The Super Bowl and betting go hand in hand. Every year, millions of dollars are placed on the big game and, in recent years bookmakers have done well as America fails to predict one of the most unpredictable games in sports.
So don’t fancy your chances of deciding between the Seahawks and Broncos? Well how about a look at some of the more unusual markets available.
For example we all know that Renee Fleming will be singing the national anthem prior to kick-off. However, do you know if she’ll be wearing gloves? You can get -200 on her covering her hands for the big event.
But what if Fleming messes it up? Well you can get +250 on Fleming forgetting or omitting at least one word from the famous anthem and even money on the performance lasting over 2 minutes and 25 seconds.
Knowshon Moreno has attracted publicity for the tears he shed during a performance of the national anthem earlier in the season, if you think that the emotions might get too much for Moreno again there is a +300 line on the running back to tear up on Sunday.
Moreno’s quarterback teammate, Peyton Manning also has a number of available markets for would-be betters to choose from. Manning’s father and brother were present on screen at the end of the AFC Championship game. Chances that they make a repeat performance in the big game are at -120 with the over/under on appearances set at one.
In the last round of the playoffs Manning earned $24,800 for charity by using the audible “Omaha” 31 times. He also said the name of the Nebraska city 44 times in the AFC divisional round as ‘Omaha’ took the twitter trends by storm. Vegas have set the over/under market for his usage of the word at 27.5 and the line at -120.
Remember the embarrassing ‘lights-out’ incident at last years Super Bowl? Well there is a rather tasty +2500 line on a repeat performance at the Meadowlands. As if reports snow wasn’t a big enough problem for the NFL.
Speaking of snow: Vegas have set a line of +250 on there being snow at kick-off. Incidentally Weather.com currently has forecasts of no snowfall and 20% chance of rain if you’d prefer to make an informed decision.
The halftime performers as usual hold perhaps the strangest Super Bowl market with a decent even money available on at least one member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to perform shirtless. With a high of five degrees Celsius predicted, the chances of that might be slim.
So what of the final result? Well at the end of the game the winning coach will be drenched in the traditional ‘Gatorade shower’.
Vegas even has a line on that: 3/1 for orange or yellow drink, 5/1 for red or a huge 7/1 on the rarely seen blue Gatorade if you’re feeling lucky.
We hope that this guide has helped you out in a more fun way to wager on the big game and as always gamble responsibly.