Super Bowl Halftime Show 2014: Most Intriguing Prop Bets Worth Gambling on

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30:  Halftime performer Bruno Mars speaks at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Press Conference at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 30, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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The great thing about the Super Bowl is that literally everyone can enjoy it, even those that aren't particularly fond of football. The spectacle that is the Super Bowl halftime show is a big reason for that, and there are ways to make it even more interesting than it already is.

Millions of bets are likely to be placed on Super Bowl XLVIII, with most of them focusing on the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. But there is a way to bet on the Super Bowl without betting on the game itself. Bovada has released tons of off-the-wall prop bets for a number of Super Bowl-related things, including the halftime show.

This year's halftime show will feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in what should be an eclectic performance. If you're in a gambling mood, then here are three Super Bowl halftime-show props that you should consider rolling the dice on.


Will Any Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers Be Shirtless During Performance?

Will a RHCP Band Member Be Shirtless?

The devil is in the details when it comes to prop bets, so even though it may seem strange on the surface, it shouldn't come as a strange surprise that you can bet on the Red Hot Chili Peppers being in various states of undress. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are known for their energetic performances, which oftentimes lead to a shirt or two being discarded, as seen in this recent photo of lead singer Anthony Kiedis, courtesy of the band's Instagram account.

Interestingly enough, there are a lot of factors to take into play when betting on this prop. In addition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' history, the weather could play a role. It was initially supposed to be freezing for Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., but lists temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit with an extremely slight chance of precipitation, so the conditions should be ideal.

That would seem to suggest that going shirtless is a possibility, but according to Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, NFL senior vice president for programming Mark Quenzel is expecting a buttoned-up approach, as he said they "will be fully clothed on Super Bowl Sunday."

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will go along with Quenzel's thought process willingly, but betting "no" on this prop seems like a smart move, especially at +150.


Will Performance Break Record for Most-Watched Halftime Show Ever?

Will Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Have the Largest Audience Ever?

While the combination of Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers doesn't have as much mainstream appeal as some past halftime acts, there is reason to believe that some records could be broken. According to Bovada, the most-watched halftime show of all time was Madonna's two years ago when 114 million people tuned in. Madonna is legendary, so that doesn't come as a big surprise, but she could be knocked down a peg this year.

Overall viewership for the Super Bowl continues to grow on a yearly basis. According to Brad Adgate of, that trend is expected to continue. Last year's Super Bowl actually failed to top the 2012 edition of the big game, but that was merely a speed bump. With playoff football viewership up 10 percent overall this year compared to last year, Adgate believes that even more eyes will be on the Super Bowl.

More viewership for the game doesn't guarantee more viewership for the halftime show since some people may change the channel if they aren't captivated by the act, but it definitely gives Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers a fighting chance. With "yes" sitting at +200, it's definitely worth taking a chance on considering the upward trend in Super Bowl viewership.


What Will Be Bruno Mars' First Song?

What Song Will Bruno Mars Perform First?
Locked Out of Heaven1-2
Just the Way You Are5-1
Marry You15-1
The Lazy Song15-1

Even though Mars is still fairly new to the music scene, he has already produced a number of hits. According to Jessica Letkemann of, five of Mars' songs have hit No. 1 on the charts. Among them are "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Just the Way You Are," which are both potential options when it comes to Mars' opening song during the Super Bowl halftime show.

"Locked Out of Heaven" is the prohibitive favorite at 1-to-2, and it's easy to see why. A number of commercials have aired promoting Mars' Super Bowl performance, including a Pepsi ad that features "Locked Out of Heaven" prominently, as seen here:

That doesn't mean that Mars is guaranteed to start his set with "Locked Out of Heaven," but it's pretty much a sure thing that he'll perform it at some point during the show. Not only is it arguably his most popular song, but the NFL has used it quite often.

Placing a decent-sized bet on "Locked Out of Heaven" wouldn't be a bad idea despite the less-than-ideal odds, but hedging your bets by putting something on "Just the Way You Are" at 5-to-1 would be wise as well. Since those are Mars' two most popular songs, one of them figures to kick things off.


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