The New England Patriots may not be back in the Super Bowl this year, but — despite the NFL’s best efforts — prop bets assuredly are.
Short for proposition bets, the wagers revolve around the occurrence of a specific event and typically make up a tiny fraction of sports gambling. And yet, each Super Bowl, they skyrocket in popularity and absurdity.
The Super Bowl LIV props range from the traditional — for example, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a -150 favorite to win MVP — to the incredibly specific like the coin toss. And even in the Patriots’ absence, they’re providing fodder for Boston sports fans.
The New Jersey-based sports book PointsBet is offering 100-to-1 odds that San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will blow another 28-3 lead.
Sure, it’s a long shot, but it’s happened before. Before becoming the Niners’ coach, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons when his team infamously blew the four-score Super Bowl lead against the Patriots in 2017.
Boston sports fans also have a range of prop bet options related to former Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has the second-best odds of winning the MVP award Sunday at 3-to-1, according to British bookmaker William Hill. Garoppolo is also tied with Mahomes at 2-to-1 odds to commit the game’s first turnover. He also has 30-to-1 odds to score the first points.
Jimmy G fans can also wager on the number of touchdowns the 28-year-old throws: zero (9-to-2), one (2-to-1), two (12-to-5), three (5-to-1) four (15-to-2), five (20-to-1), or at least six (30-to-1). If you bet the latter, maybe consider parlaying it with Garoppolo’s MVP odds.
But if those aren’t sufficiently exotic, Bookmaker.eu has a prop bet on whether Tom Brady be mentioned during the broadcast, which they apparently think is likely. The odds that Brady will be mentioned are 1-to-4; the odds he won’t are 3-to-1.
William Hill also has a prop bet on whether there are more kickoffs in the football game Sunday than goals in the two Beanpot college hockey games Monday night at the TD Garden. Last year’s Beanpot semifinals yielded six total goals, which tied the numbers of kickoffs in the low-scoring affair between the Patriots and St. Louis Rams.
And for those feeling hopeful about next year, there’s already odds for which team will win next year’s Super Bowl. The Chiefs, Niners, and Baltimore Ravens are all favorites with 7-to-1 odds, followed by the New Orleans Saints at 10-to-1. The Patriots have 12-to-1 odds.