Gamblers are already betting big on who will win the Super Bowl — Las Vegas odds have the Broncos as 2-point favorites over the Seahawks as of this writing — but truly adventurous bettors will be eyeing a more exotic group of wagers.
Prop bets, side bets that often have nothing to do with the actual game action, seem to get weirder every year, running from the somewhat reasonable (who will win the coin toss), to the downright wacky (what color gloves Renee Fleming will wear while singing the national anthem).
Vegas doesn't allow bets based on action off the field, but that doesn't stop online betting sites from setting odds on some truly wacky outcomes. We checked out online sports book Bovada's prop bet odds, and rounded up seven of the most ridiculous bets being offered below.
Bet: Will Renee Fleming forget or omit at least one word of the National Anthem?
Official odds: Yes 3/1, No 5/1
Thoughts: Even though we've seen it happen before in spectacular fashion (remember Christina Aguilera skipping the entire “gallantly streaming” line in 2011?), we'd bet that the opera pro Fleming pulls it off perfectly.
Bet: Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance?
Official odds: Yes 2/3, No 11/10
Thoughts: These are the guys who for years were known for performing dressed only in tube socks (as underwear). Flea and Anthony Keidis are practically allergic to shirts, and if fans can wear body paint in 40-degree weather, these guys can go skins on stage.
Bet: Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the National Anthem?
Official odds: Yes 2/1, No 1/3
Thoughts: Winning $200 for every $100 bet on “yes” seems pretty attractive given the running back's penchant for dropping giant, NFL-sized tears (see: Youtube). He's a Bronco, but obviously also a patriot.
Bet: What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime performance?
Official odds: Fedora EVEN, Fur Hat 7/1, Tuque 5/1, No hat 2/5
Thoughts: No matter what the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer has on his head, we know he's going to look fabulous. But we'd be shocked if it were anything other than a fedora.
Bet: What will be mentioned more during the game? The Bronco's “best offense” or the Seahawk's “best defense?”
Official odds: “best offense” 5/6, “best defense” 5/6
Thoughts: We know NFL announcers tend to repeat themselves more than parrots, but which basic observation will be repeated more is anyone's guess.
Bet: What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning team?
Official odds: Orange 1/1, Clear/Water 5/2, Yellow 15/4, Red 15/2, Blue 10/1, Green 15/1
Thoughts: If they're going to waste all that perfectly good Gatorade, let's just hope it's the gross lemon lime (green) flavor and not the delicious citrus cooler (orange).
Bet: Will Richard Sherman be interviewed on field after the game by Erin Andrews on the live FOX broadcast?
Official odds: Yes 5/2, No 1/4
Thoughts: Oh please, please, please let this be a yes.