Odd Super Bowl Bets 2020: Strange Props for Big Game
I love the Super Bowl. Or, more specifically, I love Super Bowl prop bets. The game is fine - or at least it can be. But it's long, and has too many commercials, and the lead up to it is too long. But I can forgive all of that because of the wide range of prop bets that are available. There are prop bets available for every NFL game, of course, but nothing like the range of bets offered here. There are two dozen prop bets on this game for every one on every other game of the year. There are more traditional props, and lots of those are interesting. And then there are the odd Super Bowl props, and those are the ones that really get me fired up. That's partly because I love to look at the bizarre and crazy creativity that oddsmakers put into creating these things, and partly because you can find some real value in some of these props - much more value than can be found in the point spread or the total, which bettors have thrown massive amounts of money at. Here are some odd Super Bowl props that stand out to me for one reason or another:
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Will Demi Lovato wear a skirt, dress or gown to sing the national anthem? Yes -230, No +160
I will say up front that I know very little about Demi Lovato. Almost nothing, really. In fact, when I Googled her to research this prop, I was initially surprised because she's not who I thought she was. But you don't need to know anything about her to see the right side of this one. When faced with any prop bet like this, I go straight to Google Images - and it is an approach with a strong record of success. When you Google 'Demi Lovato performing' you see a lot of two things - she likes to perform in sparkly pants, and she often wears glorified swimsuits. The latter seems doubtful for something as important as the national anthem. But the chances of the former seem high - high enough to justify a no bet here.
Will broadcast show a member of the military during the national anthem? Yes -5000
The return isn't much, but this is an absolute no-brainer. I'm a Canadian, so I can look at American patriotism with a combined sense of detachment and awe. And from where I am sitting, there is absolutely no possible way that a soldier of some sort won't be shown during the anthem. It feels more likely that the world will stop spinning during the anthem than it is that the no side will win this prop. It's only a two percent return on your money to win here, but that's better than you are getting in your savings account - and this probably has less risk than putting your money in the bank does.
Will Gloria Estefan appear in the halftime show? Yes +225, No -350
Gloria Estefan is a part owner of the Dolphins, so she is an NFL insider. She's the face of Miami to people like me who know pretty much nothing about Miami that isn't attached to the Heat, "Miami Vice" or the Miami Sound Machine. And she is a performing tour de force. I'm happy to bet that she will make a cameo at this price.
Will the Fox Broadcast mention the point spread or total during the broadcast? Yes +215, No -330
I would be happier to bet the yes if it was on another network, because Joe Buck and Troy Aikman seem a little less into betting than other options. But given the betting action that is on this game, and the increased acceptance of betting in the country, it seems a little more likely than not that it will come up at some point. Buck and Aikman have a whole lot of time to fill given the glacial pace of this game. The price on the yes seems more than fair.
Will Joe Buck or Troy Aikman say 'Patriots' during the broadcast? Yes +185
There are a few prop bets that feel like free money this year, and this is certainly one of them. I would be truly shocked if, at some point in the 14-hour broadcast of the game, the Patriots are mentioned at least once. It could be about all of their recent appearances. Or their flop in the playoffs this year. Or it could be because the biggest story of the offseason as it sits right now is centered right on this team. There is a prop asking if Tom Brady will be mentioned, and the yes side is at -220. It feels basically impossible that they could mention Brady - and given his four Super Bowl MVP wins, six Super Bowl rings, and pending free agency, they absolutely will - and not mention the team he has played his whole career for. This price is just wrong, and you might as well take advantage of it.
Will there be a clip or picture of Joe Montana playing for the Chiefs? Yes +150
Again, this is a case of books looking to hand you money for free. Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game. He was a long-time star for the Niners - you know, the NFC representative in this game. When he was forced out of town with less than no grace, he headed to Kansas City - you know, the AFC representative in this game - where he played two reasonably solid seasons and played four playoff games. Networks love stories, and few stories are as obvious as the fact that Montana links these two teams. Plus, Montana won one of his four Super Bowls in Miami, so he could easily be shown when they do a retrospective of past games in the stadium - and if they show him in a Niners uniform, they won't be able to resist the Kansas City link. This is just plain going to happen, so this price is great.
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