Odd Super Bowl Bets - Wild and Crazy NFL Wagers

When you look over the odd Super Bowl bets of the past, you'll find a lot of money has changed hands over the most most nonsensical propositions. Prop bets get weirder when you have all this interest in a game or event and only a 3 hour window to find things to place wagers on. Ironically, some of the craziest Super Bowl prop bets have been about some of the most mundane, innocuous seeming moments: clothing choices, song choices, thank you moments, and casual mentions of sports figures.

Gamblers love to put their money on weird wagers. London sportsbooks offer wagers every year on whether alien will land in the next calendar year or whether the world will come During the Civil War, soldiers were known to bet on which louse would walk across a plate fastest. A professional gambler named Ashley Revell sold all his worldly goods and bet them on one spin of a roulette wheel. David Threlfall made a bet at William Hill Casino that man would walk on the moon by the 1st day of January, 1970. A Londoner once made a million to one bet on whether the world would end before the year 2000. That's a great bet for the person on the other side of that gamble, since it means you never have to pay off the wager.

When the Skylab fell back in 1979, the owner of the old El Cortez Hotel in Las Vegas took bets on which regions of the Earth's the Skylab would fall. Australia won at 30/1. Back in 1980, the Castaways Hotel took bets on "Who Shot JR?", challenging people to wager on the outcome of the Dallas tv show. Dallas Cowboys's coach Tom Landry was one of the suspects, at least according to the betting line. The Gaming Control Board forced an end to the bet, since at least one person had to have the script for the show, and therefore already know the outcome.

The point is, people will bet on anything. Below are some of the wild NFL Super Bowl betting moments you can expect any given year. I'll list the best bets of the last Super Bowl and then discuss wagering from years past. Finally, I'll offer suggestions for the oddball bets you and your friends can engage in--or find at online sportsbooks.

Silly 2102 Super Bowl Bets

I've gather some of the oddest bets from Super Bowl 46, to give you some idea of what to expect. If you're having a Super Bowl watching party and you want to spice up the event with a few side bets, these should give you ideas for hypothetical wagers to introduce to your fellow partiers. These also can serve as examples if you want to make side bets with your coworkers during Super Bowl week. Just tailor them to the Super Bowl in 2015, with the appropriate teams, entourages, National Anthem performers, halftime acts, and commercial endorsements.

Will Kelly Clarkson omit or mess up one or more words for the National Anthem?

How long will it take to sing the National Anthem? Over/Under: 1 minute, 34 seconds.

Will Kelly Clarkson's bare belly be showing as she sings the National Anthem?

What will Kelly Clarkson wear to sing the National Anthem? Options Were: An official NFL or Super Bowl shirt, a Colts jersey, a Giants jersey, a Patriots jersey, or anything else (the Favorite).

If Tom Brady's son is shown on television during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady jersey?

How many times will Giselle Bundchen be shown on-screen during the game?

How many times will (Colts owner) Jim Irsay be mentioned during the Super Bowl?

How many times will Andrew Luck be mentioned on the broadcast?

How many times will (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft be shown on tv during the Super Bowl?

How many times will Mitt Romney be shown during the broadcast?

What color of Gatorade is going to be dumped on the winning Super Bowl team's head coach? Options: Yellow, Orange, Clear, Red, Green, Blue. "Yellow" is the favorite.

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in the his post-game interview? Options: Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, No One. "Teammates" was the favorite.

Who will Barack Obama pick to win the Super Bowl?

Will Peyton Manning be shown on TV during the football game?

Will Al Michaels or Chris Collinsworth say "Tebow" during the 1st quarter?

What will be the first touchdown celebration? Option: Ball spike, Any Kind of Dance, Lay on the Ground, Dunk Ball on the Goalpost, "Tebow", Kiss a Teammate, Kiss a Cheerleader,

Over/Under on the amount of David Tyree "The Catch" replays shown throughout the Super Bowl XLVI telecast (3.5).

Crazy Super Bowl Bets of Years Past

You'll find new crazy wagers for each Super Bowl. Many of the bets remain essentially the same each year, such as those involving the National Anthem, halftime show, Super Bowl MVP, and first touchdown scorer. Others change every year. As soon as the two contestants in the 2015 Super Bowl are announced, you'll find a whole list of weird Super Bowl XLVII bets listed on online sportsbooks and listed in papers and on the Internet for the live Las Vegas casino sports books. Here are a few more from the last few years.

Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat during the National Anthem?
How often will FOX mention "Brett Favre" on TV during the Game?
How many active NFL Players will be arrested during Super Bowl Week?
Will a Steelers player perform the Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt celebration during the game?

Wild Super Bowl Wagers

Money wagers aren't the only wagers you'll see during or around a Super Bowl broadcast. Often, you'll see the mayors of the two teams playing in a championship series or a Super Bowl make some kind of side wager. These include each mayor agreeing to wear the jersey of the other team, if that other team wins. Another bet includes buying lunch for the other mayor's office, usually with some manner of food native to the other team's city or region. Then there are the "dare bets", such as the bet which required Maria Menounos to wear a bikini in New York's Times Square in early February during a broadcast of her tv show, EXTRA. The Maria Menounos bikini bit just added to the resume of the former correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood, who road her Extra publicity to become a contestant on Season 14 of Dancing With The Stars.

This is just another indication of how much the Super Bowl has become a part of the American pop culture fabric, even a kind of unofficial national holiday. The week of the Super Bowl, you simply cannot escape Super Bowl coverage, at least if you use a tv, radio, or computer.