Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Gambling and the Super Bowl go together like Cam Newton and ‘The Dab’ – there’s something about it that just works. Whether you’re doing Super Bowl boxes or hitting up your uncle’s bookie to get a little bit of action on the biggest game of the year, almost everybody will have a little something on the line to enhance the viewing experience once Super Bowl 50 kicks off.
Over recent years, one of the most enjoyable gambling aspects of the game has been the introduction of more and more – and more and more ridiculous – prop bets.
If you’re not familiar how a prop bet works, the most widely known prop bet is probably the bet on the opening coin toss of the game. You can actually bet on whether you think it will be heads or tails.
Others you may have heard of are the over under on how long the national anthem will be sung for, what the first scoring play will be (touchdown, safety, ETC…) and so on.
So as prop bets continue to expand, we’ve decided to come up with a bunch of prop bets we’d like to see in this year’s Super Bowl along with the betting odds that would go along with them.
1. Will A Broncos Player Do ‘The Dab?’
Odds (Yes, -300: No, +260) – If you’ve watched Cam Newton play football (personal note: I’d highly recommend it, he’s awesome), you’ve seen ‘The Dab’ whether you know it or not. One trend that isn’t likely to be bucked in sports any time soon is one team mocking the other team’s celebration tactics if they are a winning or in a position to do so. I think it’s a pretty good bet that a Bronco will ‘Dab’ and take a shot at Newton. My vote is Von Miller.
2. Will Peyton Manning Appear In More Commercials Then He Will Throw Touchdowns?
Odds (Yes, -400: No, +340) – Papa John’s, Nationwide, DirecTV, MasterCard, United Way – The list of major companies Peyton Manning has done commercials for is endless. A 30 second commercial in the big game will cost around $4.5 million, so the question is how many of these advertisers will shell out the big bucks to run an ad with Manning during the game? I think a lot. But hey, Manning’s likely final career game could see five touchdowns. That would be a nice haul if you bet ‘no.’
3. Will Peyton Manning Cry?
Odds (Yes, -250: No, +220) – There are multiple reasons and multiple points at which Manning might cry during this game. Could it be during the national anthem? How about if the Broncos win and he accepts the Lombardi Trophy? Maybe at the podium after the game? He didn’t shed a tear (that’s the definition of crying) after a last embrace with Tom Brady, so this one is tough, but odds are that Manning will display some water works at some point on Super Bowl Sunday.
4. What Song Will Coldplay Open With?
Odds: Adventure Of A Lifetime (2-1)
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (4-1)
In My Place (7-1)
Don’t act like you don’t know the words to all of these songs.
5. Will Roger Goodell Be Booed?
Odds (Yes, -300: No, +275) – If the Patriots had made it to the Super Bowl this would be a no-brainer, but fans of the Panthers and Broncos might not care enough to boo the commish. Still, it’s been a rough few years for Goodell and his popularity isn’t exactly at an all time high right now. He might get booed at the Super Bowl yet again.
6. Will Cam Newton Run For More Yards Than C.J. Anderson?
Odds (No, -400: Yes, +340)
The Broncos have the best defense in the league but Carolina’s is almost just as formidable. Yards, and likely points aren’t going to come easy on the ground or through the air for either team. Still, Cam Newton is one of the, if not the best running quarterback in the game and he could wreak havoc on the Broncos defense if their pass rushers can’t contain the quarterback.
On the other side of the ball, C.J. Anderson will more than likely be a major factor for the Broncos with Carolina’s shut down secondary and Peyton Manning’s passing struggles at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This might be closer than we think.
7. Will Thomas Davis Play And How Long Will He Play For?
Odds: He’ll Play The Whole Game – 6/1
He Won’t Play At All – 4/1
He’ll Start The Game But Won’t Finish – 3/1
Thomas Davis’ story is unlike any other pro athletes these days. Davis has come back from three ACL tears to the same knee and made the Pro Bowl this year, which of course he won’t be playing in as he hopes to play in the Super Bowl. Hopes, because he broke his arm during the team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Davis underwent surgery today and swears he won’t miss the game even with the injury.
May the odds be ever in your favor, Mr. Davis, and all of you who decide to tempt the fates and wager on a prop bet for Super Bowl 50.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.