2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) Prop Bet: The Cowboys Stadium Scoreboard

Leading up to the 2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, we'll be taking a look at Super Bowl proposition betting, or more specifically, the fun or funny Super Bowl 45 (XLV) prop bets that you hear so much about. That includes props on the Super Bowl coin toss, Super Bowl halftime show, Super Bowl National Anthem, Super Bowl postgame Gatorade Shower dump and much more. Follow along on the Super Bowl sidebar to the right!

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We post this next prop as more of a public service announcement than anything else. You'll find plenty of funny and wacky props to bet on during 2011 Super Bowl XLV (45), but stray from prop bets like this one: the scoreboard prop.

These props, and there are plenty of them, will give you an outlandish scenario and an enticing line, such as this one:

Will a punt hit the scoreboard during the game?
Yes +1000

The odds are so against the occurrence, that "No" is not even offered as an option. Your choice is Yes or not to play. And you shouldn't play.

This particular prop could see a lot of public action, as the Cowboys Stadium scoreboard received plenty of publicity. Look at that thing, for crying out loud. It's HUGE!

Of course, back in the preseason, Titans punter A.J. Trapasso made headlines when he knocked a kick into Jerry Jones' brand new toy in his brand new billion dollar stadium. Trapasso, a camp body in every sense of the word, had stated his intent to do so in the exhibition game against the Cowboys, as he had done several times in warm-ups.

Sure enough, his attempt worked, resulting in, as Joe Buck rightly points out, a backyard-style do-over. That's all well and good in a preseason game, but could you imagine that happening in the Super Bowl?

The above punt resulted in a saga between the NFL and Jerry Jones, in which Jones refused to raise the scoreboard, as it met the league's requirements on scoreboard height. Months later, we have ourselves a prop bet.

We mean this as no disrespect to Packers punter Tim Masthay or Steelers punter Jeremy Kapinos, but this is definitely a bet that you shouldn't make. And we don't say that about many Super Bowl proposition wagers. Masthay or Kapinos would have to purposefully strike a ball into the oversized TV above the field, and while someone might do that in a preseason game when his tenure with the team is coming to an end anyway, there is now way Masthay or Kapinos would pull something like that in the biggest game of the year just to prove a point.

Don't bet on this prop, and don't bet on several others that don't even give you "No" as an option. What you can bet on is us continuing our coverage of 2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) prop bets throughout the next week leading up to the Big Game. And you can also bet on the several props we've already analyzed, simply by clicking the appropriate link on the right sidebar.