Super Bowl Prop Bets

“Big Game” Sunday is days away. I always look forward to the food, the ads, the libations…..oh, yeah, there’s a football game, too!

one of the most interesting things about the “Big Game” is the many super “Prop Bets.”

What are prop bets you ask?  Prop bets, or “proposition bets,” are bets made regarding the occurrence or a non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) or an event not directly affecting the game’s final outcome.

The "Fridge."

The “Fridge.”

Football folklore tells us that prop bets got their start with William the  “Refrigerator” Perry, a lineman in the 1985 Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears.  As a lineman, it became quite a surprise to have him line up as fullback and run the ball for a TD, a played called by then Bears coach Mike Ditka during the regular season. His rushing for a TD in the Super Bowl that year became the first major proposition bet in the Super Bowl. Nowadays, prop bets may account for as much as 40% of the $100 million wagered on Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Prop Bets, including some bets on the performances of individual athletes, tend to become more popular for single important game like the Super Bowl, something the NFL would prefer to have outlawed if they had their way. The NFL considers bets on things like passing touchdowns for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or rushing yards for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley too risky and vulnerable to manipulation or cheating.

Do you remember some of the silly ones from last year?  Here are a few from Super Bowl 52 :

  • What color will Pink’s hair be when she starts to sing the National Anthem?
  • What color will Bill Belichick’s shirt be at kickoff?
  • The number of tweets by President Donald Trump on Feb. 4
  • How many commercials will Peyton Manning appear in during the broadcast?

Yes, people, lots of people actually bet on on those things last year. This year will be no different. William Hill sportsbook in Las Vegas released over 900 Super Bowl LIII prop bets this past weekend. Here’s the entire list: William Hill Super Bowl 53 Prop Bets-Nevada

Prop bets concerning commercials are very popular. According to Stephen Campbell of OddsShark, the over/under on number of commercials is 96. There are also several props categories pertaining to which commercial will air first. For example, one segment features Doritos at -135 and Pringles at -105, while another lists out the following:

  • Budweiser +150
  • Bud Light +210
  • Stella Artois +400
  • Michelob Ultra +400
  • Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer +400

Matt McEwan of NFL Football at outlined ten of the weirdest prop bets for this year’s “Big Game.”  Here are a few:

  • If a Streaker occurs during the game, who touches/tackles him/her first?
  • How many times will officials measure for First Downs?
  • Will “Romostradamus” be said during the Live Broadcast? (Referring to Tony Romo’s ability to call plays before the ball is snapped)
  • Will “One More Night” be the first song by Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Of course, there are many serious game related prop bets, like score, total yards, total scores, passing yards, MVP, etc….

But, you gotta giggle when someone makes a bet saying, “$100 on the over for the number of Bud commercials televised – opening kick to last second.”

I say “Dilly, dilly!”





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