Over/Under on SB51 National Anthem Length
Out of all the novelty props on Super Bowl Sunday that you can wager on, the length of the national anthem is my favorite (I’m also getting into the Puppy Bowl this year). I love that you can win or lose something well before the big game even begins.
This year, country singer Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem for Super Bowl 51. Initially, the over/under was set at 2:15 (135 seconds). Currently the O/U is set at 130 seconds. My initial thought was to go with the under when I saw the O/U at 135 seconds, but after the five-second change and doing more research, I have changed my mind. I am leaning towards the over on this one.
I would be more confident in my prediction and recommendation, but there has been controversy of how the The Star-Spangled Banner song has been timed in the past. Also, it is a silly prop to bet on. I would recommend you don’t go all in on this one. This is why I believe the national anthem will go over this year…
Previous Lengths of National Anthem Performances by Luke Bryan
In 2008 for an NFL game (102 seconds).
On July 10, 2012 for the MLB All-Star game (123 seconds).
On September 16, 2012 for Nascar (118 seconds).
With Lee Brice September 12, 2014 at Madison Square Garden (132 seconds).
Performing in New York 2015 (134 seconds).
On August 19, 2016 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (149 seconds).
Luke Bryan has increased the length in which he performs the national anthem and I conclude that he will go plenty over 130 seconds–that is of course if the entire song is timed. If the timer is stopped as soon as he hit the last note, then who knows if it will go over or under. All Super Bowl 51 NFL picks and game day projections can be found here.