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Super Bowl 54 Specials Betting

The first official Super Bowl prop (short for “proposition bet”) dates back to 1986 at Super Bowl XX, when bettors were asked if William “The Refrigerator” Perry would score a touchdown for the Chicago Bears – which he did. That was the first raindrop in what would become a perfect storm for NFL betting. Today, there are hundreds of Super Bowl 54 betting props waiting for you at Bovada Sportsbook.

Some of these props are more bizarre than others. Betting isn’t limited to the Big Game itself; aside from the relatively standard player, team and game props, there’s a whole section devoted to “Super Bowl Specials,” and in recent years, these have become the most popular Super Bowl props on the menu. Let’s take a closer look at what Bovada has in store for February 2 at Miami Gardens, starting with the three most interesting Super Bowl 54 betting specials on the board:

Top Three Most Interesting Super Bowl Specials

  1. National Anthem Props

    Aside from the Coin Flip prop (interesting, but pretty straightforward), the National Anthem prop has to be the signature special on the Super Bowl 2020 betting odds list. Every year, a celebrity is chosen/pays to sing the first stanza of The Star-Spangled Banner; bettors are asked whether the performance will take Over or Under the posted time to complete. This year’s celebrity is Demi Lovato, and her total has been set at two minutes, with the Over priced at –220 as we go to press. You can also bet on what Lovato will be wearing, and whether she’ll mess up the words.

  2. Halftime Show Props

    Speaking of celebrity singers, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be providing this year’s halftime entertainment. Again, you can bet on what the performers will be wearing. The over/under on wardrobe changes for Lopez is 2.5, with the Over at –150. And since they’re in Miami Gardens this year, there might be an homage to Gloria Estefan – she’s a +235 underdog to make an appearance during the halftime show. Other potential cameos: DJ Khaled (+170), Marc Anthony (+400), Enrique Iglesias (+500), Will Smith (+300), and any of the former Fly Girls that Lopez used to dance with on In Living Color (+425).

  3. “Sports Beverage” Prop

    This is the famous Gatorade Shower prop, but without the corporate branding, since any type of liquid might be in the bucket that traditionally gets dumped over the head of the winning coach as the final seconds tick down. The prop has you guess which color liquid it will be. Red is the big favorite this year at +145, presumably since both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers wear red. Lime/Green/Yellow is next at +320, followed by Clear/Water at +335.

Top Three Weirdest Super Bowl Specials

  1. Puppy Bowl XVI Props

    Of all the counter-programming done while the Big Game is on, Animal Planet always has the best in show with the annual Puppy Bowl. It’s a pre-taped and edited-down “football game” played by puppies selected from animal shelters, and it has to be the craziest thing on the Super Bowl LIV betting odds list. Team Fluff are 7.5-point favorites (with the juice at –140) over Team Ruff; the Puppy Bowl MVP is –130 to be male, –175 to be Under 17.5 weeks of age, and –1000 to be a mixed-breed.

  2. Bitcoin Prop

    As always, you can bet on whether the stock market (the S&P 500 index in this case) will be up or down alongside either team winning the Big Game, but this is 2020, so you can now bet as well on whether the price of Bitcoin will be up or down – regardless of which team prevails. Cryptocurrency is getting hot again, so the price going up between kick-off and the final gun is favored at –140.

  3. Marriage Proposal Prop

    Is there a better way to end a storybook game than having one of the players propose marriage when it’s all over? That’s what linebacker Greg Jones did to Mandy Piechowski at Super Bowl XLVI after his New York Giants upset the New England Patriots. It could happen again this year, and if it does and you bet “Yes,” you’ll be paid out handsomely at +500. Ask your Super Bowl party host ahead of time if it’s okay to throw rice when someone wins this prop.