Super Bowl XLIII's Top Five Craziest Things To Bet On

Eddie RossellCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2009

Gambling and sports have gone hand-in-hand for a long time.

Tons of people lose thousands of dollars every week betting on sporting events, and the Super Bowl is no different. However, there are many things to bet on during the Super Bowl other than the game itself.

I have compiled a list of the top five crazy and unconventional things to bet on involving the Super Bowl.

All of these are real by the way.

5. What will be the first penalty of the game?

The choices are obvious—any penalty.

Not totally crazy but still a little weird. There are too many possibilities for someone to confidently bet on this. There will probably be a few choices that nobody picks like tripping, or too many men on the field.

And I would say a false start or holding would be the most chosen choices.

My bet: Holding

4. Which number will be greater?

A. Punts by Steelers and Cardinals

B. Goals by Canadian NHL Teams (Senators, Canadians, Oilers)

Really? This is something to bet on?

You can seriously bet on whether Canadian NHL teams will score more goals than the times the Steelers and Cardinals punt in the Super Bowl. Two totally unrelated sports.

I really want to know which is the favorite. Are the Super Bowl punts five point favorites or something? Who would waste time betting on this?

My bet: B

3. Who will have more points?

A. Steelers (1.5)

B. LeBron James (-1.5) vs Pistons

Hmmm. This is an interesting one, and much like No. 5, two totally unrelated sports.

My bet: A—hopefully

2. What set list will Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play at halftime?

A. 1-Glory Days; 2-My Lucky; 3-Badlands; 4-Born To Run

B. 1-Born to Run; 2-Rosalita; 3-Working on a Dream; 4-The Rising

C. 1-The Rising; 2-Darkness of the Edge of Town; 3-Working on a Dream; 4-hungry Heart

D. 1-Born in the USA; 2-Thunder Road; 3-Rosalita; 4-My Lucky Day

E. 1-Born to Run; 2-Dancing in the Dark; 3-Radio Nowhere; 4-The Rising

F. 1-Rosalita; 2-The Wrestler; 3-Glory Days; 4-Born to Run

G. 1-Glory Days; 2-Born to Run; 3-The Rising; 4-Working on a Dream

H. Another combination

I guess this one is for bigger Springsteen fans than football fans. Either way, who really thinks they know exactly what Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play at halftime? There are so many possible combinations that nobody can be confident betting on this.

My bet: H

1. What combination involving American Idol and the Super Bowl will win this year?

A. Female and Steelers

B. Male and Steelers

C. Female and Cardinals

D. Male and Cardinals

This one in my opinion is the craziest of all. It clearly shows how much American Idol matters to people in the United States. This is another one that I don't know who might take this bet.

First of all, if you get the team wrong, then you automatically lose. However, if you get the team right, then you have to wait until like May or June to get your money.

If you get the winner's gender right, too.

My bet: A or B—once again hopefully.

Let me know which one you think is the craziest, and which ones you would bet on.


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