2009 Super Bowl National Anthem: All Bets On

Written by:
Jordan Bach
Published on:
Jan/28/2009
Jennifer Hudson

Online gambling websites are offering bets on everything related to the 2009 Super Bowl, and that does not exclude the national anthem.

BetUS.com has posted odds on the Over/Under length of the national anthem with the Under 2 minutes, 3 seconds the favorite and the Over that time paying a few cents better than even odds.

One of the most highly anticipated moments at the 2009 Super Bowl will be Jennifer Hudson singing the national anthem.   This will be her first appearance since the tragic murder of her mother, brother and young nephew back in October.  Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has since been charged with the slayings.

"I think in other years and depending on the performer - say someone like Beyonce - we might see bets offered on whether the person forgets the words," commented Payton O'Brien of Gambling911.com.  "The online gambling sites will be very sensitive when it comes to Ms. Hudson.  This is going to be an especially inspiring and moving moment."

Hudson's rendition of the national anthem, which Gambling911.com is willing to bet will be one of the best ever, will also have symbolic meaning.  Hudson, who is African American, will be the first to perform a Super Bowl national anthem following the election of the first Black President, Barack Obama.

Oddsmakers like BetUS.com are placing thousands of prop bets on the 2009 Super Bowl, more than any other year.

So how did they come up with the Over/Under of 2 minutes, 3 seconds?

YouTube research discovered multiple videos of Hudson singing the National Anthem - with the average time being just over 2 minutes.

Jordan Bach, Gambling911.com 

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