Super Bowl 2014 National Anthem Singer: Performer Info and Prop Bet Lines

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2014

FILE - This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows Renee Fleming performing at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington. Fleming, a four-time Grammy winner, will perform sing the national anthem before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb 2. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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There are odds for just about everything imaginable on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to Bovada, over 500 prop bets exist for the big game with everything from weather forecasting to whether the power will go out in the stadium again. For fans who enjoy risking their money, those might be the way to go.     

But most will be lured to the old staple of the National Anthem prop bets like the length of the song and even one as ridiculous as whether singer Renee Fleming will wear gloves during the performance. Fleming, an opera singer, will be the much scrutinized performer given the reigns for the biggest game of the year.

For bettors looking to collect a little extra cash before the game officially kicks off, putting down a few bucks for the odds on Fleming going over the projected length might be a safe bet. With the game just days away, here are the prop betting lines for the National Anthem.

Prop Bets for National Anthem
How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the official US National Anthem?Over 2:25 (Even); Under 2:25 (-140)
Will Fleming forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?Yes (+250); No (-400)
Will Fleming wear gloves when she starts singing US National Anthem?Yes (-300); No (+200)
What color will Fleming's gloves be?White (+275); Black (+150); Red (+500); Other (+200)


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

When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Broncos (-2.5)


* Odds provided by Bovada.


Prop Bets Breakdown For National Anthem

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OK, so let's get this straight: An opera singer is performing the National Anthem? Taking the over seems like the most obvious bet in the world.

Renee Fleming is not exactly a mainstream artist like Alicia Keys from the 2013 Super Bowl or Kelly Clarkson from the year prior, but she certainly has a reputation for dragging things out. Take her appearance on The David Letterman Show for example, as she took over eight minutes to perform the Top 10 list.

Fleming is a four-time Grammy winner and will be the first opera singer to perform the National Anthem in Super Bowl history, according to Ronni Reich of The Star-Ledger. After winning the National Medal of Art, "The People's Diva" released her newest album, Guilty Pleasures, in September of 2013.

When asked about her favorite piece she's performed thus far, Fleming told Paulette Beete of that she doesn't pick favorites, but enjoys engaging in the piece she's singing:

Honestly, I’m not one for favorites, where performances or repertoire are concerned. My favorite performance really tends to be (and needs to be) the one I’m engaged in at the moment. The great thing about an art like music-making is that there is something to challenge me, something to convey, and something to love in every piece I undertake.

Super Bowl fans placing bets on the over for length will certainly hope she's thoroughly engaged in the performance. As for the other bets, the gloves seem likely with the weather predicted to be a little chilly at kickoff, according to The Weather Channel's forecast.

As for the color of the gloves, your guess is as good as mine. Here's what we know: Keys wore a red dress last year, while Clarkson and Christina Aguilera wore black dresses the two years prior, so it looks like the odds are Fleming will be donning black, as she did on Letterman.

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Even with that knowledge, the color of the gloves will be tough to predict because the colors of red, white or black all match with black. As ridiculous as it sounds, taking a bet on which color the gloves might be seems even more outrageous than the fact that there are odds for the outfit choice.

When it comes to forgetting words, taking out a bet on a professional singer of Fleming's caliber flubbing something this huge might not be the best idea.

Regardless, whether fans choose to put money down on the staple prop bet or just laugh at others who choose to do so, all eyes will be on Fleming before kickoff.  


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