How do you enjoy the Super Bowl if your favorite team isn’t playing (or if two teams you dislike pretty deeply are)?
There are a few ways: Play a Super Bowl drinking game. Enjoy the commercials. Make disparaging comments about Madonna’s arms.
And, of course, bet on stuff.
If you’re in a place where betting is legal, there is no better way to enhance the fun of watching the Super Bowl than to bet on random occurrences, individual performances, and whimsical happenings that may not even involve the play on the field.
Culling odds from BetUS and thespread.com, here are some of the most intriguing and entertaining prop bets out there for Super Bowl XLVI.
National Anthem Prop Bets
Before, during, or after you take a look at these National Anthem prob bets, make sure you check out Jerod’s piece yesterday previewing Kelly Clarkson’s National Anthem. He includes videos of her past performances and a projection of her time based on these past renditions.
And then for fun, check out Josh’s post highlighting five great National Anthems worth remembering.
Now here are several National Anthem prob bets, followed my take on them all as a whole.
Prop Bet #1: Length of National Anthem
- Over 1:34: -135
- Under 1:34: -105
Prob Bet #2: How long will Kelly Clarkson hold the note “brave”?
- Over 5 seconds: -110
- 5 seconds: -130
Prob Bet #3: Will Kelly Clarkson forget or omit at least one word from the National Anthem?
- Yes: +225
- No: (not available)
My take: I think Kelly Clarkson will do the Star Spangled Banner justice, and I think she will leave some of the unnecessary theatrics at home.
I’m going for the under on both the length of the song and the note “brave,” and I’m saying she won’t forget any words a la Christina Aguilera.
Fun, Random, Non-Game Prop Bets
- Lime Green: +750
- Yellow: +160
- Orange: +350
- Red: +700
- Blue: +1200
- Clear/Water: +160
My pick: I like clear/water in this one.
Both the Giants and Patriots have been reported as using water in their coolers this year, so it seems a fairly good bet. Plus, the Gatorade prop offers better odds than the money line on the game itself, so this is an interesting opportunity.
Prop Bet #5: Will any player be penalized for excessive celebration?
- Yes: +225
My pick: I like this bet.
There is no bigger stage to have an iconic, career-defining moment. I expect someone to score a big touchdown and decide to turn the eyes of the world upon themselves. I don’t expect the game to be a blowout either way, but if it somehow turns out to be one, this bet is even more likely as players won’t be as concerned about the 15 yard penalty.
Prop Bet #6: What will be the first TD celebration?
- Spike Ball: +175
- Lambeau Leap: +250
- Military Salute: +700
- Show Biceps: +450
- Dunk Ball Over Goalpost: +350
My pick: I like the show biceps pick here.
Obviously the spike is the most universal and therefore has the best odds, but wide receivers and running backs love to flex their muscles. At +450 I like the odds, too. In all, there are over 25 options for this bet; these are just a few that I found most appealing.
Prop Bet #7: What will be the longest field goal of the game?
- Over/Under 44.5 yards: -115
My pick: I’m looking the under here.
Prop Bet #8: Will NBC show Larry Bird/David Letterman/Bobby Knight on live TV during the game?
- Yes: -120
- No: -120
My pick: These are all separate bets, and I think Larry Bird is a yes, Letterman I’m staying away from, and Knight is a no.
If ESPN had anything to do with the broadcast Knight would be a shoo-in for being on TV, but not on NBC.
Prop Bet #9: How many times will NBC show Peyton Manning on live TV?
- Over 5 ½: +115
- Under 5 ½: -155
My pick: I like the odds of the over on this one.
I especially like it if the murky details surrounding Peyton’s medical clearance to play continue to be vague through Sunday. The more uncertainty surrounding the Colts star, the more they will show him on TV.
Prop Bet #10: How many times will NBC mention Jim Irsay during the broadcast?
- Over 1: -115
- Under 1: -125
My pick: I don’t see any way they go the entire time without a mention of Irsay, especially given the back and forth in which he and Peyton Manning have engaged over the past few weeks.
Since this Super Bowl wouldn’t be in Indianapolis if not for Irsay and Peyton, take the over here. They will at least bring his name up once or twice.
Super Bowl Prop Bets Related To The Actual Game
Prop Bet #11: Number of Giants to have a rushing attempt
- Over 3.5: -300
- Under 3.5: +220
My pick: I know -300 isn’t a great line, but I don’t see any way this one loses.
With Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware all in line to receive the ball, all it would take is a carry by Eli or a reverse to a receiver to put you in the money on the over.
Prop Bet #12: Will there be a score in the last 3 ½ minutes of the game?
- Yes: -155
- No: +125
My pick: In what figures to be a close game, you have to go with yes on this one. Plus, both teams are better on offense than defense, so I predict some late scoring.
Prop Bet #13: Longest pass completion for Tom Brady
- Over/Under 41.5 yards
My pick: Brady will hit at least one big one. Take the over.
Prop Bet #14: Will a Zoltan Mesko punt result in a touchback?
- Yes: +190
- No: -250
My pick: This is only mentioned because there is nothing more absurd than betting on a punter named Zoltan Mesko. As a Michigan fan, I will take the -190 and say yes.
- Over/Under 6.5
My pick: With Gronk limited, Welker will have to step up. I like the over on this one as well.
Prop Bet #16: Total receiving yards by Julian Edelman
- Over/Under 8.5
My pick: Again, with Gronkowski likely limited by his ankle sprain, others will have opportunities. I think Edelman can grab one pass for over 9 yards.
Prop Bet #17: Will Chad Ochocinco have at least one reception?
- Yes: +105
- No: -135
My pick: Well, most others will have opportunities. I say Ocho puts up a cero in the receptions column.
Prop Bet #18: Total pass attempts by Eli Manning
- Over/Under 38.5
My pick: Unlike a lot of folks, I expect the Giants to play from behind most of the game. With that in mind, I look for Eli to chuck it over 40 times.
- Yes: +100
- No: -130
My pick: The combination of the Patriots’ poor secondary, Nicks’ massive hands, and Eli’s high attempts tell me to take the yes on this one.
I expect Nicks to have a huge game (sleeper MVP pick, even in this, the year of the quarterback), since he will have a huge size advantage against the Pats defensive backs.
Prop Bet #20: Total receiving yards for Victor Cruz
- Over/Under 88.5
My pick: Cruz will probably make me look like a stark raving idiot for this, but I’m taking the under.
Even out of the slot, he’s not the secret he once was, and I think Nicks will get the most action. I also think Mario Manningham will see more targets than usual because of the weakness of the Patriots corners after Kyle Arrington and Devin McCourty.
Prop Bet #21: Total solo + assisted tackles for Antrel Rolle
- Over/Under 6
My pick: I like the over here because of how many plays I think will end downfield for the Patriots. Rolle will be a busy guy Sunday in pass defense.
Prop Bet #22: Will Brandon Jacobs score a touchdown?
- Yes: +180
- No: -240
My pick: This is totally a gut feeling, but I think Jacobs finds the end zone and Ahmad Bradshaw doesn’t (for the record, Bradshaw is +105 to score and -135 not to score). I don’t have any good reason to back it up; this is just a (relatively) bold prediction concerning the Giants running game.
There are my favorites. If any caught your eye, put them in the comments below! And if you disagree with any of my picks, comment on that too.