The Odd Side of Superbowl Wagers

posted at 9:20 pm on February 5, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

By some estimates, the amount of money that will be wagered on tomorrow’s battle for the Lombardi Trophy will exceed one billion dollars world-wide. But not all of them are the typical bets on which team will win or lose, the total score or the point spread. In fact, some of them don’t even have anything to do with the actual game.

There are some prop bets during the Super Bowl that are intriguing — real puzzles that offer potential value and should get at least a look from serious NFL handicappers. And then there are these ones. These are some of the growing number of odd Super Bowl bets that sports books offer — as much to get noticed as anything else.

  • Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat when she sings the national anthem?
  • Length of Christina Aguilera’s anthem – ‘over/under’ 1:52
  • How many times will Fox say ‘Brett Favre’ during the broadcast? – ‘over/under’ 2.5
  • What side of the ball will the players that perform the Gatorade shower be from?
  • Will any player do a Lambeau Leap after a TD?

These are interesting enough I suppose, but surely they don’t go far enough. I have tremendous confidence that the Hot Air faithful can come up with some better ones. Here’s a few suggestions just to set the tone.

  • Which hot girlfriend of one of the players will be shown on camera first? (Bonus 12:1 odds if it’s one of the punters)
  • How long after kickoff will one of the sportscasters mention the last collapse of a football dome from snow? (Over/Under 17 minutes)
  • Will Jesse Ventura show up even though he’s from Minnesota? (4:1) Wearing a boa? (17:1)
  • With the Jets out of it, will any foot jokes still be told? (39:1)

Tomorrow we shall arise and begin our pre-game preparations. And without New York, I’ll be pulling for the Steelers. Best of luck. And don’t miss some of the new commercials. The Budweiser ones look particularly good again.


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you can bet on heads or tails for the coin flip

commodore on February 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

You can bet on field goals on instant replay. My drunken buds have done that.

katy the mean old lady on February 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Will Jazz Shaw ever be let our of the Green room again?

1:5 against

Emperor Norton on February 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Will Jazz Shaw ever be let out of the Green Room again?

1:5 against

FIFY.

Emperor Norton on February 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The only thing I have to add is the most important of all…

GO PACK GO!!!

stvnscott on February 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Game minutes into the second half before the impending lockout is finally brought up? +/- 11.

elcapt on February 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM

The only thing I have to add is the most important of all…

GO PACK GO!!!

stvnscott on February 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I’mton.Good pal is a cheese head.I’m watching the game wth rabid Stiller fans. Have to go Stillers or wind up in a gator hole. Gators love aged meat.

katy the mean old lady on February 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Side bets (by team):

1. Coin Flip
2. First TD
3. First Field Goal
4. First Called Time Out
5. First Injury Time Out
6. First Turnover – Fumble or Interception
7. First Personal Foul
8. Leading at end of 1st Q
9. Leading at Half Time
10. Leading at end of 3rd Q
11. First conversion
12. First QB Sack

Now pass the nachos.

Tim_CA on February 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM

http://www.docsports.com/superbowlprops.html

Super Bowl XLV Specials – What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team? Odds

Blue 10/1
Clear/Water 7/2
Lime Green 6/1
Orange 7/4
Red 5/1
Yellow 8/5

commodore on February 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM

commodore on February 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Red.Optics mah man.

katy the mean old lady on February 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

As the cold of global warming takes hold of mother earth, how much further south will the game have to be moved to stay out of the snow and ice … Only the sun knows, and it ain’t talking.

Tomorrow is STEREO day.

tarpon on February 5, 2011 at 9:50 PM

gamblersanonymous.org

Need I say more?

DAT60A3 on February 5, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Dick Cheney to speak at 10:30 pm EST

UStream Live

John the Libertarian on February 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Number of hotties bedded by Packers players during SB week: (Over/Under 3).

Number of hotties bedded by Steelers players during SB week: (Over/Under 28).

Number of players’ wives filing for divorce next week: (Over/Under 6).

TXUS on February 5, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Quentin Hapsburg: Do you gamble, Lieutenant?

Frank Drebin: Every time I order out.

Kini on February 5, 2011 at 10:14 PM

OT: Or maybe not.

Who wants to bet Cheney speech at the Reagan Ranch will be out of Dah Park?

Kini on February 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I love those bets. You can also bet on which team will get the first kick off, whether someone scores on the first drive/first 7 minutes and a bunch of other stuff. It can be kind of fun.

El_Terrible on February 5, 2011 at 10:41 PM

What are the odds of it going into overtime?

No Superbowl has ever gone into overtime. :) :) :)

Theophile on February 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Will someone tackle Troy Polamalu by grabbing his hair if he makes an interception?

Steve Z on February 5, 2011 at 11:00 PM

# How many times will Fox say ‘Brett Favre’ during the broadcast? – ‘over/under’ 2.5

seriously? how can you NOT take the over?

jimmy the notable on February 5, 2011 at 11:16 PM

OT: Dick Cheney speech is on the thread that had the Sarah Palin speech last night if anyone is interested!..:)

Dire Straits on February 5, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Number of people killed on I35 traveling to/from game? We live two hours south of Dallas and hotels are sold out. Just left local bar that was full of Steelers fans. (UGH).

TEXASLEGAL on February 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Jazz…

… If you want to fill in for Allah, you have to start a drinking game for the Super Bowl.

… Just sayin’.

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Number of fans injured by falling ice?

profitsbeard on February 6, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Bets you can make in Vegas:
http://werlv.com/LV-Hilton-Superbook-Super-Bowl-45-Prop-Sheets/9086572

Vegas pretty much has the quasi-normal oddities ready for your bets.

batterup on February 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Anyone know who Obama picked to win? I’m praying he’s a Steeler’s fan….. Go Pack!

Jasech59 on February 6, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat when she sings the national anthem? – I don’t think so.

Length of Christina Aguilera’s anthem – ‘over/under’ 1:52 – I’ll go with the under.

How many times will Fox say ‘Brett Favre’ during the broadcast? – ‘over/under’ 2.5 – I’ll go with the over.

What side of the ball will the players that perform the Gatorade shower be from? – I don’t understand the question.

Will any player do a Lambeau Leap after a TD? – Yes. Of course.

SoulGlo on February 6, 2011 at 3:35 AM

I can see the ChromeDome from my backyard, about three miles off. If I look real close I can also see the steam coming off Jerry’s head as Arlington gets a big ‘D’ for being ready for the game.

My prediction: local drunk tanks will be stuffed by 12pm.

Oh, and the Pack by 7.

Limerick on February 6, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Blast from Da Past!
****************************

Super Bowl #19

President Ronald Reagan Coin Toss!

Tom Landry O.J.Simpson,

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Ugh,a snafu,I’ll redo!!

Blast from Da Past!
****************************

Super Bowl #19

President Ronald Reagan Coin Toss!

Tom Landry O.J.Simpson,Bob McKay.(Video-15:02)
———————————-

Harry Shearer: Found Objects – Ronald Reagan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28zW6-O5Z1Q

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 6:31 AM

What side of the ball will the players that perform the Gatorade shower be from? – I don’t understand the question.

SoulGlo on February 6, 2011 at 3:35 AM

Since the losers don’t do the Gatorade shower, I expect it means the offense or defense.

csdeven on February 6, 2011 at 6:46 AM

How long before Rothlispervert’s sexual exploits are mentioned? 1st

In which quarter will the tired old cliche “The Immaculate Reception” be flogged? 1st

Seconds before a reference to the “Ice Bowl” will be mentioned? over/under 60 seconds of the pregame show.

csdeven on February 6, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Since the losers don’t do the Gatorade shower, I expect it means the offense or defense.

csdeven on February 6, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Okay. Then in that case, I say that the winning team will be on offense when the Gatorade is dumped on the coach.

SoulGlo on February 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

SoulGlo on February 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I think the D will be on the field and the offensive will do the Gatorade shower on the coach.

csdeven on February 6, 2011 at 8:06 AM

I’m betting that the game will be 28-21 with Steelers winning.

Conservative Samizdat on February 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat when she sings the national anthem?

No.

Length of Christina Aguilera’s anthem – ‘over/under’ 1:52

Over

How many times will Fox say ‘Brett Favre’ during the broadcast? – ‘over/under’ 2.5

Way over

What side of the ball will the players that perform the Gatorade shower be from?

Packers’ defense

Will any player do a Lambeau Leap after a TD?

No

GO PACK GO!

steveegg on February 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Over/under for the pregame hyenas laughing at nothing – 30

50sGuy on February 6, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Super Bowl Infographic : TinyHacker http://t.co/4pKglqB History of the Super Bowl at a glance. Nicely done.

TheBigOldDog on February 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Mr. PPF told me about this on the way where we are right now (yeah by the tear gas can factory!) and I was astounded at the stupidity of it. I thought “Well, that takes it away from the game to pay attention to stupid stuff!”

Praying here that the Steelers win, even though Obama jinxed us. Grrrr!!!! Yeah, I am a “go” at the Brett Favre mentions.

ProudPalinFan on February 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

How long before the line “say what you will about Ben Roethlisburger” is uttered.

commodore on February 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I look forward to only one thing today…

Puppy Bowl!

Fallon on February 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Back in the 70′s we called this “Betting the Weird”.

Hucklebuck on February 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Cripes. I’d take the over on Brett Favre in a heartbeat. The broadcasters won’t be able to restrain themselves in comparing Aaron Rodgers to him throughout the entire game. They’ll be drawn to him like flies to stink.

nukemhill on February 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

It’s called the Lombardi Trophy for a reason, which is why it will go to Green Bay. Despite both teams having explosive offenses, both teams rank high in defensive categories. Final score…..Packers 20, Steelers 16

Then there’s the “unknown factor”, where one player, (or one missing), from either team rises above their “normal duties” and plays over his head—virtually effecting the final score. Certainly Troy Polamalu could wreck havoc on Rogers and the GB offense. Pitt, missing their pro-bowl center Maurkice Pouncey could loom large. Big Ben could also easily rise to the stardom he’s done in the past and change the tides of the game with one heroic pass or run. Aaron Rodgers could throw out the Superbowl record books with his arm and his receivers, (if the Pitt defense falters), but Steve Young’s six TD’s will be tough to top. So many “coulds” “ifs” and “maybes” in this game between two of the best that deserve to be here.

Lombardi himself put the game in perspective: “Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology.”

Rovin on February 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

How about bets on how many classic inanities we hear from the lame sports press (Over/Under large two digit numbers):

“came to play”

“need to put up more points”

….etc.

landlines on February 6, 2011 at 11:37 AM

How about bets on how many classic inanities we hear from the lame sports press (Over/Under large two digit numbers):

Landlines, That why I always listen to the radio broadcast. The replays, and visual gimmicks have made TV announcers lazy. They just show the visuals over and over and the commentary is 3rd class at best.

Sandbar on February 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Number of times that Roethlisburger’s “legal troubles” are referred to: Over/under 2.5

Actually using the “rape” when mentioning Roethlisburger’s legal troubles: 50:1

Mallard T. Drake on February 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Number of times reference to how sad Jerry Jones must be not have his team play the first SuperBowl in Cowboys Stadium – 4.2 before the half.

Bonus side bet: If game is a blowout, over/under is 9 in the second half.

BobMbx on February 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

It’s called the Lombardi Trophy for a reason, which is why it will go to Green Bay. Despite both teams having explosive offenses, both teams rank high in defensive categories. Final score…..Packers 20, Steelers 16

“Shut yer pie hole!

BobMbx on February 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

400 Fans Booted From Super Bowl

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/02/400-fans-booted-from-super-bowl.html

At least these 400 people didn’t have to watch Christina Aguilera make an ass out of the National Anthem.

Nearly Nobody on February 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM