Super Bowl 54 Prop Bets – National Anthem Edition

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Super Bowl 54 will feature singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato as this year’s performer for the National Anthem. Lovato is an award winning artist who has experience singing this revered song at major sporting events.

In 2011, Lovato sang the National Anthem at Major League Baseball’s World Series. Lovato would get the honors of performing again on MLB’s biggest stage when she sang the National Anthem prior to Game 4 of the 2015 World Series.

The last time we saw Lovato performing our country’s anthem was in 2017 when Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas. Her two minute performance was well received and amped up an already hyped crowd.

Super Bowl betting sites have released several prop bets on Lovato’s National Anthem performance at SB 54. In addition to the duration of her rendition and what she will be wearing, these NFL betting sites have also released odds on different aspects of the National Anthem like protests, fireworks and more.

Let’s take a look at these Super Bowl prop bets and see if we can sing a winning tune.

Super Bowl 54 National Anthem Prop Bet

Surprisingly, the duration of the National Anthem has become a popular off-field prop bet for Super Bowl bettors. It’s a simple wager that asks whether or not the rendition will go over or under two minutes:

  • Over 1 minute and 59 seconds (-135)
  • Under 1 minute and 59 seconds (-105)

On the surface, there appears to be value with the Under betting option as you get close to even money with this wager. The Over requires a wager of $135 dollars just to win back $100 dollars.

However, before we can choose which option to wager on, we should take a look at previous Super Bowl National Anthem performances to get a better idea of how long Lovato’s rendition could last.

Previous Super Bowl National Anthem Performances

Last year’s Super Bowl National Anthem performance was sung by legendary singer Gladys Knight who many bettors, including myself, thought would crush the Over/Under mark of 1:45. Knight didn’t disappoint as she finished the anthem in one minute and 57 seconds.

As you can see from the table below, Knight joined the under two minute club, but still hit the Over for the National Anthem prop bet:

Super Bowl # Performer Time (in minutes)
Super Bowl 44 Carrie Underwood 1:47
Super Bowl 45 Christina Aguilera 1:54
Super Bowl 46 Kelly Clarkson 1:34
Super Bowl 47 Alicia Keys 2:35
Super Bowl 48 Renee Fleming 1:54
Super Bowl 49 Idina Menzel 2:04
Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga 2:09
Super Bowl 51 Luke Bryan 2:04
Super Bowl 52 Pink 1:53
Super Bowl 53 Gladys Knight 1:57

Kelly Clarkson has one of the shortest renditions in Super Bowl history as she sped through the song in one minute and 34 seconds. It was almost as if Clarkson had somewhere else to be.

Alicia Keys has one of the longest anthem performances of all-time and not just at a sporting event. Keys’ rendition lasted two minutes and 35 seconds.

The greatest Super Bowl anthem performance, and probably the best in all of recorded history, was Whitney Houston’s rendition at Super Bowl LI in 1991.

To this day, many fans and critics alike believe that it’s the best rendition of the National Anthem ever performed at a major sporting event. Not only did Houston hit every note perfectly, she also united a nation during a difficult time as the United States was involved in the Gulf War.

For two minutes and 15 seconds, America stood as one while Houston was making her mark on history. In fact, Whitney’s performance was so loved that it was re-released in 2001 after the terrorist attacks on September 11th.

As for the data above, nine of the last 10 Super Bowl National Anthem performances have gone Over. But, will this year’s rendition by Demi Lovato continue that trend?

Lovato’s Previous National Anthem Performances

In Lovato’s previous National Anthem renditions, she came in under two minutes for both World Series performances. However, at the McGregor vs Mayweather fight, Lovato went two minutes and 12 seconds.

Some sources list it at two minutes and 13 seconds. Either way, she carried out a few key notes at the end of the anthem which lengthened her rendition.

Demi Lovato Singing of the National Anthem Prop Bets

Now time to get down to the actual singing of the national anthem by Demi Lovato. Many different prop bets are surrounding the national anthem, but these ones focus specifically on the performance of the song.

How Long Will the National Anthem Last at SB 54?

Lovato announced that not only will she be singing at the Super Bowl, but that she will also be performing at the Grammy’s a week prior. These will be Lovato’s first live performances since her hospitalization for a drug overdose in the summer of 2018.

With that in mind, Lovato has focused on healing her mind, body and soul. She took a trip to Jerusalem last October and felt renewed. Lovato commented on how great this trip was for her as she declared how important was for her well-being, heart and soul.

I think with a renewed health, Lovato is going to rock her Grammy performance and nail the Super Bowl National Anthem. I believe she will also go over two minutes in her SB 54 rendition of the National Anthem. For this prop bet, take the Over.

How Long Will the National Anthem Last at SB 54?

Over 1:59 (-135)

Will Lovato Omit a Word?

  • Yes (+1000)
  • No (-2500)

On this big of a stage, I don’t see Lovato intentionally or accidentally omitting a word. I believe she will hit every note, sing every word, and deliver a solid performance at Super Bowl 54. It’s part of the reason why I believe Lovato will go over the two minute mark. For this prop bet, take the “no” option.

Will Lovato Omit a Word?

No, Lovato won’t omit a word (-2500)

How Long Will the Word “Brave” Last?

  • Over 5.5 seconds (-150)
  • Under 5.5 seconds (+110)

Now we are getting down to the “nitty gritty” as we examine whether or not Lovato will carry out the final word of the National Anthem for more than five seconds. Traditionally, this is where singers really punctuate their performance with a powerful closing.

In Whitney Houston’s example above, she closed the anthem by emotionally carrying out the word “Brave” and brought everyone in attendance to a roaring ovation. I believe Lovato is going to hit six seconds or longer with the word “Brave” and close out her rendition on a powerful note.

Take the Over for this bet. With that said, the Under is worthy of a flier with its positive odds and the possibility that Lovato finishes quicker as 5.5 seconds can be considered a long amount of time for one note.

How Long Will the Word “Brave” Last?

Over 5.5 seconds (-150)

What Will Lovato Look Like at Her Super Bowl Performance?

Not only can NFL bettors place wagers on the duration of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 54, but they can also wager on what Demi Lovato will look like. The following prop bets are courtesy of BetOnline:

Will Lovato Wear a Skirt, Dress or Shorts?

  • Yes (-250)
  • No (+170)

On a stage like the Super Bowl, where hundreds of millions of people from around the world will be watching, a singer’s attire for the National Anthem is going to be in the spotlight. Although it might not be water cooler talk at the office, it’s definitely buzz worthy in the celebrity and gossip circles.

I would imagine that Lovato wants to wear something elegant and stunning. Thankfully, I’m not her stylist because I would have no idea what she should wear.

With that said, I do expect some sort of dress since this is a global platform. I don’t see her wearing a skirt or shorts as neither really reflect the magnitude of this performance. This isn’t the Daytona 500 we’re talking about. This is one of the largest televised events in the world.

Will Lovato Wear a Skirt, Dress or Shorts?

Yes, she will wear a dress, skirt or shorts (-250)

What Color Will Lovato’s Hair Be?

  • Black (-275)
  • Other (+275)
  • Blonde (+300)

I understand that she’s had blonde hair before, but this is silly. Lovato will maintain her black hair for this performance as she has done in previous appearances while singing the National Anthem.

If you are still on the fence over what color her hair will be then watch her performance at the Grammy’s as it should give you a better idea of which option to take for this prop bet.

What Color Will Lovato’s Hair Be?

Black (-275)

Will Lovato Wear Nail Polish?

  • Yes (-2000)
  • No (+900)

If Lovato is going to wear a dress, have her hair done, and wear makeup then she will definitely have nail polish to match her overall look.

Will Lovato Wear Nail Polish?

Yes (-2000)

Will There Be Any National Anthem Protests?

The last few years have seen numerous NFL players protest during the National Anthem by taking a knee or raising a fist. BetOnline has listed odds for either of these protests occurring at the Super Bowl.

Will Any Player Raise a Fist During the National Anthem?

  • Yes (+500)
  • No (-1000)

These aren’t Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers anymore and I haven’t seen any players on either team protesting during the National Anthem this year. They certainly haven’t been raising fists before, during or after the National Anthem unless it was to celebrate a great play on the field.

For this prop bet, it’s a slam dunk that it will be “no.” The only raised fists will be fist bumps as these two teams score a ton of points and combine to go Over 52.5 total points.

Will Any Player Raise a Fist During the National Anthem?

No (-1000)

Will Any Player Take a Knee During the National Anthem?

  • Yes (+1000)
  • No (-2500)

These odds are even higher than the raising fist prop bet above. And, that’s largely due to the controversy over players taking a knee during the National Anthem the last couple of seasons.

Although it was done for the right reasons, kneeling during the National Anthem was met with a great deal of outrage from the majority of fans.

With that said, the number of players kneeling during the National Anthem has dwindled down to virtually nobody these days. Like with the first prop bet, I don’t see any players from either team kneeling during the National Anthem at Super Bowl 54.

Will Any Player Take a Knee During the National Anthem?

No (-2500)

Patriotic National Anthem Prop Bets for SB 54

Now that we’ve covered Lovato and possible protests, it’s time to turn our attention toward the following prop bets:

Fireworks Heard Right After “Bombs bursting in air” Lyrics:

  • Yes (+150)
  • No (-200)

I think it would be great if they shot off fireworks after these lyrics. It would add to the overall experience for the fans in attendance. It would also provide a dramatic effect to those watching around the world.

Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening. Typically, they save the fireworks until after the anthem is finished as it’s the perfect way to close out a few minutes of patriotism and unity.

For this prop bet, the smart play is on the “No” option. The “yes” option isn’t worthy of a flier.

Fireworks Heard Right After “Bombs bursting in air

No (-200)

Will FOX Show Military Personnel During National Anthem?

  • Yes (-5000)
  • No (+2000)

If they don’t then it would be incredibly un-American. I can’t recall a time since childhood when a TV broadcast hasn’t shown members of the Military during the National Anthem. Even when in attendance at a live sporting event they typically flash Military personnel on the big screen.

In fact, Military personnel are almost always accompanying the individual who is signing the National Anthem regardless of how big of a stage it is.

At the Super Bowl, they will have hundreds of Military members in attendance and on the field for the National Anthem. I’m actually surprised that online betting sites even have a “No” option for this wager.

Not showing Military personnel would be as absurd as not showing the American flag during the National Anthem. This is an easy “Yes,” which is why there’s no value with this prop bet.

Will FOX Show Military Personnel During National Anthem?

Yes (-5000)

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