The 15 Best Super Bowl Prop Bets We Just Made Up

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

The 15 Best Super Bowl Prop Bets We Just Made Up

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    As someone who likes to enjoy an adult beverage on occasion, I can tell you that there are plenty of times when I find myself taking part in some sort of drinking game while watching TV.

    Hell, even the hosts of the Golden Globes—Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler—endorsed doing so while hosting the awards show a few weeks ago to help keep things interesting.

    And while I don't want to promote getting hammered during this weekend's Super Bowl—though, you probably will—I'm giving you a few prop bets that will add a little fun to watching the game, making wagers with your buddies on who has to either pound their beer or pay up.

Under-25: Number of Bags of Skittles Seen During the Game

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    Assuming you already know about Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's love for Skittles—dude once got fined for wearing customized kicks of them—this one should be a no-brainer.

    I put the number at under-25 because, in hindsight, if Lynch goes all Beast Mode on the Broncos and scores a touchdown, chances are fans are tossing bags of the candy at him.

    This is a tricky call, though, because in Seattle, fans behind the end zone come fully prepared, whereas in the neutral Super Bowl, it'll be a mix of Broncos and Seahawks supporters.

Over/Under-10: Mentions of Peyton Manning's Legacy (Regardless of Outcome)

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    Given his current age and pending physical, there's a ton of talk about Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning potentially calling it quits should he lead his team to a Super Bowl win.

    While Manning himself tries to downplay the whole legacy talk, it's the elephant in the room that can't be ignored.

    Don't think for a second that the TV broadcast won't do its best to mention this as much as possible—especially should he actually become the first quarterback in NFL history to lead two teams to a Super Bowl victory.

+150: One Team Scores a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown

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    This is one that doesn't get talked about too often, but seeing how the game matches up the best offense and defense in the league against one another, maybe it should.

    Seeing how the Broncos have multiple Pro Bowl pass-catchers and the probable league MVP throwing them the ball, everyone knows that they aren't deflecting from the game plan of passing—a lot.

    With an overly aggressive defensive backfield for the Seahawks, will they find an opportunity to snatch one out of the air and take it to the house?

    On the flip-side, Seattle has given up minimal punt return yards all season long. So can Denver do something to make a big play on special teams and help out what could be a low-scoring game due to the weather conditions?

Yes/No: To Richard Sherman Doing an Interview with Erin Andrews

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    We all know what happened the last time Fox reporter Erin Andrews stuck a microphone in the face of Richard Sherman following a big win—and the backlash that came from it—so would the network possibly do it again?

    I'm sure there have been plenty of meetings about it leading up to the big game on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if Sherman makes an impact that's worthy enough for EA to get up in his grill again—like winning the game's MVP or picking off a pass.

What Company Will Have the Funniest Commercial?

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    Pepsi: +150

    Bud Light/Budweiser: +100

    Doritos: +200

    Volkswagen: +250

    Someone Else: +150

    The usual contenders in the race—listed above—annually spend big money to not only get their names in front of millions of people around the globe, but they also compete with one another to be known as the most humorous of the game.

    Pepsi typically goes with the celeb angle. Bud Light has Arnold Schwarzenegger hyping them this year. And Doritos always has a fan-voting contest to decide their favorite.

    Will one of these giant brands earn top billing, or will someone else take home the prize?


    Editor's Note: The Doritos commercial "Office Thief" stars my high school friend, so go vote for it to win.

+100: Percy Harvin Makes an Impact on the Game

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    Since he hasn't played more than just a few quarters all season long, people tend to forget just how good Seahawks wideout Percy Harvin is.

    Sure, he's been working his way back from hip surgery this offseason and is still trying to recover from a concussion that he suffered during Seattle's divisional-round game against the New Orleans Saints, but if Harvin is healthy enough to play the full game on Sunday, he could play a huge role in determining the outcome.

    I'm not talking about just being a decoy and running around to confuse Denver's defense, either—but catching a bunch of passes or making a big play on either special teams or on a misdirection play.

Predicting the Gatorade Color

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    In one of the wackier prop bets, what color do you think the Gatorade will be for the winning coach to get doused with?

    As we saw following the Broncos' win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, the flavor was orange.

    Seeing how sports are full of superstitions, I wouldn't be surprised if the players stick with it in hopes that coach John Fox celebrates a title—but will the Seahawks choose the same if they shower Pete Carroll?

Heads/Tails: What Will the Coin Toss Be?

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    Need a nice, simple prop bet to get things started before the game? Go ahead and try to guess the coin toss result.

    Given that it's either going to be heads or tails, you have a 50 percent chance of guessing it right, and I'll even help you out by providing this chart of the results of every single Super Bowl.

    It has been heads in five straight games, so do you feel confident it will be again this year?

3/2: Odds That the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars Play a Song Together

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    Not sure about you, but whenever the Super Bowl halftime show gets announced, the first thing I think about is the whole Janet Jackson fiasco—because, let's face it, that was the best ever.

    Seeing how the gig this year is featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though, I'm not so sure anything crazy is going to happen.

    That still doesn't mean I wouldn't mind seeing the two collaborate on a few songs—even if they aren't their own—giving fans something that is about as rare as a cold-weather Super Bowl, hopefully.

    It's just cool when two different groups and genres rock out together, so it will be interesting to see if it happens.

Over/Under-2: Amount of Times Knowshon Moreno Cries

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    I'm going off the assumption here that Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno tears up during the national anthem, seeing how he did it prior to a regular-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year.

    So that's already one time right there.

    And if the Broncos actually win the game, there's no way in hell Moreno holds back, right?

    I'd go with the over on this one—but that's with the belief that Denver wins.

2/1 Odds: The Super Bowl MVP Is a Quarterback

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    Generally speaking, most Super Bowl MVPs are the guys who see the most action—the quarterbacks.

    So even if Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning don't light up the stat sheet, should they be on the winning side and no other player does something absurdly effective, than they'll probably drive away with a new ride.

    If not one of the signal-callers, though, who are fans banking on to take home the MVP?

Under-2.5: Penalties on Richard Sherman for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

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    I've already mentioned how Richard Sherman is quite the passionate player out there, byway of his postgame comments to Erin Andrews.

    Those same emotions carry over to the field, too, with Sherman often getting himself in the middle of aggravating opposing wide receivers.

    The corner was already fined for his taunting penalty after his tip led to the game-sealing interception in the NFC Championship, so one would think that he'll be even more psyched up for the biggest game of his life.

    As the most penalized team in the league, the Seahawks will need to keep composure so not to hurt themselves.

Over/Under: 34 Degrees at Kickoff

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    While there are plenty of storylines heading into this game, the one that has become the most prominent is the weather on game day—since the NFL decided a cold-weather Super Bowl was necessary.

    As of right now, meteorologists are talking about windy, mid-30s conditions, so will that hold true?

    All I know is that this is one time that fans are not bragging about dropping thousands to have front-row seats at a Super Bowl—because they're going to be freezing their asses off regardless of it being in the low or high 30s.

Over-5: Number of Times 'Beast Mode' Gets Mentioned

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    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is known for his tough, inspiring runs every single time he touches the ball, refusing to go down without a fight.

    And for that reason, he earned the name "Beast Mode."

    Don't think for one second that football fans and media haven't played this up as much as possible, mentioning it often throughout the course of games.

    Lynch has run for 249 yards and three touchdowns so far in the team's two postseason games, so if Beast Mode is being talked about throughout the contest, then Seattle fans should be happy—because it probably means that their Seahawks are winning.

Over-50: 'Omahas' by Peyton Manning

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    Come on now—you all could have predicted that this one would take my top spot.

    Peyton Manning yelling "Omaha" before multiple plays has become a national phenomenon, with companies actually agreeing to donate cash to his charity for each time he says it.

    Manning was heard 44 times saying the city during the AFC Championship Game, so the question now becomes, can break that mark and reach 50?