When Pete Townshend revealed the Who's mashup set list for this Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, we figured there wouldn't be a repeat of the gambling havoc that followed Bruce Springsteen's set list leak a few days before the Super Bowl last year. However, some gambling Websites are still offering up some pretty insane prop bets going into this weekend. Over at Bodog Sportsbook, there's a trio of Who-related bets, from whether a guitar will be smashed — if you think yes, a $100 bet will win $170 — to what other object the guitar being smashed will hit first ("Floor" is the big 1-to-6 favorite).
However, our favorite Who prop bet: How many times will Pete Townshend do his legendary windmill move? The over-under is 5 1/2, with the Under paying $180 on a $100 bet, meaning that whoever makes odds for these things thinks that Townshend is favored to windmill six times minimum. The prop bet comes with the disclaimer "Windmill move must be a full 360 degree revolution and be shown on TV to be counted for this wager." Also, with Carrie Underwood set to sing the National Anthem, you can also bet over or under on whether her rendition will last longer than a minute and 42 seconds. (Tip: If you really feel the need to bet on this, you might want to check out the many videos on YouTube of Underwood performing the National Anthem at other sporting events — or, take the over.)
As Rolling Stone reported last year, we single-handedly ruined all prop betting on Springsteen's Super Bowl performance after alerting our readers which set list option to bet on a gambling Website after the set list leaked during sound checks. Other more incredulous Springsteen prop bets included whether he would pull actress Courteney Cox out of the crowd during "Dancing in the Dark."
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