Not every bet placed during Super Bowl XLVIII will be on the the final outcome of the game. In fact, a good majority of the money that will be switching hands will be a result of bets that have absolutely nothing to do with the game itself.
Alas, the beauty of prop bets.
The most casual football fans can get in on the action with prop betting, and that's perhaps why the Super Bowl is so widely viewed across the country. I mean, who wouldn't want to find out if the lights will go out at this year's game? And, yes, that's a prop bet you can partake in.
Bovada has a comprehensive list of all things prop betting. I'll just touch on a few that I find most entertaining. Before checking them out, make sure you refresh yourself on all pertinent game information.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Mobile: NFL Mobile app
Spread: Denver (-3), according to Bovada
Will the Announcers Say the Word "Marijuana" During the Game?
Washington and Colorado have both legalized marijuana, and Bovada wants to put the announcing crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to the test by seeing if they'll mention it during the game.
Should it come up in conversation between the two, it might not be a casual quip. Actually, it might have some relevance to the future of the game.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll suggested that the NFL should explore the use of medical marijuana if it will help the players, according to John Breech of CBSSports.com.
Pete Carroll says the NFL should explore medicinal marijuana as a means to treat injured players. » http://t.co/J41ijI337b— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 27, 2014
While that should be a debate for a different day, Buck and Aikman may bring it up on Feb. 2. Had Carroll not recently made comments regarding marijuana, then Buck and Aikman probably would not have been tempted to bring it up. They're two of the best in the business, after all.
But now that they have a legitimate reason to mention it, don't be surprised if it slips into conversation.
Which Song Will Bruno Mars Perform First?
Bruno Mars will be performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the halftime show in a match that should prove entertaining (one way or the other) to say the least. The prop bet here is which song Mars will perform first. Here are your options:
Just the Way You Are: 9/1
Locked Out of Heaven: 4-5
Marry You: 12/1
The Lazy Song: 12/1
First things first. Let's eliminate "Grenade," "Just the Way You Are," "Marry You" and "The Lazy Song." While good songs, they aren't the captivating hits that one would expect to be played at the Super Bowl halftime show.
"Locked Out of Heaven" is immensely popular and is a good choice to go No. 1—hence the odds of 4-5. "Gorilla" and "Treasure" are also interesting options. I think all three will be played in some capacity, but "Locked Out of Heaven" should lead it off.
Who knows? Maybe all of the aforementioned songs will be performed in some sort of super-medley.
What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?
This one is my absolute favorite. Here are your options when placing your bets:
Let's start out by eliminating green Gatorade. I'm not even sure that's a widely favored flavor. We can also give clear/water the axe because, well, it's boring.
Orange is a great flavor (an underrated one, if you ask me), but I don't think orange is going to be what gets poured over the winning coach's head.
I mean, c'mon. Who doesn't love blue Gatorade? Nobody even knows what exactly it tastes like, but we all know that it was our go-to after Little League or football practices.
I'm expecting blue Gatorade dumped over the winning coach at the end of the game.