Let’s face it, if you’re not a fan of either the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos, you probably have no real interest in what will happen on the field on Sunday during Super Bowl 50. Your only interest that day will be what kind of food is being served, how much alcohol you’re able to consume, maybe the commercials – if you’re into that sort of thing – and, if you’re lucky, enjoying some good company with friends and family.
Oh, and the betting. The ridiculous amounts of betting.
For heavy gamblers, and even non-heavy gamblers to an extent, betting on football is a common activity that has become second nature. And the Super Bowl is, well, our Super Bowl. For a novice like myself, I’m perfectly content with plopping down $5 or $10 on a football square that, historically speaking, has a zero percent chance of making me any money. But for real die-hards, they’re not about to leave their money to the unpredictability and randomness of a Super Bowl square. They’d rather do some research and have some control. And for that, they’ll turn to prop bets.
The specifics of a Super Bowl prop bet usually range anywhere from the somewhat-benevolent “will the coin toss land on heads or tails” to something more outrageous like “If Steph Curry is shown on TV during the broadcast, what will he be wearing?” No, for real, that’s a sincere bet you can make this year, according to the online sports book, Bovada. In fact, there are literally hundreds of different prop bets you can make leading up to the game, a lot of which are quite silly.
Here are some of them, courtesy of Jimmy Shapiro at Props PR: