Lady Gaga, Gatorade shower among top Super Bowl 50 prop bets

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Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga will take center stage at Super Bowl 50, where she’s listed with an OVER/UNDER of two minutes, 20 seconds to sing the national anthem on the props board for the game at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The last time that Lady Gaga performed the national anthem on stage, the New York diva completed her rendition in approximately two minutes, 15 seconds.

The average length of national anthem performances at the last 10 Super Bowls is just one minute, 57 seconds, with Broadway star Idina Menzel belting it out in two minutes, four seconds last year.

The shortest performance in the past decade came from piano man Billy Joel, who wasted no time in a one minute, 30 second rendition at Super Bowl XLI, while Alicia Keys skewed the average with a lengthy two minute, 35 second performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

The coin toss takes on epic importance in Sunday’s Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium. Of the hundreds of Super Bowl props bets now available at the sportsbooks, none is more popular than wagering on the coin toss, with Heads and Tails both sporting -105 odds.

The 50/50 nature of the coin toss has shone through over the first 49 Super Bowl contests, with Tails turning up on 25 occasions, and Heads getting the nod 24 times.

The Panthers won on Tails in their only previous Super Bowl appearance 12 years ago. The Broncos have won the toss in two of their previous seven Super Sunday appearances, but lost the toss on Tails in victories at Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.

While the Star-Spangled Banner and coin toss kick off Super Bowl betting action, it wraps up with a variety of available wagers at the conclusion of the game, most notably the color of the Gatorade Shower given to the winning coach.

Bronco Orange leads the way on the Gatorade Shower props with +130 odds, while Blue, which made its debut last year at Super Bowl XLIX, closely trails at +225, followed by Clear, which is joined by Yellow at +600.

In other Super Bowl props action, former Broncos pivot John Elway is a +100 wager to be shown on TV during the broadcast OVER 2.5 times, while Archie Manning, father of Peyton Manning, owns +100 odds of appearing live on the broadcast OVER 1.5 times, and the odds of an earthquake occurring during the game sit at a long +1500.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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