Fun with Super Bowl Prop Bets

American Idol's Jordin Sparks will be singing the National Anthem at Super Bowll XLII in her native Glendale, Arizona on February 3rd, and of course, Bodog allows you to bet the over/under on the length of her Star Spangled Banner.

The over/under is set at 1 minute and 42 seconds, and we're taking the under, although it was a close call.
Last year, when Billy Joel drunk drove his way to Miami to sing the Anthem at Super Bowl XLI, a simple youtube sampling of his previous anthems revealed that he usually took about 10 seconds less to sing it than Bodog had anticipated. When the big game came, he took the mike and sure enough, was under by far. Easy money.

This year was a little more difficult. Jordin Sparks has three youtube offerings of previous National Anthems. We calculated the time it took for her to sing from the first note to the last, and all were very close to the 1 minute 42 second mark. Here's the breakdown:


This is the shortest of the performances, clocking in at 1 minute and 39 seconds. She was Arizona Idol at the time, not yet American Idol, so maybe fame has added 3 seconds to her wind pipes.


Being very generous towards the over, Jordin clocked in at exactly 1 minute and 42 seconds. If we were to time it exactly using a high tech device (aka a stopwatch), we think it would be slightly less.


This was only a partial video, so we combined it with her more long-winded anthem at the NBA Finals and came up with a total of, you guessed it, 1 minute and 42 seconds. Again, we made sure to go from first note to last and maybe even a bit further, just to be sure.

In all, we have three videos averaging 1 minute and 41 seconds, with none going over 1 minute and 42 seconds. This is enough for us to put a decent sized wager on Jordin Sparks going under at the Super Bowl.