Goofy Super Bowl Prop Bet Predictions

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02:  (L-R) General manager Bill Polian, team owner Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts look on during Super Bowl XLIV Media Day at Sun Life Stadium on February 2, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Colts are favored to win Super Sunday by six points on Sunday. I'll take the Saints to cover but Indy to win 31-27.

But the far more exciting bets to keep track of hardly include the action on the field. The phrase "prop bet" is just that—a proposition bet on events that may or may not directly relate to the final score of a game. These bets have been popularized in the past 10 years or so and the Super Bowl has the most options to bet on. You can bet on practically everything over the four hour span.

Check out the value of some of these prop bets:

How many current NFL Players will be arrested during Super Bowl Week?

Over/Under                    0.5

No Barrett Robbins or Eugene Robinson's here. In 2010, players know the insanely bright lights and intense media microscope are nothing to mess with. And the strong veteran leadership of both teams help as well.

How Many Times will CBS show Kim Kardashian on TV during the Game?

Over/Under                    2.5

This all depends on what Reggie Bush does on the field. If he scores a TD, she will be shown. Ditto if he has a long punt return. Considering CBS will most likely show her early in the game anyways...I think the over is a safe bet.

How Many Times will CBS show Bourbon Street on TV during the Game?

Over/Under                    2

FOX showed Bourbon St. three times in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game, so I think this is another easy over. Especially if the Saints get an early lead.

Will a member of the Who smash a guitar on stage during the halftime show?

Yes  +120     No  -150

Rock 'n roll and the Super Bowl? Combine the two and there should be enough energy pumping to have at least one guitar fall casualty to. Who cares how old the band is.


Total Rushing Yards, which will be higher?

Joseph Addai Sunday +175   Addai Super Bowl XLI (77 Rushing Yards)   -215

Addai had 77 yards back in the '07 Super Bowl and the running game has been a smaller piece of the Colts offense in the three years since. That's the crazy thing about the Colts, they aren't balanced offensively at all, yet it doesn't even matter. I'll take under 77 yards for Addai.

Total Passing Yards, which will be higher?

Drew Brees Sunday +120   Dan Marino Super Bowl XIX  (318 Passing Yards) -150

Is Vegas predicting a Marino-like performance out of Brees? Great individualy—but not good enough to get a ring? Maybe, but I do think that the Saints deep ball threat opens up enough space for him to achieve the gaudy numbers. Racking up 319 passing yards is well within his reach—especially if Dwight Freeney is a no-go.

What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?    

Yellow 1/1     Clear/Water 7/5   Orange 4/1  Lime Green 5/1 Red 12/1   Blue 12/1

Take the second best choice with the bigger payout. Yellow is the most common Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, but orange isn't too far behind. Nick Saban had red dumped on him with Alabama's title in Jan. Is this a new trend? Stain the crap out of your coaches clothes? At 12/1, odds are it was a fluke.

What side of the ball will the Players that perform the Gatorade Shower be from?

Offensive                       +140         Defensive                      -170

This one depends on the team that wins. I can envision the Colts running the clock out with its offense on the field in the final minutes. This means the D is in charge. But the Saints will have won on a last second Manning INT so the offense will be drenching their coach. Tough pick.

Will they show clothing apparel proclaiming the Super Bowl Champion before the final whistle?

Yes   -130    No  Even

Easy. Unless the game comes down to the final play, the camera will get a shot of a brand new Super Bowl champs hat on at least one player. I feel like this happens every year, which does make me a little skeptical of the odds. Maybe they have a new policy of not showing the champ apparel til when the clock hits zero. Hmmmm never know what's up Vegas' sleeve...

Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?

God 4/5  Teammates 8/5  Does not thank anyone 4/1   Family 11/2    Coach 10/1

Since a QB is most likely to win this, you need to look at Manning and Brees' personality. Both don't mention God a whole lot. Family is usually mentioned, but not first. Ditto for the coaches. Since both QB's and their teams in general are very team oriented, I'm taking teammates.

As you can see the betting world cares about the insanely stupid and minute occurrences in the biggest game of the year almost as much as the game itself. This is only a small sample size of the vast amount of prop bets for Sunday. Just remember, winning an under dog prop bet is just as rewarding in the wallet as a bet on the spread of the game. But which one do you think Vegas puts more time into figuring out and perfecting????