If pop icon Taylor Swift's avid fans get their wish this Sunday night, Kansas City Chiefs' star tight end Travis Kelce will be popping the question to the 14-time Grammy winner on the gridiron at the conclusion of Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
With 200 million people expected to tune in to the contest between the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, the Swift-Kelce union could be the most-viewed proposal ever.
During a presser on Monday, Kelce was asked if there was another ring on his mind besides the one that comes with winning Super Bowl LVIII.
“I am focused on getting this [third Super Bowl] ring,” Kelce said. “That’s all my mind is focused on right now.”
But the gambling community believes there's an outside chance that Kelce will end up on bended knee.
According to USA Today, an astounding $23.1 billion in wagers will be placed on Super Bowl-related outcomes.
No longer do bettors simply choose a winning team. Now they can engage in "prop bets," such as the temperature at kickoff time, the duration of the National Anthem and the color of Gatorade poured on the winning coach.
An online betting site in Canada even established a line for the question: "Will Travis Kelce propose to Taylor Swift," noting specifically that the proposal has to take place on the field after the game.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the "Yes" position would deliver +820, which means that a $100 bet would yield a winning sum of $820. Essentially, the site believes there is a 10.87% chance that it will happen.
That yield has crept steadily downward from +1060 (8.62% probability) earlier in the day, which means that more people seem to be willing to gamble that the proposal will take place.
The "No" position stands at -2000 (95.24% probability), which means that a $2,000 bet would generate winnings of $100. That number is down from -3500 (97.22%) earlier in the week.
One sports betting site even established odds for whether Swift will reverse traditional roles and propose to Kelce on the field after Super Bowl LVIII. The site is offering a "Yes-only" option at +2500 (3.85% probability), which means a $100 bet would generate winnings of $2,500 if it happened.
“[Swift] is absolutely the number one fan right now,” Kelce told USA Today. “I love having her at every single game she can make, and we’ll see. I don’t plan anything after Super Bowl. My focus is on trying to win this game. Everything afterward will just fall in place.”
Will bridal jewelry become part of celebration as the game clock ticks down to 0:00 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas? Stay tuned and enjoy the game.
Credits: Taylor Swift photo by Paolo Villanueva from New York, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Travis Kelce image by Adam Schultz, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.