It’s like Christmas all over again when the sportsbooks start to release their NFL Odds for the Super Bowl props, because there is always incredibly hilarious value. While we are still a ways away, here are some of my early exotic prop NFL Picks for Super Bowl 49 from Bovada.
O/U 2:01 National Anthem from Idina Menzel
While I’m not positive on this, I do think this is the first time a Disney Princess has sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and even though I doubt she’ll sing it to the tune of “Let It Go,” I do think there is some value in this prop. The average National Anthem at the Super Bowl is well under two minutes, and if it weren’t for Alicia Keys, that average would have been a lot lower. So why the hefty number for Menzel? Keys’ over/under was 1:35 and Kelly Clarkson was even lower at 1:34! Last year everyone was solidly on the over with opera star, Renee Fleming, and she was even below two minutes. Menzel is from the stage. She was in Rent for crying out loud! I know probably none of you reading this has ever seen Rent, but the pace of the songs is pretty quick I wouldn’t be surprised if she challenged Billy Joel for the shortest anthem in Super Bowl history. According to Odds Shark, the anthem total has gone under in four of the last six Super Bowls, and there is too much value to overlook here.
NFL Pick: Menzel UNDER 2:01 National Anthem (-110) at Bodog
Will it be mentioned during that game that Pete Carroll was the last coach of the Patriots?
This one is too good to not throw in. At +110 for yes, either Al Michaels or Cris Collinswroth is going to mention that the coach that spent three seasons in New England before being fired in favor of Bill Belichick is none other than Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll. It’s not something most TV broadcasts mention, but Carroll was the head coach of New England for three seasons in the late 1990s. He got the team to the playoffs s few times after the Bill Parcells years, but ultimately struggled in his final year and Belichick succeeded him. Somewhere out in the NBC media universe there is a producer who is going to look up this information and feed it to Michaels or Collinsworth during the game. Bovada might get funky with you if they mention it at half time, and pre or post game because it does not count, but at +110 on our NFL odds, it’s too juicy to pass up.
NFL Pick: Yes (+110)
What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the winning head coach?
Other than the National Anthem prop, this is most likely everyone’s favorite, because there is value written all over it. We have the luxury of knowing the kind of Gatorade the Seahawks used last year is orange, and if you think the Hawks are going to win the game, doubling down on the orange sugar water at +150 might be the way to go next Sunday. However I am going a little different route. Both of these teams have blue in their colors, and at +750 for blue Gatorade on top of Belichick or Carroll, it’s a lock! How can you drink Gatorade and it isn't one of your team colors? Isn’t that the equivalent of a baseball player talking to a pitcher during a no hitter? Plus, blue Gatorade was a favorite of peers of mine as a child, and now that I’m around the age of the average NFL player, I just feel like I have a hunch with this one. Enjoy!
NFL Pick: Blue Gatorade (+750)