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Odd Super Bowl Bets and Strange Props 2015
by - 1/26/2015

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

As always, there are a huge range of Super Bowl prop bets available. They range from the normal to the bizarre, from the total rip-offs to the value-packed, from the straightforward to the truly challenging. Of all the types of Super Bowl prop bets, though, the ones that always stand out and get the most attention are the ones that are a little odd. Amongst Bovada’s wide range of prop bets on offer here are six of the odd Super Bowl bets that stand out as the most interesting to consider — and perhaps to bet.

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Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least one word of the official US national anthem?: The “yes” is at (+500), so on the surface it is attractive. I don’t think it’s worth a risk. Idina Menzel is a 43-year-old American, and presumably she has both sung the National Anthem before and practiced more than one time through in preparation for this assignment. I’m just a few years younger than her, and I’m a Canadian who mostly only hears your National Anthem in its entirety when I go to Calgary Flames games and an American opponent is in town. So, I did a test. I wrote down the words as I thought I knew them, then compared them to the official version. If I can ace that test then I see no reason to doubt that Menzel can. I mean, she is Queen freaking Elsa after all.

Which coach will be shown first on TV after kickoff?: At this point, a week out from the game, it seems like a no-brainer that Belichick will be seen first. Carroll has been all but invisible so far, while Belichick and what he did or didn’t do to footballs has been all anyone is talking about. If the game were played today it seems all but sure that he would be seen first — if only to check and see if he was trying to cheat somehow. There is a good chance, though, that value will disappear as we get closer to the game. I was sick of deflate-gate a week ago, so it seems likely that interest in it will fade with time and as other stories emerge and gain traction.

How many times will Gisele Bundchen be show on TV during the game?: The total is set at 1.5, and both sides -120. Maybe I’m an optimist, but I would happily take the over. Or may I am just hopeful, and know that seeing Gisele more times would make me happier than seeing her less. Either way, I’ll take the over.

Bill Belichick and his hoodie is a particular obsession to oddsmakers this year. To work with these props I used some questionable science — I entered ‘Bill Belichick hoodie’ into Google Images and tabulated the first 50 results. With that in mind:

What color will Bill Belichick’s hoodie be?: The three choices are red (+700), blue (+175), and grey as the solid favorite at (-200). In my Google hunt the results here were clear — he wore a grey hoodie 41 different times compared to a blue one seven times and a red one just twice. Based on that, both blue and red would be disastrous prices, and grey is profitable despite the hefty price you have to pay.

Bill Belichick hoodie type?: Sleeves cut is the favorite here at -150, with sleeves intact at +110. Somewhat surprisingly to me, cut sleeves had a clear edge here — 30 to 20. That makes it a break-even proposition, while intact sleeves would be a historical loser at these prices. One thing that is interesting, though, is that people could be led into a decision based on an assumption here — that since the weather in Arizona should be good he will be attracted to arm ventilation. Interestingly, though, more than a few of the cut arm pictures are actually cold-weather games, and, for reasons only he could know, he has chosen to wear a short sleeved hoodie over another sweater or jacket.

Will it be mentioned during the game that Pete Carroll was the last coach of the Patriots?: Both sides are at -120. The yes seems like a no-brainer to me. TV broadcasters love tidy little tidbits of trivia, and nothing is tidier than this one. A lot of people won’t know it. Many more will know it but won’t think of it. It’s the perfect fact to fill a void. I love the yes here. In fact, I really struggle to imagine how the yes isn’t the clear winner in this one. It’s a ridiculous but value-packed prop bet.

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