Super Bowl Prop Bets: 25 Great Bets To Take To Your Super Bowl Party

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterFebruary 5, 2011

Super Bowl Prop Bets: 25 Great Bets To Take To Your Super Bowl Party

0 of 25

    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Super Bowl prop bets are often as much fun as the game itself. And in fact, there's a pretty good chance that you could lose any and all interest in the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers if you let things get out of hand at your Super Bowl party this Sunday.

    Well, we're here to help you do just that. Like you, we are also football junkies. Here are some prop bets you and your buddies can have fun with on Super Sunday.

    What is a prop bet, you ask?

    Good question. And you will find the answer in the ensuing slideshow. In fact, you'll find 25 of them, each of which is sillier than the next.


25. Total Number Of Penalties?

1 of 25

    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Let's start this list off with something simple, shall we?

    It might seem silly at all to bet on the total number of penalties that will be called in the Super Bowl. But because I have never bet on something like this, nor have I heard of anybody betting on it, I'm going to allow it.

    I'd put the over/under at eight total, but feel free to mix things up by including challenge flags in the mix.

24. Number Of Official Reviews?

2 of 25

    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Note, this does not say "Number of coach's challenges." It says "Official reviews."

    Huge difference, obviously, as there's going to have to be at least one questionable play with less than two minutes to go in either half.

    It's hard to imagine there being any more than one, but somebody at your party might start feeling adventurous.

23. Number Of Pump Fakes By Ben Roethlisberger?

3 of 25

    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Ben Roethlisberger might just have the best pump fake in football. A notion such as this is unfortunately a matter of opinion, as it is impossible to quantify the quality of a pump fake.

    Or is it?

    Indeed, my friends, count the pump fakes. Simple as that.

    I'd put the over/under at 11. If Big Ben has a big day and/or the Steelers win, we might be on to something.

22. Number Of Times Ben Roethlisberger Is Referred To By His Nickname?

4 of 25

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Okay, now it's time to get into the good stuff.

    Let's face it, it's just so much easier to refer to him as "Big Ben." Announcers like Joe Buck and Troy Aikman know this as well as I do.

    As such, all you have to do is count the Big Ben's. I'd place the over/under at 30.

21. How Many Songs Will The Black Eyed Peas Sing at Halftime?

5 of 25

    Christopher Polk/Getty Images

    Just to make sure I didn't waste a slide with this bet, I looked up whether or not the Black Eyed Peas have announced their set list yet. They have not, and in fact are not even allowed to unveil it ahead of time.

    I've never been a fan of the Black Eyed Peas myself, but I do think that even I might be able to watch as long as I'm focusing on the quality (or lack thereof) of their music. No doubt many of you feel the same way.

    I'd put the over/under at four, and then I'd mute the TV to ensure maximum concentration.

20. How Many Times Will Clay Matthews Show off His Guns?

6 of 25

    Al Bello/Getty Images

    Truth be told, if I had Clay Matthews' guns (mine are more similar to Michael Cera's), I don't think I would ever stop showing them off.

    Either way, Matthews will make it a point to show off his incredible biceps as many times as he possibly can.

    I have the over/under at four. And when we say "show off," we're talking both guns. Not just one.

19. How Many Times Will Aaron Rodgers Perform His Championship Belt Celebration?

7 of 25

    Aaron Rodgers' championship belt maneuver is easily one of the best and most original celebrations in the NFL, and he does it every chance he gets.

    You can rest assured that Rodgers will be putting on his championship belt with every Packers touchdown, but you have to take certain wild-card situations into consideration as well.

    I'm putting the over/under at five. But just know that whoever wins this bet is probably going to rub it in by putting on the belt.

18. Odds The Steelers Do It More Than He Does?

8 of 25

    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    As I recall, John Abraham made the mistake of mocking Rodgers by putting on the belt after a sack. One severe beatdown later, one can only hope that he realized he made a mistake.

    I've already come across one prop bet that suggests you bet on whether one of the Steelers puts the belt on.

    I'm going to take that one step further by suggesting you bet on the idea that they might end up doing it more than Rodgers does.

    As such, a bet like this really doesn't call for odds. A simple "they will"/"they won't" arrangement will do.

17. How Many Dirty Plays Will Hines Ward Make?

9 of 25

    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    There are a lot of people out there who think that Hines Ward isn't a dirty player, and all of them need to go learn themselves.

    Ward is most definitely a dirty player, maybe even the dirtiest in the game. And it's a good bet that he's going to be his dirty self on Super Sunday.

    Instead of an over/under, however, I think this is more of a Price Is Right situation. Set a number (four or so), and the closest without going over wins.

16. How Many Shots Of Maurkice Pouncey Will There Be?

10 of 25

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Can I just point out how much I love this picture of Pouncey? He looks like Igor, which just plain tickles me.

    In any case, he's not playing in the Super Bowl, which is a pretty big bummer. But because he's a Pro Bowler and a potential difference maker, he's going to get plenty of screen time.

    If the idea is to count separate shots of Pouncey, I'll put the over/under at 12.

15. Who Gets More Screen Time: Jerry Jones Or Roger Goodell?

11 of 25

    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Jerry Jones is the subject of a good number of prop bets, but not many people are talking about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    So I thought I would combine the two. Similarly to Maurkice Pouncey, the idea will be to count up how many shots each of them gets.

    If the event that they are both shown via split screen, just give each of them a point.

    No over/under is necessary. Pick one of them, and whoever gets the most shots wins.

14. Will Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu Get Split Screen Treatment?

12 of 25

    Yes, there will be beards. But there will also be hair. And thanks to Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu, there will be lots of it.

    Exactly which of the league's two best defensive players has the better hair has been a real hot-button issue in recent days, and the debate isn't going to evaporate when they put their helmets on.

    In fact, it's a good bet that FOX will give them the split screen treatment at least once, but I'm thinking they're going to do it quite a few times.

    As such, I'm placing the over/under at five times.

13. Odds FOX Compares Brett Keisel's Beard To Brian Wilson's?

13 of 25

    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    It's probably a toss-up over who has the most famous beard in sports right now: Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, or San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson.

    I'm not going to attempt to answer that question right here (I need more space), but I do think it's worth betting on whether FOX will offer a side-by-side comparison of the two.

    After all, let us not forget that Joe Buck is also a baseball guy. So I'm going to put the odds at 4:1.

12. How Many Times Will The Video Of Big Ben at The Bar Be Shown?

14 of 25

    Did you know that Big Ben was spotted at a Dallas piano bar earlier this week?

    Ye Gods! What was he thinking?!

    He wasn't. He was just drinking. And by all accounts, that's all he was doing.

    Nevertheless, this became the biggest non-story of the year, and the video will probably be aired at least once during the Super Bowl.

    In other words, put the over/under at one.

11. How Many Shirtless Idiots Will There Be In The Cowboys Stadium Parking Lot?

15 of 25

    As you are no doubt well aware, the cheapest seats in the house for this year's Super Bowl are not in the actual house.

    They are outside in the parking lot, and they can be had for a mere $200. And last I checked, this is apparently good enough for a few thousand people.

    To put it simply, life is going to suck for these people. And if I know a thing or two about football, FOX will probably have camera crews outside documenting their plight, and that some people are going to do whatever it takes in order to get on TV.

    In America... er, 'Merica, the best way to get on TV is to take your shirt off and act like an idiot. There will be more than one, and I'm putting the over/under at 12.

10. How Much Time Will FOX Spend Peddling Their Crap?

16 of 25

    This one's going to be tricky because you're basically going to have to have somebody with a stopwatch standing by at all times to keep tabs on how much time FOX spends peddling crap like Glee.

    And yes, this does count Lea Michele's performance before the Super Bowl.

    Like I said, tricky. But I'd put the over/under at an even 30 minutes, because FOX is that disgraceful.

9. Odds FOX Does a Stupid Little Montage About Cheeseheads and Terrible Towels?

17 of 25

    Karl Walter/Getty Images

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of gimmicks like the Terrible Towel and the Cheesehead. Sure, there's a lot of combined tradition there, but it all just strikes me as mighty silly.

    And because FOX is disgraceful, I think it's pretty much a given that they're going to put together some kind of montage that compares the Terrible Towel to the Cheesehead.

    I'd put the odds at 2:1, but you might be able to convince one of your friends to give you 3:1 provided you pick the right one. And by "right," I mean "stupid."

8. For Steelers Fans: How Many Name Drops Will Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher Get?

18 of 25

    Mike Tomlin is on the verge of becoming the first coach in NFL history to win two Super Bowls in his first four years at the helm, but his name will always be tied to those of Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher.

    And I'll be damned if Joe Buck and the rest of the FOX broadcasting crew are going to let him forget it.

    Combined, I'd put the over/under on the Noll and Cowher name drops at something like an even 100.

7. For Packers Fans: How Many Times Will Vince Lombardi's Name Get Dropped?

19 of 25

    ESPN and various other networks have done a pretty good job convincing me that Vince Lombardi is the only head coach in the history of the Green Bay Packers. You can call it brainwashing if you wish, because that's exactly what it is.

    Indeed, as legendary as Noll and Cowher are in Steelers history, Lombardi is perhaps the biggest legend in NFL history, and FOX won't let us forget that either.

    They'll drop his name left and right, and might even go so far as to say something like, "Mike McCarthy is a great coach, but he's no Lombardi."

    Your job: count the Lombardi name drops. My over/under is 200, but I'd put it at 300 if you were to count every time the Lombardi Trophy is mentioned.

6. How Many Star Wars Quotes Will Be Uttered After The Volkswagen Commercial?

20 of 25

    I think it's safe to say that Volkswagen's Super Bowl spot featuring the kid in the Darth Vader suit is already a roaring success.

    Heck, it already has over 7 million hits on YouTube, and I for one crack up every time I watch it.

    In other words, it's already the best Super Bowl commercial in this year's crop, so why not have some fun with it?

    Now, it's going to be difficult to bet on how many Star Wars quotes get dropped after this commercial runs if everyone is in on it, but you and a friend can make the wager on your own, and then keep tabs on everyone else. That should do the trick.

5. Odds Somebody at Your Party Requests The Puppy Bowl?

21 of 25

    While you and that same friend are making your Star Wars bet, you may as well go ahead and make a wager about the Puppy Bowl.

    Not about who wins, mind you, as I don't think there are winners at the Puppy Bowl. No sir, just about whether anybody requests that the channel be changed to Animal Planet so they can catch a few minutes of the blasted thing.

    The odds are going to depend on what kind of party you're at, but I'd say a good starting point would be something like 4:1.

    If odds aren't your thing, you could also bet on how many minutes are actually wasted on the Puppy Bowl.

4. How Many Super Bowl Commercials Will Feature Sparsely Clad Women?

22 of 25

    Speaking of Super Bowl commercials, this is a bet that everyone can be in on.

    As we all know, there are few things that sex can't do, and one of the things it does best is sell. Translation: there will be Super Bowl commercials featuring sparsely clad women.

    As for how you define "sparsely clad," and what the over/under should be, I leave that up to you.

3. Who Will Be The First To Say "I'm Going To Disneyland!"

23 of 25

    Somebody always says it. The only question is who it will be.

    For this bet, I think the best idea is to just let everyone pick a single player, and no two people can choose the same one.

    If it's a small party, maybe you can pick two.

    Whoever wins gets the pot.

2. If The Packers Win, Odds Somebody Besides Aaron Rodgers Wins MVP?

24 of 25

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    I picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl before the season started, and Aaron Rodgers was my pick for MVP, so I'm going to stand by the man.

    Make no mistake, if the Packers win this game, it will be because Rodgers went off. As such, I'd put the odds at something like 10:1 of somebody other than him winning it.

1. If The Steelers Win, Will Rashard Mendenhall Hump Anybody?

25 of 25

    To steal a line from Fight Club, nobody knows they saw it, but they did.

    The question now is, will we see it again?

    Obviously, we won't know one way or the other unless the Steelers win. If they do, this bet should be made immediately, and then you just have to hope that the FOX camera crews are following Mendenhall like so many hawks.

    Of course, you could place an over/under on how many teammates Mendenhall humps, but that might be taking it a little too far.

    Shoot, betting on this in the first place is pretty damn weird. That's why it's No. 1.