4 Must Bet Super Bowl LI Props
It’s finally Super Bowl week, with both the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons having arrived in Houston ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LI. Yep, it’s our last week of football until exhibition games in August. So enjoy it. Here are four Super Bowl LI props surrounding the big game.
4 Must Bet Super Bowl LI Props
Over/under 127.5 seconds for national anthem
Country star Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LI. Bryan follows in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, who performed the national anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl and is the halftime show performer at this year’s event, Idina Menzel, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Billy Joel, Beyoncé and the late Whitney Houston, whose rendition many consider was the best in Super Bowl history. Performers usually like to drag this out because it’s their moment on the biggest stage possible. For what it’s worth, Bryan sang the national anthem at a concert to open up U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this year. He bragged on stage about being the first person to sing the anthem in the stadium and after a minute-long intro he kicked the anthem off at 1:24. He then finished at 3:53, so that’s 2:29 of anthem time.
What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach?
One of the most entertaining parts of any Super Bowl is the inevitable Gatorade shower that comes at the end of the game for the winning coach. The tradition reportedly began with the New York Giants team in the mid-1980s. According to Jim Burt of the Giants, it began on October 28, 1984, when the Giants beat the Washington Redskins 37–13, and Burt performed the action on Bill Parcells after being angry over the coach’s treatment of him that week. Usually the Gatorade color is yellow but the favorite this time around is clear/water at +210. Yellow is +300 with blue.
What will Lady Gaga’s first song be?
As noted above, Lady Gaga gets the halftime show to herself this year after doing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50. The NFL actually doesn’t pay the big-name performers for their halftime shows? The league figures the millions upon millions of free viewers is payment enough. Lady Gaga is expected to have a tour later in 2017, and with all this publicity she seems likely to do better financially than her Monster Ball Tour in 2011 that grossed $239 million. Last year, a week after Bruno Mars played the Super Bowl halftime, his album Unorthodox Jukebox jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The favorite for Lady Gaga’s first song is Bad Romance is a -140 favorite.
Coin toss props
All these options are the same price (-115) because it’s obviously a 50/50 proposition. Five of the last eight Super Bowl coin tosses have landed on heads, with the NFC team winning 17 of the last 19 flips heading into Super Bowl 51. The team that has won the coin toss has gone on to win four of the last seven Super Bowls. Overall, tails has landed 26 times and heads 24. Teams winning the toss have gone on to win 24 of the 50 Super Bowls, with heads and tails each turning up an even 12 times during those wins. As the visiting team, the Patriots will call the toss and they have a history of going with heads.