5 facts about the Super Bowl

By Joel Mumaw

The Super Super Bowl

Every year near February, Americans plunder stores of food. They grab the guacamole, chips, wings, pizza, and all that good stuff. Houses are also jam-packed on this day. Why? It's Super Bowl Sunday! One of the most popular days of the year that isn't even considered a holiday is one of America's favorite past times. Every single year, two teams duel off, hoping to become champion.

But there are also facts that people don't care about. Here, I have rounded up facts for you to see that there is more than the two teams that play in the game.

1: Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is the first.

For the super bowl this year, Americans ate 1.25 billion chicken wings! In just 2012, only 25 billion were eaten all year. Pizza is always a large factor for the Super Bowl, also. About 60% (roughly) of the take out ordered is pizza. Another fun fact; if 1.25 billion wings were laid end to end, they would stretch from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (home of Super Bowl XLVIII)… 30 times. That is enough wings to put 572 on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums!

2: The Super Bowl is the second most watched sporting event in the world.

Super Bowl XLIV passed M*A*S*H's series finale for the most watched show in television history in the United States with over 106.5 million viewers. M*A*S*H's series finale drew 106 million. It is second most watched single sporting event to the FIFA World Cup, which racked up 715.1 million viewers in 2006 in the final match, with Italy and France playing.

3: The Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl.

From 1967 to 1970, the trophy was engraved with “World Professional Football Championship." When the legendary Vince Lombardi died in 1971, it was renamed The Vince Lombardi trophy. This isn't some cheap trophy you would find in a junkyard yard. It has seven pounds of silver in it and it is worth a bucket, at 3,500 dollars, for just the silver. The team that has the most of these intricate trophies is the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a total of six. Around Super Bowl time every year, Tiffany & Co. makes this trophy. The workshop where the make it is located in Rhode Island. This is only one of the things that the winning Super Bowl team gets.

4: If the game isn't fun, the commercials always make up for it.

A survey of 1000 people this year showed that 78 percent of people would rather watch the Super Bowl commercials, rather than the game itself. What would you say? A 30-second advertisement during this year's game costs a cool $4.5 million. That's an average of $150,000 per second. Commercials in the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $42,000. So for the price of one second worth of air time now, you could have purchased three full slots then. That. Is. Insane. The most likely reason why is that they want to spread word about their company. Now let's get to the fun stuff. Here are the commercials.
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5: 55.3% of MVP's in the Super Bowl have been quarterbacks.

California Cool (Tom Brady) and Comeback Kid (Joe Montana) are tied with the most Super Bowl MVP's with 3 apiece. Without a doubt, QB's are by far the most winningest position in awards. 14.2% of the MVP's have been running backs, but no other position than quarterback has won two MVP's. Here is another weird fact. There has been 1 person who won the MVP... On the losing team. Chuck Howley, a linebacker for the Cowboys, took home the glory with 2 interceptions. This happened in 1971. I would say that this record will most likely hold for another 50 years, and if not, even 100 years. This was one of the first Super Bowls, so it makes a little sense. There has also been a special teams player who won the award. Desmond Howard in 1996, had 244 returning yards altogether. Who do you think will win the MVP next Super Bowl?

49 Super Bowls and counting...

The Super Bowl is a fabulous American tradition. About 1/3 of of the U.S population watched Super Bowl XLIV. 1/3 of the population!

33%! Even though it is not considered a holiday, most Americans think it should be. What do you think?