Well, the big day is finally here, even though the country and the world have been so busy lately ― it's Super Bowl Sunday! The Falcons and Patriots will be squaring off at 6:30 p.m. ET from Houston's NRG Stadium, and it figures to be a massively watched event. And, needless to say, there will also be a lot of gambling going on, with bets being placed on a broad range of factors. For example, here's a strange and interesting one for all the political junkies out there: you can bet on how many Super Bowl broadcast Trump mentions there will be.
And the over/under is pretty reasonable, too! It's set at one-and-a-half, meaning if the broadcasters only say the name "Trump" once, or don't mention him at all, you bet the under. If you think they'll say his name twice or more, you bet the over. To be clear, according to CBS Sports, which took all of its prop bet options from Westgate Las Vegas Superbook or Bovada.lv, commercial breaks don't count ― it's only when the actual game is being broadcast, from the opening kickoff, to the moment the final second ticks off the clock.
The halftime show doesn't count either, which is consequential. It's not outside the realm of possibility that a performer like Lady Gaga, who was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter in the 2016 race, might try to send a political message.
It's just one of the many highly specific, often hilarious prop bets on offer every time the Super Bowl rolls around. There are some other ones that involved the inflammatory new commander-in-chief, such as which team he'll pick to win the game, if any. For what it's worth, the listed odds currently have it far more likely that he'd pick the New England Patriots, if either team, likely due to his close ties to inarguably the three most prominent people in the organization.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and superstar quarterback Tom Brady are all reportedly close to the president, a fact which has earned them some derision and criticism in progressive circles. Brady was first outed as a Trump guy in 2015, during the Republican primary process, when a reporter glimpsed a Make America Great Again hat in his locker. Belichick also reportedly wrote Trump a praise-filled letter in the run-up to Election Day.
Of course, whether you've got any money riding on the game ― and remember, gambling isn't always the best idea, least of all if it's not legal where you are ― there will likely still be plenty going on to hold your attention. To reiterate, the game will be starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, and airing on Fox.