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You can bet on whether Kelly Clarkson forgets a word to the national anthem

Chris Chase
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Continuing on a grand tradition of ridiculous Super Bowl prop bets, leading online sports gaming website, Bovada (formerly Bodog), is offering multiple wagers on Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The usual "how long will the anthem be" odds take a backseat this year to a new wager inspired by Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl XLV debacle.

Will Kelly Clarkson forget or omit one word from the national anthem?

Yes (+250)

First, let me explain what "+250" means if you're not familiar with the logistics of wagering. If you put $100 down on Clarkson forgetting a word, there's a 250 percent chance that you have a major gambling problem. (It actually means you win $250 for every $100 wagered.)

The odds are set up to indicate that Clarkson won't forget a word. This fact suggests oddsmakers of the world, like the rest of us, have little respect for Aguilera and Cyndi Lauper. I think that's the safe bet. You'd think if you were singing the next Super Bowl anthem after Aguilera you'd memorize the words like they were your ATM code.


[Rewind: Cyndi Lauper messes up national anthem at U.S. Open]

How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the national anthem?

Over/under: 1 minute, 34 seconds

The fine folks at Stock Lemon Blog have researched Clarkson's three biggest anthem renditions and found that she was under the 94-second mark in each of them. Going with the under seems like the easy call. But that's what they want you to do. Surely, singing in front of 100 million people will provide an overblown intro and extra flourish on the high notes. It's not like Clarkson is Jennifer Hudson, who shrilly and pompously lasted 2 minutes, 29 seconds in her performance at Super Bowl XLIII, but she won't be speeding either.

What will Kelly Clarkson wear to sing the national anthem?

-- Super Bowl XLVI or official NFL shirt (+200)

-- Colts jersey or shirt (+1200)

-- Patriots jersey or shirt (+1200)

-- Giants jersey or shirt (+1500)

-- Anything else (-300)

Kelly Clarkson won "American Idol," so she knows how to pander to the crowd. She'd get ultimate respect from America if she sent out someone in a Peyton Manning jersey and then ran up from behind, pushed her down and performed wearing an Andrew Luck jersey instead. We can dream.

[Related: Aerosmith singer Stephen Tyler botches 'Star-spangled Banner' rendition]

Will Kelly Clarkson's bare belly be showing when she sings the national anthem?

Yes (+300)

No, but I bet Vince Wilfork's will be.

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