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Super Bowl LVI novelty prop bet markets & trends

Updated on 6:56pm GMT 11 February 2022
Super Bowl LVI novelty prop bet markets & trends
Alex Wrigley
Alex Wrigley
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Content Editor at Free Super Tips, Alex was born in the shadow of Old Trafford and is an avid Man Utd fan. After graduating from university he combined his love of football, writing and betting to join FST and now closely follows goings-on in all of the top European leagues.

The biggest US sporting event of the year is just days away now and, with the anticipation ramping up for Super Bowl LVI, I thought I’d take a look at some of the more novel markets in the betting world.

Novelty prop bets are one of the many fun draws of the Super Bowl and while nobody expects to win money on them they can be an enjoyable way to buy into the atmosphere surrounding the event.

You can bet on all manner of things, from the result of the coin toss to the number of songs played in the half-time show all the way through to the colour of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach’s head at the end of the game. Here’ I’ve focused on the three most popular novelty prop markets, covering the coin toss, the length of the National Anthem and the Gatorade shower.

Super Bowl novelty props

National Anthem

Country music star Mickey Guyton will take the lead on the National Anthem this year and we shouldn’t expect a long showing from the 38-year-old Texan.

The most recent National Anthem performance by Guyton available online clocks in at a mere 1 minute and 23 seconds which, for reference, is almost a full minute shorter than last year’s Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church Super Bowl duet, which ended up at a massive 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

With the line sitting at 101.5 seconds (1 minute and 41.5 seconds) I’m backing unders all the way, here.

Gatorade Colour

The winning coach receiving a Gatorade shower has become something of a tradition in the Super Bowl and naturally one of the most popular novelty bets is backing what colour the coach’s full-time bath will be. Since records of this particular trend began in 2001 only four winning coaches have avoided a soaking and on all of these occasions the game was decided on the final play, limiting the players the preparation time needed.

Orange leads the way in Gatorade dumps since records began, with all five orange showers coming in the last 12 years. This also marries up with the Bengals’ colours, although interestingly only three Gatorade baths since 2001 have corresponded to the winning teams colours.

Blue is another favourite, partly because of the Rams and partly because three of the last seven Super Bowls have seen a blue dump. With both orange and blue represented by the teams and also being popular choices over the last decade, either looks a good bet.

Coin Toss

It’s hardly surprising that the last ten years have thrown up a 5-5 draw between heads and tails considering it’s a 50/50 event but if you’re the superstitious type you could say that heads has the momentum after winning the last four years by a 3-1 scoreline.

As you can see from the infographic, an Orange-Tails-Under treble has landed twice in the last eight years and Orange-Tails has been a winner three times, so I’m backing tails to not fail on Sunday night.

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