It’s a sports tradition unlike any other – betting on the weirdest, most outlandish aspects of the Super Bowl -- and it's back again for Sunday's matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This year, football fans will be able to place wagers on everything from the length of the national anthem to the cut of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s hoodie.
The pool of weird Super Bowl prop bets for last year’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Seahawks featured gems such as how many times Peyton Manning would say “Omaha” before taking a snap. This year’s selections also have plenty of pop-culture cachet, with potential wagers on the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal, New England quarterback Tom Brady’s supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, and the always-popular bet on what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning head coach.
The Patriots and the Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 p.m. ET, televised on NBC. A list of 15 of the weirdest Super Bowl prop bets can be found below, courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook.
-Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?
New England (-140)
-Which coach will be mentioned first by name on TV after kickoff?
Pete Carroll (-110)
Bill Belichick (-130)
-How many times will “deflated” balls be said during the game?
-How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the U.S. national anthem?
Over/under: two minutes, one second
-Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US national anthem?
-Will Bill Belichick smile during the game on camera?
-How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on TV during the game?
-What color will Bill Belichick’s hoodie be?
-Will Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a TD in the game?
-Will it be mentioned during the game that Pete Carroll was the last head coach of the Patriots?
-How many times will Katy Perry be mentioned in the first half?
-What color will Katy Perry’s hair be when she begins the halftime show?
-Which song will Katy Perry perform first at halftime?
This Is How We Do (5/1)
Dark Horse (10/1)
Wide Awake (12/1)
Last Friday Night (14/1)
Waking Up In Vegas (20/1)
-What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?
-Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview?
None of the above (2/1)