What would National Football League action be without a little betting?
It’s one of the driving forces for North America’s most popular sport so, of course, Las Vegas has to try to potentially squeeze every little dime out of Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in Minneapolis. But there’s much more for fans and degenerate gamblers alike to bet on besides just the line, which has managed to drop to Patriots -4 over the last week and a half. It turns out, Las Vegas will take your money on over 1,000 different kinds of bets – ones that have little to do with the actual game. Known as a proposition bet, these bets are made regarding an occurrence or non-occurrence during a game, something that often has no affect with the final outcome of the contest.
These bets can be almost anything Las Vegas cooks up – from the length of the National Anthem, to the outcome of the coin flip, to whether the halftime act will wear a hat or not. Some of these bets don’t change from year to year, however others simply play off the Super Bowl’s storyline. Well, we have combed through the books and picked out some of our favorite prop bets for this year’s event. Some could win you some serious cash, while others are just ridiculous – but they’re all pretty interesting.
THE NUMBER OF COMBINED “DILLY DILLYS” IN ALL BUD LIGHT COMMERCIALS?
The latest pop culture phenomenon is the phrase “Dilly Dilly” which can be seen in Bud Light’s Game of Thrones-like parody commercials. Much like Budweiser’s “wasssup” almost two decades prior, this new catchphrase has taken the country by storm – and, quite frankly, almost run its course. With regular season and playoff games riddled with Bud Light commercials, it’s quite possible we will see a handful of the “Dilly Dilly” commercials, perhaps even maybe one or two new ones and, because of that, Las Vegas has issued a prop bet for the combined number of times the phrase will be uttered in all Bud Light commercials – the over/under for the amount of commercials is 4.5, by the way – at an over/under of 15.5. It’s a tough one, but we’d probably take the over since it’s like a four hour broadcast.
WHO WILL HAVE MORE – THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS OR JAKE ELLIOTT?
There’s little arguing that the National Hockey League’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, have been one of the biggest surprises this season. And now, with a team in the betting capital of the United States, it’s easy to put the hometown franchise up against, well, just about anything. This particular bet has Eagles kicker Jake Elliott squaring off against how many penalty minutes the Golden Knights will accrue in their game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday – they average almost seven minutes per game. It’ll likely be a high scoring affair in Minneapolis, so we’d recommend Elliott on this one.
WILL PINK AT ANY POINT BE AIRBORNE DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM?
After Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s recent high-flying performances the last several years, many are wondering if Philadelphia area native, Pink, might at some point find herself airborne while singing the National Anthem. She’s no stranger to it, either, having done this crazy trapeze-like performance while singing at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Yes, she will be airborne at some point, is currently at 5/2, while no, she will not, is sitting at 1/4. Honestly, your guess is as good as ours with this one – we just couldn’t help but laugh when we read this particular prop bet out aloud.
WHO WILL HAVE MORE – KYRIE IRVING OR ROB GRONKOWSKI?
It’s a pretty big sports day for those around the Boston area. Before watching the New England Patriots attempt to add another Lombardi Trophy to it collection, the Boston Celtics will face off in a National Basketball Association matchup against the Portland Trailblazers at home. The team’s recent acquisition, Kyrie Irving, has been lighting it up this season, averaging 24.8 points per game – good for 10th best in the NBA. This bet is pretty straightforward, which will be higher on Sunday, Gronkowski’s longest reception or Irving’s point total against the Trailblazers. Since he missed the opening night with the media, there’s still no guarantee Gronkowski even plays but if he does, we recommend taking Irving, since he’s scored 30 or more in three of his last four games, including 37 against the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
WILL DONOVAN MCNABB’S VOMITING BE MENTIONED DURING THE TELECAST?
As every Philadelphia Eagles fan can tell you, its common lore that former quarterback Donovan McNabb blew chunks in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XXXIX against the Patriots – a topic of conversation that seems to be brought up with regularity. Given that Philadelphia will be playing in its first Super Bowl since that stomach-curdling loss, many are wondering if it’ll be brought up by the NBC crew. Yes, it will be brought up, is at 3/2 while no, it will not be brought up, is currently at 1/2. Take yes on this one and bet heavy because we almost guarantee this sore subject will be brought up at some point, most likely when Eagles fans have already chomped their finger nails into oblivion.