Super Bowl 50 is so close you can almost taste the chicken wings, pizza, taco dip and all the rest of the food that will be consumed come Sunday. By now you've probably seen countless stories on why you should pick the Carolina Panthers or reasons you should back the Denver Broncos.
You can settle in and catch the Super Bowl on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be telecast on CBS, and you can also stream it with CBSSports.com
There are many highlights surrounding the Super Bowl. It's easily the biggest day in American sports, and you could argue it's one of the biggest days in America, period. Everyone finds a party to go to, there's tons of food and a bunch of new, big-budget commercials.
But one of the most fun things about the Super Bowl is the prop bets. Who will win the coin toss? What side will the coin land on? Believe it or not, Odds Shark has odds on these and many other obscure props. Below we'll break down (just for fun) a few of the more interesting props, throw out a few we like and then finish with a pick for the game.
We'll start with a major prop that is pretty straightforward: Super Bowl MVP. As you can probably imagine, Cam Newton is the heavy favorite, with odds coming in at 10-13, meaning you would have to wager $130 to win $100.
After Newton, you may guess Peyton Manning is second in line when it comes to MVP favorites. You would be right, and Odds Shark has his odds at 11-4. If Denver wins, Manning will likely nab the MVP unless there is a dominant defensive performer.
One interesting player to look at is Ted Ginn Jr. His odds are set at 20-1, which admittedly is a long shot. However, picture a scenario where Ginn catches a 60-yard touchdown and returns a punt for a long touchdown as well. If it is otherwise a defensive struggle, Ginn would have a good chance at taking home the MVP with a game like that.
National Anthem Length
One of the more fun props to look at is length of the National Anthem. Lady Gaga has the honor of singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year, and the over/under is set at two minutes, 20 seconds. Both sides have identical 5-6 odds.
After a cursory YouTube search, we found that Lady Gaga has indeed performed the National Anthem before. It was in 2013 at the NYC Pride Rally. We clocked her performance at around 2:16 in her 2013 performance.
You can reasonably expect her to relish the stage a little bit more considering she will have a much bigger spotlight on Super Bowl Sunday. In her 2013 performance she does extend a few of the words, so she would have to really take some liberties to get over 2:20.
As Odds Shark notes in the article linked above, the average length of the last 10 National Anthems is 1:57, further showing that 2:20 could be an unreachable mark. Perhaps NFL officials give singers an awards-show-style "wrap it up," which has limited the length of past National Anthems.
Odds Shark picked a good number here, but 2:20 seems just a bit too long.
Here's a bet you can get in on with your friends just for fun. Everybody picks the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped on the winning coach, and the winner takes it all.
For what it's worth, Odds Shark has orange as the favorite at 4/5 odds. Because someone apparently keeps track of this stuff, Odds Shark says the Gatorade has been clear four times, orange three times, yellow and purple twice and blue once.
If you think the Panthers are going to win the game, orange may be the way you want to lean here. After some more YouTube sleuthing, we found a video of the Gatorade bath the Panthers dropped on head coach Ron Rivera after the NFC Championship victory.
It appears the Gatorade is orange, so we would have to guess the Panthers would keep the same color because that's what worked for them before.
On one side, you've got the MVP-to-be in Newton, who despite having few offensive weapons around him continues to throw up dominating performances. Newton also has backup from a defense with playmakers including Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman.
On the other hand, you have one of the greatest who ever did it in Manning. In what could be his final game, Manning will be looking to go out on top. He's also backed up by a ferocious defense that just shut down Tom Brady.
This should be a hard-fought game, but we are expecting Newton to be too much for the Broncos and lead his Panthers to the Lombardi Trophy.
Panthers 27, Broncos 20