By Michael McCarthy

So, you want to bet the Super Bowl?

The Patriots are a one-point favorite and the over is 48.

But if you really want to have some fun, the biggest game in the most popular sport in America is a gambler’s paradise. The Super Bowl doesn’t just produce a world champion. It produces an almost unending stream of proposition bets, also known as prop bets.

There are standard wagers, like the length of the national anthem and what color the postgame Gatorade bath will be — but who likes standard? Standard is boring. Standard is easy. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks certainly didn’t make to Arizona by being boring.

Three years ago, a New York Giants fan bet $1,000 that the first score of Super Bowl XLVI would be a safety. He walked away with 50 grand. Last year, the same fan and his business partner decided to wager a combined $800 that the first play of Super Bowl XLVIII would be, again, a safety. Much to the Denver Broncos’ chagrin, the two fans walked away with a combined $40,000.

You know what doesn’t get you a 50-to-1 payoff? The national anthem.

So instead of being safe, go bold. A bet on the color of Katy Perry’s hair could pay off your mortgage — kidding, please don’t bet your mortgage. But you can still win a Vince Wilfork-sized amount of money. According to, a bet on “blonde” for Perry’s hair color is paying +700, meaning a winning ticket is worth $700 for every $100 the bettor waged. Feeling a little less adventurous? Putting $100 on a purple/blue combination could nab you $250.

If you’re a fan of the Grammy-nominated songstress’ catalog, why not wager on Perry’s first song. The 2014 jam “Roar” is kicking out a solid +300 line, while her most recent hit –- and they’re all hits -– “Dark Horse,” comes in at an adventurous +500. If you’re feeling frisky, I’m just going to point out that “Firework,” a mega-mega-mega-megahit is paying off +800, a sneaky-strong play if I ever saw one.

You may want some stakes in the actual game play –- and that’s totally understandable –- so you can, according to, bet on how many times NBC’s broadcast tandem of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will mention any form of the word “deflate” between the national anthem and the end of the game. That kind of seems like a sucker bet, though, since it’s already Monday and the DeflateGate scandal shows no signs of slowing down. So why not gamble on a player who doesn’t give a flying skittle about the NFL’s rule book? If you think Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will flaunt the NFL’s warnings and, ahem, adjust himself after scoring a touchdown, $100 will get you $400 if you’re right.

The truth is you can find almost anything to gamble on in the Super Bowl, so get creative – make up bets with your friends. Bet $20 on the coin toss three hours before the game. Throw $50 into a pool for which player is going to score the first touchdown. Or just put $100 down on Perry to go full Janet Jackson and you could win four grand.

That’s a lot of money considering you’re betting on someone else taking their clothes off.


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