Betting is a huge part of sporting events and there's nothing like it when it comes to the Super Bowl.
For Super Bowl XLVII, there are numerous proposition bets, also known as prop bets, that can spice up the betting climate with wagers that have little to do with the play on the field, draw upon historical games, and cross sport and pop culture barriers.
See the top 10 prop bets we found here. Next
Jack Harbaugh's prominence
The 49ers and Ravens are coached by brothers Jim and John Harbaugh. Their father, Jack (right), has been making the rounds in the media in the lead up to the Super Bowl.
The bet is a simple one: How many times will Jack Harbaugh be shown on TV during the Super Bowl? The over/under is on 2 1/2.
Jack Harbaugh will be sitting in the commissioner's box. Next
Speaking of the Harbaughs, there are a number of prop bets on the brotherly matchup. Whose full name will be mentioned more, how many times "Harbaugh" will be said, how many times the game will be referred to as the Harbaugh Bowl or Har-Bowl, and who will be shown on TV first.
It's enough to make you go insane. And yet you can still bet on the over/under for the end of game handshake. Take the over on six seconds. Next
Let's put a stopwatch on Alicia Keys
In the musical department, one has to wonder how the entertainment stacks up. But not necessarily with the competition on the field.
In one prop bet, the question is how fast will singer Alicia Keys finish the national anthem. Will she go longer or shorter than 2 minutes, 10 seconds. She's favored (-160) to stay under.
You can also bet if she's booed (+500), if she forgets a word (+200), and if she adds a new word (+200).
The soulful singer, whose ballads include "Fallin" and her current hit "Girl on Fire" with lengthy measures, will surely put her personal touch on the anthem. Next
It's 2013, so of course there were going to be prop bets that are social media related. Look no further than Twitter, the digital depository of the tech-savvy public.
Last year, Twitter recorded 13.7 million Super Bowl related tweets. The micro-blog service had a peak of 12,233 tweets per second. This year, the bet is whether the tweets per second will reach 17,000. The over/under money line bet is -120 either way you choose.
With an explosion of new users who have increased their usage of Twitter year over year, it's very possible that 17,000 could be shattered. Next
You can’t go wrong betting on God
The postgame celebration will undoubtedly include an interview with Super Bowl XLVII's MVP.
So who does the MVP thank first? Their teammates (8/5)? God (5/2)? Their coach (12/1)? Their family (15/1)? The owners (20/1)? Or no one (3/2)?
And for that matter, in Ray Lewis' postgame interview, what's the over/under he mentions God or the Lord three times? I'll take the over there.
With Colin Kaepernick, who is a daily Bible reader, it wouldn't hurt to bet on the man upstairs either way. Next
Jigga in the house?
Beyonce will be singing the halftime entertainment and the betting world wants to know if she'll be joined on stage by her famous husband, rapper Jay-Z.
The two have collaborated on numerous songs. This being the Super Bowl, it wouldn't be a far stretch of imagination for the two entertainers to want to make a dual appearance and reap the benefits of more than 100 million viewers.
The money line is -105 on yes, -135 on no. Next
Putting Kaepernick up against Young
Colin Kaepernick has been praised for his strong arm and speedy legs. It figures the 49ers quarterback would draw comparisons with Hall of Fame QB Steve Young in the Bay Area.
There are three prop bets comparing the two quarterbacks, with Young's Super Bowl XXIX stats up against what Kaepernick will do. Who will have more passing yards (Young had 325)? Who will have more rushing yards (Young had 49)? And who will have the longest run (21 for Young)?
If you watched what Kaepernick did against the Green Bay Packers, a playoff record 181 yards rushing for a quarterback, you'll feel confident with Kaepernick as your man in the read-option game the 49ers run. Next
Historical Ray Lewis
So which is it? Will Ray Lewis, a la 2000, and his five tackles and assists have more tackles and assists than the current incarnation? New Ray is favored by 6, so he'd have to total 11 or more tackles to cover.
Given that Lewis has recorded 44 combined tackles in three postseason games, he has a good chance to cover against a run-heavy 49ers team.
I'd take new Ray seven days a week and twice on Sunday. Next
The Miami Heat take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon before the Super Bowl, so it figures that LeBron James would make his way into the prop bets as well.
How many points will James score vs. how many points will the 49ers total? Winner takes all. James averages 26.5 points per game and the 49ers have put up 36.5 in the postseason and 24.8 a game during the regular season.
The 49ers are currently on a stretch that suggests they'll total more than 30 points against the Ravens. But the last time these two teams faced, Thanksgiving 2011, the Ravens won 16-6.
The betting whizzes also figure they can match up the NBA's reigning MVP to the Ravens' defensive leader, Ray Lewis. The bet asks which will be higher, LeBron James' total rebounds and assists, or Lewis' tackles and assists.
James averages 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game, a combined total at 15.4 per game. Lewis is averaging 14.66 combined tackles in the postseason. With the Heat facing the Raptors, a team that allows 99.9 points per game (23d in the NBA), James is expected to play to his averages. But projecting assists and rebounds, two highly fluctuating statistics, can be troublesome. It's also possible that the Heat could blow out the Raptors, who are 16-30 as of Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Lewis is facing a run-heavy 49ers team. He'll be on the field more than enough to reach his current postseason average. Lewis is more than likely to take the edge in this scenario. Next
Kobe Bryant is also playing on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Detroit Pistons and Black Mamba is a 5 1/2 point underdog against Randy Moss. The bet is who will have more, points for Bryant or receiving yards for Moss.
Bryant is averaging 28.1 points per game this season, third in the NBA, while Moss has caught 33 balls in the regular season and playoffs for a total of 505 yards, a 28.05 yards per game average. He's averaging 1.83 receptions per game and has had seven games with one or no catches.
Meanwhile, Bryant has become distributor in chief in Laker land. He's put up 17.3 points per game in his last three contests. But don't sleep on Kobe. He's likely to switch up his game again after a 92-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns Jan. 30. But as we all know, Moss can surpass Bryant's average points per game in one reception. Be safe, take the guy who claims to be the greatest receiver of all time. Back to the beginning
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