There are plenty of ways for even the most casual of fans to get involved in the action of Super Bowl Sunday. The best way is to get a piece of the action in prop betting.
Prop bets are game-related, but they are also often ridiculous. Prop bets help to bring a little comedy to the game that is the most important of the 2013 season. Super Bowl XLVIII pits the two best teams in the NFL against each other—but it's also pitting gamblers across the world against each other.
Placing money blindly on prop bets isn't really the safest idea, though. Choosing the prop bets with the highest likelihood of occurring is the good play. Sure, they might not have the highest payout, but you should still end up making money with your investment.
The following prop bets are the ones everybody should be getting involved in. But first, here's all the stuff you need to know prior to the game:
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Denver (-3) according to Bovada
Marshawn Lynch Scores First TD of the Game
Personally, I like the chances of the Seattle Seahawks scoring first in this game.
The Seattle defense will come out fast and aggressive against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (should Denver get the ball first), forcing a turnover on downs. The secondary—the Legion of Boom—will be motivated and play with a fire that we've yet to see.
That means that running back Marshawn Lynch will be pounding the rock early and often. Russell Wilson isn't the most dynamic quarterback. He's a great game manager that loves to turn around and hand the ball off to Lynch—one of the best backs in the NFL.
Lynch scored a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns this season, while also sprinkling in two receiving touchdowns. He's the focal point of Seattle's offensive attack, and the chances of him finding the end zone first are high.
At 11/2 odds, I'd take Lynch scoring the first touchdown of the game.
Will Renee Fleming Wear Gloves When She Starts Singing the National Anthem?
Honestly, Renee Fleming would be crazy to not wear gloves when she starts singing the National Anthem.
This prop bet is a simple "yes" (-175) or "no" (+135) question. This one is so obvious, though, that anybody taking "no" would appear to be a big-time risk taker.
A low of 27 degrees is expected for Super Bowl Sunday (via accuweather.com), and even though the high is expected to be 51, that will most assuredly dip into the low-40s or colder by kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Heck, even Bruno Mars is preparing to brave the elements during the halftime show:
Being born in Rochester, New York, Fleming knows all about the wintry months in New York and its surrounding areas. Expect her to be prepared for the elements.
Personally, I'd rather be super warm than super cold. If you so much as warn me that it might dip into the 30s, then I'll be throwing a pair of gloves on. Fleming will likely be doing the same.
Will Knowshon Moreno Cry During the Singing of the National Anthem?
Not uncommon at all. It's always been that way for me, all the way back to high school and college. During the anthem it's always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there's no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.
On the biggest stage of his life, it appears as if Moreno will be bringing on the waterworks. Again, this is a "yes" (+150) or "no" (-200) situation. Without even thinking, I would put money on Moreno crying.
Here's what it looked like the last time it happened:
Russell Wilson Completions or Jeff Green Points vs. Orlando Magic?
Wilson has averaged 15.6 completions per game in 18 games (including playoffs) this season. Jeff Green is dropping 16.0 points per game for the Boston Celtics in 2013-14. That makes this bet pretty interesting.
The line (Wilson, EVEN; Green, -130) suggests that you really don't have much to lose here. By choosing Wilson, you risk losing whatever money you put down on him—a sum that is entirely up to your choosing. Should Wilson win, you'll simply double whatever it is you put on him.
That being said, I would go with Green. He's averaging 16.2 points per game in January, albeit on a poor shooting percentage of 38.6. He's averaging exactly 16.0 points per game in three outings against the Orlando Magic this season, and that's on 41.2 percent shooting.
Better yet, Orlando ranks toward the bottom in the league in points allowed per game (102.1).
Against a tough defense on the biggest stage of his career, I'm not sure if I trust Wilson to pick up 15-plus completions. I do, however, trust Green to drop a good number of points against the Magic.
*All prop bets courtesy of Bovada