Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
If you're not a Super Bowl fan, it might behoove you to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Big Show anyway. That's because there are hundreds of ways to make the game more interesting.
Super Bowl novelty bets, or "prop bets," have the potential to make even the half-time show suspenseful: “Anything that you can define and take a side on, there's a prop bet on,” said RJ Bell, founder of a website where users can place bets.
There are several hundred of these prop bets, which include: what color Gatorade will be poured on the winners? Will Alicia Keys be booed during the national anthem? Who will President Obama pick to win? And what will be the highest rated commercial?
The bets often hew to the Super Bowl buzz. There are bets on how long she'll Alicia Keys will sing, whether she'll omit a word or add a word to the Star Spangled Banner. The halftime show is also ripe with betting prospects such as, will Jay-Z join Beyonce? Will her hair be crimped, curly or straight ?
Most of the game related prop bets are placed in Las Vegas, but the more esoteric ones are made online or in bars and living rooms.
The first official prop bet in Las Vegas was on whether William "the Refrigerator" Perry would score a touchdown during the 1985 Super Bowl . He did.
Other prop bets include:
Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV during the game wearing team-specific clothing? (The head coaches are brothers)
How many times will the game be referred to as The Harbaugh Bowl, Har Bowl or Super Baugh during the game?
Which coach will be shown first during the game?
Will any Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers on active roster be arrested before the Super Bowl?
If Ray Lewis is interviewed on TV after the game on the field or in the locker room how many times will he mention "God or Lord."
What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
What will be the highest tweet per second during the Super Bowl?