The Wonderful World of Super Bowl Proposition Betting

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Super Bowl LV is almost upon us! The big day for “the big game” this year is  February 7, 2021, with the game taking place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The biggest day in the US sporting calendar frequently sets the record as the most-watched American TV broadcast of the year. 

The Super Bowl is now about more than the game of football and the reality is that for many viewers the football is something of a sideshow. The Super Bowl is an entertainment extravaganza!

Time to Party

The big game is an excuse to eat, drink and party, with the halftime show and celebrity watching in the stadium often being of more interest than the action and score on the field.

The sportsbooks are wise to this and know that they have a vast number of potential customers who care relatively little about the result of the game taking place, but might be tempted to have a cheeky bet or two on events linked to it, however tenuous.

That’s where “Prop bets” (or Proposition bets) come in.

What are Prop bets?

Prop bets (aka ‘Proposition bets’) are fun bets that have become particularly associated with the Super Bowl in recent times and can cover just about anything with a passing connection to the game. 

To give you an idea, let’s take a look at some of the gems from previous years.

A popular prop bet for a number of years now has been, ‘What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl Team?

  • Yellow
  • Clear/Water 
  • Orange 
  • Red/Pink 
  • Lime green 
  • Blue
  • Purple
The Wonderful World of Super Bowl Proposition Betting
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Trayvon Wilburn (51) douses head coach Ryan Day with gatorade after defeating the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Another regular prop bet wager that’s closely associated with the result of the game is, ‘Who Will the Super Bowl MVP Thank First?’

  • Coach 
  • Family 
  • God/Religion 
  • Winning City
  • Teammates 
  • Doesn’t Thank Anyone

At last year’s Super Bowl, the halftime entertainment was provided by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Naturally that provided a prop bet for, ‘Who Will Show Cleavage During Halftime Performance?

  • Both
  • J-Lo only
  • Shakira only
  • Neither cleavage

At the other end of the market, so to speak, you could also wager on whether or not Jennifer Lopez would show “butt cleavage” during her performance. 

If you’re wondering, butt cleavage is described as “minor exposure of the buttocks and the intergluteal cleft between them, often because of low-rise pants”. You may also know it by the name “plumber’s butt”.

Sportsbooks also post an Over/Under market for ‘How long will it take to sing the national anthem?’, e.g.

  • Over 2 minutes and 1 second 
  • Under 2 minutes and 1 second 

As a guide, Demi Lovato’s performance at Super Bowl LIV was set at 1 minute and 55 seconds.

The Wonderful World of Super Bowl Proposition Betting
Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view as fireworks go off during the half time show in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Or what about having a wager on this, If A Fan Runs On The Field, Who Will Tackle Them First?

  • Security
  • Player
  • Team Staff Member
  • Another Fan

It is worth remembering that this year they are looking to have fans in the stadium, but at a capacity level that would allow for social distancing in accordance with guidelines laid out before the regular season.

In these challenging times, perhaps a little romance would be in order. Another popular prop bet is, ‘Will Any Player Propose To His Girlfriend On The Field After The Game?

  • Yes
  • No

For football fans the commercials can be a frustrating experience, but why not have some fun with a prop bet? For example, there are various offers posted as to which commercial will air first between various brands. For example:

  • Budweiser
  • Doritos

There are even bets available with links to the financial markets, such as whether the price of Bitcoin will rise or fall, or whether the Dow will rise or fall on opening the day after the Super Bowl. 

The same bets or variations thereof are sure to be available this year too, although the sportsbooks will undoubtedly also offer some new weird and wonderful prop bets specifically tailored towards this year’s Super Bowl contenders and current events.

So, who will win the Super Bowl?

The Wonderful World of Super Bowl Proposition Betting
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar (42) makes a snow angel in confetti after beating Clemson Tigers 49-28 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

As for who will actually win this year’s Super Bowl – there are still four teams in contention – the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  and the Green Bay Packers.

Las Vegas bookmakers and odds sites like offer betting odds on the Superbowl matchup itself as well as Moneyline odds, and proposition bets for the big game.

Trump Tweet

And finally, recent events would strongly indicate that one prop bet from last year won’t be offered up at Super Bowl LV and that’s, ‘Will Donald Trump Tweet During the Game?

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