Coldplay Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016 Odds and Betting Games

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Chris Martin of Coldplay speaks during a halftime news conference for the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Apparently there’s some football game going on before and after the Coldplay concert on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Relax, relax. Only kidding.

It is true, though, that the British rock band will be headlining the halftime festivities at Super Bowl 50. The guys who brought you “Viva La Vida” will also be joined by Beyonce, who starred in the 2013 halftime show, per the Associated Press.

Bruno Mars is expected to perform, too, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Mars’ role in the show has flown extremely under the radar, possibly because it was reported back in September. The “Uptown Funk” singer headlined the Super Bowl 48 halftime show, which was the second most-watched ever.

On Friday, the singer finally confirmed that he will be alongside Coldplay:

Simply put, Bruno Mars rocks. While Coldplay has developed a huge following, the band doesn’t have the type of get-up-and-dance (or even, softly-bob-your-head) hits that could get the stadium buzzing. Mars does.


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Beyonce attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Mike Coppola/Getty Images

No further explanation needed.

Altogether, these three acts should be able to put on a show worth sticking around for. Let’s take a look at some prop bets about it, courtesy of Odds Shark:

Prop bets

Which song will Coldplay first?

"Adventure of a Lifetime"+200
"Fix You"+350
"A Sky Full of Stars"+450
"Viva La Vida"+500
"Head Full of Dreams"+1000
Odds Shark

It would make sense for Coldplay and Beyonce to close the show with their recent collaboration, “Hymn for the Weekend.”

But “A Sky Full of Stars” or “Viva La Vida” would likely garner the most “Hey, I do know these guys!” type of reactions.

Neither is a bad bet.

What color footwear will Beyonce wear when she comes onstage?

Odds Shark

The world is just dying to know.

Gold/brown just feels right for “Queen Bey.” If you’re unsure, search “Beyonce gold shoes” on Google. You’ll be surprised how many hits there are.

Will Left Shark make an appearance?

Odds Shark

This needs to happen.

Coldplay’s music doesn’t call for a choreographically challenged mascot, though, and bringing him onto the stage doesn’t seem like something Beyonce would do.

But Bruno Mars? He’d be all about this. Don’t rule it out.

Explaining the Super Bowl box pool

Feb 2, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton addresses the media at press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose McNery Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

"Wanna buy a box?"

Whether it’s some annoying dude at your office, a fundraiser or an old buddy running a pool, there’s a strong chance you’ve heard this question before.

So, you throw $20 down and hope for the best. But what are you getting yourself into?

Jim Chairusmi of the Wall Street Journal ran a feature on this subject earlier this week. Here’s how he described the basics of the contest:

In such pools, participants pay a few bucks to place their names on a 10-by-10 grid that is then randomly assigned numbers 0 through 9 horizontally and vertically where each square corresponds to the last digit in each team’s score.

Winners are determined by quarter, half and final score. Not too difficult to grasp. Just hope for 0 and 7:

The Wall Street Journal went through scores at the end of each quarter for all 266 NFL games (regular season and playoffs, counting overtime as the final score as if the game ended in 4 quarters) this season to see which number combination hit most frequently.

The top quarterly combination was still 0-7 or 7-0, which hit 128 times, or 12%, out of 1,064 quarters this season. But that is a dropoff of 14 from the average over the previous five seasons when the 0-7 combination hit 142 times, or 13.3% of the time.

Chairusmi wrote that the score 2-2 is almost certainly a loss, as that combination did not appear once during the regular season. Plus, it’s never happened in 49 other Super Bowls.

If you do draw the ol’ 2-2 stinker, there’s only one appropriate course of action: Just hope for some Left Shark.


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