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Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'I didn't alter the balls in any way'
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Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'I didn't alter the balls in any way'
Friday January 23rd, 2015

Among the hundreds of props available to bet at the sportsbooks for the 2015 Super Bowl, some of the most popular have nothing to do with the actual game action on the field between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Instead, Super Bowl bettors love to wager on specific events that happen before the big game kicks off such as the coin toss and the national anthem. They also enjoy betting on the winning team’s celebration that traditionally starts with a Gatorade shower for the head coach.

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The first major pregame event that takes place before the 2015 Super Bowl is the singing of the national anthem, which this year will be performed by Broadway star Idina Menzel. Bettors can wager on whether Menzel’s rendition is shorter or longer than two minutes, one second, with the end determined by when she says the word “brave” for the first time. In addition, bettors can wager on whether or not she will forget or omit at least one word. One handicapping tip bettors can use to help them is to find previous national anthems Menzel has sung online and time them accordingly.

The coin toss follows the national anthem and has various betting options as well. Not only can you wager on whether the coin will land heads or tails, but you can also bet on whether the Patriots or Seahawks will win the coin toss. Furthermore, bettors can put their money on whether they think the team winning the coin toss will win the game – or not – and whether the team picking heads or tails will end up being correct.

The Gatorade shower has become a celebratory ritual ever since New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells was doused with the energy drink when his team won the 1987 Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. Orange is the most popular color of the drink in the giant jug that has been poured on the winning coach over the years, including the 2014 Super Bowl, making it the 3-to-2 favorite. Yellow is the 5-2 second choice followed by Clear (3-1), Blue (15-2), Red (15-2) and Green (10-1).

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