Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mad props, yo!

Super Bowl XLVI is rapidly approaching and even if you don't like football, there's plenty to be excited about. In addition to the big game, I'm looking forward to the million-dollar commercials, ice-cold beer, 7-layer dip, and Puppy Bowl VIII (check it out on Animal Planet - it's freaking adorable).

In addition to these exciting distractions, I like to follow the game's "prop bets" to see how they play out. I've listed my 10 favorites below. These are actual bets currently being offered by the Las Vegas sportsbook, Bovada.

I've color coded the bets for those of you who aren't familiar with gambling odds. Green bets are expected to win and red bets are not (although if you bet on them and won, you'd get lots of money).  Orange bets are 50/50.

How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem?
Over 1 minute 34 seconds (-120)
Under 1 minute 34 seconds (-120)

Will Kelly Clarkson's bare belly be showing when she sings the National Anthem?
Yes (+300)

Will Kelly Clarkson forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes (+250)

How many times will Peyton Manning (brother of Giant's quarterback Eli Manning) be shown on TV during the game?
4 or more times (-130)
0 to 3 times (-110)

How many times will Giselle Bundchen (wife of Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady) be shown on TV during the game?
1 or more times (-150)
0 times (-110)

If Tom Brady's son is shown on TV during the game will he be wearing a Tom Brady jersey?
Yes (-200)
No (+150)

What color will Madonna's hair be when she begins the Super Bowl halftime show?
Blonde (-400)
Any other color (+250)

Will Madonna be wearing fishnet stockings at any point during the Super Bowl halftime show?
Yes (-120)
No (-120)

Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the game thank first?
Teammates (8/5)
Does not thank anyone (11/4)
God (4/1)
Owner (9/2)
Family (7/1)
Coach (12/1)

What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?
Clear/water (2/1)
Yellow (2/1)
Orange (9/4)
Red (11/2)
Green (6/1)
Blue (10/1)

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