For those that don’t have a dog in the fight - which is the majority of the people who will read this since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t playing - there are a few ways to keep yourself emotionally invested in the game.
Of course, there’s the popular square game where if the scores match up to the numbers you have, you win cash. There’s DFS sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings where you can enter fantasy lineups and compete against hundreds of thousands of people.
Then, there’s prop bets.
Those, I must say, are the most fun. There’s the staples like “Will the coin toss be heads or tails”, the over/under on the National Anthem, or what color the Gatorade will be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning team.
But it goes so much deeper than that. Here are a few of my favorites as found over at My Bookie;
Number of times Tony Romo says “Oh, Jim - I don’t know Jim” - Over/Under 2.5
Number of times Tom Brady’s exact age (41) is mentioned in the broadcast - Over/Under 2.5
Which commercial will air first - Doritos (-200) or Pringles (+140)
Will Andre 3000 join Big Boi on stage during halftime? - Yes (+100) or No (-140)
First song played by Maroon 5? (Lots of songs listed here)
On top of all those, you can bet over/unders on passing yards, touchdowns, completions, etc for the game or by quarter for each quarterback. Same goes for running backs and receivers.
You can bet on the player to score the first touchdown for Patriots, the Rams, and the game as a whole. You can bet on the player to score the last touchdown. There’s millions of props lined up for every player, every position, everything you can think of.
Like, for instance;
Color of Tony Romo’s Tie (If prominent) - Blue is the favorite at -130, while brown is at +1200
Color of Jim Nantz’s Tie (if prominent) - Purple site at +100, Red +250, Brown or Yellow at +700
The quarter where Romo gets his first play prediction correct - 1st (-350), 2nd (+350), 3rd (+1400), or 4th (+1300)
All of these are just another fun way to get yourself invested in the game and have a rooting interest. No one is saying spend hundreds of dollars. But hey - give yourself $25 and take some fun little prop bets and see if you come out of Super Bowl Sunday a winner!