Super Bowl National Anthem 2014: Prop Bets for Renee Fleming's Performance

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 2, 2014

FILE - This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows Renee Fleming performing at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington. Fleming, a four-time Grammy winner, will perform sing the national anthem before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb 2. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Among the countless events and activities to take part in surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII weekend, few are as interesting and flat-out bizarre as some of the prop bets available to be made. 

Fans can find odds for anything from the amount of times announcers say a phrase or name, to commercial time, to how often a certain person is shown on the broadcast and everything in between. Somewhere among that madness are a handful of prop bets on—you guessed it—the national anthem.

With an opera singer belting out the Star Spangled Banner to open the Super Bowl for the first time in Renee Fleming, the pre-game tradition will have a new feel. That is reflected in some of the more odd bets you can make surrounding Super Bowl Sunday.

Whether you're a sports fan or not, the Super Bowl has a little something for everybody, and these ridiculous prop bets on the national anthem prove there's something for the non-sports-minded bettor as well.

Test your betting skill—or just sheer luck—with these odd national anthem prop bets from Bovada.

Note: All prop bets and odds courtesy of Bovada, as of Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. ET

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When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.


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Spread: Broncos (-3)

Money Line: Seattle (+120), Denver (-140)

Over/Under: 48

How Long Will It Take Renee Fleming to Sing the National Anthem?

Over/Under: 2 minutes, 25 seconds

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The national anthem duration bet is back again in 2014 as viewers can wager over/under on how many seconds Fleming will take up to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Only this year, it has a distinct twist.

This year boasts by far the highest number in history for an over/under on a national anthem, with Fleming being estimated at 2:25. Much of that has to do with Fleming's style, which is opera-driven and more slowed down than most contemporary singers. 

Alicia Keys belted out the longest anthem in Super Bowl history last year, when her rendition surpassed 2:35 according to USA Today's Chris Chase. Kelly Clarkson's in the previous year hardly went over 90 seconds, per Chase. 

If the oddsmakers are right, fans and spectators will be standing around a bit longer than usual to kick off the Broncos and Seahawks. 

Will Fleming Forget or Omit At Least 1 Word of National Anthem?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  (L-R) Bobbie Williams #63, Vonta Leach #44, Matt Birk #77, Kelechi Osemele #72 and Marshal Yanda #73 of the Baltimore Ravens stand for the performance of the National Anthem against the San Francisco 49ers  during Super Bow
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As if Fleming didn't have enough pressure by having to sing in front of the whole world, now her word choice is even being picked out by oddsmakers. 

If she gets one word wrong, some less than genius sports bettors may be out of some cash. 

While it would certainly be noticed by many of us who have heard the national anthem hundreds of times if Fleming had a mishap, it'd be far from shocking. That big of a stage could be quite distracting and might cause Fleming to focus more on her notes than the words themselves. 

Besides, Fleming wouldn't be the first national anthem singer in recent history to mess up. Christina Aguilera made headlines in 2011 when she flubbed an entire line of the anthem. 

What Will Be Higher: Seconds in National Anthem, or 1st Half Peyton Manning Passing Yards?

Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII on the Cornucopia Majesty yacht on the Hudson River. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Here's one for you, football fans.

Fleming's national anthem time duration is at it again in the prop bets, but this time it's measured up against how many yards Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning can toss in the opening half.

If Fleming were to hit her over/under on the head, she would go for about 145 seconds—add a bit if she goes over. 

Manning has averaged a whopping 175 passing yards per half in what has been arguably the best regular season for any quarterback in history. But that trend will be tough to continue against Seattle, the league's best secondary that will be aiming to thwart Denver's passing game.

On the surface, this actually looks like an intriguing bet to make and one that bettors can use their sports knowledge to gauge. 

Will Knowshon Moreno Cry During the Singing of the National Anthem? 

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) before the game against the New England Patriots in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY
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Is it getting misty in here or is it just Knowshon Moreno?

Back on Dec. 1 before the Broncos' crucial 35-28 win over Kansas City, Moreno sparked a social media frenzy by being captured crying some quite impressive and plentiful tears. The reactions were all over the place, but collectively in shock and awe of Moreno's mega-tears. 

It's no secret that Fox and the NFL are going to milk this Super Bowl for all of the visuals, storylines and replays possible. The Denver running back crying will be one of them, if he lets the tears flow. 

Moreno will be on television for his fair share of the national anthem due to that fateful moment during the regular season, and he'll make a lot of people some money if he lets out some pre-game emotion.