I get tired of all the hype of ancillary things around the Super Bowl. Entertaining prop bets are not one of those things.
I'm not such a hyper-focused fan that checking out a few prop bets doesn't add a little value to my Super Bowl Sunday.
After all, there is just one day a year where you won't be considered a troubling degenerate for placing a little money on one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers being shirtless.
The prop bets feature a little of everything this year. The odds on the bets below come to us from Bovada, and the three featured plays are currently my most favorite on the board.
How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV during the game?
I've made the mistake of taking the over on a bet similar to this. In fact, the first time I made a play on a bet like this was on Eli Manning's brother, Peyton.
That came in the 2012 Super Bowl. With Eli playing in the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning coming off of neck surgery, I figured Peyton would be on TV during the Super Bowl broadcast somewhere between 10 and a million times.
It didn't happen. By my memory and Stock Lemon Blog's account, Peyton wasn't shown a single time.
As it turns out, broadcast teams do a wonderful job of catering the broadcast to the actual game.
So, Peyton is playing the Super Bowl in Eli's home stadium...it doesn't matter.
The only way the Fox broadcast will show Eli (and it has to be a live shot between the kickoff and final whistle) is if the game is a complete blowout and the Manning's are some place where the cameras can catch them.
Even then, I'd be surprised to see the broadcast venture that far away from the actual game.
Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance?
At first, I couldn't believe this was even a bet. Was I seriously being offered money on just one member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers not wearing a shirt? This is a band that once performed on national TV wearing nothing but a strategically placed sock and would appear to have an acute allergy to clothes.
Then, I remembered this was not the typical warm-weather or indoor Super Bowl. It might snow for this Super Bowl. In fact, you can even bet on the possibility.
This fact isn't going to sway me from taking yes, however. I'm just not as excited about it.
I know. It's not just going to be cold. Anthony Kiedis and Flea are both 51, and drummer Will Ferrell, I mean Chad Smith, is 52.
Still, there is no reason for anyone to think these guys care how old they are, and they have a reputation to maintain:
In the end, they are going to do what they want and be unique and nearly naked while doing it.
What will be higher?
Total Liverpool Goals vs. West Bromwich: -150
Russell Wilson TD Passes: +120
Along with the bets that don't involve the game, cross sport bets are great. You can get these plays at other ties of the year, but the Super Bowl adds a little life.
There are a variety to choose from. You can find bets crossing the game with the NBA, NHL and EPL. The one I'm feeling best about this year takes us across the pond.
Russell Wilson only threw more than two touchdown passes in three games, counting the playoffs, this season. He also hasn't thrown more than one touchdown pass in any of his last six games. On top of that, he has thrown just one touchdown pass in his two playoff games.
Meanwhile, led by talisman Luis Suarez, Liverpool are the second-highest scoring team in the Premier League this season. If you're not familiar with Suarez, he's been a prolific player, but he's taken his game to a new level:
The Reds have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games and nine times in their last 11.
The two times they didn't in that span came against Manchester City and Chelsea, who are two of the EPL's best teams.
West Brom is not. They are 13th in the table and in the bottom half of the league in goals allowed. West Brom do enjoy the home pitch, but Liverpool have netted a league-leading 24 away goals in 11 away matches.
Despite the -150 odds, Liverpool are a strong play.