Money will be bet on the Super Bowl. A lot of it.
By any measure it's one of the most action-packed sports betting days on the calendar and, luckily, you can bet on a lot more than the winner and the loser this week.
So whether it's in a Vegas casino or with a buddy over a case of beer, we've singled out some of the most interesting, outrageous and lucrative prop bets you can make on Super Bowl 50.
National anthem length, 2:20
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We are taking the under. The tendency is usually to take the over with the assumption that the anthemist --in this case Lady Gaga --will milk it and take her time. But the adrenaline factor is a palpable one and forces a singer to speed up a bit. The average in recent years was 1:57.
Our pick: under
Peyton Manning passing yards, 235.5
Peyton Manning has not been posting the inflated numbers he did earlier in his career, and the over-under is pretty spot on based on his performance this season. However, we expect the Panthers to have the lead in this one, which would create a lot more passing for Denver in this one. He'll eclipse the over.
Our pick: over
Von Miller total sacks, .5
There has been quite some hype about Miller rushing Cam Newton during the ramp up to the Super Bowl. But we think Miller (who had 11 sacks during the regular season)and the Broncos NFL-leading defense will find a way to get hands on Newton, agility and all. We'll go the over here, but just barely.
Our pick: over
Steph Curry's outfit
There are a lot of bets unrelated to the outcome of the game and this is one of our favorites. North Carolina native and Panthers fan Stephen Curry will be at the game and in full Carolina garb. What will he be wearing?Personalized Carolina Steph Curry Jersey even-money,Cam Newton Jersey +300,Any Other Carolina Jersey +500,No Jersey +200.
Our pick: Newton jersey -- he's the MVP front-runner afterall.
Will there be an earthquake during the game?
This one pays 1,000-1. San Francisco is on San Andreas fault. The payout would be astronomical for a win. But -- we aren't rooting for a natural disaster during the Super Bowl.
The pick: Please, god... no.
Will Peyton Manning announce retirement in post-game press conference?
We are guessing that he won't. While we think he will retire, he'll probablyneed to give it some thought before announcing publicly. If he wins, the likelihood is higher he will call it quits, but if Manning loseswe can't imagine he'll retire in defeat.
The pick:no (-1000)
The Panthers are six point favorites and the numbers suggest they are a force to be reckoned with both offensively and defensively. The combination of Carolina's potent run game with the momentum that is Newton at QB will be just enough to best the Broncos top-notch defense. And through Manning should keep it interesting early, the Broncos defense won't have enough firepower to cover the spread. We're taking the Panthers with the points.
The pick: Panthers, -6