How long with the national anthem last? Will Colin Kaepernick run for a touchdown? Will Alicia Keys be booed during her rendition of the anthem, and will she mess up any of the lyrics? Wanna bet?
Beyond who wins or loses, there are thousands of possible bets that can be made on the Super Bowl. Las Vegas sports books are limited to stats that will show up in the box score, such as whether the 49ers quarterback runs for a touchdown, according to RJ Bell, owner of pregame.com, which aggregates all possible bets. As Bell says, it's "the ESPN for the sports bettor." But prop bets - or, proposition bets - that might relate to the anthem or other off-the-field oddities can only be placed with offshore books.
Betting on the box score alone offers up some interesting prop bets. The more popular choice is listed below in parenthesis.
- Will either team score three straight times? (Yes.)
- Which Harbaugh will be the first to use a challenge? (It's even.)
- How far will the first punt of the game go? (Under 48.5 yards.)
- Who will score last in the first half? (49ers)
- Will there be a safety? (Most likely not, but you can win a whole lot of money if there is one.)
- Will the team that scores first win the game? (No)
- Will the game be tied after 0-0? (Yes)
- What will be the number of the player wearing the jersey that scores the first touchdown? (The over/under sits at around 27.)
Some of the fun prop bets involve multiple sports. Do you think the Ravens will score more points than Paul Pierce on Sunday? Will the combined Big Ten teams playing Sunday have more points than Colin Kaepernick will have gross passing yards? Or, if you want a traditional football bet, you can put down money that a game between Barclay's Premier League teams Liverpool and Manchester City will feature more goals than the Super Bowl will have field goals.
But if you venture into the murky world of the Internet betting halls, you can have some fun with these bets that aren't exactly verifiable -- or as the Las Vegas Hotel sports book's Jay Kornegay says, "are fun and get a lot of media attention."
- How long will the opening handshake be? (Over/under at 7.5 seconds)
- Will Jay-Z join Beyonce on stage?
- How many times will Ray Lewis refer to God in the postgame interview? (Over/under at three times)
- What color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach? (The highest money goes to red)
And if you think you can channel Barack Obama, you can bet on which team you think the president is choosing to win the Super Bowl.