It's time to be honest with each other for a moment: some people out there don't care about the Super Bowl. They may not care about sports at all. In fact, they might hate sports completely. Listen close and you can hear them roll their eyes at yet another blog post about the big game.
Maybe you have a significant other or close friend coming over for your Super Bowl party that hates sports. Want to make the game day experience more exciting for them? There is one thing that makes everything more exciting, from sporting events to award shows to yard work.
I'm talking about gambling.
That might sound like deviant behavior to some of you, but no one is suggesting you bet the farm on who you think will win the big game. I'm simply suggesting that by giving a loved one something to root for that isn't related to football they may have a better time. Think about their likes and dislikes and what bets they'll find engaging. When it comes to prop bets the only limit is your imagination.
And remember folks, Super Sunday is a day of fun and celebration. Whether it's for beer or for chores or for things that aren't work safe, the following bets are supposed to be fun. Don't let the spirit of competition get in the way of a good time. Don't end up sleeping on the couch because you bet a week of laundry duty on whether or not Madonna is going to wear fishnets and then decided to act like a poor winner.
1. How long will the national anthem last?
This is a classic Super Bowl prop bet, right up there with betting on the coin toss and the color of Gatorade that ends up on the winning coach. There are people out there who study this sort of thing and have dug up as many copies of Kelly Clarkson singing the anthem as possible to figure out her average anthem length. (It's 1 minute 31 seconds in case you're curious.) If you're looking for a safe entry in to the world of prop betting this is it, provided you trust the person holding the stopwatch.
2. Will the anthem be sung live?
This is a type of bet that has less to do with the individual singer and more to do with the show itself. The producers of the show want everything to go as smoothly as possible, and that includes eliminating any chance of an anthem gone wrong. After last year, the producers might want to avoid any mishaps in the form of blown notes or dropped lines. It's a hard bet to prove, but one that might make for an interesting discussion about the practice of lip-syncing. We know how music fans love to debate.
3. How many guest performers will show up at half time?
While Madonna is the star attraction, pretty much everyone agrees that M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj are going to show up as well. Figuring out if there will be other guests gets tricky when you start factoring in that she only has 12 minutes to perform and can only fit so many songs in before they have to tear down the stage. Rumors suggest that Cee Lo Green and LMFAO may make appearances, but only you can decide if you want to put your trust in the internet rumor mill.
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4. How many times will the half time show be censored?
There is a risk in giving any performer a live mic in a high energy situation. Given the content of Nicki's guest verses over the last year and Madonna's history of being herself, the chance exists that the network ends up having to make use of the seven second delay. You can make this bet more exciting by betting on who actually gets censored and on whether or not they'll apologize after the show.
5. Who will be the first musician to show up in a commercial?
Every year major corporations spend millions trying to influence your buying habits. You never know who will show up for a pay day in a major television spot, so don't be afraid to think outside the box with your picks on this one. Be careful: NBC is pushing The Voice pretty hard this year, and any one of the judges on the show could swoop in and steal this bet away from you.