Super Bowl Prop Bets: Brett Favre and Ten Unusual Prop Bets For Super Bowl XLV

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2011

Super Bowl Prop Bets: Brett Favre and Ten Unusual Prop Bets For Super Bowl XLV

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings talks at a post game press conference after a 13-20 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    It is estimated that every year roughly 200 million people bet over 10 billion dollars on the Super Bowl, making it the most bet on event in the world.

    One of the reasons for the increased volume on the Super Bowl is due to the many different ways that someone can wager on the big game.

    One of the more popular ways is the prop bet.

    In sports gambling, a proposition bet (also known as a side bet, prop bet, prop or exotic bet) is a bet made on an outcome or a proposition of the game that could involve many different aspects of the game.

    In the Super Bowl it can involve aspects that are outside of the field play. The closer it gets to kick off the more unique the prop bets become.

    Here is a list of the ten most unusual prop bets for Super Bowl XLV

10. Coin Toss

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    28 Jan 2001:  A view of the coin toss taken before Super Bowl XXXV between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Ravens defeated the Giants 34-7.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport
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    10. Coin Toss

    Who needs to wait for kickoff to place a bet on the big game? Bet Jamaica and other online sportsbooks offer a prop bet on the coin toss of the game.

    Dr. Math will tell us that the probability is close to even. In the fair coin, the probability that the coin lands on heads is 1/2 because on the average, one out of every two times the coin lands on heads.  Likewise the probability that the coin will land on tails is also 1/2. 

    Math geniuses will tell you that it is actually a bit lopsided, but let’s face it, if you’re betting on the coin toss then you’re in it for the fun of it, not the math.

9. Christina Aguilera National Anthem

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    9. Christina Aguilera National Anthem

    The coin toss is not the only thing that you can wager on before the game kicks off, the National Anthem has a few betting props offered by online sportsbooks.

    Christina Aguilera is the stunning starlet that will belt out the Anthem, and the diva is known for her over the top, yet brilliant performances. Super Bowl betting outlets are so convinced she will put on a show they are offering two prop bets on the performance.

    Will the song last longer than one minute and 54 second or less? This over/under prop could have you rooting for Aguilera to hit that high note for just a few second longer. In fact there is another prop that has an Over/Under of six seconds for how long the signing sensation will drag out the word “Brave”.

    If fans are staring at their watch during the National Anthem, this bet may be the reason why.

8. Gatorade Shower

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    8. Gatorade Shower

    If betting before the game is not as exciting, how about picking the flavor of Gatorade that will get dumped on the winning coach?

    The folks at Hollywood Sportsbook offer a prop that will allow betting on the flavor of Gatorade.

    The favorite to be poured on the unsuspecting head coach is yellow, with the blue colored Gatorade ranking in as the long-shot at 12:1. Orange, Lime Green, and water all make the list of possible choices.

    Online sportsbooks have different variations of this prop bets as some also include, what time will the Gatorade be dumped, with options of left than 45 seconds left in the game, and who will dump the Gatorade, offense of defense.

    Winning is not enough, guessing the color of the post-game bath adds to the excitement late in the big game.

7. More Brett Favre?

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    DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks on the field during pre-game warm ups and will not dress for the game against the New York Giants on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    7. More Brett Favre?

    Since Brett Favre played with the Packers and was replaced by Aaron Rodgers, it’s only inevitable that the “retired” gun-slinger will get a mention during the telecast.

    The next unusual prop includes Favre and the frequency of his mention during Super Bowl XLV.

    How Many Times will FOX Mention Brett Favre on TV during the Game. This counts with Live commentary only Any Taped or Past Video does not count towards the wager and they must say Brett Favre exactly.

    The Over /Under is just 2.5, which seems low considering this guy never seems to go away.

6. Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration

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    6. Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration

    Aaron Rodgers is known for his signature “Championship belt” celebration that he has performed in the past. It is not rare for opposing players to mock another celebration in a big game and now you can bet on it.

    One of the many unusual props covers celebrations and this one begs the question: Will a Steelers Player Do the Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration During the Game?

    The Steelers usually don’t showboat, but if you think they will attempt the signature celebration the odds are 2:1. This is not the only signature celebration that has turned into a prop bet for the Super Bowl.

5. Lambeau Leap

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with a 'Lambeau Leap' into the stands against of the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the B
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    5.  Lambeau Leap

    The Lambeau Leap is one of the most famous celebrations in the NFL. After scoring, the player “leaps” into the stands to celebrate his score with the fans. This is only encouraged on the home turf, but it is has been performed at basically every stadium in the NFL.

    The odds are 1.8:1 if you think the player will leap into the stands after a score. Not bad odds considering that it this could happen with Green Bay on the field.

4. TV Ratings

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    4. TV Ratings

    The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched television events of the year and the ratings always have the chance of breaking records.

    Now I don’t understand Nielsen Ratings, but you can bet on them in the Super Bowl.

    Online Sportsbooks have posted the over/under for a 46 Nielsen Rating for the game. Last year’s Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints became the most watched Super Bowl and this year’s game has the chance to eclipse that.

    If you think that it will be the most watched and can figure out what the formula for the Nielsen Rating is you can bet on it.

3. Scoreboard Malfunction?

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    3. Scoreboard Malfunction?

    The game this year is being held in the new Dallas Stadium and the new location has all of the bells and whistles that make for a great locale for the big game.

    A few sportsbooks have a prop bet that will allow you to wager on how many times they will show Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on camera, but the more unusual prop bet is all about the gigantic scoreboard.

    The behemoth 160' long, 90' high video/scoreboard that hangs over the middle of the field as been exposed in the past as punters have hit it during warm-ups. During the year this has not been a problem, but there is a first for everything.

    If you think a punt will hit the scoreboard, the odds are quite tempting at 10:1 for the Super Bowl.

2. MVP Gives Thanks

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    2. MVP Gives Thanks

    While many sportsbooks offer odds on who will be the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, Hollywood Sportsbook takes it one step further.

    The offer a prop bet that allows sports enthusiasts to wager on who the MVP will thank first. God is the odds on favorite to get the first mention with teammates and family following behind. The coach is another option and for the MVP who has an ego, there is even a wagering option for the trophy winner not to thank anyone.

    It at least gives the fan something to watch for at the award ceremony.

1.Super Bowl Commercials

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    1.Super Bowl Commercials

    Prop Bets are available for times when the game is at a break, as the one of the most unusual prop bets covers Super Bowl commercials.

    This year the Super Bowl ads will range from sexy to funny and everyone will be waiting for the first commercial break. All Super Bowl Commercial get a rating on the USA Todays Annual Ad Meter.

    The prop bet for Super Bowl commercials is simple; just pick the ad that will get highest rating.

    The potential top ads range from Budweiser and Pepsi Max, to the girls of and Kim Kardashian.

    The prop bets are one way of making the Super Bowl more interesting to watch regardless of the action on the field. The Super Bowl is almost here so sit back and enjoy the game!

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