By now, everyone knows about the ridiculous prop bets related to the Super Bowl. One of the most popular, at least for internet fodder, is the over / under in the duration of the national anthem. With Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan teaming up for the first anthem duo since Super Bowl 40 in 2006 (Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin), this seemingly straightforward accessory adds even more intrigue to Super Bowl 55 as people will bet on, and potentially discussing all kinds of elements of the performance.
First, a little history. The national anthem hasn’t always been a focal point of the pregame festivities at the Super Bowl. At first, it was often sung by choirs or performed by marching bands. Three times the trumpeters have performed the anthem, and once, “America the Beautiful” was performed instead. Whitney houston spectacular performance during Super Bowl 25 in 1991, which occurred during the Gulf War, in many ways ushered in a new era of hymn performances.
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Counting that performance, which lasted 1:56, the average hymn duration It has been just over 1:56 since then, with the longest performance in that span at Super Bowl 47 in 2013 (Alicia Keys, 2:35) and the shortest at Super Bowl 32 in 1998 (Jewel, 1: 27). In recent years, the anthem has had an even longer trend, with six of the last eight versions lasting over two minutes and the other two lasting at least 1:52.
Of course, as with many novel props bets, there has been some controversy over the length of hymn performances. Some books list the official beginning of the hymn time when the first note is sung and the official ending when the beginning of the last note is sung. That was a talking point in 2019 when Gladys Knight sang the last word of the anthem, “brave,” three different times, leading many to think they won the OVER on the bet. However, many books only counted the beginning of the first “brave”, which meant the BASS charged. When placing your bets, make sure you are aware of the official rules because the customer service for online national anthem betting is not the most responsive.
Super Bowl 2021 National Anthem Prop Betting
All odds courtesy of oddshark.com
How long will the national anthem last?
- More than 1:59 EVEN
- Less than 1:59 -140
While we don’t have any examples of Eric Church singing the national anthem before a sporting event, we do have two examples of Jazmine Sullivan: NHL Stadium Series game in 2016 (1:38) and before a 76ers game in 2014 (1: 44-1: 49, depending on how you count the last note).
Given what we know about the latest anthem trends and the fact that the last duo of this Super Bowl performance in 2006 (Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin) lasted 2:08, the OVER seems like a good bet. You never know how two artists will split the song, but they will likely take their time and harmonize. If Church has his guitar (very possible), that might add some time as well. Sullivan’s rendition of the anthem before a 76ers game in ’14 included guitar accompaniment, for what it’s worth.
Ultimately, the OVER is in line with five of the last six anthem performances in the Super Bowl, so getting it at a fair price is a good value.
Will Eric Church or Jazmine Sullivan forget / omit a word from the national anthem?
This seems unlikely, but the odds increase a bit with the performance of two people. And let’s face it: hanging on every word of the anthem and possibly arguing with some suspicious online bookmaker about whether Church said “dangerous fight“or” dangerous flight“It would be a great way to spend the Monday after the Super Bowl.
Will any player raise their fist during the national anthem?
Will any player kneel during the national anthem?
During the season opener, Chiefs player Alex Okafor knelt Y raised a fist in the air during the hymn. Tampa players have been on their knees in the past, but this season some seem to have folded their arms on the bench during the anthem. The problem with these accessories is that you need to have proof, so even if a player kneels or raises his fist, you are at the mercy of the CBS broadcast to show it off. Obviously, there is more value in betting “yes” on both, but there are many reasons to think it will be “no”. All it takes is one though, and you can bet that some players will be itching to make a statement on such a big stage.
Which player will show up first during the national anthem?
- Tom Brady -130
- Patrick Mahomes -110
This could really go either way. Unfortunately, we don’t have much to talk about championship games because neither the Packers nor the Bills showed up during the respective anthems, presumably because they stayed in their locker rooms. One thing we do know is that neither Brady nor Mahomes were the first players from their teams to be shown during the anthem in both games, but Mahomes (second) showed himself for his team before brady it was for his (fourth, not counting the shots of the coach or the whole team). Does that mean anything? Of course not. This is a coin toss. You have the old face of the NFL versus the new face, so you might as well bet better on Mahomes.
Which player will show up first during the national anthem?
- Travis Kelce -130
- Rob Gronkowski -110
Kelce has more cache at this point in his career than Gronk, so he’s the safest bet. He was the first Chiefs player to be shown during the anthem before the AFC Championship Game while Gronk was merely the fifth Buc ahead of the NFC Championship Game (and that was in large part because he was on a break with Tom Brady). Of course, it all depends on the camera people and the producer here, so if Kelce is behind a teammate or Gronk is standing alone with a single tear running down his cheek, then, yes, it could easily be Gronk. In something like this, it is generally smart to go for the best odds, even if a player seems more likely.
Which coach will show up first during the national anthem?
- Andy Reid -130
- Bruce Arians -110
Arianos was shown first during the national anthem at the NFC championship game, while Reid was third during the anthem at the AFC championship game. That being said, neither of them had to compete with coaches / players from the other teams so that just tells us a lot. Reid is definitely more recognizable and, in his own way, more camera-friendly, so he’s likely to get the nod, but like the last two, he’s really a release. Arians presents better odds, so he’s probably the slightly smarter player, especially if the cameraman is obsessed with him. weird way Arians wears his mic belt – but instinct says it’s Reid here (especially if he’s wearing a misted face shield).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.