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Fun Facts: Super Bowl Edition

I dislike football. Out of all sports, it is my least favorite. Even sports I don’t understand like cricket are higher on my list than football, because at least I like the name. But unfortunately for me, this year I have to care about the Super Bowl. 

I’m working as a long term, interim editor for a local news website, and one of the high school standouts from this town is now playing on the New England Patriots. I wouldn’t have known this unless the bosses in New York City had told me, because, as stated earlier, I dislike football. But now that I am being forced to watch the game, I figured that while I still had a week to prepare, I would learn a little something about it. And now I am sharing this new information with all of you! Use some of these facts to start up a conversation during the Super Bowl party you’ll be attending, or just file them away in case you ever wind up a contestant on Jeopardy! and the category is “Sporting Events That Make People Lose Their Shit.”

Did you know that…

*Last year’s Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLV, was the most watched American television program in history. Yep, about 111 million people tuned in.

*Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day for food consumption, with Thanksgiving taking the top spot. More than 8 million pounds of guacamole is eaten on this day…but I bet none of it is as good as my dad’s recipe (which I would share if I knew it).

*The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls, the most of any team. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied for second place with five wins each.

*The location of the Super Bowl is usually decided three to five years before the game is actually played.

*Ever wondered why the Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals, as opposed to the year the game is played? It’s because the football season spans two years (i.e. the 2011-2012 season).

*Many people look forward to the commercials more than the game, and in 1967, during the first Super Bowl, a 30-second spot cost $42,000. During the 2011 game, the same length commercial cost up to $3 million.

*You can pay a pretty penny now for a ticket (especially if you make your purchase from a scalper), but in 1967, tickets were just $6.

*The NFL has 216 official game balls custom-produced for each Super Bowl game, which are imprinted with the game logo and the team names. Just 108 are delivered to the stadium, and the two teams can do whatever they want with the footballs that are not used.

Do you have any fun facts you’d like to share about the big game? Leave a comment!

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

5 replies on “Fun Facts: Super Bowl Edition”

Never understood what made some people get so excited about football, and probably never will. I approached reading the article the same way you seem to have approached writing it: as a way to prepare for being forced to watch the Super Bowl. The facts are interesting, if only because they further my confusion as to why a lot of people are fanatical about the sport.

Thanks for giving me some little factoids to share over the guac though! Maybe I’ll get lucky and overload on carbs this year and pass out in the middle of the game, in the spirit of Thanksgiving shenanigans. Now there’s an idea! :D

I have been to one Super Bowl party, and only went to watch No Doubt during the halftime show (I think this was 2003? Not sure). I basically stuffed myself with guacamole and chicken wings to numb the boredom. I hate any game where there is one minute left on the clock, but it drags out for another hour.

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