Hilarious Superbowl Prop Bets3 years ago
Last weekend’s Super Bowl 50 final between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers may have been serious business for all those concerned, but there was still a place for humour and fun.
The prop-betting industry goes into over-time during the biggest game of the year, and this time around was no exception, so let’s take a look at some of the strangest and funniest odds which were on offer!
Bovada produced a number of entertaining possible outcomes, none of which had to do with ‘most gains made’, point-spreads, or the host of other ‘sporting’ bets which proliferated nationwide.
Instead they wanted to know “whether Peyton Manning will be seen crying at any point during the entire Broadcast?” and “what colour will Beyonce’s shoes be when she appears for the traditional half-time musical interlude!”
As you can imagine, the odds on offer were a mix of ‘no money to be made here’ and ‘seriously? That’s almost free money!’
For example, ‘Which song will Coldplay play first during the Halftime show?’ saw a choice of 8, with the Ftw.usatoday Culture Editor Nate Scott’s verdict being:
I’m banging Fix You hard. That’s free money at 7/2.”
Not so, as it transpired, with Chris Martin and co. launching into 5-1 shot ‘Viva La Vida’ first up, before playing ‘Paradise’, then the newer ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’.
Scott’s ‘free-money’ prediction of ‘Fix You’ was in fact their final song, so it pays to not always back the experts!
How about ‘What color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?’ Odds of 5/4 for orange (naturally, being the traditional Gatorade colour) but high on the list was Blue at 3/1.
The previous year had seen Blue Gatorade being dumped on the New England Patriots winning coach Bill Belichick last year. Both teams this year playing in blue brought the odds down further….however…
...Orange it was – only for the 4th time in the last 15 SuperBowls - with head coach Gary Kubiak happy to take the drenching as his Broncos strode to a 24-10victory.
Some bets were more worrying than amusing, though, with ‘Will there be an earthquake during the game?’ coming in at 10/1 for a yes – which fortunately didn’t happen, and to those of us on the other side of the pond the odds were extremely short. Is it really that likely?
The Bovada prop betting list was almost 40 ideas long, and although lacking in the sheer ridiculousness of some prop bets in gambling, the fun element was well to the fore.
And, finally, the colour of Beyonce’s shoes? Black as it happens, the 3/2 favourite on Bovada, although her Christian Louboutin-designed boots may have been the least controversial aspect of her Black Panthers-inspired performance!
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