Every year there are several prop bets related to the Super Bowl, ranging from the length of the national anthem to the coin toss to the player who will win the MVP award. But those prop bets are all boring and don’t leave much to the imagination.
That’s why today we’re going to analyze some of the more fun, nontraditional prop bets. In other words, we’re going to spend time on some prop bets that are actually worth spending time on.
Okay, let’s do it.
Will Knowshon Moreno Cry During the Singing of the National Anthem?
Haha, no way — wait, does Knowshon Moreno have a thing about crying during pregame? Does he become overcome with emotion and become nostalgic for the days when Francis Scott Key penned our nation’s anthem by the light of the bombs bursting in air?
I need to get to the bottom of this.
Luckily, a quick Google search returned 11.8 million results in 0.17 seconds. I only had to type in ‘Knowshon’.
It turns out it’s not uncommon at all for Knowshon to shed some tears during the national anthem.
“It’s always been that way for me, all the way back to high school and college. During the anthem it’s always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there’s no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.”
Fair enough. It’s hard to think that on the biggest stage of his career, Knowshon won’t be following the same routine, likely with the same result.
Prediction – Yes, Knowshon Moreno will cry during the national anthem.
How Many Times Will Peyton Manning Say “Omaha” During the Game?
Peyton Manning’s calls at the line of scrimmage are starting to gain some steam during this year’s postseason.
In his pre-snap reads, Manning will often yell ‘Omaha’ in order to signal to the rest of the offense when the ball is going to be snapped. Against the San Diego Chargers, he used the call 44 times. Against the New England Patriots, 31.
Given the complexity of the defense Manning will face against the Seattle Seahawks, I expect him to do a lot of checks at the line of scrimmage and crush the 27.5 over/under figure.
Prediction – Over 27.5 ‘Omaha’ calls for Peyton Manning. And a crap load of Omaha steaks.
Will Michael Crabtree Mention Richard Sherman in a Tweet During the Super Bowl from Kickoff Until Final Whistle?
I have a feeling Michael Crabtree might tweet something indirectly related to Richard Sherman. Nothing like “who’s mediocre now” or anything like that.
He might comment on a play that Sherman is involved in. Something like, “Obvious pass interference missed there. #MediocreRef”.
If Crabtree does take to Twitter, however, he should be warned that Richard Sherman is a better-than-mediocre Twitter combatant.
Prediction – Yes. (Fingers crossed that an epic Twitter war ensues and Sherman adds to his self-made meme collection.)
If the Broncos Win Will Petyon Manning Retire Before Game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?
This is actually quite an intriguing prop bet. On the one hand, it’s hard to see Manning end his career under any non-injury related circumstances, considering that he just compiled the greatest statistical season of any quarterback in the history of the world and can clearly still compete at an elite level.
On the other hand, he’s getting older and is clearly in the last stages of his career. He’s had several neck surgeries in foreign countries, and it’s hard to argue with going out on top.
Prediction – Evil Manning comes back to win two more Super Bowls, then rides off into the sunset on a white horse with a slice of Papa John’s pizza in his hand.
Will Any Member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be Shirtless During Their Performance?
Hmm, let me think about this one…
Man, this is super tough. I need a little more time.
I think I’m starting to lean towards ‘no.
Eff that. This is a no brainer.
Prediction – YES. Absolutely yes. Book it.
Enjoy the game. And maybe just fast forward through the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance.