A lot of sharps lost out when the Seahawks failed to beat the Patriots at Super Bowl XLIX. But if you were smart enough to add these props to your NFL picks, you made some coin on Sunday.
We got the Super Bowl that we wanted. Not all of us got the result that we wanted, but at least Super Bowl XLIX was an excellent football game. You had two great teams in the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, you had that white-knuckle ride during the fourth quarter – and you had Katy Perry in a skirt. What does that have to do with football? Absolutely nothing, but if you had Ms. Perry’s wardrobe choice in your Super Bowl props, you got paid.
Let’s kick things off with the Super Bowl entertainment props that we so dearly love. Perry was pegged at –125 to be wearing a skirt/dress at the start of her halftime show, and sure enough, she was wearing a skirt that looked like it was designed by NASCAR. Just kidding: It was Jeremy Scott from Moschino. Also, Perry came out riding a giant fake golden tiger, foreshadowing her choice of “Roar” (3-2, up from 7-5) as the first song of her set. Easy money. Alas, Perry somehow wasn’t even mentioned twice (UNDER 2, +110) during the first half.
Before the halftime show, there was the National Anthem, and if you love conspiracy theories, you’ll love the fact that Idina Menzel went OVER 2:01, finishing at either 2:04 or 2:05 depending on how you timed it. At least one sportsbook had to shut this prop down after receiving some suspicious late money on the OVER. We leveled ourselves and whiffed on that one after years of betting the OVER, but it was easy pickings at –600 for Menzel not to forget or omit at least one word of The Star-Spangled Banner.
And now, some NFL picks. The sportsbooks may have gotten soaked by Patriots bettors, but at least there wasn’t a safety this year (NO, –900). That’s usually a solid moneymaker for the books. So is the game not going into overtime (NO, –1600). People who bet YES on these props usually don’t take the probability of these events happening into full account.
It was a lot more likely that Tom Brady (9-5) would win the Super Bowl MVP award for the third time, and once the dust had cleared, that’s exactly whom the media and fans voted for. But it was something of a surprise when Brady thanked his family (12-1) before anyone else, including his teammates (3-2) and God (5-1). Speaking of which, Gisele Bündchen’s number of TV appearances during the game: UNDER 1.5.
Belichick’s Blue Period
As for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, it was pretty much a deadbolt lock that he would be mentioned before Seattle’s Pete Carroll, and shown first on TV after the kick-off. But Belichick was still a bargain at –130 on both counts. What we didn’t count on was his sartorial splendor. Belichick outdid Perry by matching his blue hoodie (7-4) with the blue Gatorade (15-2) that was dumped over his head when the Patriots won. Also, Belichick’s hoodie had sleeves for a change (+110). Somebody contact Moschino.
There are tons more Super Bowl props to run through and not enough time – take a tour of the Interwebs and you should find everything you need. But we wrap up our coverage of the 2014 NFL season with the Greatest Super Bowl Prop of All-Time: the Super Bowl-Groundhog Day parlay. On Monday morning at roughly 7:25 p.m. Eastern, Punxsutawney Phil was coaxed out of his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob, and as he usually does, he saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter? Probably not, but if you parlayed Phil seeing his shadow with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, you got paid at 5-2. Enjoy the offseason, and may the prolate spheroid be with you in 2015.