Super Bowl Novelty Tips: Will Blinding Lights Kick Off Halftime Show?

Leigh Copson:

The Super Bowl is the 'greatest show on turf' and bookmaker Paddy Power know this all too well. That is why the Irish bookmaker is giving customers the chance to not only bet on the game itself, but also the opportunity to bet on he hoopla surrounding the NFL’s showpiece game - from the pregame National Anthem to the Halftime show. But what quirky bets should you consider? Read on to get our favourites!

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Paddy Power has once again released a bunch of Novelty betting markets for the NFL’s showpiece game, with options ranging from songs performed during the halftime show to how long will the National Anthem take (you know some of these performers love to drag out those notes when the eyes of the world are on them).

But what are the best novelty bets to place on Sunday’s spectacular event at Raymond James Stadium? We have picked out our favourite bets for when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs are not going nose to nose on the football field…

Super Bowl Novelty Tips: First Song Of Halftime Show

The Super Bowl is renowned for its spectacular mini-concerts at halftime and this year’s show sees pop star, The Weeknd, take to the stage for a 20-minute mash-up of his best tracks. As always the bookmakers have priced up the options for which song will open the setlist and they have installed his most recent hit, Blinding Lights, as the favourite. I am not completely convinced he will lead off with it though. It is arguably his most popular song to date globally and it would make for a fitting end to his set, so I am looking for other options. Rumours of a Daft Punk appearance means it is unlikely that The Weeknd leads with Starboy or I Feel It Coming – when stars make a cameo appearance it tends to come either mid-performance or at the end of the set. So what does that leave us with? Can’t Feel My Face is my pick. It was the song that garnered The Weeknd worldwide attention in 2015 and it can grab the world’s attention again when he takes to the stage at Super Bowl 55 on Sunday night.

Super Bowl Novelty Tips: Who Will Super Bowl MVP Mention First in Speech?

Patrick Mahomes dreamed his whole life of saying “I’m going to Disney World” after winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP, and that dream became a reality after Kansas City beat San Francisco 12 months ago. He wasted no time in answering that question, expertly tee’d up by Terry Bradshaw, but will he resist the temptation to do the same again on Sunday. I am backing Kansas City for Super Bowl glory and if they win the matchup it is almost a given that Mahomes will be named Most Valuable Player. So who will he mention first in his postgame speech? A Disney repeat is 10/1 and it is 5/1 that he refers to the opposition team, having praised the 49ers defense with his first real answer last year. It is 5/2 that he ‘gives glory to God’ like so many American athletes do after sporting events, but I have to agree with the bookies. They have made ‘Team-mates’ the favourite at Even money and it is easy to see why. Mahomes may be the star of the show, but he has shown tremendous leadership at such a young age and he is not a man to hog the limelight. I fully expect him to quickly hail those team-mates who have helped make Kansas City the dominant force in the National Football League over the past couple of seasons.