Betting on the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

NFL Feb 09, 2022

Betting on Super Bowl propositions is the Christmas morning of sports gambling

This coming Sunday at 3:30 pm PT, Super Bowl LVI kicks off in Los Angeles.

We've calculated odds on a few proposition wagers that we believe are worthy of considering.  Over the next week, check back here at POINTSPREADS.CA regularly for more analysis, particularly on props betting.

What follows is the second of three wagers you could win (or lose) before the first offensive play even takes place.  Imagine the thrill (or the agony) of being up for the day early, prior to the first snap.

We view these three props and prices as solid wagers.  Read PART 1 here.  We'll post Part 3 very soon.  

The value on this prop is based on the following factors:


OVER 1:35 ..... -130

UNDER 1:35 ..... +110  

Comments:  Mickey Guyton was chosen to sing the U.S. national anthem at 2022 Super Bowl LVI,  which is one of most prestigious assignments in show business, but also one of the most pressure-filled "live" annual performances in the world.  The four-time Grammy Award winner should rise to the occasion, which will be topped off by the traditional military plane flyover (it's the United States Air Force's 75th anniversary).  Typically, nothing is left to chance.  This is especially true given the timing and choreography of the military jets which zoon overheard during the final notes of the The Star-Spangled Banner.    

Let's also keep in mind that the national anthem has been prerecorded in the past, which means the performer has lip-synced the song.  This triggered controversy in the past (rightfully so), which means it's unlikely to be repeated again anytime soon.  But, you never know.

As for betting on the duration of the song (from the first vocal breath the last), this has been an "over" play for many years.  Generally speaking, you want to take the "over."  That's because artists love the limelight and love to milk this golden opportunity.  Elongating a few notes in roughly 95-second song a song is a sure-fire way to break the O/U and cash those "over" tickets.

Research by the Oddsshark experts reveals that the play here is clearly the over, once again.  In fact, singing the anthem in less than one minute and 35 seconds sounds almost impossible.  Looking at recent performances, only 2 of the last 15 singers have wrapped up Francis Scott Key's #1 hit song from 1812 (okay, it was actually a poem) in less than 95 seconds.

Conclusion:  We'll bet the OVER 1:35.