The Road To MetLife Stadium concludes on Sunday, with the Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. As of now, I have tried to downplay the weather aspect and focus on the game. But now that the weather appears as if it will pose no issues whatsoever, it is time to also pay attention to the fact that not only is Super Bowl Sunday the second biggest eating day of the entire year in America, ranking only behind Thanksgiving, but it is also the biggest gambling day of the year, with an estimated $10 billion ready to be wagered, both legally and illegally. More than half of adult Americans are expected to have some sort of monetary wager on the line in Super Bowl XLVIII. Thankfully, that does not limit fans and gamblers to strictly betting on either the Broncos or Seahawks. You do not have to focus on the 2.5 point spread that favors Denver, or the Over/Under of around 48 points. In fact, you can place prop bets on Super Bowl XLVIII that are totally unrelated to the game itself.
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Sure, you can still bet on the Broncos or Seahawks. You can bet whether or not it will be a high-scoring game of defensive struggle. You can pick squares and see if the points match up for you following each quarter. But, if you would like, you can place prop bets that really have nothing to do with any of the action on the field during the game. Here are 10 bizarre prop bets that are available that are completely unrelated to the actual Super Bowl itself.:
10. Will any members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their halftime performance – Even.
9. Will Joe Buck or Troy Aikman say the word ‘marijuana’ during the telecast – 7/2.
8. Which song will Bruno Mars perform first – Even.
7. Will the power go out during the game – 20/1.
6. Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the National Anthem – 3/2.
5. Will Erin Andrew or Pam Oliver be seen on TV first – Even.
4. Will Renee Fleming wear gloves while performing the National Anthem – EVen.
3. What will the temperature be at kick-off – Over/Under 32 degrees.
2. Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a Tweet before, during or after the game. Yes +300/No -$500.
1. What type of hat will Bruno Mars wear to start the halftime show – Fedora -$66/Fur Hat 11-2/No Hat 5-2
Well, there you have it. You can also get odds on how many times Peyton Manning will shout out ‘Omaha’ or whether or not Andrews will interview Sherman after the game. The bottom line is that if you can think of a bet, there is likely someone willing to take your money.
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Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
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