Will Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Rob Gronkowski or heavy underdog Luke Willson claim MVP honors? Who will post more receiving yards on Super Sunday -- Jermaine Kearse ... or Jermaine Kearse from SB 48? Which Gatorade flavor will be used for the head coach's celebratory postgame shower? Will pop star Katy Perry ask for Trevor Knight to call her (again) during the halftime extravaganza? FOX Sports South takes a whimsical look at some of the most intriguing NFL prop bets for Super Bowl XLIX. (Photos: Brace Hemmelgarn/Christopher Hanewinckel/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Marshawn Lynch -- Media Day Marvel
PROP BET: Will Lynch be fined by the NFL for any Media Day shenanigans? ... SKINNY: 1) Lynch caused a big stir at last year's Super Bowl Media Day, refusing to say anything to the working press ... outside of a few audible grunts here and there. 2) To combat recurring fines this season, Lynch has adopted the humorous practice of answering Thank You or Yeah to each question -- regardless of whether the response conformed to a particular question. 3) There's also another sideshow prop bet for the week: Will Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a TD? For 'Yes,' Lynch is a 5/1 pick. For 'No,' the enigmatic bulldozer stands as a 1/8 choice.
Idina Menzel -- National Anthem
PROP BET: Over/under -- Idina Menzel finishing the national anthem in 2 minutes, 1 second ... SKINNY: 1) According to NESN.com, the average time for Super Bowl singers and the "Star Spangled Banner" comes out at 1 minute, 56 seconds, meaning Menzel -- who voiced the Oscar-winning song, "Let It Go" from the movie, Frozen -- has a four-second cushion to get under the wire. 2) Alicia Keys holds the unofficial Super Bowl record for length (2:35), with Billy Joel owning the mark for shortest anthem (1:30). 3) For this bet, the over stands at minus-130 ... with the under at minus-110. 4) If Menzel's people wanted to make some easy money, they could massage the 2:01 prop bet. Sure, it's unethical ... but hey, that's why it falls under the'easy money' category. (Assorted Images)
Bill Belichick -- Hoodie Watch
PROP BET: What color hoodie will Belichick don on Super Sunday? ... SKINNY: 1) We don't have any official stats to back up this particular bet. However, with the Patriots wearing the 'road' whites against the Seahawks, the smart money lies with Belichick -- a three-time Lombardi Trophy-winning coach -- going gray indoors. 2) For what it's worth, Belichick has worn the blue hoodie for three straight games (Colts, Ravens, Bills); and before that, it was back-to-back outings of the gray hoodie. 3) CURVEBALL ALERT: Given the room-temperature conditions of the University of Phoenix Stadium (indoors), it's eminently possible Belichick chooses against the gameday hoodie ... and opts for the golfers-choice fleece. (Photos: Evan Habeeb/David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Richard Sherman -- Target Acquired
PROP BET: Over/under -- the number of times Sherman's receiver gets targeted in man-to-man situations (6.5) ... SKINNY: 1) On the surface, this number seems kind of high, since Sherman -- a three-time All-Pro -- resides on the short list of the NFL's best shutdown cornerbacks. 2) However, an elbow injury from the NFC championship may motivate QB Tom Brady and the Patriots coaches to attack Sherman early on, as a means of testing the severity of his injury. 3) The Sherman-led Seahawks defense has allowed a paltry average of 9.8 points in their last eight games -- all victories.
Marshawn Lynch -- Ye Of Little Faith
PROP BET: Over/under -- Lynch rushing for 92 1/2 yards against New England ... SKINNY: 1) Of his last 11 games, Lynch (1,673 total yards, 17 TDs for 2014) has eclipsed 93 total yards nine times. On the flip side, he only reached that rushing threshold five times in the same span. 2) Dating back to Week 7 (including the postseason), the Patriots defense has surrendered averages of 102 team rushing yards. 3) Lynch (four straight campaigns of 1,400 total yards/12-plus TDs) has collected 20-plus touches 11 times this year, including the playoffs. 4) On the down side, of his five career outings against New England, Lynch has tallied 100 total yards and/or one TD just once.
Doug Baldwin -- Handle With Care
PROP BET: Over/under -- the number of Baldwin catches on Super Sunday (4) ... SKINNY: 1) Through 18 games this season, including the playoffs, Baldwin (career-best 66 catches, 98 targets, 825 yards) tallied five or more receptions seven times. On the flip side, he caught three or fewer balls eight times. 2) Of his last four postseason outings, Baldwin holds rock-solid averages of five catches, 79 yards and 0.5 TDs -- highlighted by a six-catch, 106-yard effort against the Packers. 3) This bet may hinge on the Patriots' strategy for handling Baldwin, in terms of Darrelle Revis's plan of attack for covering Baldwin or Jermaine Kearse.
Julian Edelman -- End-Zone Awareness
PROP BET: The frequency of Edelman touchdowns against the 'Hawks ... SKINNY: 1) The Vegas bookmakers have established Edelman as an 11/1 pick to score at least one TD on Super Sunday. 2) Edelman (92 catches, 972 yards, four TDs for 2014) has collected double-digit targets in his last six outings. 3) For the season, all four Edelman scores occurred in outdoors games. 4) In their last eight games (all victories), the Seahawks have yielded only four touchdowns to wide receivers -- Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin and two to Kelvin Benjamin. 5) GUT CALL: It makes sense to bet against Edelman hitting paydirt against Seattle.
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Jermaine Kearse -- Dare To Compare
PROP BET: Over/under -- will Jermaine Kearse eclipse his receiving-yardage tally from last year's Super Bowl (65)? ... SKINNY: 1) For the 2014 season, spanning 17 outings (including the playoffs), Baldwin netted 66 or more yards just three times. 2) On the positive side, Kearse has scored a touchdown in each of his last four postseason games. 3) For what it's worth, Baldwin only reached the 65-yard threshold once in 2013 -- in advance of his four-catch, 65-yard, one-TD effort in the Super Bowl (43-8 rout of the Broncos). 4) Kearse collected six-plus targets six times during the regular season. (Photos: Steven Bisig/Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
Pete Carroll -- Dredging Up The Past
PROP BET: Yes or no -- will NBC announcer Al Michaels mention how Carroll was once the Patriots' head coach? ... SKINNY: 1) From 1997-99, Carroll led the Patriots to one playoff victory, two playoff berths and zero losing campaigns (27-21 overall record). 2) Carroll was fired after an 8-8 season in 1999 ... paving the way for Bill Belichick's wildly successful tenure as head coach (15 seasons, three Lomardi trophies, six AFC championships). 3) GUT CALL: This seems like a slam dunk for Michaels to mention Carroll's previous association with New England. In fact, this should be a prominent storyline by the end of the first quarter. (Photos: Assorted Images/Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)
Katy Perry -- Hair, There & Everywhere
PROP BET #1: Which song will Katy Perry perform first during the halftime extravaganza? 1) Firework (3/2) ... 2) Roar (3/2) ... 3) This Is How We Do (5/1) ... 4) Dark Horse (12/1) ... 5) E.T. (12/1) ... 6) Wide Awake (12/1) ... 7) Last Friday Night (14/1) ... 8) Waking Up In Vegas (20/1) ... PROP BET #2: Perry's primary hair color during the show: 1) Brunette (1/2) ... 2) Purple/Blue (5/1) ... 3) Redhead (10/1) ... 4) Blonde (12/1) ... Photos: Christopher Hanewinckel/Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
PROP BET: The first touchdown of the day (catching/receiving/kick returning) ... PLAYER ODDS: 1) Marshawn Lynch (left) -- 11/2 ... 2) Rob Gronkowski (right) -- 13/2 ... 3) LeGarrette Blount -- 9/1 ... 4) Julian Edelman -- 10/1 ... 5) Brandon LaFell -- 12/1 ... 6) Russell Wilson -- 12/1 ... 7) Doug Baldwin -- 12/1 ... 8) Jermaine Kearse -- 14/1 ... 9) Shane Vereen -- 16/1 ... 10) Luke Willson -- 16/1 ... 11) Danny Amendola -- 20/1 ... 12) Timothy Wright -- 20/1 ... 13) Ricardo Lockette -- 20/1 ... 14) Robert Turbin -- 25/1 ... 15) Jonas Gray -- 30/1 ... 16) Tom Brady -- 35/1 ... (Photos: Mark J. Rebilas/Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Hero Worship -- Picking The Super Bowl MVP
PROP BET: Picking the Super Bowl MVP ... FAVORITES: QBs -- Tom Brady (8/5), Russell Wilson (7/2) ... RBs -- Marshawn Lynch (4/1), LeGarrette Blount (12/1), Shane Vereen (66/1) ... WRs -- Julian Edelman (25/1), Doug Baldwin (33/1), Jermaine Kearse (50/1), Brandon LaFell (66/1) ... TEs -- Rob Gronkowski (9/1), Luke Willson (100/1) ... DEFENSE -- Richard Sherman (33/1), Kam Chancellor (33/1), Darrelle Revis (33/1), Earl Thomas (40/1), Bobby Wagner (50/1), Jamie Collins (50/1) ... SKINNY: 1) Only one player from the losing team has won MVP honors (Chuck Howley -- Super Bowl V) ... 2) In Super Bowl history, 26 QBs have claimed the MVP award. 3) In that span, nine defenders have captured MVP -- including co-winners Randy White and Harvey Martin (SB XII). (Photos: Greg M. Cooper/Geoff Burke/Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
The Winning Coach -- Gatorade Bath
PROP BET: Guessing the color of Gatorade for the on-field, celebratory shower involving the head coach ... FAVORITES: 1) Orange (3/2) ... 2) Yellow (5/2) ... 3) Clear or water (3/1) ... 4) Red (15/2) ... 5) Blue (15/2) ... 6) Green (101/) ... IT'S WORTH NOTING: Last year, the Seahawks doused head coach Pete Carroll (far right) with orange Gatorade. It'll be interesting to see if the Seattle players and coaches are superstitious about trivial things. (Assorted Images)
Super Bowl MVP -- The First Shout-Out
PROP BET: Who does the Super Bowl MVP acknowledge first after accepting the trophy -- the fans (left), his teammates (right) or God (center)? ... FAVORITES: 1) Teammates (3/2) ... 2) God (5/1) ... 3) Fans/city (15/2) ... 4) Coach (12/1) ... 5) Family (12/1) ... 6) Owner (12/1) ... 7) None of the above (2/1). (Assorted Images)