Most Outrageous NFL Prop Bets That Paid off
The NFL is a magnet for bettors, especially in the USA. Baseball was officially known as America’s favorite pastime for a long time. However, nowadays, football is by far the most popular game. Naturally, odds makers do their best to create quality spreads and engage people. Sometimes, these bets can get rather bizarre. And sometimes, even the most outrageous wagers pay off. This article looks at some of the craziest NFL prop bets that turned a profit.
The Length of the Anthem
Fans of the Super Bowl know that every game starts with a well-known singer performing the national anthem. It is one of the most iconic aspects of the Super Bowl, right up there with the half-time show, which we will get to later. For years, people have been wagering on the length of the national anthem, but one moment stands out as incredibly iconic.
In 2010, Christina Aguilera was scheduled to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Most odd makers set the odds at the anthem lasting 1:54 minutes. However, Aguilera fumbled the song during the performance and threw off the time. The incident caused quite a scandal at sportsbooks because many canceled the wager. Others maintained credibility by paying out the cash to the customers.
To this day, the Christina Aguilera national anthem wagers remain known as the crazy and incredibly fun Super Bowl bets
on which many people made bank. Similar prop bets exist for the half-time show, which we will discuss further in this article.
The Gatorade Shower
Those who don’t follow football may not know, but there is a strong and somewhat ridiculous tradition among teams. When a team wins a particularly tough game, they douse their head coach in Gatorade
. The tradition goes way back, and often, Jim Burt is credited with having come up with it. But what does Gatorade have to do with betting?
Well, believe it or not, many bookies offer odds on what color of Gatorade the head coach will get doused in for the Super Bowl. It`s a risky bet, to be sure, as there isn’t much of a rhyme or reason for one color to dominate over the others. Regardless, once in a while, a fan will get it just right. And when they do, they can expect a pretty decent payout.
Those who are curious can expect to see the Gatorade shower in the upcoming Super Bowl. As things stand, Orange is the favorite color, with odds at around +300. Why? No idea, as neither the San Francisco 49ers nor the Baltimore Ravens, the two favorites to reach the Super Bowl, have anything to do with the color.
Betting on God
Reading the subsection title, you might expect something a bit more grandiose. However, you might be disappointed that this wager is specifically for the MVP’s celebration speech. As many might know, any sport worth betting on
has an MVP after the big game. American football is no different. When the NFL names the MVP, they usually give a speech. The prop bet here is, “Who will they thank first?”
Believe it or not, the most common answer is “God.” Not only that, but it is often the right answer. Data analysis shows that throughout the history of the Super Bowl, most MVPs have thanked God first before anyone else. Other common betting options include nobody, wife, family, head coach, and teammates.
Through the years, quite a few notable wins have resulted from betting on God. However, the wager usually doesn’t attract too many bettors, so one can’t get much of a payout from it. Still, it is an interesting option for anyone interested in an alternative wager.
The Infamous Wardrobe Malfunction
In 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took the stage of the Super Bowl half-time show. During the performance, Janet Jackson had what can only be described as a “wardrobe malfunction.” While the incident has unfairly
followed Jackson all these years, the public view on it has vastly changed and has cast the singer in a sympathetic light.
However, in 2004, a lot of bookies predicted that there might be a wardrobe malfunction during the show. Whether or not the odds were created purely as a joke does not matter. A few lucky bettors said there would be a time when the favorite option was that everything would go smoothly. Those lucky few certainly laughed at their bank accounts back in 2004.
What is a prop bet?
A prop bet is short for a proposition bet. The idea is that bookies create certain scenarios, and then bettors wager on the likelihood of their outcome.
Are there prop bets for the national anthem?
There are. Most have to do with the length of the national anthem and whether there will be any technical difficulties during the performance.
What is the most bizarre prop bet?
The most bizarre prop bet we’ve seen so far is the “Gatorade Shower” bet, where bettors wager on the color of Gatorade that a team will pour on their head coach.