Depending on one's level of use, betting on sports can make a great thing even better or it can cause a world of problems and hurt. The same can be said of gambling in general. It can lead to some excitement and even some spending cash and a good story, but those who go overboard usually end up regretting it. While most sporting events involve simple bets like the over-under, point spread, and the very basic "pick a winner," intense football bettors may try to predict how many points individual players may score, how many yards they will rush, catch or throw for, or even how many points will be scored per quarter.
Super Bowl weekend brings about completely different side bets that accompany what is already one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. Super Bowl is an exciting time. The Sunday prior now houses the Pro Bowl, for those starved of the gridiron already, but then there is the mass hysteria known as Super Bowl media day and of course the fact that non-religious football fans start to talk football. The Super Bowl even solves commercials, which some people find to be the most irritating part of television. People tune in to the Super Bowl just to see what companies have regurgitated the most money into advertising for the big day.
As if it had to be more exciting, there are of course the interesting and hard-to-call prop bets that arise every year around this time. Pro bets have to to with everything from the announcers to the halftime show and many unusual possibilities in between. Here are the craziest 2015 Super Bowl bets. While we offer our own perspective for some of these, we do not even pretend to be experts, and you should by no means bet your spouse, home, or children.
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There are three interesting bets with regard to viewership of the big game. The first has to do with what the game's Nielsen rating will be, it is set at over/under 47.5. There is also the overall viewer total, and the over/under is set at 113 million, which is highly plausible, given that these are two of the most controversial teams in the league and also have large fan bases. Finally, there is the wager over which team's hometown will have a higher Nielsen rating. Between Boston and Seattle, the oddsmakers are picking Seattle.
14 The Presidential Pick
Whether you voted Democratic or Republic last election, oddsmakers think Barack Obama's thoughts on football matter. Come to think of it however, how does Obama watch the game? Does he sit back with the secret service and crack open a case with a pile of wings, or does he kick back with Biden and trash talk all day. Imagine having to watch it with Michelle and the kids though, having to explain how downs work, or why there are so many yellow flags on the field. Vegas thinks the pres is going to choose the Patriots.
13 The Dow Jones
How will the Dow Jones perform the day after the Super Bowl. The magical elves who come up with odds think it is likely that the market will be up. We have to wonder if this actually has to do with the big game or whether it's because the economy in general is actually doing alright right now. Regardless, we're wondering why anyone would take up this action as it has nothing to do with the game. Just put money on stocks if you're interested in the Dow Jones...
This one is asking the better what color will the Gatorade be when the winning coach gets a shower at the end of the game? Orange, yellow, red, blue and green are the five color options, in order of likelihood, while clear (just plain water) is also an option, listed as third most likely. A great middle finger to all bettors would be for each team to go with purple, but that's grape and grape Gatorade just doesn't do the trick.
11 Belichick and Carroll
Bill Belichick is probably the most discussed coach of the last 15 years, given his (now) two major cheating controversies and three Super Bowls. Pete Carroll coached in the NFL somewhat unsuccessfully years ago, but after some great years with USC between 2001 and 2009 he came back to the NFL and has been instrumental in making the Seahawks what they are now.
In terms of the Super Bowl, one can bet which coach will be shown on screen first and which coach will be mentioned first by the commentators. Belichick is favored for both.
10 The National Anthem
Idina Menzel, who my little sister says was the voice of someone named Elsa from something called Frozen, will be singing the Star Spangled Banner this year. There are two bets riding on her performance. The first is whether she will forget or screw up a word or more than one word in the anthem. Oddsmakers are calling it unlikely. There is also an over/under of two minutes and one second with regard to how long it will take her to sing the anthem.
9 Groundhog Day
This is pretty straightforward, and involves picking the winner of the Super Bowl and whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. This bet will not be finalized until Monday, as that is when the rodent is scheduled to show his face. A Seahawk win and the groundhog seeing his shadow is listed at 11/4, while Seattle winning and no shadow is listed at 12/5. With a Patriots win, the groundhog seeing his shadow is at 5/2 and not seeing it is listed at 11/5.
8 Super Bowl MVP Speech
Who will the MVP of the game mention first in his award acceptance speech? Teammates, God, fans, coach, family and speech are all likely choices and are listed in that order from most to least likely. Meanwhile, not mentioning any of the above is listed at 2/1. I'm waiting for an staunch and outspoken atheist to win a huge sporting event and announce their lack of belief and thank Richard Dawkins.
7 Pete Carroll and the Pats
Will anyone mention the fact that Pete Carroll was the Patriots coach prior to Bill Belichick? In his three years there, the team went 10-6 and lost in the divisional round, went 9-7, losing in the wild card. In his third year, the team missed the playoffs, going 8-8. Belichick took over the year after. The oddsmakers think it is more likely that it will not be mentioned, but we see it as almost an unavoidable fact for the commentators.
6 The Hoodie
Bill Belichick has a few reputations around the league. The first is for Super Bowls, the second is for cheating and another is for wearing hoodie sweatshirts on the sidelines. Two prop bets are available regarding his clothes this year, including what color his hoodie will be and whether he will have the sleeves cut off. Grey with sleeves cut off is listed as the most likely, while red with sleeves is a risky play but will bring in quite a bit.
There is also whether or not Belichick will smile on camera. It is not expected but the likelihood increases a great bit if the Patriots win. This would be a funny day for Belichick to show up in a suit.
5 Katy Perry
With the beautiful Katy Perry performing this year's halftime show, bets revolving around her include what color her hair will be when she starts her set, which song she will play first and what she will be wearing. My personal hope for the three is black hair, "This Is How We Do" and nothing. Such a combination is unlikely.
Other colors include pink, red, blue, green, blonde and purple. Outfits are broken down into either pants, a dress/skirt or shorts. Finally, songs also listed are "Firework," "Roar," "Dark Horse," "Wide Awake," "Waking Up in Vegas," and "E.T."
4 Russell Wilson
The Seahawks have an offense that is interesting to watch, but rarely light up any defenses with an airborne attack. Between Marshawn Lynch and the most mobile quarterback in the league, they have a mean rushing attack. One of the more interesting prop bets of 2015 is whether Russell Wilson's passing yardage total will be more or less than the national average for gasoline on Monday after the game.
3 Mrs. Brady
Tom Brady is living the dream. Obviously that dream involves millions of dollars, a job as a professional athlete, but it would be nothing without a supermodel wife. Tom and super model Gisele Bundchen got married back in 2009 and well, she's still gorgeous. There is a prop bet based on her, and how many times she will be seen on T.V. during the game. The over/under is set at 1.5, but obviously every time Brady tosses a touchdown, the likelihood of her on screen rises. Obviously that likelihood rises similarly if he takes a big hit or the Patriots win the game. This is another one that we consider likely to be an "over."
With the recent news of the New England Patriots and their slightly under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship, the word deflated is being tossed around...well...like a football. There is an over/under of 2.5 on how many times "deflated balls" will be mentioned throughout the broadcast. The only way we predict this could not happen is if the league specifically instructs the commentators and reporters not to mention such controversies.
1 Beast Mode
The NFL's most awkwardly entertaining personality is the subject of two prop bets for the 2015 Super Bowl. Marshawn Lynch is the NFL's most fined player for 2014 (not including suspended players), having been fined for a couple of offensive gestures, and of course refusing to talk to the media. His tab is well over $100,000 for the season. The first of he Beast Mode themed pro bets is whether or not he will "grab himself" after a touchdown. This is the last game of the season and if it is a blowout and the yardage penalty isn't an issue, it wouldn't be surprising.
The second prop bet is whether or not he will be fined for anything on media day. The oddsmakers see both of the Marshawn Lynch bets being unlikely. As long as he doesn't skip out on media day on Tuesday, it's unlikely that he will be fined, but as per the "self grab"...highly plausible.
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