Super Bowl 54 – All the Gambling and Bet Props you need to need to know

Betting Props for Super Bowl 54 – San Francisco vs Kansas City @ Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

Last year, in the US alone, $145 million USD worth of bets were placed.

By: Quinn MacDonald

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched and anticipated sporting events of the year drawing in millions of viewers. That also means there is a lot of casual and degenerate sports gamblers throwing money down on the outcome. 

What makes the Super Bowl so great is that betting sites and bookies offer hundreds of betting options, that have nothing to do with the final result of the game. This article breaks down some of the Prop Bets for Super Bowl 54.

*All betting odds are according to, Bodog, Westgate and Oddshark*

* A $100 bet at (-110) returns $190.90 / $100 at (+100) returns $200*

National Anthem – Over/Under 2 minutes (-110)

What better way to start off your Sunday sports betting than with a bet on the opening act. Demi Lovato will be performing the National Anthem for the first time in her career. The over has hit in 6 of the last 11 Super Bowls. Last year, Gladys Knight just snuck past the line, completing her rendition in 2:01. Don’t be surprised if Lovato holds that final note a little longer than usual. 

Opening Coin Toss – Heads/Tails (-105)

After the anthem, comes the coin flip. It’s considered a little more fun since it doesn’t rely on stats, betting trends and data, but more on chance. The last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl (2012) the result was heads and for the Chiefs (1970) the result was tails. In the last 6 years, tails has hit 5 of those times. Either which way, it’s a 50-50 chance.

What will the first play of the game be? – Pass or Run (-105)

Now this prop bet really depends on which team you think will get the ball first. San Francisco dominated the post-season with their run game, thanks to Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 4 TD’s in the NFC Championship. Whereas Kansas City, has arguably one of the most talented quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes, who threw 26 TD’s on the season. 

Jersey number of the first touchdown scorer – Over/Under 26.5 (-110)

For this prop you get both the quarterbacks and Chiefs RBs LeSean McCoy (25) and Damien Williams (26). Also receivers Tyreek Hill (10), Demarcus Robinson (11), Sammy Watkins (14) and Mecole Hardman (17). There’s a chance the 49ers Tevin Coleman (26) might be cleared to play too.

Halftime Show – Over/Under 7.5 Songs (-110)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing this years Super Bowl halftime show. More viewers tune in for the show than the game itself and for the last 10 years there has been more than 100 million viewers in the United States watching. Regardless of how many songs the two will sing, it’ll be a grand performance. 

Donald Trump Tweets on February 2nd – Over (+130) / Under (-170)

Donald Trump is known for being active on Twitter and going on rants, so seeing a market on how many tweets he will send out on the day of the Super Bowl should come as no surprise. The biggest lock related to the President and his Oval Office is “Will the winning team visit the White House?” Yes (-400) and No (+250) 

What will happen to the price of Bitcoin (BTC) during the game? 

Bitcoin has been on the rise for the last decade as the leading virtual currency, but who would expect the Super Bowl to have any correlation with it. Surely someone in Vegas thinks so. The odds are; Will Bitcoin rise after the game (-130) or fall after the game ends (-105).

Commercial Props – Over (-125) / Under (-115) 92.5 during the game?

The Super Bowl is one of the greatest stages for advertising companies because there are so many people watching all at once. Companies go above and beyond to entice viewers to buy their product or service. The most interesting commercial prop would be – Will Nike release a commercial with Colin Kaepernick during the Superbowl? Yes (+900) and No (-3500)

Will a fan run onto the field during the game? 

This would be quite exciting to see but also a broadcasters nightmare. Streaking and fans making their way onto the field is usually unlikely with all the security at the venue. It is Florida after all and Vegas still has odds for that; Yes (+600) and No (-1200). 

Gatorade colour poured onto the winning coach? 

One of the most iconic moments in the Super Bowl is watching the players dump some ice cold gatorade on their coach as a form of celebration. Red is the current favourite at (+125) then lime/green/yellow (+275), clear/water (+550), orange (+575), purple (+600) and blue (+650).

Offense or Defense Wins Championships? Chiefs, 49ers, Super Bowl 54 Preview

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Last years MVP Patrick Mahomes Flexing after his Chiefs dispatch of the Titans

By: Austin Maki

  The National Football League will wrap up its 100th season in Miami Florida Sunday night with Super Bowl 54. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers for the first time in the history of the big game.  This will be the 11th time Miami has hosted the Super Bowl, the most for any city.

This is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Chiefs in 50 years. The last time Kansas City made it this far, it was 1970, when the Chiefs topped the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV for their first — and only — Lombardi Trophy. A win would end the second-longest Lombardi Trophy drought among teams that have already won a Super Bowl. Only the New York Jets (51 years) have endured a longer stretch in between titles.

The 49ers on the other hand are one of the most successful organizations in the history of the NFL. This will be there seventh Super Bowl appearance. San Francisco went to five Super Bowls between 1981-1994 and won all five of them, then returned to the big game in 2012, loosing the Baltimore Ravens. With a win the 49ers would tie the Patriots and Steelers for the most Super Bowls wins at 6.

There is always hype going into a Super Bowl, and 54 is proving no exception. The game presents clashing styles, and philosophies, both steams strength match the other weakness.

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Andy Reid Celebrating first AFC championship

 It’s a matchup that sees Veteran head coach Andy Reid, taking his second team to a Super Bowl (Eagles 2004) against the third youngest head coach in the NFL Kyle Shanahan. Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father, won the super bowl in 1997 and 98 with the Denver Broncos. If the 49ers were to win, they would become the first father son duo to win separate Super Bowls. 

On the field, the 49ers greatest strength is its defense, which ranks first in the playoffs and second in the regular season, as well as first in total pass defense. Overseen by Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh, they’ve allowed just 15 points per game in the postseason after surrendering just over 19 per game in the regular season. It starts up front, led by rookie pass rusher Nick Bosa, who has logged three sacks in the playoffs alone. Fellow D-linemen and pro bowlers Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner combine to give the Niners one of the most fearsome front fours in the league.

And they will have to be going against last year’s MVP (and presumptive favourite to win Super Bowl MVP) Patrick Mahomes and the fearsome Kansas City offense. While their regular-season numbers weren’t always gaudy, the Chiefs eclipsed 35 points in both of their playoff games and have three different players among the best at their position: Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. In the AFC Championship game, Mahomes also showcased his legs, leading Kansas City in rushing. He is a true duel threat. While the Chiefs can run the ball here and there, but their chief mission (no pun intended) is to beat you through the air. To show how good this guy has been in his first 2 years, The Chiefs have never lost a game by more than seven points with Mahomes as their starter.

The 49ers on the other hand thrive keeping the ball on the ground. San Francisco led all playoff teams in rushing yards after ranking second among running teams in the regular season. The 49ers have used a rotation of running backs all year but in the NFC championship game it was all about Raheem Mostert. Mostert totaled 220 yards and four touchdowns that night dominating from start to finish. Where questions are being asked is third year starter Jimmy Garoppolo appearing in his third super bowl, but first as a starter. He only threw 8 passes against the Packers though, and questions have been asked about whether he can rise to the occasion.

The last unit we must look at is the Kansas City Chiefs defence. It is last for a reason, the less said the better about a unit that at best could be described as average.  However they have been much better in the post season holding Derick Henry to 69 yards in the AFC championship game. Defensive backs Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu figure to play a key role on defense for the Chiefs. Both veterans have had a knack for being around the ball this year, particularly in the postseason.

What sets these two teams apart, is San Francisco’s defence. The Niners rank dead last in passing yards allowed and sixth in total sacks. If the front seven can establish dominance early against Kansas City’s questionable offensive line, this game – and their sixth Lombardi – is theirs for the taking. What the 49ers don’t have though is Patrick Mahomes, a generational special talent. It is impossible to predict or anticipate what he will do. This Super Bowl won’t provide the final answer but could shed some light on the one of sports greatest debates. What wins a championship Offence or Defence.

NCAA National Title On The Rise

The NCAA is a billion dollar corporation (2016-2017 Revenue)

By: Quinn MacDonald

The proficiency levels for professional and college athletes are arguably on par, specifically when it comes to football. The current sports development system creates exceptional college athletes and unprepared NFL players. Watching untapped, raw talent, perform on the nation’s biggest stage is why the NCAA is so popular and entertaining.

College football has never been hotter, and viewership for the CBS package of games reached a high mark, averaging 7.103 million viewers season-to-date, the network’s best mark in 29 years

This article highlights the biggest College Football headlines during 2019 season.

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2019: The Year of the No Call and Call Back

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By: Quinn MacDonald

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(#11) Tommy Lee Lewis decked by (#23) Nickell Robey-Coleman

2020 is nearly upon us, but there was some of the greatest sporting moments in history, during 2019. Especially with Canadians, the emergence of Bianca Andreescu and the Toronto Raptors championship, would just be scratching the surface.

But what about all the moments that didn’t come to fruition, whether it be because of skill, pure luck, a technical error or just a blatant missed call.

This article looks at the worst non-call and call back by officials in 2019.

The NFL Is Rigged Right?

It’s hard to top the excitement and controversy during the NFC championship match. New Orleans led 13-0 after the first, but couldn’t hold onto the lead before being victimized by the worst, no-call pass interference in NFL history. 

Sean Payton livid with the referees after the no pass interference call

Robey Coleman, (Los Angeles – Corner Back) even admitted to reporters following the game…  
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Coleman says after watching the replay for the first time

So how does something so blatantly obvious not get called? Best bet, is it has something to do with money and markets.

LA > New Orleans. 

It took NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, 10 days before releasing a statement and addressing the media

The league has worked closely with New Orleans and every other team to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. The outcome, 31 of 32 teams voted and agreed upon having pass interference being a reviewable play. 

Saddle Up

One of the biggest Sporting events of the year that needed a replay, was the Kentucky Derby. 

It’s one of the most notable horse races all around the world and apart of the prestigious triple crown. 

The horses and riders heading into the final stretch at the 145th Kentucky Derby

But after all it is the year 2019 and this Derby would be like no other. 
Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line on May 4 but was disqualified for swerving into the path of other horses, causing them a better finish. 

Second-place long shot, Country House, was awarded the win in the first Kentucky Derby ever to disqualify the winner for an on-track infraction. 
Oh and not to mention, Country House was a 65-1 payout.

Not to bad for anyone who took a little risk, the reward was certainly one for the record books.  

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A Championship Year for the Toronto Raptors.

In the span of one year Canada became a threat to the world of sports, specifically basketball. The Toronto Raptors showed the rest of the NBA they are a winning team.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors hits the game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

By: Victoria Femia

This year consisted of some of the craziest moments we’ve seen in sports. But for Canadians this year was historic. 

Holding the top spot, as probably Canada’s ultimate moment of the decade, is the Toronto Raptors winning their first ever Championship.

With Kawhi Leonard coming off an injury season with the Spurs in which he only played  9 games and Toronto trading away one of their stars, DeMar DeRozan, people were not expecting the Raptors to make it far.

But doubts against the team started to fade as Toronto maintained a spot high up in the Eastern Conference standings. 

After coming off a 58-24 regular season, it was time for playoffs. 

The first round against the Orlando Magic came and gone, but the second round was a back and forth battle that ended in dramatic fashion.

The series went to game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers, and it was an iconic game.

With 4 seconds left, the Raptors had possession on the inbound and the game plan? get the ball to Kawhi Leonard.

Marc Gasol inbounded the ball to Leonard who took it to the corner, shot it and hoped for the best. The ball dramatically bounced from each side of the rim before finally going through the hoop. 

This was the first game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history, which led to its name, “The Shot.

Tears were shed by the 76ers, Joel Embiid specifically, and just like that the Raptors had moved on to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Given that Toronto was 1-4 against the Bucks in the regular season, most people thought Milwaukee would take the series. It started out with Milwaukee winning the first two games which made people doubt Toronto even more.

But the unpredictable Toronto Raptors went on to win the next 4 games to close out the Bucks and win the Eastern Conference title. 

Toronto was so close to a title and the city was electric, every game thousands of fans filled the outside of the Scotiabank Arena, aka Jurassic Park to cheer on their team. 

The Raptors went on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The whole Raptor team had stepped up tremendously during the playoffs, Norman Powell turned into “playoff Powell,” racking up points for Toronto. Fred VanVleet was consistently hitting clutch threes along with Marc Gasol. Pascal Siakam was averaging 20 points per game and Leonard was averaging 28 points in the playoffs. 

Toronto dismantled Golden State player by player. An injured Kevin Durant tried to make an early return to the series to attempt to save the Warriors from losing but failed as he ruptured his achilles. Then Klay Thompson tried desperately to keep them alive in game 6 but he left the game with a torn ACL. It was all up to Steph Curry, who was noticeably exhausted. 

Raptors took full advantage of the injury riddled Warriors, winning game 6 114-110 and went on to win their first NBA Championship. 

After the game the crowd cheered for Leonard as he hoisted up his second Finals MVP trophy. 

To celebrate their first title, over one million fans crowded the streets of downtown Toronto and about 100,000 packed Nathan Phillips Square and the surrounding streets at the Raptors Championship parade.

The Raptors ambassador, Drake, was of course in attendance celebrating with the team on their bus. 

At the end of the ceremony Leonard gave a speech to the crowd telling them to “enjoy this moment and have fun with it,” he then mocked himself by doing his own infamous laugh.

Not long after, Marc Gasol completed a historic double by winning the World Cup with Spain. The Raptors centre became the 2nd player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year.

It was the perfect way to cap off a Championship year for the Toronto Raptors.

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Andreescu Caps off 2019 The Only Way She Knows How

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Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu kisses the U.S. Open trophy after defeating Serena Williams in the 2019 Final (Courtesy: AP)

By: Ben Browne

Winning.

That’s what Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu does best.

So, it’s only fitting she closed out a banner season for not only herself, but the sport of tennis itself in Canada by, well, winning.

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Nationals Defeat Astros In Game Seven To Win 2019 World Series

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The Washington Nationals celebrating on the field after clinching the World Series title.

By: Raegan Subban

Entering the 2019 MLB season the Washington Nationals were far from favorites to win the World Series. They lost arguably their best player, Bryce Harper, in the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

With a 19-31 record after the month of May, it wasn’t looking good for the Nats to even make the postseason.

However, after breaking into the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason as a wildcard team, the Nationals defied the odds and won it all. Washington defeated the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series to win for the first time in franchise history.

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Blues Cup Run the Epitome of ‘The Year of the Improbable’

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St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson poses with the Stanley Cup next to her favourite player, Blues defenceman Colton Parayko (Courtesy: NHL)

By: Ben Browne

2019 had no shortage of spectacular sporting storylines – Tiger Woods’ Masters victory, the Washington Nationals first World Series, the Raptors first NBA title, and many others.

The St. Louis Blues were one of those “other” storylines, as, on June 12, St. Louis captured its first ever Stanley Cup with a dominant 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at the ever-hostile TD Garden in Boston.

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Tiger’s comeback was extraordinary

Tiger Woods went 14 years between wins at the Masters

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 14 2019: Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

By Harley Kock

Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title on April 14th, 2019, becoming one of the greatest comeback stories in sports, after overcoming career-threatening back problems.

The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.

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Virginia bounced back

The Cavaliers won the NCAA title following one of the most disappointing showings of all-time

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 8th 2019: Virginia head coach Tony Bennett rests his head on point guard Ty Jerome during the trophy presentation

By Harley Kock

A redemption story for the ages.

Just one year after suffering a historic defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers became champions for the first time in school history.

De’Andre Hunter scored 27 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation.

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