The NFL, which has warmed to the point of tolerating betting on games, is adamantly opposed to props wagering.
It even said so during testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives committee on the subject of leagues regulating bets.
Surely the league has no problem with the goofy Super Bowl props unrelated to the actual game, right? If it does, well, lighten up, Commissioner Goodell.
WHICH SIDE HAS ALL THE VALUE IN SUPER BOWL LIII? OUR ADVANCED COMPUTER MODEL IS 7-3 ATS IN THE PLAYOFFS AND HAS SIMULATED RAMS VS. PATRIOTS 10,000 TIMES. JOIN SPORTSLINE HERE TO GET ALL THE PICKS AND PREDICTIONS FOR PATRIOTS VS. RAMS.
Here are my 10 favorites from the extensive menu offered by offshore sportsbook BetDSI.
Team will call which side of coin in pre-game flip?
Heads -2500 (risk $2,500 to win $100); tails +800 (risk $100 to win $800)
Siding with "heads" against such unfavorable odds would be insane, no? Well, not exactly.
Because the AFC representative is the visiting team, New England makes the call. Team captain Matthew Slater, who does the honors, never fails to call heads.
The reason? His father, Jackie -- coincidentally, a former Ram -- handled the flip for his team and always went with heads. Says the younger Slater, "Anyone who knows my family knows faith is important to us. For him, he was always like, 'God is the head of my life, so I call heads.'"
What if Slater pulls a switcheroo, after placing a little side bet? Or if he laterals the duties to a teammate who is not so wedded to heads? We'll take that chance.
What will the team that wins the coin toss choose?
Defer to second half, -115 (bet $115 to win $100); Receive kickoff -115, (bet $115 to win $100)
Just as they are fond of calling heads, the Patriots are a "defer" team, as indicated by their decision at last year's Super Bowl. A New York Times story in 2014 reported that, under Bill Belichick, New England had deferred 48 of 50 times since the option was introduced six years earlier.
Entering this season, ESPN noted, all teams were deferring five of every six times. Though the Rams' Sean McVay might be an out-of-the-box thinker, the identical odds to these choices make for an obvious play.
Will announcers Jim Nantz or Tony Romo say "Hotlanta"?
Yes +200 (bet $100 to win $200); No -260 (bet $260 to win $100)
As many southern-born residents in the host town might say, "Hail, no." The term, once promoted by Atlanta tourist groups, has become somewhat old-fashioned. (Not that Nantz, a fine play-by-play man, isn't).
Nantz has visited the city often enough to know how outdated the term is. As for Romo, he could blurt it out but likely will be too busy accurately forecasting the next play.
Will any player do the Dirty Bird for a TD celebration?
Yes +200 (bet $100 to win $200); No -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
The reasoning here is similar to the HotLanta call. The Dirty Bird was a silly dance popularized by the Falcons during their Super Bowl run in the late '90s. It hung around for awhile, then faded into obscurity.
With the exception of a certain ageless QB, no Patriots and Rams players likely are familiar with the steps. They have choreographed their own celebrations and will surely stick to them.
Yes, Tom Brady could go Dirty Bird-ing, but it's a stretch to imagine a 41-year-old dude breaking into a dance of any type.
Which will be higher?
Trump approval rating on Feb. 4, according to Rasmussen Reports, +110 (bet $100 to win $110);
Yardage of longest made field goal, -140 (bet +140 to win $100)
The president's approval rating 12 days before kickoff was 44 percent, says Rasmussen.
If you witnessed the game-winner by Greg Zuerlein of L.A. on Sunday, this is a no-brainer. Greg The Leg connected from 57 yards, with a few yards to spare. On six tries from 50-plus this season, he nailed four.
His counterpart, Stephen Gostkowski, was only two for five from the same long-distance range. But in the previous six seasons, he was an astounding 20-for-22 from 50 and beyond.
Neither coach will hesitate sending out their kickers for a try that would exceed the presidential number.
Pick: Field goal
Super Bowl LIII U.S. Viewership, according to Nielsen
Over 106.5 million -115 (bet $115 to win $100); Under 106.5 million (bet $115 to win $100)
This is a tricky one, with viewers finding non-traditional ways to watch. Last year's number -- the average at a given time -- was a tad under 104 million.
However, seven of the previous eight ratings were north of this figure and the other just a fraction below.
Ratings for the conference championship games were through-the-roof and, because of the dramatic finishes in both, momentum should carry over to the Super Bowl. Any Patriots fatigue should be offset by the desire to watch the B&B masters (Brady and Belichick) at work, along with the anybody-but-New-England camp.
Total times Jim Nantz and Tony Romo say "Gronk."
Over 2.5, -110 (bet $110 to win $100); Under 2.5, -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
We are overloaded with favorites, so here's an underdog selection, however slight.In the AFC finale, Tony Romo uttered "Gronk" so often that any tracker might have lost count. Pats TE Rob Gronkowski need not be involved in the play. Romo will often point out where he lines up and urge Brady to throw to him.
Even if Nantz records a zero, this number could be surpassed by the time Maroon Five takes the stage.
Length of National Anthem (Gladys Knight)
Over 107 seconds, -115 (bet $115 to win $100); Under 107 seconds -115 (bet $115 to win $100)
We cannot ignore the best of the best non-game prop bets. Given that eight of the last 10 renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner hit or exceeded two minutes, this "total" could rise. So the first recommendation is to wait on a play ... on the Under.
A YouTube search came up with only one recording of Knight tackling the song, and it apparently was 28 years ago. It came in at less than 105 seconds.
The great Gladys is no longer the young woman she was then. Which is to say, maybe the pipes have declined a bit. She is unlikely to stretch things out beyond the length from her (relative) youth.
Which soft drink brand commercial will air first?
Coca-Cola -170 (bet $170 to win $100); Pepsi +130 (bet $100 to win $130)
OK, we need a real underdog, and here it is.
Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, will be among the advertisers. So will Pepsi, as the official soft-drink sponsor of the NFL.
Knowing Coke's association with the host city, Pepsi will be eager to jump ahead of it in line. Here is guessing the little -- or littler -- guy will pay for the privilege.
Will Chick-fil-A in Mercedes-Benz Stadium serve food on Super Bowl Sunday?
Yes +1500 (bet $100 to win $1500); No -5000 (bet $5000 to win $100)
Let's conclude with a stone-cold lock. The popular fast-food chain never, ever opens on a Sunday, even though most NFL games fall on that day. In fact, franchisees can have their licenses pulled for violating company policy.
We began with a coincidence on the Slaters. Here is another: The only reported exception for Chick-fil-a was at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Hotlanta -- excuse me, Atlanta. But it was a one-off arrangement to feed stranded flyers during a minor emergency on a Sunday.
Sorry, Super Bowl-goers. You must do without those waffle fries.