Coldplay has the honor of headlining the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
It's as daunting as it sounds. Sunday isn't just the 50th anniversary of one of the globe's most important sporting events. It's Peyton Manning looking to ride off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy and Cam Newton seeking his passing-of-the-torch moment.
Coldplay won't be alone, of course, with the NFL going all-out to make this an unforgettable experience. Beyonce will join the epic band on stage, and so will Bruno Mars. Before they grab the attention of the world, the electric Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem.
Here's a look at the info around the game and a betting guide to conquering Las Vegas at the halftime show.
When: Sunday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Levi's Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Spread: Carolina (-5.5)
Halftime Betting Guide
Where to start?
Let's begin right at the start, actually, because Las Vegas wants to know how Coldplay will open up the show when the crowd goes silent in anticipation.
Remember, that would normally say something along the lines of "when the lights dim," but this bad boy goes down in Santa Clara, so odds are the sun will still have something to say about the festivities.
Anyway, here's how Las Vegas aligns the odds:
|Adventure of a Lifetime||2-1||+200|
|A Sky Full of Stars||9-2||+450|
|Viva la Vida||9-2||+450|
|Speed of Sound||9-1||+900|
|Head Full of Dreams||10-1||+1000|
This actually looks like a simple set of odds with a decent margin for profit.
While a performance's set—especially at the Super Bowl—isn't common knowledge, "Viva La Vida" seems like the obvious choice here.
"Adventure of a Lifetime" is the band's most recent release, but remember that this is the Super Bowl. This isn't about promoting the band Coldplay, it's about boasting a historic performance for the NFL and its fans and getting them involved right out of the gates.
As such, "Viva La Vida" stands strong as the band's most recognizable song and the reason it's the one featured in the Pepsi commercial focusing on the performance:
Frontman Chris Martin recently spoke with CBS Sunday Morning (via Rolling Stone's Daniel Kreps) about what challenges the performance presented in terms of song selection.
"I loved the whole concept of trying to present your entire musical life in 12-and-a-half minutes," Martin said. "It's a great challenge...We've possibly got 11 good minutes. So we have some special guests and they'll cover the rest."
Coldplay can't get away with skimping on its most popular song, so getting the fans involved and meeting goals makes "Viva La Vida" the strong choice.
Easy, right? Good, because the rest isn't.
For instance, the next set of odds based around a halftime performer deal with...shoes. Beyonce's, to be exact:
|Any Other Color||7-1||+700|
So this is a thing. Black seems the safe bet, and her halftime performance at Super Bowl 47 somewhat reinforces the idea.
The underdog here is gold. This is the game's 50th anniversary, and anywhere an observer looks there's a brownish-gold tint to logos and most everything.
If gold is the way Beyonce decides to go, Nikara Johns has of Footwearnews.com has an interesting suggestion: "To take it up a notch, another shoe that would make a statement during the halftime show would be a pair from Paul Andrew’s exclusive Gold Collection For Lane Crawford. The $1,200 ankle-strap shoes feature gold-dip feathers and 24K gold-plated heels."
Thank goodness for prop bets that don't require football knowledge and can reel in all sorts of bettors, right? It's a good way to save for at least one gold-dipped feather. Possibly.
The oddest, well, odds dealing with halftime, and bascially any performer at random, focus on a shark:
Folks who watched last year's Super Bowl know all about Left Shark, the water-bound animal that stole the show.
This will be brief, because honestly, whoever runs the show would be silly not to include Left Shark again. The NFL already spotted it, anyway:
The final halftime-related odds might be the easiest of all considering they deal with the number of performers set to take the stage:
Come on now—this is the 50th Super Bowl. The number will be well above 3.5. Not only are Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars confirmed, the organizers will surely involve other superstars who have performed in past years as a way to play into the history theme surrounding the 50th anniversary.
Not only are other unnamed past performers sure to take the stage, Beyonce could quite easily bring Jay-Z with her and Rihanna could make an appearance, if one wants to make connections based on artists who have worked with Coldplay in the past.
How's this for a halftime guide? "Viva La Vida," gold shoes, a left shark, and as long as left shark counts as .5, well over 3.5 performers set to take the stage and make history.
It sounds like a good time, so feel free to capitalize on the lines and make some spare coin while enjoying the show and whatever unpredictable element presents itself.