what song he chooses to play first. However, there’s no way that he doesn’t share the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at some point.
The Super Bowl halftime show may be long, but it’s not long enough to have a lengthy transition period in between the two performers.