For sports fans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos facing off in the Super Bowl is enough excitement and has created enough buildup to make it sports' biggest stage.
But for bettors, the lead-up to the Super Bowl is just as important as the game on the field. There are several prop bets throughout the game, but the National Anthem has always been a staple for propositional betting.
With Renee Fleming performing this year's version, the "People's Diva" delivered on several odds that could very well have lined the pockets for those willing to put money on the line.
Here are the results from Fleming's performance as well as a few of the results from fans of the game.
*Odds according to Bovada
How Long Will It Take Renee Fleming to Sing the National Anthem?
Over/Under: 2:25 (Over: +150; Under: -200)
This was the big one, and Fleming delivered. As Danny Perkins of 610 in Kansas City points out, Fleming finished the National Anthem at well under 2:25:
I timed the anthem at 2:03.7, that's well under. Winner.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) February 2, 2014
My calculations had her finishing at 2:02.34, but who's counting, right?
Fleming helped several bettors looking to make a little extra cash before the players ever took the field. Leading up to the National Anthem, Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves couldn't hold in his excitement as he tweeted about the biggest question on a handful of people's minds:
Renee Fleming. Will you be going over/under 140 seconds on your National Anthem? Hmmmm— Chris Johnson (@C_Johnson28) February 2, 2014
The opera singer sang the roof off MetLife Stadium, and her performance left high rollers everywhere thankful for her somewhat short version of the anthem.
Will Fleming Forget or Omit 1 Word of the National Anthem?
Final Odds: Yes +300; No -500
The consummate professional, Fleming forgetting a word would have been one of the more shocking moments leading up to the game. Thankfully for those taking yes in this bet, the Soprano came through and delivered every word of the oft-forgotten anthem.
Fleming's performance was flawless, and those taking the under on the length and no in this set of odds were perfect in their predictions.
Will Fleming Wear Gloves When She Starts Singing the National Anthem?
Final Odds: Yes -150; No +110
This was one that seemed like a lock from the beginning in the cold weather for those believing she would wear gloves, but it started getting a little muggy when the weather began to clear up, according to The Weather Channel.
Luckily for those guessing Fleming would not go the safe route and sing without gloves, the bet paid off. Parkins tweets his excitement over the Soprano going gloveless:
Renee Fleming is NOT wearing gloves. Winner.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) February 2, 2014
What Color Will Fleming's Gloves Be?
Final Odds: White +275; Black Even; Red +500; Any Other Color +300
OK, this is where the betting took a turn for the worse. For bettors that put money on the line for the color of Fleming's non-existent gloves, everyone lost.
The Soprano looked elegant, but that wasn't on the mind of those hoping she would go with an outlandish color like pink or blue, who basically set their money on fire placing this bet. Fleming's choice to go without gloves means that there was no winner in this bet.
Will Knowshon Moreno Cry During the National Anthem?
Final Odds: Yes -120, No -120
When it comes to silly bets, taking the odds on a football player to cry might seem absurd. But when it's Knowshon Moreno, football fans know that his tear ducts are more explosive than any other player in the NFL.
Tony Kornheiser of ESPN said before the game that Moreno wouldn't be able to contain himself when Fleming opened her mouth, as the Pardon the Interruption Twitter account reports:
TK on Knowshon Moreno: "I watched [Renee Fleming] on YouTube. I started to cry. This guy's gonna cry like Pagliacci." pic.twitter.com/G2j0FigMSV— PTI (@PTI) January 31, 2014
Unfortunately, the Broncos running back wasn't spotted crying throughout the broadcast of the National Anthem, per Sporting News:
Moreno's tear ducts failed bettors this time, but it wasn't exactly a lock to go with this bet in the first place.
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