The average NFL game offers bettors fairly standard fare. The point spread, moneyline, totals and maybe even a few specific player propositions.
But the Super Bowl isn't an ordinary game. It's an all-out event. The gambling options extend far beyond the traditional lineup of prop bets, and not all of them are directly related to the action on the field.
From the coin toss to the halftime show to the postgame festivities, there isn't anything that you can't wager on in the NFL's biggest event. Here's a look at some of the strangest action you can get in on for Super Bowl Sunday.
All prop bets and odds via Bovada.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Denver (-3), according to Bovada.lv.
National Anthem Mayhem
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the official US National Anthem?
Over- 2 minutes 25 seconds (+150)
Under 2 minutes 25 seconds (-200)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will be higher?
Seconds in the National Anthem sung by Renee Fleming (-135)
Peyton Manning Passing Yards in the First Half (-105)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she starts singing US National Anthem?
Those looking to make things interesting on Sunday don't have to wait until kickoff. Bettors will be able to make the national anthem a little more interesting, as opera singer Renee Fleming will have the honor of singing the song to get things underway.
The over/under of two minutes and 25 seconds is a little higher than usual, but that might be explained by Alicia Keys' performance of the song last year. She easily surpassed the over of two minutes and 15 seconds with a two-minute, 35-second rendition of the song, according to Mike Pickett at Odds Shark.
Given Fleming's impressive operatic background, which includes four Grammy awards and the 2012 National Medal of Arts, it's not hard to imagine the Soprano surpassing the over in this instance.
If she does go over two minutes and 25 seconds, it's going to make it difficult for those who take Peyton Manning in his head-to-head matchup with the singer. He'll need more than 145 passing yards in the first half to come through for backers.
As far as Fleming's proposed choice of handwear, it's easy to see why gloves are the favorite. Weather.com's forecast for Sunday night in New Jersey predicts it will be 32 degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain/snow and winds up to eight miles per hour.
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the game?
Over 1.5 (-165)
Under 1.5 (+125)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV during the game?
Over 1.5 (-200)
Under 1.5 (+150)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: What will be said more during the game?
Reference to Denver Broncos, #1 or Best Offense (-120)
Reference to Seattle Seahawks, #1 or Best Defense (-120)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will the announcers refer to Russell Wilson being drafted in the MLB?
As you can see, there are plenty of options that have to do with what the announcers say and who will be shown during the broadcast of the big game.
Most of these can be chalked up to the storylines that have become standard fare for the players and teams involved (did you know Peyton Manning's dad and brother are kind of famous?). However, announcers' jobs aren't all that easy; they do have at least three hours of air time to fill up.
As much action as this game is sure to provide, there are always a few tried and true storylines that they'll likely fall back on. The fact that this game pits the best offense in the NFL against the best defense is one, and Russell Wilson's baseball past will probably be another.
Halftime and Postgame Festivities
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance?
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will the halftime show break the record for most watched ever (Record: Madonna, 114 million viewers)
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Will Richard Sherman be interviewed on-field after the game by Erin Andrews on the live FOX broadcast?
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS: Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his speech?
Other Team or Player on Other Team (10/1)
Does not mention any of the above (9/2)
With Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers serving as the entertainment, the halftime show is garnering plenty of buzz heading into Sunday. The books are even giving the performance a puncher's chance at unseating Madonna's 2012 performance as the most watched of all time.
As far as after the game goes, whether Richard Sherman is interviewed by Erin Andrews and who the MVP will thank first in his postgame speech figure to be interesting bets. If Sherman plays up to his ability, he may just wind up holding the answer to both propositions.
Either way, waiting to find out something as nuanced as who the Super Bowl MVP chooses to thank in the first moments of the greatest moment of his career seems like a fitting way to end an evening full of strangely specific prop bets.
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