Super Bowl 50 viewers trying to get a break from politics this weekend can look hopefully to the prop odds for the game, as presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders are set as +200 underdogs to get a mention on the broadcast at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Wagering on mentions of The Donald during the game represents just one of hundreds of props and special bets available ahead of Sunday night’s Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium.
While viewers should be spared political pitches for the evening, they are expected to be served a healthy diet of football legends.
John Elway, the hero of Denver’s victories in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII, is an even-money bet to appear during the broadcast OVER 2.5 times on the Super Bowl 50 props board, while former New Orleans Saints pivot Archie Manning also sports even-money odds of making at least two appearances on the broadcast.
Located in Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium is about an hour’s drive from the center of Super Bowl week events in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, the odds of the iconic imagery of the Golden Gate Bridge being shown at least once during the Super Bowl broadcast are a strong -500.
Lady Gaga will open the game with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Over the past 10 years, performers have completed the national anthem in an average time of one minute, 57 seconds, but the betting line on the length of Lady Gaga’s performance is listed at a lengthy two minutes, 20 seconds, with the UNDER favored with -200 odds.
The most popular of all Super Bowl prop bets will be settled before the game gets underway. Despite its random nature, the coin toss receives special attention on Super Sunday, with both heads and tails sporting -105 odds at the sportsbooks.
Tails has turned up in each of the past two years, ending a stretch of six wins in seven years by heads. But time has been the great equalizer in this 50/50 proposition, with tails holding just a slight 25-24 edge over the first 49 Super Bowl contests.
The Gatorade shower has also emerged as a top subject of Super Bowl props betting.
Orange, the color of the AFC champion Broncos, has been the color of choice in three of the past six Gatorade showers given to the coach of the Super Bowl-winning club, and it is +125 chalk to return this season, followed by blue at +300, and clear at +400.
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