I'm not a big gambler. If you go back and read my predictions on different things, you'll quickly find out why--I'm terrible at the prediction business. Oh sure, I'll make a couple of friendly office bets on certain games, but that's pretty much the extent of it.
But we all know gambling is big business for the NFL, and the Super Bowl is the, well, SUper Bowl of gambling for Vegas. The amount of different things you can bet on is almost jaw dropping, and at least one guy, a Mr. Rufus Peabody (a Yale economics grad), is laying down $600,000 in prop bets. He calls himself a 'professional gambler', which I think is a euphemism for 'degenerate gambler', but tomato tomahto.
So what are some of the more unusual things you can make a wager on this year? All wagers and odds can be found at Bovada.
- What number will be higher, the time (in seconds) it takes Renee Fleming to sing the national anthem, or Peyton Manning passing yards in the first half?
- Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she sings?
- If she wears gloves, what color will they be? (Choices are red, black, white, or other)
- How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV?
- How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV?
- How many times will Peyton Manning say 'Omaha'?
- How many times will '12th Man' be mentioned?
- How many times will 'beast mode' be mentioned?
- Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle? (That's like the most 21st century bet ever)
- Will Percy Harvin be injured in the game? (Must be injured and reported by broadcasters and not return to game)
So there are some of your prop bets. You can wager on those, or you could follow some sage advice: