A Tupac hologram, Mickey Guyton’s outfit color and 21 more fun bets – The Athletic

Welcome to Super Bowl game day. The two-week wait is just about over with the Rams and Bengals set to face off in SoFi Stadium later today. But ahead of kickoff, there are still plenty of props worth checking out. And for the second straight Super Bowl, I’m sharing some of my favorites with The Athletic readers. I’ve been putting together a Super Bowl questionnaire for most of the past decade but, before last year, I’d only passed it around to my family and friends. I figured I was going to do it anyway, why not let everyone else in on the fun and save them the heavy lifting of having to put a sheet together.

As I explained last year, I consider the Super Bowl the sports equivalent of Christmas and Easter – big events that pull in even the most casual of followers. In the case of the Super Bowl, it often takes more than just the best two teams facing off to keep this extended audience entertained and engaged.

The goal for a good party prop sheet is to not make it too complicated and to ask the type of questions that can be answered fairly easily even if there is a room full of people talking over each other – in other words, no props where you have to count the number of times an announcer says a certain word, or how many times something about a player is mentioned, etc. And I make sure to incorporate halftime and commercials into the mix to better appease the football agnostics of the group. For a deeper look at the halftime songs, check out Rhiannon Walker and Jason Jones’ excellent and in-depth handicapping of which songs will be performed.

With that said, here is my prop sheet for Super Bowl 56, some that I’ve made up or re-shaped from real props, along with some comments on each, should you be considering co-opting it for your own amusement. I’ve also added a Word doc that you can download and print out (or email to friends and family to play along with). And if I do not have enough in-game props, or halftime props, or national anthem props… I encourage you to take what you want from mine, while seeking out other available props to add that might tickle your fancy more – believe me , there are plenty more out there.

(Note: Each correctly answered question is worth a point. All odds come from BetMGM unless otherwise noted. We aren’t updating the odds as the sheet won’t change this week.)


THE PRE-GAME

1. How long will the national anthem be (Mickey Guyton) – 1 minute, 40 seconds -> OVER or UNDER?

  • Past 16 Super Bowls: Nine Unders (Billy Joel low at 1:30), Seven Overs (Alicia Keys high at 2:35)
  • The average length of the national anthem in those past 16 performances was 2 minutes, 0.4 seconds, but the average length of the 14 solo performances in that span was 1 minute, 58.6 seconds. And then there’s this performance (clip below) of Guyton singing the national anthem at the 2021 National Memorial Day Concert, where she kept a very brisk pace (1:23). Will she take more time to savor the moment this time around? What say you?
  • Note: I have adjusted the O / U time on this down to more reflect the latest lines being offered, which have been more reflective of Guyton’s national anthem duration history.

2. What will be the main / dominant color of Mickey Guyton’s outfit – WHITE, YELLOW / GOLD, BLUE, BLACK, GRAY / SILVER, RED / PINK, PURPLE, GREEN, ORANGE

  • FWIW, a quick Google image search of Guyton did return a lot of photos of Guyton dressed in white, but you never know if an event of the magnitude of the Super Bowl will inspire a performer to break from the norm.

3. Which player will be shown on camera first during the national anthem – MATTHEW STAFFORD (LAR) or JOE BURROW (CIN)?

  • Matthew Stafford -110
  • Joe Burrow -130

4. Which coach will be shown on camera first during the national anthem – SEAN MCVAY (LAR) or ZACH TAYLOR (CIN)?

  • Sean McVay -150
  • Zach Taylor +110

5. What will be the coin flip resultHEADS or TAILS?

  • Super Bowl history: Heads 26, Tails 29 – Heads has made up some ground of late, winning three of the past four Super Bowls, and eight of the past 13.

THE COMMERCIALS

Note: Only commercials that run between opening kickoff to the final whistle of the game will qualify for scoring.

Update: After the original publishing of this column, Michelob Ultra released its Super Bowl ad, so those bets have since been removed / replaced.

6. Who will appear in a Super Bowl commercial first – Budweiser’s CLYDESDALE or Frito-Lay’s MEGAN THEE STALLION?

  • A little equine-themed fun

7. Who will be shown first during FTX commercial – STEPH CURRY or TOM BRADY or GISELLE BUNDCHEN or SHOHEI OHTANI?

  • Steph Curry +150
  • Tom Brady +170
  • Giselle Bundchen +200
  • Shohei Ohtani +400
  • This prop came from BetOnline

8. Which actor who has played a Marvel character will show up in a Super Bowl commercial first – PAUL RUDD (Frito-Lay) or BRIE LARSON (NissanZ) or SALMA HAYEK (BMW)?

  • Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, is also in the NissanZ commercial with Larson, but Larson appears in that commercial before Bautista, so no use including him for this question.
  • Salma Hayek will play Zeus’ (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sister / wife Hera in a BMW commercial. Hayek was introduced as Ajak, a leader with healing powers in the MCU’s Eternals.
  • MCU’s Ant-Man Paul Rudd will co-star with Seth Rogan in one of Frito-Lay’s Super Bowl commercial offerings.

9. Which will be shown first during any Super Bowl commercial – ROCKET, MOON, ASTRONAUT, ALIEN?

  • Rocket +125
  • Moon +175
  • Astronaut +250
  • Alien +400
  • This is another one I grabbed from BetOnline. I guess it’s a foregone conclusion that space imagery is going to come into play at some point during the SB commercial run.

THE HALFTIME SHOW

Note: For halftime show homework, be sure to check out my colleague Dan Santaromita’s look at the Super Bowl halftime show, acts, performers, and odds.

10. How many of the halftime show headliners – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem – will appear on stage for the start of the show – 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5?

  • To qualify, artists need to be on stage before any words are spoken / sung / rapped by another artist.

11. Who will be the first to speak / sing / rap during the halftime show – DR. DRE or SNOOP DOGG or MARY J. BLIGE or KENDRICK LAMAR or EMINEM?

  • Dr. Dre +150
  • Snoop Dogg +180
  • Eminem +250
  • Mary J. Blige +300
  • Kendrick Lamar +350
  • These odds come courtesy TheSportsGeek.com, though I personally think they have Mary J. too low on the list.

12. What will be the first song played during the halftime show – CALIFORNIA LOVE or FAMILY AFFAIR or STILL DRE or NUTHIN ‘BUT A “G” THANG or LOSE YOURSELF or DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT or ALL THE STARS or HUMBLE, or the field?

  • California Love +250
  • The Next Episode +375
  • Family Affair +450
  • Still DRE +500
  • Nuthin But a “G” Thang +600
  • Lose Yourself +650
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot +700
  • All The Stars +900
  • HUMBLE +900
  • All other songs – aka, the field
  • These odds (from BetOnline) change a bit for a “which of these songs will be played last” prop – most notably, the odds of Lose Yourself improving and the odds of Family Affair diminishing, but you can always include this question for both first and last songs on your party prop sheet.

13. Will any of the following three make a cameo appearance on stage during the halftime show: Jay-Z, Ice Cube or Tupac’s hologram – YES or NO?

  • On April 15, 2012, a Tupac hologram appeared on stage at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. With it being the near-10th anniversary of that holographic appearance, and the halftime show trailer revealing that Tupac’s song “California Love” could be part of the show set list, it has led some to believe another Tupac hologram could be in the works for the Super Bowl.
  • Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation is co-producing the halftime show.
  • Ice Cube is a SoCal lifer who was an original member of the rap group NWA alongside halftime performer Dr. Dre

14. Total songs played during the halftime show – OVER 10.5 or UNDER 10.5?

  • With the halftime show usually clocking in around 13-14 minutes, and with five A-list artists in play, you have to figure this could be a fast and furious mashup / medley of songs.
  • My daughter also says to watch out for the possibility of Kendrick Lamar teasing something from his much anticipated next album, expected to be released in 2022.

THE GAME

15. Which team will score the first TD – RAMS or BENGALS?

  • BetMGM has the LA Rams at -140
  • BetMGM has Cincinnati at +100

16. What will be the first penalty of the game – OFF. HOLDING or FALSE START or DEF. PASS INTERFERENCE / HOLDING or DEF. OFFSIDES / NEUTRAL ZONE INFRACTION or ROUGHING (the passer, the kicker or unnecessary roughness), or the field?

    • Here’s a link, courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference, detailing all penalties called in the 2021 regular season. The “field” is any other penalty not accounted for among the previously listed options.

17. Who will have a longer catch – COOPER KUPP or JA’MARR CHASE?

  • BetMGM has this prop at -125 for Kupp and -105 for Chase. Kupp had 23 catches of 25+ yards during the regular season compared to 16 such catches for Chase, but Chase almost pulled even with Kupp in catches of 40+ yards (8 for Chase, 9 for Kupp).

18. Will a player who is not a running back or wide receiver score a touchdown – YES or NO?

  • I like this one because of how the results of this question have played out for these teams to this point – there have been a combined 20 non-RB / WR touchdowns by these teams in 40 combined games played (17 regular season games, three postseason contests for each). The breakdown is 12 total tight end touchdowns (six by each team), four quarterback touchdowns (two each for Burrow and Stafford, with both of Stafford’s coming in postseason play), three total defensive touchdowns (two for Cincy, one for the Rams). and one special teams touchdown (a punt return TD by Rams returner Brandon Powell).

19. Will there be a flea flicker, non-QB pass, fake punt or onside kick in the Super Bowl – YES or NO?

  • The Super Bowl has produced plenty of “tricky” moments through the years. We’ve seen a number of trick plays from both teams just this year. Add in some of the more memorable moments in Super Bowl history and this feels like a safe YES pick.

20. Will a highlight video clip of Cris Collinsworth playing in one of the Bengals’ previous two Super Bowls be shown during the Super Bowl broadcast – YES or NO?

  • Al Michaels and Collinsworth will be calling the game for NBC. Collinsworth played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII, both resulting in losses to the Niners, combining for eight catches, 147 receiving yards and no touchdowns.

THE POST-GAME

21. What color of Gatorade will be poured on winning coach – ORANGE or BLUE or GREEN / YELLOW / LIME or CLEAR / WATER or RED / PINK / PURPLE or NONE?

  • Orange +200
  • Green / Yellow / Lime +350
  • Blue +400
  • Clear / Water +400
  • Red / Pink +850
  • Purple +1000
  • Since 2001, Orange has been dumped on the winning coach five times (the most of any color), with Blue clocking in at fourth place with three showers – Clear / Water and None both finished tied for second at four apiece. I combined Purple with Red / Pink to improve that selection’s odds, though it’s hard to compete with Orange or Blue this year given the prominent histories of those colors combined with the fact they are the main colors of the competing teams facing off in this Super Bowl. .
  • More on the history of the Gatorade shower.

22. Who will the MVP thank firstTEAMMATES or GOD / JESUS ​​or CITY or COACH or OWNER or FAMILY or FANS or OTHER

  • “Other” would include not thanking anyone at all, which I recall happening before, but I’m fuzzy as to which Super Bowl it was.

23. Which team covers the point spread – LAR -4 or CIN +4?


Here’s the downloadable Word doc. Good luck, everyone!

(Top photo: Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Coachella; The Athletic may receive an affiliate commission if you open an account with BetMGM through links contained in the above article.)

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