A new national anthem controversy: Did Gladys Knight go over or under the prop bet?

ATLANTA — Once again, we have a little national anthem controversy in the NFL. But this time, it’s not the players — it’s the singer.

Gladys Knight sung a gorgeous rendition of the national anthem to open the Super Bowl Sunday night, as you can see here. Listen closely to the final seconds:

Hear that? Knight appears to say “brave” twice. So here’s the question: is the song over when the singer hits all the words, or is the song over when the singer stops singing?

For the purposes of prop betting, it’s not an inconsequential question. Knight’s first time singing “brave” kept the song under the over/under of 1:50, the most common prop bet time. But the second “brave” took her well past the limit. Bovada, for instance, has posted her official time at 1:49.

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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs during the Super Bowl LIII Pregame at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight attends the Super Bowl LIII Pregame at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs during the Super Bowl LIII Pregame at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight attends the Super Bowl LIII Pregame at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight arrives prior to Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Gladys Knight performs the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As we discussed here earlier this week, nobody’s going to get rich or go bankrupt on the national anthem prop bet; most books keep limits somewhere between $50 and $500. But when you’re talking about bettors and their money, there’s no gray area allowed, and no “close enough” either.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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