Actress and singer Idina Menzel opened Super Bowl 49 on Sunday with her rendition of the national anthem. Sportsbooks offered a chance to wager on the over/under for the performance, as well as whether or not Menzel would omit at least one word in her performance.
The total was set at two minutes and one second, and Menzel went OVER the mark. She finished with a time of 2:04. The line for both options was -120. Menzel used a very deliberate pace that got her past the OVER.
The average over the last nine years was one minute, 56 seconds, but a couple have come in way over and way under. In 2012, Kelly Clarkson completed the song in a mere one minute, 34 seconds, while Alicia Keys took two minutes, 35 seconds in 2013.
There has also been controversy over the national anthem wager. In 2011, Christina Aguilera was well on her way to the OVER when she skipped a verse. Her performance resulted in a PUSH for many casinos. Some elected to refund customers as nobody had noticeably flubbed the lyrics in that manner. Aguilera's performance also resulted in the addition of the wager on whether the singer will miss a word. Menzel did not miss any words in her performance.