‘Deflated balls’ among Super Bowl props

Nothing brings out the proposition bets like the Super Bowl and this year is no different, from “deflated balls” to the color of Katy Perry’s hair at halftime.

The Super Bowl is famous – and sometimes infamous – for its prop bets. The game isn’t always super, but it isn’t just the most-watch program in U.S. history because of the game. Nothing is wagered on more heavily than the Super Bowl, and it isn’t just the winner and the score people love to put their money behind.

Even bettors not interested in breaking down the Xs and Os of the game join the wagering world for the entertainment value of the broadcast and the references contained therein.

The Deflategate controversy surrounding the accusations that the New England Patriots partially deflated several footballs during the AFC Championship will likely draw a lot of betting action, and some references on the television broadcast of the Super Bowl. How many times will the words “deflated balls” be reference during the game? The over/under on that is 2½, according to gambling site Bovada.lv.

Tuesday is media day at the Super Bowl, and even that has drawn a prop bet from the gambling site. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has already been fined for not talking to the media during the season and for a touchdown celebration gesture in the playoffs. He is being given 4/1 odds to be fined by the NFL for any incident during media day and 4/1 odds that he will grab his crotch again after scoring a touchdown on Super Sunday.

The bets hardly stop: Which coach will be mentioned first after kickoff or which one will be shown first on television after kickoff? Will the sleeves be cut or intact on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s hoodie, and what color will his sweatshirt be? Will the coach smile during the game – on camera? How many times will Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Patriots QB Tom Brady, be shown (1½)? Which team’s owner will be shown more on TV during the game?

Even the postgame interviews aren’t off limits for the bettors. Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview? Teammates are at 3/2 odds, God is 5/1, fans/city is 15/2, coach is 12/1, family is 12/1, owner is 12/1.

From small things, like what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach, to big things, like what will happen to the Dow Jones next Monday – market up or down – are all part of the betting lines. So is Barack Obama’s pick for the big game. You can even parlay your Super Bowl winner with whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhog’s Day.

Oh, you can also bet on the game itself, but, really, you can do that any time during the season. Prop bets are never bigger than during the Super Bowl. Shoot, there might even be a bet on how much will be wagered on the game in total.

The entertainment side
  • Idina Menzel, the Tony Award-winning icon of stage, film, television and music who sang “Let It Go” in the movie Frozen, will sing the National Anthem. John Legend, the nine-time Grammy Award winner, will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of the pregame festivities. Bovada gave Menzel the over-under of 2 minutes, 1 second to sing the National Anthem and 4/1 odds she would forget or omit at least one word.

  • The halftime show has increasingly become a bigger part of the Super Bowl. The first Super Bowl featured the Universities of Arizona and Michigan bands. Super Bowl V simply featured trumpeter Tommy Loy, and by Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride headlined the halftime show. Cheryl Ladd, of Charlie’s Angels fame, headlined Super Bowl XIV, with Diana Ross, Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond all featured in the first 25 Super Bowls. More recently, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Billy Joel and Beyoncé Knowles have been the featured performers in the halftime show. This year’s show will feature pop star Katy Perry. Perry’s first song at halftime is a prop bet, as is the over/under on the number of times her name will be mentioned in the first half (1½), the color of her hair at halftime and her wardrobe.

  • The NFL announced the officials for the Super Bowl. They will be referee Bill Vinovich, who is in his ninth year in the NFL and has five career playoff games, Bill Schuster (15/8), Dana McKenzie (7/5), Mark Perlman (14/15), Bobb Waggoner (18/11), Tom Hill (16/13) and Terrence Miles (7/3).

  • More than 112.2 million viewers in the United States watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The over-under for this year is 113 million.


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