Renee Fleming Super Bowl National Anthem: Opening Performance Prop Bets and Odds

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 2, 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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You haven't truly lived until you've bet on the national anthem. 

As has become customary over the past couple of years, there are hundreds upon hundreds of Super Bowl prop bets available for fans and bettors to spend their hard-earned money on. Many of those bets are of the novelty nature—will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman on Twitter during the game? Will the announcers say "marijuana"? Will Knowhson Moreno cry?—and perhaps none has become as popular as the ones that involve "The Star-Spangled Banner."

With opera singer Renee Fleming belting out this year's rendition, there is even more intrigue. 

Here's a look at every bet concerning the famous singer, courtesy of 


Game Information

Date: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

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

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Denver (-2.5), via Vegas Insider

Over/Under: 48, via Vegas Insider


Renee Fleming Bets

How Long Will It Take? Over 2:25 +110; Under 2:25 -150

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Two minutes and 25 seconds is forever when it comes to the national anthem. 

According to the Huffington Post, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks all clocked in under 2 minutes and 10 seconds, while Billy Joel finished in a lightning-fast 1:30. 

But Fleming, the first opera singer ever to be given this honor, is different. She can hit and sustain beautiful notes for what feels like an eternity, and there's very little question that her version will be drawn out far longer than any other performance we've seen.

I'm taking the over.


Will Fleming Forget or Omit at Least 1 Word? Yes +300; No -500

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Um, this isn't Christina Aguilera

The 54-year-old Fleming is a professional in every sense of the word. She has been singing for a living since the 1980s, she studied at Juilliard, she has won four Grammy awards and she has performed in countless operas. 

Heck, she has even been on the Late Show with David Letterman:

Fleming isn't going to mess up. In fact, I'd be willing to venture that she goes down as having one of the best performances in Super Bowl history. 


Will She Wear Gloves When She Starts Singing? Yes -300; No +200

Now we get to the bets you should probably steer clear of. 

It's going to be cold. Perhaps the adrenaline will help keep Fleming warm, but it's probably safe to go with "yes" here.


If So, What Color Will They Be? White +275; Black +150; Red +500; Any Other Color +200

You might be better off taking a whack at the color of the winning team's Gatorade. But if you are truly addicted and can't stay away from this one, I'd go with black. Fleming is all class, and a simple, elegant choice would make the most sense.