By Richard Roeper
VSiN Guest Columnist
We start with the basics.
Patriots -3, or maybe 3.5.
Over/under of 58 or 59.
Granted, this could be one of the most entertaining, one of the highest scoring, one of the most engrossing Super Bowls of all time--but whether the Pats win by 3 or 30, the prop bets will keep us watching until the end.
Before the kickoff: will the coin toss be heads or tails?
During the halftime show, will Lady Gaga pay tribute to Prince or David Bowie?
When the winning head coach drops the headset and walks onto the field, will he be dowsed with purple power drink or lime power drink? Or water?
And off we go.
Let’s take a look at this year’s Prop Bets, and my recommendations.
Lady Gaga’s hair color during the halftime show:
Take the Pink 1500!
What will Luke Bryan be wearing when he sings the National Anthem?
Blue Jeans: 1/2
Any other pants or shorts: 3/2
Blue jeans is a lock. Come on, he’s a country singer belting out “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Houston! He’s not going to be wearing cargo shorts.
How many times will “Gronk” or “Gronkowski” be said on
TV during the live broadcast?
I like the “Under.” Gronk’s name will be invoked twice.
Which song will Lady Gaga play to kick off her halftime performance:
“Born this Way”: 9/4
“Bad Romance”: 5/2
“Edge of Glory”: 6/1
“Poker Face”: 10/1
“Just Dance”: 10/1
Any other song: 11/10
I like “Edge of Glory” at 6/1.
How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on TV?
Over/Under: 1 1/2
Take the Under.
Will either team score three straight times?
It feels like “No” is the way to go: but when you consider the explosive nature of both offenses, it’s easy to envision the Pats or the Falcons racking up 17 or 21 straight points at some point in the game.
In 2013, Alicia Keys set the record with the longest version of the Star-Spangled Banner in Super Bowl history: 156 seconds. Most renditions go about two minutes.
This year the over/under on Luke Bryan’s version is 127.5 seconds.
This year’s Super Bowl is in Houston. Will the main play-by-play broadcasters or any sideline reporter say, “Houston, we have a problem?”
You’d have to bet $400 to win $100 on this bet, but I strongly recommend you make that choice. The Fox TV announcers are NOT going to invoke such a clichéd, hacky comment.
Heads or tails?
Every year, the money is on “Heads,” even though it’s a straight 50-50 proposition no matter what the previous outcome.
So far, about 60% of the vote total is for “Heads.”
This bet is a real coin flip. (DAD JOKE ALERT!)
First person to score a TD:
A.Julio Jones: 15/2
B.LeGarrette Blount: 8/1
C.Julian Edelman: 8/1
D.Devonta Freeman: 17/2
E.Chris Hogan: 10/1
F.Dion Lewis: 12/1
G.Mohamed Sanu: 12/1
H.Tevin Coleman: 14/1
I.Taylor Gabriel: 15/1
J.Malcolm Mitchell: 20/1
K.Tom Brady: 22/1
L.Austin Hooper: 22/1
M.Matt Ryan: 28/1
N.Justin Hardy: 28/1
I’ll take a flier on the two QBs: Brady at 22/1 and Ryan at 28/1.
What will be the higher number—Phil Mickelson’s fourth-round score or New England’s total rushing yards -44.5?
Too much math! I’m taking a pass on this one LOL.
And finally, the color of the liquid poured on the winning coach?
You’d be surprised how often water is the beverage of choice. Take the clear.