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Will Springsteen Bring Courteney Cox Onstage? Crazy Super Bowl Bets Hit the Net

January 28, 2009 3:39 PM ET

The Super Bowl, in most non-recession years at least, is an event for gamblers and casual bettors to wager on everything from the opening coin flip to the final score to how many beers they can down before the chips run out. Since Bruce Springsteen is this year's halftime performer, he too is the subject of a bunch of interesting prop bets. On Sportsbook.com, you can bet on the E Street Band's actual four-song set list — combos spanning everything from "Playlist A: 'Glory Days,' 'My Lucky Day,' 'Badlands,' 'Born to Run' " to "Playlist D: 'Born in the U.S.A.,' 'Thunder Road,' 'Rosalita,' 'My Lucky Day' " — or whether Clarence Clemons will get a featured sax solo. There's 3-to-1 odds that Springsteen has a wardrobe malfunction, while 2-to-1 odds has Patti Scialfa having a similar Janet Jackson moment. (Steven Van Zandt is going at 8-to-1 odds, but for the sake of future generations we hope that doesn't happen.)

Our other favorite bet: At a ridiculously-low 10-to-1, you can wager now that Springsteen will reach into the crowd and bring actress Courteney Cox onstage, just like he did in the "Dancing in the Dark" video. Whatever he does, we'll have a full report — Rock Daily will be on the ground all weekend bringing you all-access Super Bowl coverage, so stay tuned.

As far as the betting goes, sadly the fun seems to be coming to an early end: A lot of gambling sites that were offering Springsteen-related bets have since stopped, probably because Bruce and Co. were in Tampa yesterday and today rehearsing their Super Bowl set — that would make "Playlist H: Any Other Song Combination Not Listed" a popular pick (Hint: Winner!). We're not gonna ruin the Super Bowl surprise for you, but why stop the betting so early? Place your own bets in our comments now! (That's the only place you'll be able to do it: unfortunately, Rolling Stone accidentally killed off all Springsteen-related Super Bowl betting.)

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