The football plot in Super Bowl 50 is straight out of Hollywood.
C’mon, it’s perfect.
But before the sheriff and Superman take the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, things could go off the script. How come, you ask?
San Francisco radio host Damon Bruce gave us one possible scenario:
Damon Bruce @DamonBruce
So, @ladygaga to sing the National Anthem. I hope she arrives in an eggshell.2016-2-2 22:25:41
Several fans also tweeted they hope Gaga breaks out her (in)famous outfit made of meat from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Two years ago, per Odds Shark, Alicia Keys set a Super Bowl record with a two-minute, 35-second performance of the Star Spangled Banner. Six years earlier, Billy Joel gave the big game its shortest time at one minute, 30 seconds.
Bovada is predicting that Lady Gaga lands closer to Keys than Joel with a time of two minutes, 20 seconds. And that makes sense.
It’s hard to imagine the “Born This Way” singer not putting her own spin on the performance, which would likely take up more time. As a reference point, here's a look at a past rendition, which lasted two minutes, 16 seconds (h/t SB Nation).
If Lady Gaga sings past 2:20, that would go against the trend of the past 10 national anthems. According to the Odds Shark, the under is 6-4 in that span.
Still, the over seems like the better bet.
While she’s unlikely to wear meat, this is a truly massive platform. Do you really think Lady Gaga will keep things normal?
Imagine Coldplay wearing meat dresses.
Don’t worry, though. The rock group will be outfitted appropriately. Hopefully.
The four members of the band will be sharing the halftime stage with Beyonce, however, which will make for some intriguing prop bets.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
Which song will Coldplay play first?
|"Adventure of a Lifetime"||+200|
|"A Sky Full of Stars"||+450|
|"Viva la Vida"||+500|
|"Head Full of Dreams"||+1000|
Hm, this is a tough one.
According to Spotify, “A Sky Full of Stars” has been the band’s most-streamed hit, but that could make for a strong closer.
"Adventure of a Lifetime" is their most recent jam, so that might be a strong educated guess.
What color will Beyonce’s footwear be when she comes onstage?
Gold is reserved for royalty.
“Queen Bey” could rock any of these, but gold/brown doesn’t seem like a bad pick.
Will “Left Shark” make an appearance onstage?
Goodness, we can only hope.
Left Shark, he of zero regard for choreography, stole the show during Katy Perry’s halftime performance last year. You remember him:
According to Billboard's Jessie Katz, halftime show producer Rob Paine and director Hamish Hamilton will be back at it again when Coldplay and Beyonce take the stage.
Paine and Hamilton promised Katz there will be "a few pieces that have the potential to become viral moments."
Cross your fingers.
OK, back to the game.
Let's take a look at some of Odds Shark's prop bets that relate to the reason everyone will be watching in the first place—football.
Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game?
Both literally and figuratively, this is a total toss-up.
What player will score the first touchdown?
|Cam Newton (CAR)||+700|
|Greg Olsen (CAR)||+750|
|Jonathan Stewart (CAR)||+800|
|C.J. Anderson (DEN)||+900|
|Demaryius Thomas (DEN)||+900|
|Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)||+900|
|Ted Ginn Jr. (CAR)||+1000|
|Owen Daniels (DEN)||+1400|
|Ronnie Hillman (DEN)||+1400|
|Corey Brown (CAR)||+1400|
|Mike Tolbert (CAR)||+1600|
|Devin Funchess (CAR)||+2000|
|Jerricho Cotchery (CAR)||+2000|
|Andre Caldwell (DEN)||+2500|
|Jordan Norwood (DEN)||+2500|
|Ed Dickson (CAR)||+3300|
|Peyton Manning (DEN)||+5000|
|No touchdown scorer||+6600|
Ronnie Hillman will see plenty of touches, so he's worth taking a shot on. Mike Tolbert scored four total touchdowns on the year, too.
|Ted Ginn Jr.||+2000|
The big kahuna.
Cam Newton is the clear favorite, but some strong wild cards are actually on the defensive side of the ball.
Luke Kuechly and Von Miller both have the ability to dominate the game for their respective teams. Should either find the end zone, their chances at hoisting the MVP trophy would rise.