Super Bowl Odds 2014: Tips for the Game's Strangest Prop Bets

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Opera singer Renee Fleming who will sing the National Anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game speaks during a press conference Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)
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If you're looking to make a financial killing this weekend, then Super Bowl XLVIII is the place to go. Play your cards right and you can turn a couple hundred into a couple thousand.

When you're betting, though, don't go for all of that boring, football-related stuff. No, what you should do is gamble on the national anthem, whether Knowshon Moreno will cry before the game and/or whether a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shirtless during their performance.

That's where the real money is to be made.

As with every year, plenty of sports books are taking bets on some absolutely ridiculous prop bets, and it's glorious. You can laugh, but there's no doubt that you really can make some money if you bet the right way.

Here are some of the more offbeat prop bets, with some advice on where to go.

Note: All odds are courtesy of Bovada.


When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

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

TV Info: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go


Who Will the Super Bowl MVP Mention First in His Speech?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3,
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Teammates: 1/1

God: 3/1

Fans: 11/2

Other Team or Other Player on Other Team: 10/1

Family: 12/1

Coach 14/1

Owner: 25/1

None of the Above: 9/2

I'm picking the Seahawks, and for that reason, I think whomever the MVP is will thank the 12th Man first and foremost.

You've been hearing all year about how great of a home-field advantage Seattle has and how tough CenturyLink Field can be for visiting teams.

While it's all true, a saturation point has been reached where everyone else is kinda sick and tired of hearing about how much more awesome one fanbase is than the other.

It was the same thing with the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

But the Seahawks players do have a special bond with their home fans. The 12th Man has taken on a life of its own.

So when Marshawn Lynch is lifting the Super Bowl MVP Trophy, he'll make sure to shout out the fans who have helped the team out so much this season.


What Color Gatorade Will Be Dumped on the Coach?

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants dumps Gatorade on head coach Tom Coughlin after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in
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Orange: 1/1

Clear/Water: 5/2

Yellow: 15/4

Red: 15/2

Blue: 10/1

Green: 15/1

This is a bit of a risky bet because the cold temperatures may prevent the players from dumping any Gatorade at all. Why subject your head coach to something so diabolical and consider it a reward?

But this is the Super Bowl, so there's a good chance that Gatorade will get spilled on somebody.

You can automatically eliminate both blue and green. Those flavors are terrible. I'm more surprised that they're still even around at all.

If blue and green are on the sideline at all, they're so far out of everybody's way that players won't even think to dump it on the coaches. Don't be surprised if they're completely frozen.

The other four are all enticing options, but in the end it comes down to either orange or clear/water.

The best advice would be to go with orange if you think the Broncos will win and clear/water if you think the Seahawks will win.


What Will be Higher?

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Seconds in the national anthem sung by Renee Fleming: -130

Peyton Manning passing yards in the first half: -110

Alicia Keys had the longest rendition of the national anthem in Super Bowl history, and that came in at 156.4 seconds.

With Renee Fleming's opera singing background, it makes sense to think that she'll end up topping that record. And even if she doesn't, she'll end up in the 130-145 range. Opera singers aren't known to be the most succinct. They make careers out of stretching each and every last bit out of every note.

Not only that, but Fleming is representing opera singing as a whole. This is a great opportunity for her to demonstrate how powerful that art form can be. She knows that things like this don't come around too often.

Just listen to her initial reaction to hearing that the NFL wanted her to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl, per the Associated Press, via

"Really, I just rejected it out of hand," she said. "I just thought, 'Oh that's ridiculous, you know, it must be a joke.' Nobody's going to ask me to sing for the Super Bowl, even the national anthem, because it's just never been done, that anybody who was in classical music or any other genre, frankly, other than really mainstream, successful, top-selling, commercial, mainstream artists. So I was stunned when it was real!"

As good as Peyton Manning is, he'll have a hard time on Sunday. Between the weather and Seattle's No. 1-ranked pass defense, he'll be lucky to get 250-plus passing yards for the whole game.

Take Fleming to edge out this bet.


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