Super Bowl XLVII, that’s 47 for all of you Non-Romans out there, is just hours away between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. If you have turned on the television or Internet or any other form of social or print media, I’m sure you may have heard about this upcoming game. Unless you are a fan of the Ravens of 49ers, you are probably sick of hearing about the game. That is, unless you have decided to throw down a little cash on any number of bets involving Super Bowl XLVII.
If not, fear not, as there is still time. In case you are a novice at this, or are foolish enough to listen to the advice of others when it comes to gambling on sports, here are some of the more interesting prop picks and predictions for tonight’s game.
Bet: How long will Alicia Keys take to sing the National Anthem?
Line: Over/under 2 minutes, 15 seconds
My Pick: You have to like the under on this one. This is not a song that should take much more than two minutes. If it does, it is likely to go over poorly. Keep it short and sweet, Miss Keys, and you will do just fine.
Bet: Will Alicia Keys add at least one word to the National Anthem?
Line: Yes +200, No -300
My Pick: I can’t see any company paying her enough to slip something in subliminally. And she isn’t Christina Aguilera, so the words should all be correct.
Bet: Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?
Line: Yes (5/1)
My Pick: Seriously? This is even a prop bet? If she does get booed, something is wrong. She is too talented and has too good of a voice for this to happen.
Bet: Will Beyonce be joined by Jay-Z on stage at halftime of the Super Bowl show?
Line: Yes +110, No -150
My Pick: No chance. As great as it would be, it just isn’t happening, folks. Moving on.
Bet: Will Beyonce’s hair be curly/crimped or straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl halftime show?
Line: Straight -140, Curly/Crimped EVEN
My Pick: I don’t know the difference between curly and crimped, but it won’t be straight. Bank on it.
Bet: Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV wearing any clothing that has either a SF or BAL log on it?
Line: Yes +200, No -300
My Pick: Some thought that one would wear ravens gear while the other would don 49ers apparel, but they will stay neutral. This is a definite no, and one of the easy money bets of the night.
Bet: How many times will Jack Harbaugh be shown on TV during the game?
Line: Over/under 1.5
My Pick: Wow, is that low. The couple should be on television at least 5 or 6 times tonight. Bet the over now and cash in later.
Bet: How many times will the game be referred to as the Harbaugh Bowl or Har-Bowl or Super Baugh during the game?
Line: Over/under 2.5
My Pick: House bet on this one. Over. Way over. Ridiculously over.
Bet: What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the winning coach?
Line: Clear/Water (7/4), Orange (5/2), Yellow (5/2), Green (13/2), Red (13/2) Blue (13/2)
My Pick: Count out yellow and green and blue. Old school. Clear is my favorite, but red is a close second.
Bet: Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the game thank first?
Line: Teammates (5/4), God (5/2), Coach (12/1), Family (12/1), Owner (15/1), Doesn’t Thank Anyone (9/4)
My Pick: Ray Lewis and Colin Kaepernick are two decent shots to win this, so we all know who is at the top of their respective lists. Bet God either way. I’m sure he has nothing else better to do this evening than to influence the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, right?
Bet: If Ray Lewis is interviewed after the game on the field or in the locker room how many times will he mention “God/Lord”?
Line: Over/under 3
My Pick: Three? Really? Really? He will get out more than three before the tears stop enough to let him speak clearly. Way over here.
Bet: Who will win Super Bowl MVP?
Colin Kaepernick (7/4)
Joe Flacco (11/4)
Frank Gore (7/1)
Ray Lewis (7/1)
Ray Rice (10/1)
Michael Crabtree (14/1)
Anquan Boldin (16/1)
Vernon Davis (18/1)
Torrey Smith (20/1)
Ed Reed (33/1)
Aldon Smith (40/1)
Dennis Pitta (40/1)
Randy Moss (40/1)
Patrick Willis (50/1)
Terrell Suggs (50/1)
Dashon Goldson (66/1)
David Akers (66/1)
LaMichael James (66/1)
Navorro Bowman (66/1)
Bernard Pierce (75/1)
Justin Tucker (75/1)
Ted Ginn, Jr. (75/1)
Alex Smith (100/1)
Delanie Walker (100/1)
My Pick: You can eliminate at least half of these players right off the bat. But, there are quite a few listed, so the field is not a smart bet either. Just keep in mind that sports are full of sentimentalists. Go with an obvious pick, but bet a long shot for the fun of it as well.
Bet: Will there be a safety?
Line: Yes (+700), No (-1000)
My Pick: No Tom Brady? No safety.
Bet: Coin toss results
Line: Heads (-105), Tails (-105)
My Pick: Tails never fails, right? It will tonight. Heads is clearly the wise choice here.
Bet: Team to score first wins the game?
Line: Yes (-180), No (+150)
My Pick: Have you watched any of these playoff games this postseason? Scoring first means nothing. How much were the 49ers down to the Atlanta Falcons? Did the Ravens look great from the start against the New England Patriots? Bet no here, easily.
Bet: Will there be a score in the final two minutes of the first half?
Line: Yes (-280), No (+220)
My Pick: Yes. Plain and simple. Yes.
Bet: Which will be the highest scoring quarter?
Line: 1st (4/1), 2nd (8/5), 3rd (3/1), 4th (2/1)
My Pick: Forget about the 1st or 3rd. I would say the 2nd, but the 4th isn’t a bad bet either.
Bet: Will the game go to overtime?
Line: Yes (+600), No (-1000)
My Pick: Hasn’t happened yet. Won’t happen tonight.
Bet: Longest touchdown will be …
Line: Over/under 46.5
My Pick: Decent special teams. Great ground games. Deep ball enthusiasts. I like the over here.
Bet: Will there be a defensive or special teams touchdown in the game?
Line: Yes (+160), No (-200)
My Pick: Generally speaking, no, but there are too many great playmakers on the defensive side of the ball in this one.
Bet: How many successful field goals will be kicked in the game?
Line: Over/under 3.5
My Pick: Justin Tucker is money. David Akers is not. The 49ers may not even attempt a field goal, so under is the smart bet.
Bet: Will either team successfully convert a 4th down attempt?
Line: Yes (-250), No (+200)
My Pick: Absolutely. These two brothers are going to be aggressive all game long. It is a sibling thing, on top of a football thing.
Bet: Longest reception by Torrey Smith
My Pick: Smith doesn’t even get his hands ready until after 40 yards. Definitely over.
Bet: Total rushing yards by Colin Kaepernick
Line: Over/under 50.5
My Pick: That would break the record, so I will say no. The Ravens will plan for stopping this aspect of Kaepernick’s game.
Bet: Winning Team Against the Spread
Line: 49ers -3.5 Over Ravens
My Pick: I would bet the Ravens, especially with +3.5 or 4. That extra point could make a huge difference in a game that should be closely contested.
Bet: Total Number of Points Scored
Line: Over/Under 47.5
My Pick: I actually like the under here, but it is perhaps the worst bet to place if you plan on watching the game. It makes it a miserable experience. You basically root against every single play.
Enjoy the game!
And the commercials…