So Super Bowl XLVIII has ended; the Seattle Seahawks swept away the Denver Broncos by a landslide 43-8 score. The most prestigious football event, which happened at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, typically lured millions of fans to tune in via their television sets as the Seahawks pummelled the Broncos, even with Peyton Manning on the opposing team.
Because many sports pundits considered Super Bowl XLVIII a match between equally great teams, the odds for both teams were almost equal. One day before the event, ESPN highlighted that these two teams have their own strengths and weaknesses, which would turn the football event into a battle of attrition; a classic tight match that could go either way. Meanwhile, Betfair noted that Super Bowl XLVIII was a match between “the unstoppable enforcers versus the immovable project.” Unfortunately, the Broncos gave in first, which led to their defeat. The Seahawks’ victory paid off for punters who believed in the team’s unwavering strength in depth.
While people who wagered on the Seahawks’ win last Sunday would have been left happy, there are also other people who took their game to a whole new level and betted on, say, weird things. If you want to know more about some of the weird bets punters made, here are a few of the weirdest wagers from this year’s Super Bowl.
Bruno Mars’ hat during the Super Bowl halftime show
If you think the prop bets during last year’s Super Bowl were weird, this year took it to a whole new level. The bets are so weird that we are forced to take our hats off to those who came up with these ludicrous bets. Speaking of hats, some odd-balls decided that it was a good idea to bet on what kind of hat Bruno Mars would wear during the halftime show. The 28-year old singer behind hit tunes such as ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ (the “oh yeah yeah” song) and ‘Treasure’ is known to sport a fedora hat. While you may need to put $100 to win $66, there were other options for users to bet on such as him wearing a fur hat, tuque, or even no hat whatsoever.
Victory showers are orange-colored
During the 80’s, New York Giants defensive tackler Jim Burt drenched coach Bill Parcells in Gatorade when they won the Super Bowl XXI. This started a new trend where players would soak their coaches in the country’s famous sports drink as part of the winning tradition. One of the biggest prop bets every for the Super Bowl was the color of the Gatorade that was poured on the winning team’s coach—which this time you’d have though was orange. While it is important for teams to pick their Gatorade according to their team’s colors, some of them go against the grain. And true enough, the Seahawks went against said grain.
Season of Shirtless Shows
Bruno Mars opened the halftime show with drumming, which was followed by Anthony, Josh, and Chad’s electrifying performance. While some people will remember Red Hot Chili Peppers through songs like ‘Californication’ and ‘Scar Tissue’, others will always see the band as the musicians that played nude in front of hundreds of thousands of people. One interesting prop bet for these four heroes was that whether or not they would play shirtless right in the middle of the freaking winter! The results? Let’s just say the results were even 50-50. Anthony and Flea, as expected, appeared shirtless at the MetLife Stadium.