Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bets

by Taylor Smith
on January 25, 2018

Ah, the Super Bowl is finally upon us. After several months of meaningless buildup, we are once again facing the inevitable New England Patriots Super Bowl celebration. Sure, the Philadelphia Eagles might have something to say about that, but we know how the game is going to go. Once again, we are reminded that good things are fleeting in this cruel world. The Patriots are about to win again.

Fortunately, the Super Bowl these days is about much more than the game itself. You have the commercials, you have the pregame festivities, and, yes, the halftime show. This year, Justin Timberlake will regale us with hits like “Filthy,” “Cry Me a River” and “Take Back the Night.” It’s going to be fabulous, let me tell you.

While serious sports bettors will try for the next week to gain an edge on the game itself, us casual wagerers can focus on less meaningful things like prop bets. Prop bets and the Super Bowl go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s all part of the fun. Various sites already have props posted regarding Timberlake’s halftime show, so let’s dive into them, shall we?

How Many Times Will Janet Jackson Be Mentioned During the Broadcast?

  • Over 1.5 (EVEN)
  • Under 1.5 (-140)

In case you may have forgotten, this won’t be Justin Timberlake’s first Super Bowl halftime performance. He joined headliner Janet Jackson back in 2004 during Super Bowl 38, which, of course, was also won by the Patriots. That turned out to be one of the more notable halftime shows ever, as Timberlake made headlines for “accidentally” removed part of Jackson’s shirt, briefly revealing her breast. This was later referred to as a “wardrobe malfunction”. Mm-hmm.

Jackson was also wearing a nipple shield, which led many to speculate as to whether the stunt was planned for shock value. It sure seems as though it was. This led to a serious crackdown by the FCC on “indecency in broadcasting.” CBS, who broadcast the game, was fined a record $550,000 for showing it.

Jackson suffered serious backlash for the incident, as a variety of broadcasters (MTV, CBS, etc.) imposed a blacklist on playing her songs and music videos on television and radio stations around the world. She was scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards the week following the Super Bowl but had her invitation rescinded. The backlash didn’t last forever, though, as her first album following the incident, Damita Jo, went platinum and drew rave reviews.

Mentioning the incident during the upcoming game may have been awkward for CBS, but, fortunately, NBC is broadcasting Super Bowl 52. Will Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth or someone else mention Janet Jackson at some point? Plenty of the heat has cooled in the 14 years since that went down, but it’s still hard to imagine either of the game’s primary broadcasters broaching the awkward subject. People like Michaels and Collinsworth would prefer to stay as far away from any sort of controversy as possible.

We’re going to side with “no” here at -140.

Will “Nipplegate” Be Said During the Broadcast?

  • Yes +500
  • No -900

Uh, no. See above.

Will Justin Timberlake Be Wearing a Hat When He Begins the Halftime Show?

  • Yes +350
  • No -600

When he performed during the aforementioned show back in 2004, Timberlake wasn’t wearing a hat. Of course, plenty has changed with him since then. Back then, he was just 23 and a pop sensation. Now, he’ll turn 37 before hitting the stage in Minneapolis. He’s also set to release a new record called “Man of the Woods,” which may have this album art.

He’s not wearing a hat, but he seems to have taken up a more rustic, country style of late. Horses, plenty of denim, a leather jacket, the whole bit. Would it be surprising to see him wearing a cowboy hat in this photo? Not in the least. We’ve seen JT in a cowboy hat before, remember? Yeesh. Feel free to never rock the Canadian tuxedo again, Justin.

We’ve seen Timberlake wearing a variety of other hats before, but most of the time he’s doing everyday things like golfing or walking around while doing so. There aren’t many examples (we can find, at least) of him donning a hat while performing. As a result, it seems as though he’ll probably be hat-free when he takes the stage during the Super Bowl.

There’s a slim chance he comes in with a hat, however. He’s been wearing this hat at some recent performances, and it does seem to jive with the whole “man of the woods” vibe he’s apparently going for. There’s bit profit potential here, so we’ll take a stab at “yes” at +350. It’s certainly not the safest bet on the board, but if you’re risk tolerant, you can do worse.

What Color Will Timberlake’s Shoes Be When He Begins His Halftime Performance?

  • White -125
  • Black +175
  • Brown/Beige +700
  • Blue +1000
  • Green +1000
  • Red +1600
  • Yellow +2000

Most evidence we have shows that Timberlake typically performs wearing black clothes. There are obviously exceptions, but one would imagine he’ll be rocking black again during this show. Most photos show him wearing either black or white shoes while he’s singing.

Some of those longshots could obviously happen, but this looks like it’s coming down to black or white. He appears to have worn brown shoes during his infamous ‘04 halftime appearance, but his whole outfit back then was terrible. He was wearing an ensemble that could be best described as “suburb Eminem”.

White seems to be favored here with good reason. The real value is on black shoes at +175, but we’re going to side with the favorite. It’s no fun but go for white at -125 here.

Who Will Make a Guest Appearance During the Halftime Show?

  • T.I. +200
  • Jay-Z +500
  • Beyonce +600
  • Jimmy Fallon +600
  • Timbaland +700
  • Nelly Furtado +800
  • Rihanna +1500
  • Drake +2000
  • Britney Spears +2200
  • Snoop Dogg +2500
  • Ciara +2500
  • Madonna +4000
  • NSYNC +10000
  • Janet Jackson +20000

This one is so painfully obvious. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have some numerous collaborations in the past, and it’s no secret that they’re friends. They’ve appeared on each other’s work a number of times in the past.

Could Timberlake bring out Janet Jackson in a show of good faith? Sure, that would be swell of him. But it is so obvious that this halftime show is going to feature Jimmy Fallon in some way or another. The game is on NBC, which is home to Fallon’s Tonight Show. Fallon, “coincidentally,” is going to be in Minneapolis to host his show after the game is over. Guess who’s going to be on Fallon’s show? Yep, Justin Timberlake.

NBC is putting an episode of This Is Us right behind the Super Bowl, so Fallon should have no trouble getting from U.S. Bank Stadium to the nearby Orpheum Theatre, where he’ll host the Tonight Show.

This is easy money. Fallon at +600 is so obviously going to make a cameo during the halftime show. Bet on that now and count your winnings later.

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