- Super Bowl Sunday is the greatest gambling day of the year, with tons of wagers available to bettors, ranging from standard to absurd.
- Prop bets have grown exponentially in popularity in recent years, and they often cover action off the field, including the national anthem, the halftime show, and commercials that will be shown during the broadcast.
- Below we navigate 23 of the strangest prop bets you can make at online books for Super Bowl LIII.
- Check out all of our coverage of Super Bowl LIII here.
While Las Vegas offers plenty of prop bets for gamblers interested in specific on-field action, the online books that are a bit less regulated can get downright weird. Sites like Bovada, BetDSI, and more have booked bets on everything from the national anthem to the halftime show to the number of tweets President Donald Trump will send out on Super Bowl Sunday.
Below we break down 23 of the wildest prop bets you can find on Super Bowl LIII.
Over/Under 107 seconds for Gladys Knight to sing the national anthem
The pick: Under 107 seconds ($US115 to win $US100)
The logic: This is a significantly lower total than we’ve seen on the national anthem in recent years, but Knight shouldn’t need a ton of extra flourish to make it her own. She has the pipes that will leave her rendition a bit shorter than some singers who have gone before her.
Will Gladys Knight take a knee or raise a fist during or following the national anthem?
The pick: No ($US200 to win $US20)
The logic: Prop bets about potential protests were popular at online books last year, and they can still be found this year at some outlets despite the conversation around the national anthem largely dying down. Outside losing this bet on a technicality – a fist raised in triumph as opposed to protesting, let’s say – it feels safe laying the extra cash on no protest.
Will any player take a knee during the national anthem?
The pick: No ($US350 to win $US50)
The logic: Players kneeling during the anthem has faded from the forefront of football fans’ minds. While some players might think the Super Bowl is the perfect place to once again raise the issue of racial inequality within the justice system, the Rams and the Patriots don’t feel like teams looking to cause a stir.
Over/Under 95 seconds for Chloe X Halle to sing “America the Beautiful”
The pick: Over 95 seconds ($US115 to win $US110)
The logic: Whereas Gladys Knight is already music royalty, the R&B duo Chloe X Halle will be introducing themselves to much of the world with their rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and they may be tempted to put a little extra mustard on the song. Just a guess.
Super Bowl LIII Nielsen rating Over/Under 44.5
The pick: Under 44.5 ($US115 to win $US100)
The logic: It feels a little crazy to take the under on what is the most watched American television broadcast every year, but in this case it seems like a smart bet. The Nielsen rating for the Super Bowl has now dropped for four straight seasons, landing at 43.1 last year between the Patriots and the Eagles. With the Patriots returning to the big game for the third straight year and facing a Rams team that just moved to Los Angeles two seasons ago, it’s unclear where this game finds new interest.
Will CBS show a replay of the missed pass-interference call in the NFC Championship?
The pick: Yes ($US130 to win $US100)
The logic: It’s impossible to tell the story of how these teams got here without mentioning the missed pass-interference call from the NFC Championship. Unless the NFL expressly forbade CBS from mentioning the no-call – a very real possibility – it will almost undoubtedly be featured in the broadcast.
Will Jim Nantz say “Hello friends” when the announcers come on-air?
The pick: Yes ($US10,000 to win $US100)
The logic: OK, for the record, please do not bet $US10,000 on this, as it would be the worst way to lose $US10,000 in the history of gambling. That said, Nantz opens every call by inviting the audience in with a simple “Hello friends,” and there’s no reason the Super Bowl would be any different.
Will Jim Nantz or Tony Romo say “GOAT” during the broadcast?
The pick: No ($US500 to win $US100)
The logic: Plenty of praise will be heaped on Tom Brady throughout the game on Sunday, but the use of the term “GOAT” feels a bit too casual for Nantz and a bit too on the nose for Romo. They may call him the “greatest ever to play the game” or something similar, but throwing around “GOAT” as if it’s an ESPN debate show doesn’t seem likely.
Will Jim Nantz or Tony Romo say “Hotlanta” during the broadcast?
The pick: Yes ($US100 to win $US200)
The logic: “Hotlanta” is the perfect silly word to bet that Nantz or Romo randomly peppers into his call of the game. For Nantz, it would hold a bit of wink-wink, nudge-nudge, I-know-it’s-corny-but… energy, while Romo might literally think it’s the name of the town they’re in. With the weather looking somewhat chilly for kickoff, it’s a broadcast-booth joke that writes itself.
Will Trump congratulate winning team via Twitter by midnight?
The pick: Yes ($US150 to win $US100)
The logic: This is basically a bet on the Patriots’ moneyline, with the possibility of a bailout should the Rams win but Tom Brady’s play still warrants a tweet from the president.
Will Adam Levine, Travis Scott, or Big Boi take a knee during the halftime show?
The pick: Yes ($US300 to win $US100)
The logic: There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the halftime performance, with artists like Cardi B, Rihanna, and Jay Z reportedly turning down the opportunity to play the show and citing Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment as a reason. I was initially leaning “No” on this prop, but the juice is so high in the direction of “Yes” that it feels as if someone knows something. Maybe one of the artists decides to make a statement and honour both Kap and those who turned down the gig.
Which song does Maroon 5 perform first at the halftime show?
The pick: “Makes Me Wonder” ($US100 to win $US100), “Moves Like Jagger” ($US50 to win $US300)
The logic: “Makes Me Wonder” opening the show dropped all the way down to even odds, again giving the sense that someone who knows something is pushing the lines a bit. But I like “Moves Like Jagger” as a sleeper pick – it’s a poppy, dancy opener that brings the right nostalgic energy to the show.
Will Adam Levine be first shown wearing a hat?
The pick: No ($US100 to win $US120)
The logic: There are two types of guys in the world – hair guys, and hat guys. Adam Levine strikes me as a hair guy.
Will Maroon 5 play “Sweet Victory” as a SpongeBob tribute?
The pick: Yes ($US220 to win $US100)
The logic: Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, died last year, prompting some fans to start a petition that he receive tribute with the song “Sweet Victory” during the halftime show. The petition now has almost 1.2 million signatures, and Maroon 5 is teasing that the song will be a part of the show. With the purpose of Super Bowl commercials and performances now focused on engineering viral moments, it would be shocking to see them pass up on a easy win.
Over/Under 6.5 total songs played during the halftime show?
The pick: Over 6.5 songs ($US115 to win $US100)
The logic: Between an opener, SpongeBob, and songs with Travis Scott and Big Boi, it feels as if the medley-heavy halftime show can get over six songs with relative ease this year.
Will any player use a prop during a touchdown celebration?
The pick: No ($US400 to win $US100)
The logic: No Patriots player would do this for fear of being reamed out by Belichick, and no Rams player would do this because they are trying to win a Super Bowl.
What colour liquid will get thrown on the winning coach?
The pick: Blue ($US50 to win $US375)
The logic: Blue was listed as the long-shot odds for the Gatorade bath this year at +750, but the Patriots have already been seen pouring blue coolers over Belichick in previous Super Bowls, and both teams feature the colour prominently in their colour scheme. Clear and lime green/yellow are the favourites, but there’s value in blue.
Will Tom Brady announce his retirement after the game?
The pick: No ($US2,500 to win $US100)
The logic: Again, don’t actually bet $US2,500 on this, but Brady has already said there’s zero chance of his retiring immediately after this game, and he has long expressed his desire to play until age 45 (he’s 41). Nothing in his play this year gave anyone reason to think he’d be hanging up his cleats just yet.
Who wins the Puppy Bowl?
The pick: Team Ruff ($US115 to win $US100)
The logic: After losing 52-47 in a heartbreaker to Team Fluff last season, Team Ruff seems poised to come out with the Eye of the Pupper this year to take home the Lombarky Trophy.
Will the Chick-fil-A in Mercedes-Benz Stadium serve food on Super Bowl Sunday?
The pick: No ($US5,000 to win $US100)
The logic: The Chick-fil-A in Mercedes-Benz Stadium is never open on Sundays, same as all other locations. Instead, the restaurant converts into another concession outlet for the stadium. Unless that counts as some sort of technicality, this is a lock.
Will Dilly Dilly be said during a Bud Light commercial?
The pick: Yes ($US200 to win $US100)
The logic: The “Dilly Dilly” ads feel like a long time ago, but Bud Light will have at least four or five spots throughout the Super Bowl, and it’s hard to imagine it not mentioning the phrase at least once in passing.
Over/Under 7.5 plays correctly predicted by Tony Romo
The pick: Under 7.5 ($US115 to win $US100)
The logic: Everyone loves watching Tony Romo predictions, and in the AFC Championship it became clear that CBS had handed him the reins a bit after having him tone down his football Precog abilities for much of the regular season. Still, Romo calling eight plays is a big ask, and he usually is pretty selective about his spots. Everyone seems a bit too excited about this one; Romo will probably keep it to three or four predictions.
Over/Under 3.5 times Rams “get-back” coach Ted Rath mentioned during the broadcast?
The pick: Under 3.5 ($US440 to win $US200)
The logic: This is your prop lock of the week. Rams “get-back” coach Ted Rath went semi-viral last week after NFL Films put together a short video on him and his job wrangling Rams head coach Sean McVay on the sidelines. It’s a fun video and easy to see why people would enjoy him, but there are zero reasons for him to be mentioned during the broadcast once, let alone four times.
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