It’s hard to believe it, but Super Bowl LVIII is just four short days away. The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will kickoff this coming Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PST in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium. According to Fanduel, the 49ers (-130) are currently listed as slight favorites over the reigning-champion Chiefs (+110). but there are also several more colorful, non-traditional betting avenues to consider.
Will Travis Kelce Propose to Taylor Swift? (Yes +1060/ No -3000)
Alright, let’s get this over with. The more accurate question posed within this narrow catwalk of a Fanduel Canada prop bet is, “Will Travis Kelce Propose to Taylor Swift on the field after the game?”. This betting outcome is tied to an extremely specific set of parameters, and even without timing restrictions, the likelihood of this happening is slim.
First of all, Kelce and Swift may already be engaged. Secondly, if Kelce and Swift aren’t already engaged or if they just want to make a public declaration, it would likely only be in play to begin with for the publicists, etc. if the Chiefs won the Super Bowl (46.3% chance). Only then would the storybook ending be in place for a media frenzy. Swift, having just won her record-breaking 4th Grammy for Album of the Year, Kelce high on the emotions of winning his third Super Bowl…The Internet would break into sparking fragments if Kelce proposed to Swift on Las Vegas soil in front of the whole world.
Taylor Swift’s planned appearance in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl is big news. Airlines are giving flights Swift and Travis Kelce-themed numbers. Fans are expecting a marriage proposal. Conspiracy theorists are going bonkers, writes @bethteitell. https://t.co/O8taTTsqe1— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) January 30, 2024
This type of thinking can easily lead one into a deep conspiracy-theory riddled rabbit-hole. How important are the “Swifties” to the NFL, when it comes to morphing the overall popularity of the league? What’s to stop Kelce and Swift (and the people closest to them, who are truly in the know) in a situation like this, from betting on themselves, while being in full control of the outcome of the betting result? Deep thoughts, by Frank Gillespie. Perhaps Kelce and Swift will walk out of Vegas married, not a cliche in the least. Then again, the power couple might walk out of Allegiant Stadium hand in hand, with no new rings gained by Kelce or Swift, realizing that “Today Was a Fairytale”.
Usher’s Halftime Show: Over/Under 8.5 Songs (-125)
Musicians featured in the Super Bowl’s halftime show generally have about 15 minutes to perform their set. In 2023, Rihanna performed 12 songs while wearing a stunning red ensemble and she revealed her baby bump to the audience. The 2022 halftime show was performed by Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar, and the talented sextet hammered out 10 songs. Usher’s hit song “Yeah!” from his 2004 diamond-selling album Confessions is a logical song to launch the set (you can bet on this as well), but how many songs can the Dallas-born star squeeze in on Super Bowl Sunday? Will Usher’s performance include a collaboration with Taylor Swift?
. @Usher on @SC’s 5AM Phone Call & Super Bowl Halftime Show Being His Michael Jackson Moment:— Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) January 31, 2024
"The Super Bowl Halftime Show is in the back of every artist's mind. As many times as we've seen performers have an entire career, a legacy career, to have THAT moment...it's a dream." pic.twitter.com/iCwf9o35CZ
Anytime TDs: Christian McCaffrey (-230), Isaiah Pacheco (-130)
49ers RB Christian McCaffrey has had an amazing campaign, regular and postseason, and he is an “anytime TD” monster. You have to pay to cash in on McCaffrey’s ability to sniff out the end zone consistently, but it is absolutely a reasonable bet. The Chiefs’ run defense is middle-of-the-road, and McCaffrey is playing like a man possessed.
Kansas City’s bruiser-back Isaiah Pacheco is another guy who is a solid bet to grind and smash his way to paydirt. San Francisco is strong against the run, but Pacheco is difficult to stop, and this game should be very close from start to finish (maybe OT?). Pacheco is a beast, and should be expected to shine on the biggest of NFL stages.
A notable Big Game parlay:— BetRivers Sportsbook (@BetRivers) February 6, 2024
One bettor has $1,200 on Isiah Pacheco, Travis Kelce and Christian McCaffrey each to score at least two TDs (+15000)
That would be a $180,000 pay day 💰💰💰 pic.twitter.com/CGx4JHwTmJ
Super Bowl MVP: Brock Purdy (+200)/ Patrick Mahomes (+140)
Out of the 57 Super Bowl MVP trophies that have been awarded, 32 of them were given to quarterbacks. Therefore, roughly 56% of the time, a QB wins Super Bowl MVP. McCaffrey is certainly in this conversation, but it is very likely to come down to the gunslingers: Brock Purdy vs Patrick Mahomes. One might think that the advantage automatically goes to Mahomes, who has already won two Super Bowl MVP awards. However, this would not be the first time that Purdy, AKA “Mr. Irrelevant”, has been counted out. Purdy is a somewhat sneaky pick to snag Super Bowl MVP honors, and should be given serious consideration when placing prop bets for Sunday’s festivities.