The Super Bowl always brings out unusual props, and next Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX from outside Phoenix has its share of novelty options at sportsbooks. Here's are some of them and a comment or two -- I can't smartly give you too many recommendations.
How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the national anthem?
The 'over/under' is 2 minutes, 1 second with the 'over' a -130 favorite. If you sing the anthem normally, this would take around 1 minute, 45 seconds but no one does that any longer. This is now a chance to showcase your talents. Supposedly the record length at a Super Bowl is by Alicia Keys at 2 minutes, 36 seconds two years ago. Opera singer Renee' Fleming did it in 2 minutes, 3 seconds last year.
Will Menzel forget or omit at least one word of the anthem?
No is -600 and yes +400. We all have seen video of people butchering the anthem at many sports events. It's almost never a professional singer but someone who has stage fright in front of so many people. Don't think that will be a problem for Menzel.
What song will Katy Perry perform first at halftime?
Roar +125. Firework +160, This is How We Do +500, Dark Horse +1200, E.T. +1200, Wide Awake +1200, Last Friday Night +1400, Waking Up In Vegas +2000. I actually have an opinion on this one and go chalk with Roar. It's a good way to get the crowd fired up, and I expect Firework to be her final song.
What will Perry be wearing for her first song at halftime?
A dress/skirt is -160 and anything else (pants, shorts, etc.) is +120 at sportsbooks. I have no idea because I'm not a writer for Vogue or Cosmopolitan.
Who will President Obama publicly pick to win Super Bowl XLIX?
Both the Seahawks and Patriots are -115. The president usually has a sporting opinion and always fills out his NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN, but last year he declined to pick a winner between the Broncos and Seahawks, only saying he thought the final score would be 24-21. This is a lose-lose for the president to pick honestly. I bet he's on the fence again.
What color hoodie will Bill Belichick wear?
Grey is -200, blue +170 and red +700. Seattle is the home team and thus can pick its uniform color, and I presume it would pick the home blues, which are sweet. That would leave the Patriots in white and thus I imagine Belichick wouldn't wear blue like Seattle (even if a different shade). Grey seems a wise bet.
What type of hoodie will Belichick wear?
Sleeves cut is -150 and sleeves intact is +110 at sportsbooks. It will be nice and warm inside University of Phoenix Stadium so I think the sleeves will be cut.
Will Belichick smile on camera during the game?
No is -200 and yes +150 on NFL odds. I'm not sure the guy smiled when his kids were born. So no! Note this is only during the game, not potentially after if the Patriots win. I suppose there's a chance he could smile late if New England has it wrapped up.
How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on TV during the game?
'Over/under' 1.5, with the 'over' a -140 favorite. Obviously it depends on where she sits. But TV is an entertainment business and the Super Bowl fan base is majority male. Gisele is somewhat attractive. Do the math. Go 'over.'
How many times will "deflated" balls be said during the game?
'Over/under' of three with the 'over' a -130 favorite. I believe this is easy money: go 'under.' Sure, it will be a major topic in the pre-game shows, but Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth aren't going to harp on that during game action.
Will it be mentioned that Pete Carroll was the last head coach of the Patriots?
No is -150 and yes +110. These odds should be flipped in my opinion. I know it will be addressed in the pre-game but believe it is mentioned at least once during the actual game.
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Will Al Michaels refer to the point spread, total, odds or on any prop bet during the game?
No is -300 and yes +200. Shoot, if I'm Al why not drop $10K down on this prop and just make sure I do it? Yeah, I guess he has enough money. I think if it goes off as a true pick'em that it's pretty interesting and worth noting. I'd lean yes here. NBC knows gamblers are watching.
Which team owner will be shown more on TV during the game?
The Patriots' Robert Kraft is -200 and Seahawks' Paul Allen is +150. This is easy in that it's Kraft. He seems to enjoy the limelight while Allen stays out of it. Allen is so rich he might not watch from the stadium but instead the international space station or something.