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Super Bowl 53 National Anthem Prop Odds

UPDATE: Gladys Knight's time for singing the national anthem finished at 1:49 for the UNDER according to Bovada.

The American national anthem is a staple at sporting events big and small throughout the United States. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer from Maryland who would probably be a Ravens fan if he were alive today and be completely swept into the “is Joe Flacco done in Baltimore?” nonsense, wrote the poem that the anthem is based on.

After drawing inspiration from the American flag that was known at the time as the star-spangled banner, Key sat at his desk, his wooden teeth whistling, and penned a ditty about a wild night against the British complete with rockets glaring red, bombs bursting and freedom in the land of the free and the home of the Atlanta Braves.

Like bacon and eggs – or sausages and eggs, or ham and eggs – the Star Spangled Banner goes hand in hand with the NFL. You know what else goes with the NFL? Betting. But you knew that because that’s why you’re here. At OddsShark, we understand that this year’s Super Bowl is going to be a haven for casual and pro bettors alike. Whether you like the Patriots – and if you do, WHY? – or the Rams, or are simply looking to make fun prop wagers, we’ve got you covered.

I’m taking the over on the anthem because gladys knight can hold notes for days.

How to Make a Prop Bet on the National Anthem

Most prop bets are specialized wagers that have no bearing on the outcome of the actual game. In this case, a prop bet on the national anthem would be an UNDER/OVER, aka a totals wager.

When it was announced that Gladys Knight would be singing the anthem at Super Bowl 53, someone I know who shall remain nameless asked “Who is that?” Millennials. Amirite? But, if there’s one thing the millennial in question got right, it’s that some people in the betting world will not know who Gladys Knight is, which could make handicapping a national anthem time prop bet very hard.

Here’s what you need to know about Gladys Knight:

  • Born and raised in Atlanta – probably a Falcons fan. Ew
  • Fronted Gladys Knight and the Pips before going solo
  • Known for popular tunes Midnight Train to Georgia, That’s What Friends are For and License to Kill
  • Nickname is the “Empress of Soul” 
  • Was eliminated from the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars, ironically, during “Motown Week”
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 with The Pips

Now scrap all that because it doesn’t matter. Handicapping national anthem time doesn’t come down to anything in Knight’s personal life or career because she’s never sang at the Super Bowl before. What it does come down to is charisma, uniqueness, nerves and talent. She’s clearly talented, charismatic and a unique choice since she hasn’t sung at the NFL’s big game yet. But, will Gladys Knight be nervous?

If you think Gladys Knight’s nerves will get the best of her, take the UNDER. She could rush through the anthem and clock in her rendition at 1 minute 34 seconds. However, if you think that Gladys Knight is going to relish this moment and milk every second of it, you can take the OVER and hope she crushes every single note until it dies, leaving us with an anthem that lasts 1 minute and 58 seconds.

My Anthem Prop Picks

After listening to Gladys Knight Essentials on iTunes multiple times, I believe she is going to make OVER bettors very happy. I’m taking the OVER on the Super Bowl anthem prop bet because Gladys is a powerful singer who can take notes and extend them longer than the jump rope I use to warm up with at the gym.

Below, you’ll find the times of each performer’s rendition of the national anthem for the last 13 years. Note that Billy Joel, aka the Piano Man, has the shortest anthem time with 1:30 and Alicia Keys has the longest with 2:35. Keys actually used a piano when she performed the anthem. Joel did not. The chances of Gladys Knight using a piano are very slim.

Besides anthem time bets, you’ll find other Super Bowl 53 prop bets like what Gladys Knight will be wearing during her performance, will she omit a word and much more. 


  • Super Bowl 40 – Aaron Neville & Aretha Franklin 2:08
  • Super Bowl 41 – Billy Joel 1:30
  • Super Bowl 42 – Jordin Sparks 1:54
  • Super Bowl 43 – Jennifer Hudson 2:10
  • Super Bowl 44 – Carrie Underwood 1:47
  • Super Bowl 45 – Christina Aguilera 1:54
  • Super Bowl 46 – Kelly Clarkson 1:34
  • Super Bowl 47 – Alicia Keys 2:35
  • Super Bowl 48 – Renee Fleming 1:54
  • Super Bowl 49 – Idina Menzel 2:04
  • Super Bowl 50 – Lady Gaga 2:09
  • Super Bowl 51 – Luke Bryan 2:04
  • Super Bowl 52 – Pink 1:53
  • Super Bowl 53 – Gladys Knight
How long will it take Gladys KNight to sing the National Anthem?
  • OVER 1:49 -220
  • UNDER 1:49 +155
Will Gladys Knight forget or omit a word from the National Anthem?
  • Yes +300
  • No -500
will gladys knight be wearing a skirt, dress or gown to sing the anthem?
  • Yes -240
  • No +165
Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes Gladys Knight to sing the National Anthem?
  • Yes -145
  • No +105
Will aNY Player take a knee during the Anthem?
  • Yes +275
  • No -450

Odds as of February 3 (9:28am EST) at Bovada