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NFL Prop Shop: Off-the-wall Super Bowl props picks

Sean Murphy
With plenty of downtime before the big game kicks off on February 3, let's have a little fun with four off-the-wall, non-game related props currently being offered.

National anthem - Will Alicia Keys mess up the words?

Yes +200
No -300

Pick: No (-300)

Seriously? After Christina Aguilera fumbled the anthem a couple of years ago in Dallas, there's no chance we'll see a true professional like Alicia Keys botch the anthem in New Orleans. I'm surprised this prop isn't being priced north of -500 to be honest. The price is still steep, but this should be a gimme.

Halftime show - Will Jay-Z make a cameo appearance?

Yes +110
No -150

Pick: Yes (+110)

I don't think there's anyone out there that doesn't see this one coming. With his wife taking the stage, you can bet that Jay-Z will have a hand in the halftime show. Rumors have pushed the price down, allowing us to step in and earn a plus-money return on what I consider a high-percentage play.

Halftime show - What song will Beyonce open with?

Single Ladies +225
Jumpin' Jumpin'+1,000
Crazy In Love +180
Irreplaceable +1,000
If I Were A Boy +600
Halo +600
Best Thing I Never Had +1,000
Diva +500
Any Other Song +150

Pick: Crazy In Love (+180)

The choice is simple here. Beyonce goes with her most well-known and well-received song to open the set. Reports from US Weekly say an event insider has leaked the set list, with Beyonce opening her solo set with "Crazy In Love" before reuniting with her Destiny's Child bandmates. We might even be able to kill two birds with one stone, as this would be an ideal spot for a Jay-Z sighting.

Barack's team - Which team will President Barack Obama select to win?

Baltimore +300
San Francisco +375
No Selection -575

Pick: Baltimore (+300)

Keep in mind, there are three selections being offered, with fence-sitter being the third option. I'll take a shot with Barack backing his neighbors from Baltimore. The Ravens have paid their dues over the years and they just seem like the type of hard-working team that the president would support. Of course, fence-sitter is being priced at -575 for a reason, so tread lightly.

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