So what time does the big game begin? 6:29 Eastern time. By then, most Americans will have safely arrived at a Super Bowl party. Sadly, we won’t be among them. Super-Bowl-party goers, that is. You see, we didn’t get invited to a party this year. It’s okay though. Seriously. Not a big deal. Don’t feel bad. (Buncha jerks…) Because we realize that with four kids, three of them being in the throws of a noisy toddlerhood, we’re not exactly the ideal candidates when it comes to Super Bowl party guests. I mean, let’s face it. Super Bowl parties typically feature a lot of drinking and gambling. Both begin well before the opening kickoff. Not exactly the best environment for the Romper Room fest we represent.
So we’ll be at home. And though I won’t be drinking, I will likely have a (totally nominal) wager or two on the game. In fact, since my kids will be sharing the living room with me, I plan on keeping their interest in the game with some wacky prop bets that will be fun for them to speculate about. Here are five that should do nicely.
Before I run them down, let me assure you that these are legitimate bets that one could place in Vegas. It’s crazy how far prop bets have come in the past handful of years. You can pretty much bet on just about any and everything. Here are just a handful of the wackier ones.
- 1. National Anthem: Told you that the gaming started before the game. You can actually bet on this year’s national anthem. The over under on Christina Aguilera’s Star Spangled Banner has been set at 1: 54. Christina’s got a killer voice, but that girl’s a ham. This has over written all, um, over it. My daughter can’t stand Christina, though. So she’ll be rooting for the under. Oh, and if you’re a big-time national-anthem junkie, you can even place a wager on how long Christina’s last note, BRAVE, will last. Six seconds is the over under. Again, the over’s a lock.
- 2. The Coin Toss: Not only can you bet on it. You can actually bet on which side the team who gets to call the coin toss will pick. If you actually bet on this, you’re a junkie. Worse than the national anthem junkies. But if you actually place a gentlemen’s wager with your kids on this, then you’re like me. Trying to get the interest level as high as possible as early as possible. Big picture, folks. Big picture. To make sure they latch on, I recommend throwing the bet. Even if you won, pretend like you lost. Get their confidence up a bit. Confident people have lots of interest in whatever it is that’s generating all their confidence.
- 3. Barack Obama: Yes, folks, you can place a legitimate wager on whether or not Barack Obama picks the correct team, assuming, of course, he’s brave enough to throw his selection out there. Might be fun to challenge my little tykes to see if they know more than our Commander in Chief about football, no? You can also wager which team he’ll chose. Apparently the odds makers think he’s a Steelers kinda guy.
- 4. Gatorade Shower: Sadly, I’m not kidding. There are all kinds of wagers one can place on the Gatorade shower the winning coach is likely to receive. Such as, will that coach receive it before or after 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter? And, will the players dousing the coach play offense or defense? You know why I like the Gatorade shower bets? Because just in case the kids are still up (dear, God, surely not?!), I’ll have one final trump card to keep their interest.
- 5. Gatorade Shower Color: Which brings me to the very last of the trump cards: the color of said Gatorade shower. Yellow is available. For 3:2 odds. Or you could go clear at 19:10. Just don’t get too cute and go with lime green or blue. At 4:1 and 7:1 respectively, they’re obviously sucker bets.
Whether at a grown up party, or at home with your kids — I hope you enjoy the game.
Prop bets courtesy of: ScoresAndOdds